Liquor store ends pet thirst

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

A liquor store in Toko­roa has been quench­ing the thirst of all its cus­tomers - even the four legged ones - with a wa­ter­ing bowl out­side for dogs, and the odd horse.

With the warm weather of late Toko­roa Su­per Liquor has been a busy place but things have de­cid­edly gone to the dogs lately.

Staff at the Bridge St store have set up a dog wa­ter bucket out­side so that on hot days it’s not just thirsty cus­tomers get­ting a drink. To

en­cour­age sen­si­ble drink­ing, staff also of­fer snacks, with spe­cial doggy treat bags.

Owner An­drew Harvie said cus­tomers have re­sponded well to see­ing the bucket of wa­ter as it means an­i­mals are no longer hav­ing to be left in hot cars while their own­ers pop into the shop.

‘‘Af­ter see­ing dogs stuck in cars the staff just de­cided to do it them­selves and it’s a nice thing to do on a hot day,’’ he said.

‘‘There was also a cus­tomer who pulled up on his horse and the staff took a photo which went vi­ral so the horse prob­a­bly had a drink too.’’

‘‘I’m not sure if peo­ple bring their cats into town but they are more than wel­come to have a drink as well,’’ he laughed.

Staff mem­ber Tra­cie Walker, who is a self con­fessed ‘‘an­i­mal lover’’, said she’s sup­ply­ing the doggy treats out of her own pocket while fel­low staff mem­ber Shon­tel Mar­riner came up with the idea of wrap­ping them in lit­tle bags.

Harvie said it’s greatly im­proved re­la­tion­ships with the store’s cus­tomers.

‘‘Look­ing af­ter the wel­fare of our cus­tomers’ pets has cre­ated a lot more in­ter­ac­tion with them,’’ he said.

The store’s gen­eros­ity doesn’t stop there though with a bar­be­cue fundraiser for Ron­ald Mcdon­ald House, which pro­vides free ac­com­mo­da­tion for fam­i­lies who are away from home with a hos­pi­talised child, be­ing held out­side the store on Satur­day, March 11 from 3pm un­til 5pm.

Store man­ager Kar­lena White­head said it was a wor­thy char­ity to sup­port as many lo­cals ben­e­fited from it.

She said while the store will be pro­vid­ing the sausages for the fundraiser, The Co­ca­cola Com­pany will be pro­vided drinks to sell with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the char­ity.

Harvie said Pu­taruru Su­per Liquor will also be host­ing a bar­be­cue fundraiser on the day.


Toko­roa Su­per Liquor owner An­drew Harvie and store man­ager Kar­lena White­head.

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