Every Christmas Eve, just an hour's north of Sydney, there is a dog race like no other in the world.
The Scotland Island Dog Race, located in the tranquil waters of Pittwater, is open to beasts from all over the bay and the aim is to swim from Scotland Island to Church Point.
Entry fee is a long neck bottle of beer (for the owner) and a can of dog food. These 'fees' are divided amongst all the winners, for there are divisions in this race you know!
I have never quite understood the rules - but never mind I am not sure the participants have either because you see it's that sort of race, where anything goes!
But the big-hearted jocularity with which dogs (and owners) of all breeds, shapes, colours and sizes participate is a joy to behold.