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A week into a temporary lift of Blenheim’s dog ban, man’s best friend can be seen having its first sniff through town.
Pups are strolling along the streets , browsing at books and accompanying owners for a cuppa.
Dogs were allowed into the CBD for a month starting last week, the first time since 2012.
Tim Evans and Catherine Maxwell took their jack russel Frank for a stroll through town on Friday, and to their surprise, received a number of positive comments.
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Olivia Burns said she “purposefully” came into town, just so she could have a cup of tea alongside her dogs at a cafe.
“It’s awesome, it should be year round.”
Burns said she hadn’t seen many dogs, but hoped it would pick up as the month went on.
Spring Creek resident Melissa Haylock took her huskies for a stroll through town on Wednesday evening, the day after the ban was lifted.
Her two besties Zeus and Willow were welcomed into a few shops, and given treats at Paper Plus.
Haylock had long supported the ban’s lift.
“It’s important to socialise dogs in different environments. It’s just different things for them to sniff, they had a ball,” she said.
Marlborough had a storied history with dogs, following a ban in the CBD in the late 1990s and years of conflicting policies there after.
The 65th Black Hawk National Dog Show took place in Blenheim last week. The show featured 1400 dogs from more than 120 breeds, competing at Polo Park, Stadium 2000 and the Marlborough Convention Centre.
Marlborough District Council lifted the town’s dog control bylaw during the show, allowing them in town for the first time in a dog’s life.
Haylock said the majority of owners were responsible, but conceded there would always be some that gave others a bad name.
Despite her own enthusiasm, she hadn’t seen many other dog owners jump at the opportunity since the ban was lifted.
Haylock, and a few other husky owning friends would take their dogs for a stroll through the CBD on Friday night.
Since the ban lifted Paper Plus manager Karen Gibb said four customers told her they would become regulars because she allowed dogs in the shop.
She also said many dogs were people’s companions, and were the reason they could leave their home.
“I hope they make it a permanent thing.”