Flick named New Zealand’s top ca­nine

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Pukekohe’s Elaine Ro­hde is thrilled with her per­fect pooches af­ter com­ing away with the coun­try’s high­est dog obe­di­ence hon­ours.

She com­peted in the Na­tional Dog Show in Manukau and three of her bor­der col­lies were awarded ac­co­lades. Ro­hde and Aquila Flick­er­ing Flame won the test C cat­e­gory, the high­est level of obe­di­ence in New Zealand.

And teamed up with Aquila

‘‘It's quite a big deal be­cause it's the na­tion­als. I worked quite hard to get it.’’

Li­cense To Steal, they were first in novice and Aquila Jag-u-r On The Run picked up third in the same cat­e­gory. Ro­hde said she was thrilled with her achieve­ment.

‘‘It’s quite a big deal be­cause it’s the na­tion­als. I worked quite hard to get it.’’

Aquila Flick­er­ing Flame, also known as Flick, is Ro­hde’s husband’s agility dog, but Ro­hde does obe­di­ence with her as well. She said it was Flick’s com­po­sure that won her the top ti­tle.

‘‘I don’t think she was the best dog on the day, but she han­dled the en­vi­ron­ment well - she was the one that coped with the en­vi­ron­ment the most. You have to work with what your dog gives you on the day.’’

While it was not her most cov­eted win, Aquila Li­cense To Steal’s vic­tory was Ro­hde’s favourite. The dog’s nick­name is Sneaky.

‘‘I was told she’d never win an obe­di­ence class and to get rid of her, and I wanted to prove every­one wrong and do it. Her win is more special to me be­cause it was to­tally out of the blue and so un­ex­pected, I never thought she would do it.’’

The win has meant Sneaky has grad­u­ated from her pre­vi­ous grade.

‘‘Sneaky has moved up into the next grade now so we have new chal­lenges to do now.’’

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