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Moomba Madness for GSDCV !

On Monday March 14th 10 members and their dogs represented the GSDCV as part of the Royal Melbourne Show's 'Best in Show' float in the annual MOOMBA parade. Crowd estimates of 70,000+ watched our GSD's strut their stuff down Swantson St Melbourne in the Moomba parade. The dogs were the heroes with the crowd and they were mobbed for pats and cuddles, in between acting out our ‘best in show’ ring routine. View the slideshow and read the full details here

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The dogs behaviour was impeccable throughout and they were certainly terrific ambassadors for the GSD breed - the day was filled with publicity and promotion you can't buy !!! At the end of the parade, the dogs were overun for pats and photos (and more photos!) by the public. They lapped up the attention.
The members and dogs involved for the GSDCV were Dearne Jackson with Polly, Vince Ebejer with Jipcee, Bernie Lester with Harvey, Gayle Johnston with Al, Dawn Howard with Rain, Margie McCluskey with Cailin, Grant Milne with Abbi, Ken McKay with Nero, Ian Woollard with Jake and Jacinta Poole with Dizzy. Lin Milne was our official photographer and Anca Tilea our ‘judge’ for the parade.
To get our group organised, there were 2 days of official parade rehearsals, shopping for suitable ‘show’ attire and a training night for our parade routine so we were set to go. After arriving at 8am in the city, we walked the dogs up to the start of the parade at the top of Swanston street. A big group of GSD's creates quite scene - even at that hour. The public wanted to meet and greet and we caused quite a stir. The dogs thought it was great ! As we waited there were so many sights and sounds with the area packed with the public arriving for the Moomba festivities.
By 10.30am we took our place in the parade line behind the Royal Show float, and waited to set off as the crowd built. Time flew as we walked down Swanston St, meeting and greeting and ‘showing’. By 12.30pm, the parade was over and our dogs mixed with the public, had photos and pats and generally endeared themselves to anyone who took any notice.
Well done and thankyou to our magnificent German Shepherd Dogs and their handlers for their efforts. GSDCV Publicity and Promotions Officer Dearne Jackson coordinated the whole activity and had every base covered in the lead up to ensure that the day went smoothly – a significant task.

 But the dogs were the stars of the show, and here they are......