IT WAS enough to bring you to your knees.
In fact, on many occasions and for many people, it did.
The pet spectacular was held at Echuca’s Showgrounds on Monday and brought together animals and humans from far and wide.
There were lots of awws, oohs and ahhs as people — young and old — dropped to their knees to say hello to four-legged friends.
Dogs of every variety — including Labradors, Maltese, Siberian Huskies, Greyhounds, Wolfhounds, Jack Russells, Poodles, Spoodles, Groodles, Bulldogs, Pugs, Golden Retrievers, a lone Maremma, Border Collies and one Damara (which goes baaa rather than woof) — came out to brave the cold.
Some were dressed as princesses while others had enough fur to leave their jackets at home.
It was enough to leave Campaspe and River Murray Animal Rehoming (CARMAR) smiling as the spectacular came to an end.
CARMAR president Mairin McCubbin said it was ‘‘bigger than the group ever expected’’.
‘‘It’s just great,’’ she said on the day.
‘‘We have about 30 market stalls and everyone has had such a good time.’’
Club secretary Geraldine Parker estimated about 70 dogs walked through the gates and that was before the pet parade at noon.
‘‘It’s been awesome,’’ she said.
‘‘Hopefully we raise lots of money.’’
And they did — although exact estimates are still being tallied — with all the money going towards CARMAR for vet bills.
Entry to the jam-packed event was a gold coin donation.
That gave people the opportunity to peruse market stalls, get their pets a massage, a photo in the photobooth, and even have their nails clipped.
Microchipping was offered at reduced rates and there were also demonstrations, colouring competitions, awards handed out and a chance to meet the ‘adoptables’.
Speaking of, CARMAR has five kittens and three dogs up for adoption. Interested people can see their Facebook page for more information.
It would be a shame not to check them out.
Plus it’s bound to give you some good karma.