Could your marvellous mutt be Belfast’s Next Top Doggie?
Does your handsome hound or magnificent mongrel have what it takes to be Belfast’s Next Top Doggie?
Belfast City Council has launched the modelling contest with a difference to find a ‘poster pooch’ for the council’s ‘Your dog, your job’ anti-dog fouling campaign.
The aim of the city-wide talent search is to raise awareness about the campaign and engage with dog owners, as well as finding a worthy four-legged ambassador to ‘take the lead’, as it were.
Sam Skimin, Head of Cleansing Services at Belfast City Council, said: “Dog fouling is a problem right across the city and while we work hard to keep the city streets and parks and open spaces clean, dog owners must take responsibility for picking up after their pets.
“We’re looking for a top dog to help us raise awareness of the ‘Your dog, your job’ campaign, and encourage behaviour change among dog owners. Last year, we launched our ‘Paws and pick up’ pledge, and we hope this latest phase of the campaign will encourage more people to sign up to the pledge and help keep our city streets, parks and open spaces fouling-free.”
Mr Skimin added: “This competition may seem like a bit of fun, and it is; but there is a serious message at its heart, and we hope the Belfast public will embrace the campaign and help us make it a roaring – or should that be barking – success.”
Interested canines are being asked to submit a ‘selfie’ (with the permission of their owner, of course) and members of the public will be invited to vote for their favourite dog in an online poll via the council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/belfastcitycouncil .
Successful finalists will then have to face a ‘pooch panel’ of judges, where the catwalk will be swapped for the ‘dogwalk’ to vie for the title of Belfast’s Next Top Doggie.
Four-legged friends don’t have to be of the pedigree variety, but they will have to be microchipped and have a valid dog licence to be eligible to enter. Owners must also sign up to the council’s ‘Paws and pick up’ pledge.
And, unlike some modelling contests, there will be no age restriction, so young pups stand just as much chance of being crowned as those a bit longer in the (hounds)tooth.
For details on how to enter, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/topdoggie