Orewa Lions volunteer Deb Lagdon dressed SPCA Outreach dog Harlem as an honorary Lion. A Saving Hope Foundation volunteer, with Chubs – one of many puppies looking for a home. Looks Like Owner prizewinners Liam Cresswell and Mac. The heat saw many Hot Diggety Dogs, including Chow Chow Louis, take the plunge into the pools provided. Louis’ owner is Steve Stermi of Silverdale. Entrants in the St Patrick’s Day competition, Danielle Hebben and French bulldog Stella. Tayla Watkins of Orewa brought her two bulldogs, Daisy (front) and Duke. The pair was rescued separately, but Tayla later discovered they are mother and son.
Although numbers were a little down and the atmosphere subdued, two days after the horrific Christchurch shootings, the Hot Diggety Dog Show in Orewa on March 17 still raised around $1000.
The event is organised annually by Orewa Lions Club. Thirty dogs registered to take part in fun competitions.
A highlight of previous years, the Police dog demonstration, was not held as Police resources were focused on assisting in Christchurch.
The St Patrick’s Day event was held at Western Reserve, with funds going to dog welfare charity, the Saving Hope Foundation.
The Foundation had a stall at the event, and also brought along puppies for adoption – three of which found homes. Saving Hope trustee and co-founder Janine Hinton, of Silverdale, says her organisation is currently inundated, with volunteers fostering dogs all over Auckland.
Rodney MP, and former Police dog handler, Mark Mitchell was among the judges.
Mandy Hebben of Orewa Lions says it was clear that everyone was in shock after the Christchurch shootings. “I hope the event provided a little light relief,” she says.