Furry pug fashionistas to strut their stuff

Storm Veronie and Andre Botha with Georgie, Peanut and Aja urge residents to get involved in a fundraiser for Pug Rescue SA this Saturday.
Storm Veronie and Andre Botha with Georgie, Peanut and Aja urge residents to get involved in a fundraiser for Pug Rescue SA this Saturday.

THEY say every dog has its day, and for one breed in particular, that day has come. On Sunday, 26 February, Crusaders Sports Club will play host to a pug invasion, a Pungentine, complete with a Mr and Miss Pug KZN. The idea is the brainchild of Durban North resident Storm Veronie, who hopes to raise funds and awareness for Pug Resuce SA, a non-profit organisation.

The organisation, rehabilitates, re-homes and offers sanctuary to Pugs in South Africa.

“I’m a volunteer for the organisation and we’ve run a few events in the past, including the Pug Walk and then the Pug Olympics to try and raise as much as we can for the rescue. They are dependent on the public for support. They aim to give all rescued pugs a second chance to find a happy, loving home. I’m just one of many dedicated volunteers who give back to the NPO,” she said.

Veronie who has two pugs of her own, Georgie and Peanut, said many who end up abandoning or surrendering their pugs don’t fully understand how hard it is to look after them.

“Many owners do not realize just how much work it can be to deal with their health, grooming and other things that pugs need.”

She will now host a Pugentine competition, where pugs, both boys and girls dress up for a competition.

“We want people and pugs to have fun and raise funds for a good cause. Pugs will be judged on their dress and talent. All proceeds from the day will go towards Pug Rescue SA. We also want other pug owners and pugs to socialise on the day,” she said.

  • The event starts at 10.30am on Sunday, 26 February. There will be food, drinks, prizes and a photo booth. The event will be held at the bowling green of the Crusaders Sports Club on Ranleigh Crescent. To enter costs R20 for adults, 10 for children and R5 for doggies.

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