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With the South Is­land Sheep Dog Trial Cham­pi­onships in full swing near Clin­ton, it’s time to give pause - or maybe that’s paws - to the role of dogs, par­tic­u­larly those wily ca­nines who run up hill and down dale, herd­ing sheep, and gen­er­ally do­ing our bid­ding.

What other na­tion on earth, apart from Eng­land, with the Queen’s corgi ad­dic­tion, en­joys such a close re­la­tion­ship with man - and woman’s best friend?

We’ve made TV shows about their prow­ess in A Dog’s Show and Tux Won­der Dogs. Our la­conic wit is im­mor­talised in the hunt­away who face-planted in the mud in the Bug­ger Toy­ota Hilux com­mer­cials.

Footrot Flats told us what Dog and prob­a­bly ev­ery farm dog in New Zealand re­ally thinks of his boss in the full range of emo­tions; jeal­ousy, love, joy and sad­ness - es­pe­cially so with the re­cent pass­ing of the car­toon creator Mur­ray Ball, who cap­tured the na­tional char­ac­ter so well.

It’s a dog’s life, and we’re lucky to share it with them.

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