Pugoween is hands down my favourite holiday of the year which is pretty funny as I don’t celebrate Halloween. I grew up where it wasn’t celebrated here in Australia and whilst it is gaining momentum each year, I live in a street where in the past 7 years, I think we have had one trick or treater knock on our door. I’m totally fine with it too cause I don’t eat lollies anymore either. But Pugoween is something different. I love seeing pugs get dressed up.
What I love most about Pugoween though is the pug meet group I organise in Wollongong hosts the best event of the year for our group. But it is not all about just dressing up the pugs and having some fun for Pugoween. For our Wollongong pug group, it is all about raising money for pug rescue. And that right there means more than dressing pugs up, cause let’s face it, we can dress pugs up any ol’ time.
Before I go diving into everything about Pugoween, let me tell you a bit about the Wollongong Pugs group. We are a small group for the pugs to meet up with on the South Coast. We have monthly pug meets where we average maybe 10 or so pugs. The regulars have been coming since I started the regular meet ups back in early 2015. I am not a local to Wollongong but every month, or at least when we can make it, we drive 50 minutes to meet up with our #gongpugcrew. This is the only group of pugs that Ref tends to play with. And the people are awesome. That leads me to Pugoween.
This year’s Pugoween was Wollongong Pugs 3rd Annual event. Each year it keeps growing and this small group of people and pugs just keep proving how awesome they are. I think I counted about 32 pugs who came along with their humans for a morning of fun. I almost got a photo of each one too. Each year I choose a charity for us to raise money for. This year’s Pugoween benefited Pug Patrol Rescue Australia.
Every year I reach out to small businesses all over Australia asking for their help with Pugoween. Every year, these amazing small business keep helping with donations. They donate items for showbags, raffles and our best dressed pug prizes. I’m amazed every year just how generous these businesses are so our little pug group can raise money for pug rescue. This year I also had the help of some of our members of the group getting donations. Denise did amazing work going around to local business and getting donations. Robyn donated herself an amazing amount of goodies for showbags and raffles, plus helped out on the day so I could take lots of photos. And of course, Felicity spent the day before baking 48 cookies for the humans to buy as treats for themselves. I couldn’t have done the day without these guys help.
The morning was so much fun with first time pug meeters coming along and of course our regulars. Every pug got dressed up. And there were some awesome outfits. Plenty of pugkins, tacos, devils, dragons and more. We had a fun little photobooth for taking photos in. 29 showbags for sale, 48 delicious looking cookies, puguccinos and of course our raffle. Our 2 best dressed pugs were Rexy aka Puff the Magic Dragon and Lewis with his human kid as the Jailhouse Pug.
With all of the awesomeness of the morning, there was one important thing… raising money for pug rescue. This small group of amazing people were so generous that between the sales of showbags, cookies and raffle tickets plus donating directly to Pug Patrol Rescue Australia, we raised an amazing $1,151 for them. That money will go a long way to help them with their ever growing vet bills. I couldn’t be prouder of this group of people and how awesome Pugoween 2018 was. I’m already thinking of things to make it bigger and better in 2019.
I do what to thank some businesses for their donations this year because most of these businesses are small businesses. They are the ones that are the most generous and deserve the support of people like you and me to keep their livelihoods going.
- L’Barkery – Innovative Pet Products
- Miss Drew’s Bakery & Dog Cafe
- BEERDOG’s Brewhouse
- Olly’s Box
- Laura’s Pawesome Treats
- Pawlicious Bites
- My Pupper
- Sylvania Veterinary Hospital
- Ruthless Photos
- The Pug Diary
- DOGUE, Gymea
- Molly and Me Barkery
- The Dog Project
- I Can See Dog Car Seat
- Mr and Mrs Jones Giftware
- Petbarn, Tarren Point
- Harry Hartog Bookseller, Miranda
- Dan Murphy’s, Caringbah
- Animalia Miranda Fair
- BWS, Kirrawee