Doggie Do(ne)

So the Doggie Do has come and gone. We're still beaming with delight at the wonderful success of last Sunday and are most grateful to all our two-legged and four-legged friends for coming out and supporting the event. 

Firstly we'd like to congratulate Tippi, our new Dog of Dublin 2016. 

Tippi - the Dog of Dublin 2016

Tippi - the Dog of Dublin 2016

She was a runner-up in 2015 and morphed from a Doggerpillar into a beautiful butterfly and is a worthy winner of the accolade.

Tippi pictured with her owner Catriona O'Neill Caraher 

Tippi pictured with her owner Catriona O'Neill Caraher 

Our MC Darren Kennedy, who we're now calling 'Our Dáithí', exuded his effortless charm in coaxing the story behind each contestant which was subject to intense consideration and debate by our delightful judging trio of Zoe Carol, Steven Mannion Farrell and Irene O'Brien

Darren with our judging panel for the Dog of Dublin 2016

Darren with our judging panel for the Dog of Dublin 2016

Our friends and supporters at Dogs Trust packed their tent with informative and fun talks throughout the day while we had master classes in illustration and photography as well as a chat with some artists and craft-makers and how dogs influence their work in our Cultured Canine tent. 

Dogs Trust at The Doggie Do

Dogs Trust at The Doggie Do

You can check out the keen eye of Audrey Dalton from Pawtrait who documented the style and panache of the dogs in attendance on our home page. And our Doggelganger competition with photos taken by Caitlin de Greef is now active on facebook where we will select a winner soon. Check it out to tag yourself and vote. 

Our special guest John Grogan, the author of Marley and Me, offered humorous insights into the dog and book and movie which had such an impact on his life in conversation with Andrea Hayes. from TV3's Dog Tales.

Our Doggie and Soul area proved the perfect chill-out zone for those who were panting with too much excitement and our Rainbow Bridge Tree was a poignant place to remember all our cherished doggies who have left us.

We would like to thank our ReTail therapy stalls who showcased an array of high-quality products created with your canine in mind. A Round of A Paws too to Dublin City Council for their support and allowing us use the beautiful surrounds of Herbert Park on the day. And last but never least our volunteers and friends who made everything run so smoothly on the day.

We're already planning the third Doggie Do in 2017 and hopefully some more exciting events to build upon the love of the community. Please feel free to share any images or feedback regarding what you would like us to do next and who you would like to see at the next Doggie Do. 

In the meantime, Woof Love to you all x

 

 

Your dog's 15 minutes of fur-fame!

MICROMEDIA WANT TO SEE YOUR PUPPERS...

It’s the weekend, hurrah! Time to get out and about with our doggies. Our friends at Micromedia.ie want us to show them our pooches on their weekend strolls. Whether you’re heading into town, down the pier or round the park share your pooch pics with us, on whatever social media platform you frequent with the hashtag #thedoggiedo The best-in-show will appear on Micromedias cool digital screens around the city in the run up to The Doggie Do next Sunday, Sept 11th. Get sharing your pics - your doggo deserves their 15 minutes of fur-fame!

Competitions at The Doggie Do 2016

THE DOG OF DUBLIN 2016 - Canine Costume Competition!

Last year we saw pugs in pearls, radiant rescues and themed human/dog pairs strut the ‘dog-walk’ in competition for the inaugural 'Dog of Dublin' title. The eventual winner was the wonderful Missi, a senior lady with arthritis. Her best friend, Vivienne, helped her out by creating an amazing Moulin Rouge themed costume for both of them, including a glamorous push cart for little Missi. Lucky also wowed us with his classic hot-dog look and the ‘dog-a-pillar’ Tippi made us laugh with his brilliant mulit-legged, home-made get-up.

Does your best fur-friend have personality, style and panache? Do you think they’ve got what it takes to impress our judges? If so, fill in our registration form today and getting planning that costume!

DOGGELGANGERS - a dog and human lookalike competition!

It has now been proven that  dog owners end up looking like their canine companions, (seriously, click through on that link!) and vice-versa. We're inviting such pairs to enter our dog & human lookalike competition ‘Doggelgangers’ (like Doppelgängers... geddit?)
Michelle Howie of petpawtraits.ie will photograph entrants at the Doggelgangers stand, and results will be posted on our Facebook after the festival. The winning lookalikes will be rewarded with a framed print of their winning shot, courtesy of petpawtraits.ie!

THE RAINBOW BRIDGE TREE - remembering our departed doggos

Most of us have had to deal with the passing of a beloved fur-friend in our lives shared with dogs. We’d like to remember all these brilliant bow-wows at The Doggie Do 2016. Everyone who wants to join in is invited to come to the Rainbow Bridge Tree on site, write your pets name on a rainbow ribbon (supplied) and tie it to the tree. 

Rainbow Bridge Memorials will be on hand with a great competition to win €600 worth of their beautiful memorial jewellery. Say hi to Jennifer at the Rainbow Bridge Tree and put your name on the list to be in with a chance to win!

The Cultured Canine - Inspiring Dogs, Inspiring People!

Our new second stage examines the dog as a source of inspiration, in art and in life...

Bowie by Mia Loves Jay

Bowie by Mia Loves Jay

It seems to us that we spend a lot of time looking at our dog buddies. We keep an eye out when they are active and we watch them doggie-dreaming. It should come as no surprise that a lot of people in the arts community are similarly inclined - 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. 

Here's what to expect:

 

DOG IS IN THE DETAIL

Artists in conversation about their canine creativity...

Steven Mannion-FarrellGeraldine Murphy and Mia have all been inspired by their fabulous fur friends to create unique works of art & design. Steven is Heather Humphrey's favourite artist, Geraldine (Saba Jewellery) set an MA from Emerson aside and Mia (Mia Loves Jay) swapped Molecular Genetics for Liberty Fabrics. 
We'll chat to these talented individuals about how putting the dog at the centre of their creativity opened up new and exciting routes to inspiration. Who knows, you might even be inspired to chuck it all in to make dog pottery yourself!

Sugar by Steven Mannion-Farrell

Sugar by Steven Mannion-Farrell

Jack Russel Terrier Pendant by Saba

Jack Russel Terrier Pendant by Saba

 

SHOOT YOUR DOG

(better smartphone shots for dog owners)

Audrey Dalton of pawtrait.ie will share hints and tips on getting the most from your phone's camera when trying to capture your pup’s personality.

Audrey is a commercial photographer but Pawtrait is her pet project, providing a bespoke pet photography experience in the beautiful Cherrylane Gallery, Greystones. When she’s not in the studio photographing other peoples dogs, you’ll find her down at the park with her two rescues, Ozzie & Io.

by Audrey Dalton - pawtrait.ie

by Audrey Dalton - pawtrait.ie

DOGGIE DRAWING

with Fuchsia Macaree

You’ll know Fuchsia's colourful illustrations from all over;  city junction boxes, a tourist map or two from in-flight magazines and she’s just been commissioned by search colossus Google to tackle her biggest ever canvas  to paint up their giant data centre.

At The Cultured Canine, she will guide young artists in a hands-on workshop to help them draw the dog of their dreams (or at least something that looks recognisably like a dog)!

T - by Fuchsia Macaree

T - by Fuchsia Macaree