An invitation from Alfie

Alfie the council dog is always hard at work. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

Alfie has signed off on another summer series of Wander Dogs. He wields that sort of power.

Alfie's top dog at the Western Bay of Plenty District Council. He's a precocious little brown and white Jack Russell cross whose side kick is the council's animal services officer, Betty Hall.

He has more tricks to his repertoire than a local body politician.

Betty and Alfie will be hosting another series of summer walking and fun events for dogs, their owners and even people who like dogs but don't have a dog. “The walks give owners the chance to get out and about with their dogs in a safe, friendly and social environment,” says Betty.

“Last year the walks were a great success. And for this next series, we've scouted out some great walks at a number of different locations.”

The first of the Wander Dogs Summer Series is on Saturday, 28 October, from 10am at Te Puna Quarry Park, with walks continuing throughout the summer and culminating in two special events in March and April.

“Everyone's welcome to come along – even if you don't have a dog – so feel free to join us for a fun walk around our beautiful district,” says Betty.

Walks take place on Saturdays, on October 28 at Te Puna Quarry carpark; November 11 at Waihi Beach dam carpark in Pacific Road; November 25 at the children's playground, corner of Beach and Park Roads in Maketu; December 9 at the Uretara Landing Reserve in Katikati; February 10, 2018 at Cooney Reserve in Omokoroa; February 24 at the Puketoki Reserve carpark at Whakamarama; March 10 at the Anzac Bay carpark at Waihi Beach. All events start at 10am.

The season will end with two special events. They're the Doggy Day Out on Saturday, March 24 meeting at the Sportsground Reserve in Omokoroa. Then the finale, Dogs in Togs, at Te Puke Memorial Pool on Saturday, April 14. Both events also start at 10am.

To stay up-to-date with all the latest news, anyone can join the Facebook group, ‘Wander Dogs Club'.



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