Tails wag at park day

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YVONNE O’HARA

yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nz

About 30 dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes spent a gleeful, hectic hour at the Clyde dog park on Saturday morning, although most did not stay still long enough to be counted with any degree of accuracy.

The hour-long get-together of dogs and owners was organised by dog owner Crystal Currie, of Springvale, to promote the facility, which is a large, fenced paddock by the Dunstan Hospital.

Dog owners came from as far away as Bannockburn and Ettrick and the dogs were delighted to meet so many new playmates.

Many dogs were dressed in coats and jackets to protect against the bitter cold, one in a hand-knitted pullover, while others wore their own fur coats.

Ms Currie provided home-made dog biscuits for the dogs and chocolate Tim Tams for the humans.

“I am really pleased with the numbers and am thrilled with the way it turned out,” Ms Currie said.

“A lot more people came from Cromwell than I anticipated.

“I hope to make this a monthly event.”

She has also organised a petition to seek support to have the fenced paddock, which is designated as a dog exercise area in Clyde, upgraded, maintained and included in the district’s long-term plan.