WESTERN Bulldogs' mascot Caesar and his bulldog buddy Lucy started a bumper week with a special doggie treat - a cupcake.
The pair with their human friends, Tanya and Macy Templeton, were special guests at a cupcake morning tea for Ballarat Health Services' administrative staff, who were aiming to help bake away animal cruelty.
Western Bulldogs are back in Ballarat for the second time this season in what will be a must-win clash for the 'Dogs and rival Adelaide to make AFL finals.
Caesar, who is from Ross Creek, is in strong demand about Ballarat this week with his official duties stepping up a notch ahead of what is shaping up to be a full house at Mars Stadium on Sunday.
The Bulldogs are urging fans and members to book ahead with tickets selling fast.
Reserved seating sales are exhausted but a final release for unused club and AFL allocations will be made, if available, via Ticketmaster on Wednesday, 10am.
General admission for standing on the outer, including the showground-side mound, is available. Members can scan into the game but the Bulldogs are encouraging the pack to register early via the online booking site to ensure their entry.
It's a big game...(Caesar) will be out there strutting his stuff on Sunday. He's got a big week ahead.Tanya Templeton, Caesar's owner and manager
The Bulldogs have not played AFL finals since their premiership winning season in 2016. It will be new territory for Caesar, too, who was anointed as club mascot as a puppy in May 2017.
Bulldogs' coach Luke Beveridge has been quick to play down comparisons to the 2016 season, in which his team snuck into finals by finishing seventh and storming home to win the flag.
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