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Stand up paddle boards were available for hire, but it was BYO dog at Watsons Bay on Australia Day. Every Man and His Dog (a man and dog stand up paddle board race) took place at the popular harbourside Sydney beach.

The dogs were the stars of the morning, with costumes ranging from patriotic Australian flag outfits to matching owner and dog superhero getups.

Emily and I had no chance of containing our excitement when a man asked us to mind his dog, Sammy (who was dressed as Superman). So many people came up to meet Sammy while we were looking after him that we felt a bit like celebrities ourselves.

But there were actual celebrities present! Sporte the French bulldog – who at five months old already has over 7,000 followers on Instagram – received a lot of admiration. The little Frenchie had a GoPro mounted on his back for the race, and the cutest footage is up on his Instagram from it. You can watch the race from the vantage point of behind his perky little ears.

After the race there were a variety of other fun activities, including a treasure hunt for the dogs and a best dressed competition. My vote went to the Batman and Robin duo, who gave a whole new meaning to the idea of dogs and their owners looking alike.

Such a cuteness overload made for two pretty hungry girls, but luckily Watsons Bay Hotel is right on the beachfront –  and the staff didn’t seem to mind that some of the lunch goers were furrier than their usual crowd.

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The waterfront at Watsons Bay before the race / 2. Me minding Sammy, the superdog / 3. Emily and Sammy / 4. Sporte the frenchie wearing his gopro harness / 5. Man, dog and paddle board / 6. Patriotic Aussie dog waiting for the race / 7. An Aussie flagcastle /8. Batman and Robin with their game faces on prior to the race / 9. Batman and Robin: pre-race bonding /10. Beach babe pup with a sandy face watches the race from the shore / 11. And they’re off! / 12. Batman powers through the water, while Robin the puggle considers getting his paws wet / 13. A sandy-nosed spaniel watches the race / 14. The race continues… / 15. The Watsons Bay waterfront.

3 Comments on Every Man and His Dog

  1. Hi! I was wondering if you know what kind of dog that is in the 6th picture with the big flag bow? He looks so much like my dog, I did double take. We have no idea what kind our dog is, some kind of mutt. Any information would be appreciated!

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