Pooches big and small picnic at Pokolbin

Pooches of all shapes and sizes were welcomed to Pepper Tree Wines on Sunday, with the Pokolbin winery opening their cellar doors to visitors and their canine companions. 

It was the sixth time the annual Pepper Tree Wines Pooch Picnic has been held, with the Sunday event helping raise funds for Dog Rescue Newcastle with a gold coin donation entry charge.

Pepper Tree’s Michelle Preece said about 500 people attended the picnic, most of them accompanied by a pooch pal. 

“It was the biggest one yet,” she said. 

“It was a really good day, everyone enjoyed themselves.”

The busy day included live music and entertainment for visitors, while pooches were kept busy with an agility course and pet competitions including prizes for the cutest dog and best dressed.

Michelle said the pooch picnic was created six years ago as an extension of the Pepper Tree Pet Club and as a way of raising much needed funds for local not-for-profit animal rescue organisations.

“The team at Pepper Tree Wines know what an integral part a pet plays in their owners lives,” she said.

“The Pooch Picnic is a way for us to celebrate all our four legged friends.”

Dog Rescue Newcastle is a volunteer organisation committed to the rescue of abandoned, neglected or abused companion animals. They ensure rescue dogs and cats are placed into loving foster homes where they receive the love and attention they deserve until a permanent home can be found.