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04th Sep 2022

There is a festival for dogs (and dog owners) happening in Dublin next weekend

Well, this sounds pretty paw-some, I think we can all agree.

If you are looking for something fun to do next weekend – especially if you are a dog owner – why not head over to Marlay Park in Rathfarnham, where a very unique festival will be taking place.

Following the huge success of the first festival, which took place earlier this year in Malahide Castle, Pups in the Park, Marlay Park is expecting 10,000 visitors across the weekend, which truly is the ‘paw-fect’ opportunity for both dogs and humans to enjoy a fun-filled and action-packed line up of events and attractions, including The Regatta Great Dog Walk, the Crave Obedience Ring and the Chin-Wag Talk Stage, where the dogs, as well as the humans, can learn some new tips and tricks.

Sounds like a ton of pup-friendly fun? We know.

This special canine event has renewed its partnership with the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA), who will host a fun Dog Show & Sniffari as well as an Adoption Parade in the Leader Main Arena, giving potential ‘pawrents’ the chance to meet some of the dogs in the charity’s care that are in search of their forever homes.

The event will also provide an exciting opportunity for previous rescues and their owners to meet up and reunite with DSPCA staff during the Rescue Reunions which will take place each day.

What is on at Pups in the Park?

The Leader Main Arena, hosted by pop singer/songwriter and self-confessed dog lover Jake Carter, will also have an exciting lineup of sessions including the Breed Meet Up’s, a doggy-designated event for a host of breeds including collies, dachshunds, golden retrievers, huskies and more to play together while the ‘pawrents’ can meet fellow dog owners.

Experts including well-known TV veterinary experts “Pete the Vet”, Rob Walshe “The Irish Dogfather”, Bobby Ortiz “Dogtor Bob”, and many more will also be on hand to share their expert advice in canine training and care.

For any hungry humans, there will be some delicious dining options to feast on including Griolladh, All Bar Chicken, The Crepe Box and El Milagro, while the four-legged attendees can have a nibble and natter over a doggy snack from vendors including Happy Tails, Bon a Pet Treats, and Park Life.

Visitors can ensure their pooches are donning the latest must-have accessories and apparel with the best dog and pet-based brands like Mozy & Co, Pretty Paws, and Kopi & Co among the 50 vendors that will be in the retail village ready to kit the canines out in some super stylish attire for their big day out!

What: Pups in the Park

When: Saturday 10th September – Sunday 11th September 2022

Where: Marlay Park, Rathfarnam, Dublin 16

Why:  Pups in the Park, brought to you by Leader Dog Food, is Ireland’s ultimate festival for dog lovers and their canine companions

Tickets can be purchased from the festival website and will also be available on entry on both Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th (doggies and children under 2 go free!)

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