Pooches get their claws out for Oodle pageant
IT'S A competitive sport but all for a beautiful cause, as the most primped poodles begin to arrive for the Cooly Rocks On festival and its annual Poodle-Oodle Parade.
Returning for its sixth year, the beauty pageant for dogs will see poodles, schnoodles, foodles, moodles, labradoodles and cavoodles hit the dogwalk to vie for a number of sashes.
Prizes include Waggiest Tail, Owner and Pooch Lookalike, Prettiest Oodle and Best Groomed.
The event isn't without its controversy. In previous years several pooch imposters posing as poodles entered the parade, leaving owners with a bone to pick.
To avoid pouting pugs and disgruntled dachshunds, judges have included an open category for Rock'n'Roll dogs to welcome all breeds of our pedigree chums.
Coco Chanel, pictured, has already made her mark with the judges, helping to launch the event with owner Sue Zocchi, who polished her poodle's coiffed look with hot pink nails and diamante bracelets.
"The event gets bigger and bigger every year," Ms Zocchi said, not miffed by increasing competition.
Internationally certified master groomer Emily Myatt of Animal Magic has taken part in the event for five years, styling many entrants, and said the secret to winning was obvious.
"Make sure you brush and comb your dog really well, you can see the difference," she told the Tweed Daily News.
Ms Myatt explained that poodles were nostalgic of the fifties and sixties because at the time the pets were featured on wide felt skirts, appliquéed or transferred onto the fabric.
"They were a fashion accessory like a handbag and allowed everywhere," she said.
Cooly Rocks On kicks off today and runs until June 13, with residents encouraged to enter into the dog show to be held at the Griffith St East Nostalgia Big Screen, corner of Griffith and Stuart Sts, on Sunday, June 12.
The day prior, on Saturday, June 11, Jack Evans Boat Harbour will play host to the Cooly Rocks On Swap Meet, the first event of its kind in the festival's six year history.
The inaugural Cooly Rocks On Miss Rockabilly pageant finals take place tomorrow at the Coolangatta Sands Hotel, with 12 finalists selected to fight it out for the prestigious title of Miss Coolie Rocks On 2016.
During the Grand Finale weekend on June 11 and 12, the two main streets in Coolangatta will close to traffic to make way for a giant street party.
For Poodle-Oodle Parade entry details contact sponsor Emily Myatt from Animal Magic via email firstname.lastname@example.org or download an entry form at www.coolyrockson.com