Day Out takes (dog's) biscuit

23:53, Mar 24 2014
Angela Elliott
DRESSED UP: Emily Scott, 10, of Nelson the dress up competition with Lottie during Sunday’s SPCA Dogs Day Out in Isel Park.

Ears pricked, paws danced and tails wagged when dozens of dogs came to Isel Park for the SPCA's annual Dog's Day Out.

The day out was organised by the Nelson SPCA to raise its profile and raise a little money from the $10 admission to help care for its animals. Event co-ordinator Summer Marvin said there were more than 140 dogs and owners registered: "It was a really full, happy day."

She said her favourite part of the day out each year was seeing dogs that had been adopted through the SPCA among the crowd.

"It's always a special joy to see them out enjoying life with their new families."

The day's events included a group walk through Isel Park, a dog agility demonstration, a game where owners competed to dress their dog up as quickly as possible, and a dog show. The show emphasised fun over pedigree, with prizes for the best ball catcher, best-dressed dog and owner, "golden oldie" and more.