Thirsty: Tig, a 10-month-old staffy-mastiff cross, rescued by Dunedin Dog Rescue just before lockdown, eyes up a beer at Queenstown's K9-friendly bar, Beech Tree. PHOTO: LAURA HOLZNER


Tomorrow’s a day for the dogs at one pooch-propitious craft beer bar in Queenstown.

Beech Tree, off Beach Street, is hosting a ‘Paws & Pose’ fundraiser for Dog Rescue
Dunedin (DRD), a charitable trust which also operates in the Wakatipu.

It saves and adopts out condemned dogs, like 10-month-old staffy-mastiff cross, Tig —
rescued by DRD trustee Queenstowner Nikki Langford the day before lockdown began in March.

‘‘His plight was pretty grim, really — be put down or be rescued and put into foster care,’’ Langford says.

‘‘Lucky for him, it was the latter.’’

She says DRD had an influx of unwanted dogs at the start of lockdown because many families couldn’t afford to keep them.

This Sunday K9s, and their owners, can pop up to Beech Tree between 2pm and 4pm to have their photos taken by local pro snapper Laura Holzner, who’s working for free.

DRD’s asking for donations for each portrait — that money will go to the charitable trust.

Also on hand will be Remarkable Dog Training’s Flip Collins, who supports DRD by
providing training tips to its foster dogs, and their new parents.

Beech Tree duty manager Antonia Davison-McDonald says pups are welcome any time
at the bar, which opened in December, ‘‘as long as they’re well behaved’’.

Staff also take photos of their regulars and put them on the dog wall of fame at the bar.

They’ve also set up a couch by the fire just for them and have plenty of treats on hand.

‘‘It’s something different, but all the staff here like dogs, so we figured why not allow people to bring their dogs in when they come in for a beer,’’ Davison-McDonald says.