The Warkworth Dog Club will be back for this year’s Kowhai Festival, bringing all the usual pooches to prance through the agility routine. The set-up will be located behind the Old Masonic Hall, with runs being held on the Huge Day Out at 10am, 11am and noon. The club currently has around 30 members and puts around 100 dog owners through its domestic courses each year. Mahurangi Matters got to know four dogs that will be putting on a show at the Huge Day Out.
Age: 3.5 years
Breed: Bearded Collie
Owner: Gary Martin
Luna formerly lived on a dairy farm and hence spends most of her time barking at cows that don’t exist. She started training when she was a puppy. Since then she has become good at agility competitions. She recently got involved with working trials where the dog has to sniff out items of clothing as fast as possible. Gary describes her as noisy, sociable and very easily distracted, which can make her a handful at trainings.
Age: 7.5 years
Breed: Beardie Huntaway
Owner: Lorna Chapman
Lorna picked up Orca free from Trade Me and has been training her for the past five years. She has shown promise in agility competitions and will compete at the nationals in Fielding on Labour Weekend. Her strengths include jumps and tunnels. Lorna describes her as being happy, but also a dog that likes to be in charge and one that will always answer back to her owner. Her other favourite hobby is chasing a tennis ball at the beach.
Age: 9.5 months
Breed: Border Collie Cross
Owner: Anna Woodcock
Bodhi is fresh to the training scene, having been involved with the club for just three months. He is currently working through the basics, but is hugely enthusiastic and full of energy. He lives with two other dogs, Bella and Major, on a farm and will soon join them in herding sheep. When he’s not running around, he likes to chew up toys.
Age: 5 years
Breed: Miniature Schnauzer Toy Poodle Cross
Owner: Kimball Martin
Gypsy has been doing agility training for three years, but only when she feels like it. She is pretty stubborn and will choose what she wants to do and when she wants to do it. Her strengths are contact equipment like the seesaw, but only when she’s in the mood. She is motivated by food and most of the time enjoys being a lap dog.
The Warkworth Dog Club is always open to new members with any level of experience. Info: message facebook.com/wwdogclub