Claremont’s Pets at the Park set to be a paw-some day out

Mayor Max Hipkins, with poodle Meg, Claremont Mayor Jock Barker, leading labrador Archie, Claremont ranger Dennis Maher and trainer Neri Karazija have control of Pets in the Park. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Mayor Max Hipkins, with poodle Meg, Claremont Mayor Jock Barker, leading labrador Archie, Claremont ranger Dennis Maher and trainer Neri Karazija have control of Pets in the Park. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

YOU may have to be barking mad, or a whisker away from it, to miss the eighth annual Pets at The Park in Claremont next Sunday, March 18.

“All pets great and small are invited to put their best paw forward with a fun day out for the fur family, with a pet show, stalls, agility and training demonstrations and kids’ activities,” Claremont Mayor Jock Barker said.

Conducted with neighbouring City of Nedlands council and supported by Town of Cottesloe, the event in Claremont Park will allow rangers to provide information on how to micropchip and register your pet, while vets and experts will advise on the animals’ best behaviours and health.

“Having a pet is like the same responsibility of having a child, because owners need to love, care and support their animals, while making sure they are not a nuisance to others,” Mr Barker said.

A competition will be held for the fluffiest four-legged friend, the most-liked animal and which can do the best trick.

Guinea pigs, chickens, cats, rabbits and all other animals are welcome to widen the menagerie.

Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins with Meg and Claremont Mayor Jock Barker with Archie.

However, Pets in the Park also has a serious side, with owners able to get free vet advice and discounted microchipping to help find any wanderers from family homes.

“This is beneficial to their health and helps rangers return your precious little friend home should they go missing,” Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins said.

Rangers will update animal registrations and encourage the use of designated dog exercise areas and picking up pets’ excreta.

Stalls will offer pet food and animal minding, dog obedience and pet washing, pet photography and engrave collar tags.

“We’ll also have information on dog training and behaviour, and the accessories you need to keep your pet in the best condition,” trainer Neri Karazija said.

– Pets at the Park, 8am to noon, March 18, Claremont Park, corner of Stirling Highway and Bay View Terrace, Claremont.

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