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  • Southside

Canine capers at Tallaght’s dog walk

Friday, 31st August, 2018 6:00pm
Canine capers at Tallaght’s  dog walk

Anita and her friend are pictured with Chewie in Tymon Park.

Canine capers at Tallaght’s  dog walk

Anita and her friend are pictured with Chewie in Tymon Park.

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RISH Blue Cross supporters and Tallaght locals enjoyed the sun in Tymon Park recently as they took part in a charity sponsored dog walk.

Almost 200 people and over 100 dogs joined the charity for the fun-filled and aptly named, Bark in the Park. The popular annual fundraising event, organised by the animal welfare charity, was jam packed with doggy fun, including dog competitions, a mini agility course, tricks training classes and a long walk around the beautiful Tymon Park to burn off lots of energy.

The event, sponsored by Maxi Zoo and hosted with Positive Dog Training, was one in a series of five sponsored dog walks planned by the charity this summer to raise money to support their work. All money raised will go towards helping the thousands of sick and injured pets the charity cares for each year. 

Cllr Conor McMahon, of South Dublin County Council, came along to lend his support, acting as guest judge to find the dogs with the Happiest Smile, Waggiest Tail, Shiniest Coat, Best Bark and Best Overall Dog.

“It has been a thoroughly enjoyable, fun filled day for all the family here in Tymon Park and great to see so many families and breeds of dog turn out,” said Cllr McMahon.

“The Irish Blue Cross carry out fantastic work in our community from their mobile units and clinic and we should do anything we can to support such a worthy charity.”

Commenting on acting as competition judge, Cllr McMahon, added: “It was a very tough task to choose the Best Dog with so many worthy entrants, but in the end, we decided on Cooper, a gorgeous retriever puppy who was so well behaved at just 11 weeks old.”

 The Irish Blue Cross, well known for providing charitable veterinary services from its small animal clinic in Inchicore and from mobile clinics every weekday evening, hope to raise in the region of €25,000 from the five Bark events this summer.

The remaining Bark in the Park event for 2018 took place in Ardgillan Castle in Balbriggan last Sunday. More details can be found on www.barkinthepark.ie. ;

Cooper with her owners Nitin Sharma and Manisha Goswami, Cllr Conor McMahon and Alison Kelly and Geoff Kane from The Irish Blue Cross. Locals join in the fun at the Irish Blue Cross Bark In Tymon Park.

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