Oodles of fun at doggy playdate

Otis the labradoodle, centre, enjoys his doggy playdates at Fergusson Park.

While the standard poodle might still be a popular breed, these days you’re more likely to come across a moodle, a choodle, a labradoodle, or a spoodle.

With plenty of ‘oodle’ dogs in Tauranga, labradoodle owner Christine Sadlier set up the Bay of Plenty Oodle Club about two years ago.

Members meet on the first Sunday of every month from 2-3pm at the Beach Road end of Fergusson Park. This month there will be a special best dressed dog event, with prizes up for grabs.

Christine says she started the group as a way of socialising her high-energy labradoodle Otis.

“It’s just a casual thing and it’s not exclusive to oodle dogs – we welcome all dogs and their owners. There’s usually a handful of regulars, and it’s a great social occasion for both the dogs and owners. There’s always plenty of kids there and I bring water bowls, balls and treats.

“This weekend is a special event with prizes for the best dressed dogs. Who doesn’t love dressing their dog up? We’d love more dogs to come down.”

If you’d like to join the group this weekend they will be meeting at Fergusson Park on Sunday, May 6 at 2pm. For more information phone Christine on: 027 738 4094.