It was a doggy day out for all at Apex Park on Sunday when about 50 animal lovers turned out to raise funds for pet rescuers RADAR, but it was the guest of honour who really set tongues, and tails, wagging.
Local hero, sausage dog Schnitzel von Crumb, defied his terminal cancer diagnosis long enough to make an appearance at the event, the first fundraiser for the Riverina and District Animal Rescue.
He was taken in by RADAR president Jessica Weir, who said Sunday's event was a big hit with the brave dog.
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"We popped him in the pram and he did really well," she said. "He made it the whole way around [the park].
"He got lots of cuddles and plenty of people came out to meet him."
She said he made some doggy friends of his own, and it was just another great item ticked off his bucket list.
"He loved meeting everyone [particularly] a couple of other sausage dogs," she said. "He was so happy to see his own."
Fellow pooches and Schnitzel donned colorful bandanas for the charity walk, while owners sported matching polos, putting on a united front to raise funds for the Riverina organisation, which rescues and rehomes companion animals.
The final amount raised has yet to be counted, but with $270 from the barbecue raffle alone, Jessica said the organisation's first fundraiser looks like it was a great success.
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