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