A paw-some show starring dogs is coming to HOTA this month!

Calling all Gold Coast dog lovers! You won’t want to miss the paw-some show coming to HOTA later this month.

Fresh from it’s world premiere at the Brisbane Festival, Let’s Be Friends Furever will hit the stage on October 29 and 30 as part of HOTA’s WONDER Festival.

The show is the brainchild of theatre-makers The Good Room, who scoured puppy playgrounds high and low to find local canines with barkworthy tails to tell.

Some of the cast include an 80 kilogram dog with his own bedroom, a dogfluencer with more followers than you, and a national champion with fur to die for.

Described as the ultimutt live dogumentary for anyone who loves dogs, Gold Coasters can expect one hour of uplifting and tear-jerking theatre.

Watch below for a sneak peek of the show: 

Let’s Be Friends Furever is just one of the many experiences dog lovers can enjoy during WONDER.

HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said WONDER is the perfect opportunity for some socially distanced fun in the outdoors, and a celebration of our furry friends.

“This year, WONDER at HOTA is back and its bigger and bolder than before, with larger-than- life art in the outdoors and an explosion of colour and sound, with a program fully dedicated to a dog’s life,” she said.

For more information on Let’s Be Friends Furever and to book tickets, visit: hota.com.au/events/lets-be-friends-furever/

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Gold Coast dog owners reminded to take the lead

Gold Coast dog owners are being reminded to keep their furry friends on a leash when taking them for a walk around the city.

Unless you are in a signed, designated off-leash area, pet owners must have their pooches on a leash at all times when in a public place.

More often than not, dog attacks occur when dogs are not on a leash or under effective control.

Division 11 Councillor Herman Vorster said pet owners are responsible and legally liable for the actions of their animals.

“While your four-legged friend might be a cherished member of the family, it’s important to remember not everyone is a dog person,” he said.

Mr Vorster said dog owners need to be considerate of others, and while you may think your pet is friendly and harmless, other people have the right to feel safe.

“Take the lead and be a responsible owner; walk your dog on a leash to ensure it is a paws-itive experience for the whole community.”

PHOTO: supplied by City of Gold Coast

Gold Coasters are also urged to take dog bags while out and about with their pooches, as no one likes standing in an unpleasant surprise.

For more information on being a responsible dog owner, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/dogs.

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Green Turtle

Shell Shock: Sea World rescues 25 turtles in August

August has been one of the busiest months ever for the Sea World team, with 25 turtles currently rehabilitating at the marine park.

The turtles were found between Coffs Harbour and Hervey Bay with injuries from boat strikes, fishing gear entanglement or floating syndrome.

Sea World veterinarian Dr Claire Madden said the team has been inundated with a range of turtle species including Green Turtles, Hawksbills and Loggerheads this month.

“While in our care, the turtles receive a range of veterinary and treatment options dependent on their injuries or illness,” she said.

“Unfortunately, several of the turtles have come into care as a result of human interactions such as boat strikes and fishing entanglement, so we are urging people who utilise the waterways to be alert and go slow for those below and dispose of their rubbish properly.

“We go through a staged rehabilitation process with the goal always leading to a release back to where they were found.”

See footage of the some of the turtles being rescued and treated in the video below:

“We would like to thank the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Department, Coastguard and the many community groups and members of the public who have helped with the rescue operations of some of these turtles or alerted us to their whereabouts,” said Dr Madden.

The Sea World Rescue Team are on call 24 hours every day, 365 days a year should a marine animal need rescuing. For more information visit seaworld.com.au/conservation

Turns out 1 in 3 Aussies prefer pets over family and ya not wrong!

In some news that’s probably not so surprising, new research has found that one in three Australians actually love their fur-babies more than their own human family members.

The research was commissioned by ING and also uncovered the adorable revelation that a third of people consider their pet their child.

Interestingly, one in four pet owners also admitted that they would end a relationship if a partner didn’t like their pet.

While 40% of those surveyed said they spend more money on their pets than themselves and admit they’ve spent more on their pet’s birthday than for a family member or friend’s special day.

“It’s clear from the research that our furry friends help us with our overall wellbeing and happiness, encouraging us to feel less stressed with life and helping us to focus on the things that matter most,” Dina Kotsopoulos, Head of Wealth at ING said.

The research also revealed that dogs and cats have become such an integral part of Aussie life that owners are, on average, investing more than a full working day (9.6 hours) each week caring and up keeping their fur babies with grooming, shopping, feeding, exercising and entertaining.

“It’s not surprising that so many Aussies are prioritising their pets above everything else and dedicating a full working day each week to look after them,” Kotsopoulos said.

In some very wholesome news, over a third of those surveyed said their mental health has improved since owning a pet, while over half confirmed their pets have had a calming effect on them.

What did we do to deserve these beautiful balls of fluff?!


WATCH: Gold Coasters can access free dog education and training this month

Calling all Gold Coast paw-rents!

City of Gold Coast is hosting a series of free Pet Education and Training Sessions from 19 May to 6 June to help local dog owners learn how to build confidence, increase socialisation, reduce problem behaviour and keep their dogs safe.

Specialist dog trainer Craig Murray told myGC the sessions will cover an array of topics.

“There’s three information sessions and the first one is on body language, the second one is on barking, and the third one is behaviour,” he said.

“To help with your situation with your dog, if you come along to the information sessions, we will be covering all the things you need to know.”

Hot Tomato radio announcer Paul Gale caught up with Craig to find out more about the sessions, and to get a few helpful tips – watch below:

The 2 hour information sessions run from 19 May to 6 June at Helensvale, Nerang and Robina.

Bookings are essential, with individuals and families welcome to attend, however pets must be left at home. To find out more, or to book, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/peteducation

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