Park goes to the dogs



It’s shaping up to be a doggone pawfect day.

Saturday — and Queenstown’s Matakauri Park — is going to the dogs as Queenstown’s council holds a community dog walk, though having a pooch to accompany you isn’t a prerequisite for taking part.

City Hall media man Jack Barlow says the event will start at 10am at the northern end of Matakauri Park, beside Gorge Road, next to the community gardens.







From there K9s will take their owners on a W-A-L-K around the park, accompanied by council’s animal control staff, who can help with any microchipping questions, and advise on the dog control bylaw 2020 rules.

Anything’s pawsible for the puppies, too, with a prize going to the best-dressed dog on the day, and staff will also pull one dog’s rego number from a hat — the winning pooches will take home a slobber-inducing goodie hamper.

Barlow says pups have to be on a lead at all times during the walk, and their handlers should have a poop bag on hand, too.