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There was plenty of excitement when 17 pooches gathered at Butchers Dam, near Alexandra recently.

The Airedale dog reunion attracted dogs and their owners from as far and wide for a fun day in the Alexandra sun.

They came from as far away as Wellington, Dunedin, Oamaru and Timaru.

Claire Metcalfe, of Dunedin, who is a member of the NZ Kennel Club, joined in the festivities with her dogs Rosie and Zeus, who are parents to 19 puppies throughout the country.

“It was fantastic – it was just amazing,” she said.

“It was all a bit stressful – 17 dogs – but when you let them off they just followed like a pack.”