Paws for thought


One of Queenstown’s most famous pooches has passed away.

Louie the pug - who was often spotted on the resort’s lakefront, holding court with tourists or modelling doggy daywear – died on August 4, aged 15.

Owners David Knight and Stephen Tarawa are devastated at the death of their precious dog who, one year, won a spot on Christmas Day TV before the Queen’s speech.

But they say the response from locals, paying tribute to their best friend, has been overwhelming. Knight thinks it’s down to Louie’s charisma, charm and staggering ability to make everyone he met smile.

Farewelling their canine companion has been tough, he says, but they’re trying to focus on the memories.

“There’s a sense of great loss, a joyfulness for the time he spent with us, sorrow for the pain of him growing feeble and weak, to a satisfaction that I know we took care of each other the best we could.”