“The Post” at the biggest pet expo in the country

Your correspondent Buddy Dackel reporting in from Australia.


Australia is a big place … Queensland, the State where I live, is seven times the size of the UK and two and a half times the size of Texas.


So, when I saw that the biggest Pet Expo in the Country was being held at our city’s convention centre I knew it would be BIG. And BIG it was!

Source:  http://www.goldcoastpetexpo.com.au/event-details/


The Gold Coast Pet Expo is held by the RSPCA (our national prevention of animal cruelty authority) and, for the first time, this was held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.


RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty said the turnout exceeded expectations with thousands making a gold coin donation to see more than 150 pet exhibitors, live entertainment and animal shows featuring working dogs and agility. Our dock diving … dogs jumping off a dock into a pool … friends were also there. 

This wasn’t a ticketed event (donation at door so hard to confirm numbers) but over 26,000 people turned up … plus dogs.


I saw quite a few friendly faces and wagging tails in the crowd, including Emily and my friends at Animal Magic (who do my nails). 


There seemed to be a real focus on awareness animal welfare … with not only RSPCA stalls, but the local authority animal control section and police. And re-homing organizations.

These included the organization that re-homes our greyhound friends. Recently, extensive animal welfare problems inherent in the Australian greyhound racing industry were exposed. These problems include … but are not limited to … high injury and euthanasia rates, illegal live baiting and the administration of banned or unregistered substances. The RSPCA believes that there should be a national approach to ending greyhound racing across Australia. 

Outside, on the lawns, there were yummy food outlets (for hoomans and doggies).


Once again, perfect winter’s day in the early 20C.


So much to see, sniff and do on the day. Really pawsome.


Looking forward to next year’s event already!




Buddy Dackel

Australian Editor

28th July 2918

Photos:  Paul Blakey

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