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Friday 2 December 2016

It's a dog's life as mutts strut their stuff at Bark in the Park

Noelle Conway from Cabra with Rexy a Tea cup Yorkshire terrier at the Phoenix Bark in the Park sponsored Dog walk at the Phoenix Park, Dublin.
Noelle Conway from Cabra with Rexy a Tea cup Yorkshire terrier at the Phoenix Bark in the Park sponsored Dog walk at the Phoenix Park, Dublin.
Libby McKinley 8 from Cabra with Sammy & Lizzy jack Russells at the Phoenix Bark in the Park sponsored Dog walk at the Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Over 200 tails were wagging feverishly as pooches and their owners took part in the annual Bark in the Park charity walk.

Held in Dublin's Phoenix Park, the "multi-canine" event saw mutts of all shapes and sizes race, sniff and pant their way along the 3k route.

Having gone the distance, participating dogs were handed out a series of awards.

These included Dog with the Best Bark, Dog with the Happiest Smile, Best Trick in the Pack, Dog with the Shiniest Coat and, perhaps the most coveted award of all, Dog with the Waggiest Tail.

The walk was the final in a series of events which aimed to raise much-needed funds for the Irish Blue Cross.

Previous Bark in the Park walks were held in Tymon Park Tallaght, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, and St Anne's Park in Raheny.

Last year the series of walks raised an impressive €16,500.

This money was donated to Irish Blue Cross veterinary services, which deliver over 27,000 treatments and procedures to pets in need on an annual basis.

The 2015 Bark in the Park walk began at the Castleknock Gate entrance of the Phoenix Park.

Owners were handed Maxi Zoo goody bags filled with canine and human treats at the finishing line.

The Irish Blue Cross was founded in 1945. Since then the organisation has treated over half-a-million Irish pets.

Service

The Irish Blue Cross has 10 mobile clinic locations in operation at Ballybrack, Ballyfermot, Blanchardstown, Cabra, Crumlin, Donnycarney, Finglas, Smithfield, Tallaght and Walkinstown.

The Irish Blue Cross horse ambulance service also operates at 24 Irish racecourses around the country.

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