The shop dogs of Porirua City

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tracked down some of Porirua’s most loved shop am­bas­sadors.

Li­braries tra­di­tion­ally had cats and fire sta­tions had dal­ma­tians, but do mod­ern shops still have an an­i­mal mas­cot?


Owned by Bar­bara Wet­zel at Porirua Cy­cle and Mower Cen­tre, Jimmy drags his toy tyre around all day.

‘‘It’s the sec­ond one he’s had and he gets a bit sulky if you don’t play with him.’’

Jimmy, a bor­der col­lie, loved at­ten­tion from cus­tomers, Wet­zel said.

‘‘He’s too in­tel­li­gent for his own good, he nudges you in the butt if you’re serv­ing cus­tomers and he wants to play.’’


Owned by Si­mon Water­worth, Lady has the ap­petite of a labrador, part­ner Carol said.

The boxer al­ways greeted cus­tomers at Porirua Floor Court and de­manded a pat when they came in the door.

‘‘There’s only ever been one per­son who didn’t like her so I had to shut Lady in the man­ager’s of­fice where she pro­ceeded to yo­del.’’

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The el­derly rhode­sian ridge­back has come to work at Kenepuru Auto Ser­vices since she was an 8-week-old pup, owner Rus­sell Guy said.

‘‘She loves kids and tries to fol­low me around, but she’s just too old,’’ owner Rus­sell Guy said.

‘‘She’s blind in the left eye, deaf and rid­dled with arthri­tis - she’s just awe­some.’’


Basil is a kelpie crossed with a lab crossed ‘‘with some­thing fast’’, owner Dean Tre­drea says.

The 5-year-old dog has come to work at The Glass Shoppe since Tre­drea adopted him as a pup from the SPCA.

‘‘I love hav­ing him here and he loves be­ing around.’’

A timid hound, Basil does like women and mak­ing his way to the nearby pet store where staff oc­ca­sion­ally wash and dry him.

‘‘He came home dressed as Santa one day.’’


Clau­dio Sal­vador is on much bet­ter terms with the dog ranger now that Libby and Lucy spend their days hang­ing out at Kenepuru Auto Ser­vices.

‘‘Be­fore that they’d jump the fence and run away.’’

The New Zealand hunt­aways have been ac­com­pa­ny­ing their owner to work for the past two years.

‘‘Some peo­ple pat the hell out of them and oth­ers ig­nore them. You never can tell.’’

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