Ontmoet de honden van Blenheim voorafgaand aan de 65e Black Hawk National Dog Showoktober 6, 2019
A tired Shadow after completing a flygility practice.
Dogs from around the country will be seen in Blenheim this week and the city is rolling out the water bowls – lifting the dog ban from the central city.
The move to allow friendly pooches into the city coincides with Blenheim hosting the 65th Black Hawk National Dog Show for the first time this week.
The dog show, which runs from Wednesday to Saturday , will see about 1400 dogs, of 120 different breeds, in Marlborough.
Dogs will be allowed into the CBD from Tuesday for a month for the first time since 2012.
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To celebrate both the dog show and the lift on the ban, The Marlborough Express set out to meet some of the dogs of Blenheim.
Wendy and Jeff Champion were out giving their dog Shadow, a boarder collie, a run around the Taylor River on Saturday morning ahead of his agility training for the nationals.
Shadow will be competing in the “flygility” category on Friday and in the “agility” section on Saturday.
Shadow’s owner Wendy Champion said the Saturday walk was all about “having fun” ahead of the competition.
Further down the river was Misty whose owner Ann Vallance said she understood why the dog ban in the CBD should be lifted to welcome those dogs in the show, however she did not believe it was necessary all the time.
Also out for a Saturday walk was Lily. Her owner Simone Goodyer said she supported to move to allow dogs in the CBD.
“I think it will nice to go into town on a lazy Sunday morning and have a coffee,” Goodyer said.
Similarly, dog owner Renee Edwards, who has a corgi called Brooke, said she supported the ban being lifted.
“I live quite close to town, so to be able to walk there will Brooke and not have to worry will be good,” Edwards said.
At the A&P showgrounds on Saturday morning for agility training was Jenny Everests’ smooth fox terrier Mindy.
Mindy will compete in obedience, flygility, agility and demonstrations at the breed show over the course of this week.
Everest thinks a move to allow dogs in the CBD is “common sense”.
Marlborough District councillor Jamie Arbuckle has previously said the council would use the trial to see whether the ban should be lifted all together, using the number of complaints as a measure of the trials success.
The dog show has seen more tickets sold than when it is hosted by major New Zealand cities.
A number of Marlborough accommodation providers have reached out to event organisers to say they are happy to take dogs over the four days.