As you may have guessed, The Doggie Do is all about dogs, it’s a celebration of the unique bond we share with our canine friends, and a fun family day out in the leafy confines of one of the Dublin’s loveliest green spaces, Herbert Park.

The event is inspired by the annual Halloween Dog Parade in Tompkins Square Park in New York City’s East Village, which offers an opportunity for the community of dog-owners to get together – and for everyone to enjoy the spectacle of dogs (and some humans) in fancy dress. 

Doggie Do 2016 will offer an afternoon packed with events, appealing both to those who like to play dress-up and those who don’t. This year we're delighted to welcome John Grogan, author of Marley & Me, as our special guest. Andrea Hayes (TV3 Dog Tales) will join John on stage for a chat about falling in love with dogs and all the heartache and happiness we find with them.

The glamour event of the day is of course,  The Dog of Dublin, a canine costume competition, culminating with the crowning of the ‘Dog of Dublin 2016’. If your dog likes to show off and you like to express yourselves in costumes enter now!

'The Cultured Canine' tent is a new addition this year. It should come as no surprise that a lot of people in the arts community are as obsessed with dogs as were are. These individuals just happen to turn their observations into something more… We’ve decided to bring some of these talented, creative types together to talk about mutts & magic at our new tent - The Cultured Canine. 

This year we have teamed-up with our good friends from Dogs Trust, so there will be a strong focus on responsible dog ownership and a chance to experience the amazing work that they do to introduce dogs to their ’special someone’. The full programme is available here. To give our canine besties some chill out time, there will be a ‘Doggie and Soul’ area where those feeling a little overwhelmed can relax in a calming atmosphere. If your pooch is more in interested in the exact opposite of that - we have 'The Do Run-Run', an off-leash play park!

For us humans there will be a picnic ‘market garden’ with some of great food to keep us sustained and our great ‘ReTAIL Therapy’ area will return with a really unique selection of vendors showcasing everything from treats to accessories. 

The Doggie Do 2016 - It’s a Mardi Gras for Mutt & Man...

Contact The Doggie Do: thedoggiedo@gmail.com

The Doggie Do with Dogs Trust Ireland supported by Dublin City Council is presented by Le Cool Dublin, Happenings & Mr & Mrs Stevens.