Flood-affected pet owners were able take their pets for free dog-washing and health checks at the Ipswich Showgrounds. Sadie the dog got a cooling wash-down from Roy Larsen (left).
Flood-affected pet owners were able take their pets for free dog-washing and health checks at the Ipswich Showgrounds. Sadie the dog got a cooling wash-down from Roy Larsen (left). David Nielsen

Free dog wash

MAN’S best friend enjoyed a day of pampering at the weekend as the stress of the flood subsided.

Ipswich’s flood-affected residents took their pooches to the pet recovery day yesterday for a free bath, vet check, games, toys and activities.

Sadie the dog relished the opportunity for a cool wash amid yesterday’s smothering heat, with her owner donating money to the flood appeal.

PIAA vice-president Brendan Westaway said pets could also feel stressed in the aftermath of a disaster and needed a calming day.

Mr Westaway said many of the pet owners who came along had lost toys and bedding which were usually stored in lower flooded levels of their house and were thrilled to receive new items for their treasured pets.



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