Petting their best paw forward

Ruby is part of Petember - Australia’s biggest charity doggie dress-up competition. (Damjan Janevski) 248724_02

Furry friends Ruby and Angus have put up their paws to help out a good cause throughout September.

The Taylors Lakes pair will be playing their part in Petember, Australia’s biggest charity dress-up competition for the nation’s pets.

Over the month of September, four-legged heroes from across the country will take on weekly costume challenges in a bid to win prizes and score themselves special treats along the way.

The annual event is raising funds to help Variety – the Children’s Charity provide assistance dogs for kids with special needs such as autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, anxiety and epilepsy.

Training and placing an assistance dog with a child in need can cost up to $40,000, making fundraising an important part of the program.

A new dress-up theme will be announced each week, challenging pets and their owners to show off their ‘pawsonality’.

Themes for 2021 include the ‘Red PAW-Pet’, ‘SPAWty Spice’, ‘Pup Stars’ and ‘Spooky Pooches’.

Taylors Lakes resident Anna Mobilio said this year will be the second year Ruby and Angus will be taking part.

“It’s really about the charity, Variety does good work for the kids, so helping them during these difficult times is nice,” she said.

“I’ve got Ruby the dog and I’ve got Angus the cat, I just lost my other dog that was like a daughter in May.

“It’s just a little bit of happiness and joy seeing them dressed up, they enjoy it.”

Ruby and Angus are no strangers to the camera, having already attracted a devoted following of almost 6000 fans on Instagram.

Ms Mobilio said taking part in Petember has helped introduce her to a supportive community.

“In the Petember community we all help each other and share costume ideas, we’ve all got the goal to rause funds and we’re all like-minded crazy pet parents.”

To donate to Angus and Ruby’s fundraiser visit