Dog safety mes­sage

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Dog at­tacks in New Zealand have risen steadily over the last 10 years reach­ing nearly 11,000 in 2016.

Many of the vic­tims are chil­dren. Ro­tary Mata­mata was asked if it would be in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing books for pri­mary schools and kinder­gartens de­signed to teach chil­dren about keep­ing safe around dogs.

How to Keep Kids Safe with Dogs was writ­ten by ad­vanced dog obe­di­ence trainer Pauline Bloom­field.

She was con­cerned about how many chil­dren ap­proached her own dog in an un­in­hib­ited and po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous man­ner.

Ro­tary pub­lic im­age di­rec­tor Kr­ishna Narayanasami saw the po­ten­tial of the project.

With the full sup­port of the club, 50 books were pur­chased.

The first school to re­ceive books was Mata­mata Pri­mary School.

Ro­tar­i­ans Narayanasami, Sh­eryl Er­tel and pres­i­dent Michelle Tan­ner pre­sented six books for the school li­brary at a school assem­bly.

‘‘I have been so im­pressed with the re­cep­tion we have had from the schools,’’ says Tan­ner.

Ro­tar­i­ans are in the process of dis­tribut­ing the books through­out the Mata­mata area.

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