The FLCV took part in PAWGUST 2019 on behalf of Guide Dogs Australia to help Guide Dog puppies in training and support people in our community living with disability.
During the month of August, members and their Lappies aimed to walk 30 minutes a day for 30 days (that's roughly 2km every day which is no small feat in the winter weather!) to raise vital funds for Guide Dogs and support their puppies currently in training.
It was a fantastic effort by the entire FLCV team, and we managed to reach our goal not once, BUT TWICE!
Donations are still open til 30 September, so if you'd like to support the team, click here to donate.
We also had some great media coverage, with some FLCV members also interviewed for a PAWGUST story on Talking Disability. You can read it here.
The 2019 FLCV Fun Day was a resounding success! It was a chance for all Victorian Lappies to have some fun in the show ring, with classes including Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Food Catching and Best Sit, Drop, Stand.
Congratulations to all of the winners of the Fun Classes - we hope you and your Lappies had fun! We'll be posting the photos on the website as soon as they're available.
The highlight of the afternoon was definitely the Temptation Trail. Each dog was encouraged to walk through plates of food to their owner without stopping for a snack on the way. If you know Lappies, you'll know how hard this was!
Once again, the Finnish Lapphunds descended on the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne for the Dog Lovers Show. This is a hit for us every year with the dogs loving all the attention and the owners able to gush to the public about their love for their dogs. Many of our volunteers were once the viewing public so they understand all too well the allure of these special dogs.
But we weren't just manning a stall...
Thor (Ch. Articmal Golden Duke (AI) ADX JDX SPD SD) also competed at the Dog lovers show in the weave pole challenge as a member of Dr. Katrina Warrens winning Wonder Dog team.
He also took home the crowd favourite trophy as well. As if there was any doubt he'd be a crowd favourite. Well done Claudia and Thor.
What a lovely day for our Lappie catch up. There were a number of youngsters in attendance so it was decided to keep it to a walk around the oval. The pups had a lovely time and slept well after romping around together.
For those interested in teaching their Lappies new skills or refining skills already taught we enlisted the fabulous Julija Kinghorn from Southern Cross Animal Stars to run a workshop for us. A fun day for all and was a lot of laughs. Handlers/Owners and Dogs Learnt:
4. Take a bow 5. Nose targeting 6. Paws on
7. Make a wish / be shy / say prayers
It's always tricky trying to predict snow in low-lying areas outside the National Parks but we were lucky to have a generous enough fall to run a Snow Day at Mt. Margaret.
Due to the tricky timing it was a small gathering but the dogs had an absolute blast running around in the snow. The smiles really tell the story. Look at those faces. (well, except Emmi. She puts on her grumpy face when made to pose for photos).
Victoria's weather gods put on some lovely weather for our Lappie walk at Jells Park this weekend.
The dogs were in great spirits. Plenty of new friends made and old friends reunited.
This was one of our biggest turn outs yet and we were really thrilled to meet and greet our large lappie family.
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Here we capture and record our members adventures with their furry friends.