PETS and their owners have opportunities for fun, health and fundraising across August at a range of local events.
The suburb of Flagstone is opening the gate so that dog owners can give tired, dusty dog parks the flick at the opening of Queensland’s newest water playground for dogs.
According to a spokesperson from Flagstone developer Peet, the new park opens with a free ‘paw party’ on Saturday, August 19, from 10am to 1pm.
“Test your pooch over the obstacle course, spoil your puppy in the pamper centre, take a snap with your bestie in the doggy photo booth, or kick back and just enjoy the atmosphere with live entertainment, food trucks and more,” the spokesperson said.
The RSPCA will be onsite with rescue animals and giveaways to celebrate ahead of Cupcake Day on Monday, August 21.
“It’s a sweet way for bakers and sugar lovers everywhere to help rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home the 135,000 animals that come through RSPCA shelters every year.
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“The new doggie playground features spouts of bubbly water that shoot from the ground at the push of a button, dog tunnels weaving through cave-like heaped rocks opening out to green grassy mounds and play equipment, like tennis ball trees made of locally felled tree stumps.
“The environment is just as comfortable for people as it is exciting for dogs,” they said.
Follow the signs from Teviot Road off Mount Lindsay Highway to Flagstone Central dog park, across the new bridge on Homestead Drive, Jimboomba.
For more information check out the event Facebook page via facebook.com/events/152074962011321.
Micromanage your pet’s safety
Logan City Council is taking microchipping to Jimboomba in collaboration with the RSPCA, with a mobile microchipping ‘pop up’ to be held at Rotary Park, Jimboomba, this Sunday, August 13 from 8am to 9.30am.
Microchipping costs only $20 per animal (cats or dogs) and no booking is required.
Pet owners who are unsure if their animal is microchipped can check on the day.
The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 requires all cats and dogs to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or when transferred to a new owner.
Rotary and Quota Jimboomba will also be hosting a community sausage sizzle at the event.
Fur baby care online
Online services marketplace Oneflare has seen an 89 per cent increase in pet services bookings from 2014 to 2016 for pet grooming, pet training and services such as dog walking, and the company’s data shows Queenslanders come a close third behind NSW and Victoria when it comes to seeking these services.
According to Oneflare CEO Billy Tucker, putting your pet into kennels involves a high degree of trust.
“Using an online marketplace, where you can see other people’s reviews and recommendations and find a reputable service, helps remove the uncertainty,” he said.
“People want to be sure that their pet is being well cared for when they are investing in a care provider.”
Seek local pet service providers via their website oneflare.com.au.