Catching the wave

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At the beginning of this month, the Surfing Dog Championship took place at First Point, Noosa, held as part of the Noosa Festival of Surfing.

Long-time event sponsor, VetShopAustralia, once again teamed up with Simparica to promote the importance of waterproof parasite protection and overall pet health.

VetShopAustralia head veterinarian, Dr Mark Perissinotto said,  “VetShopAustralia and Simparica are committed to nurturing the pet and pet-parent bond through fun outdoor activities such as the Australian Surfing Dog Championships.

This year’s championship will see the return of crowd favourites Rob and Spike who travel up from Melbourne every year to compete.

“Spike turns from casual family dog into hyper hound when he sees a glimpse of the beach and will no doubt want to get his paws submerged and on the trophy one more time,” owner Rob Lorenzon said.

Adopted from the Lost Dogs Home in Anglesea, Victoria, seven years ago and soaking up a second chance at life, Spike, a kelpie x border collie x ridgeback and his master, are super stoked to be part of this year’s event.

2019 champions Chris and Banjo are also returning to the water in the hope of retaining their crown.

‘Mr Dog Surf’ himself, Chris de Aboitiz and his loyal companion Rama will no doubt wow the crowd with new stunts and surprises, and if weather allows, rise above the waves on a hydrofoil-mounted surfboard.

Hugs the Labrador ex pin-up hound, head down rump raised Gold Coast rider Porkchop, along with newbie and the youngest ever hydro hound competitor at only eight months old Kai, are all chomping at the bone to be part of this year’s lineup.

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