Proud pet lovers parade out a pretty menagerie

Last updated 10:33 07/11/2012
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PETER McDONALD
Sweet friend: Rachel Prince of Upper Hutt with her pet rat Sucre.

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Hundreds turned out for the weekend's Royal Canin Pet Expo at Trentham Racecourse.

Visitors were able to see a range of pets and animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, fish and reptiles.

Fiona Dunkley from Dunkleys Shows said the number of visitors on Saturday was lower than expected due to rain, but Sunday was "way up" with a weekend total of 8000 visitors.

The racecourse was a "great venue" because of separate areas to keep the various types of animals apart, she said.

On the Sunday they had a parade ring, dog parade, competitions including most like owner, displays of dog dancing and dog agility and pony and cart rides.

Ms Dunkley said the event appealed to people of all ages and reflected the popularity of pets.

Dunkleys also hold similar shows in Christchurch - where they are based - and Hamilton.

The show will next visit Upper Hutt in 2014.

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