ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Thea Campbell is hoping to break the world record for most dogs at a grooming session, while raising funds for the Shenton Park Dogs Refuge Home.
She’s holding the record attempt at a Doggie Dinner Movie Night, where they’ll show Lady and the Tramp, with doggie mocktails and free dog spaghetti, so pooches can recreate the famous spaghetti-kissing scene.
Campbell’s based in Beechboro but her family’s business, Honey I’m Home Produce, is in Maylands so she’s holding it at the Maylands Sport and Rec Centre on Clarkson Road.
A dog lover all her life, she says “I waited three years until I got my own puppy, because pretty much every day I asked for my own puppy”.
She now has her own dog, a beloved whippet named Rozie, but her dream is to live on enough land to have a whole pack of dogs.
“I’m hoping I can persuade daddy to get a dingo if we move,” she says.
Campbell, who’s homeschooled, previously raised $500 for Shenton Park dogs refuge home.
She’s invited along the local Maylands MP, animal lover Lisa Baker, who says “when Thea first walked into my office as a 10-year-old, she came with an extensive business plan about her future enterprise – a welfare charity and coffee shop, complete with financial projections.
“I was absolutely stunned and wanted to support her in her animal welfare efforts.
“Shenton Park Dog Refuge is the largest and most efficient dog rehoming service in the state. I have supported the refuge for 10 years and have seen them complete some remarkable work.”
The record attempt and dinner is at 5.30pm, on February 3, at 50 Clarkson Road.
Bring a picnic and whatever you use to groom your dog.
by DAVID BELL