FROM THE NEWS DESK
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.