POLICE dogs and some of the work they do are highlighted in next year’s annual New Zealand Police Dogs 2018 calendar, which is now on sale.
However, this year there was also a unique twist to the fundraising event for the Police Dog Trust, Southland-based police dog handler Lachy MacDonald, who is overseeing the project, said.
As well as raising awareness about the work police dogs do in our community, every police dog calendar is also an entry into a raffle.
It was a simple process, he said. “A raffle ticket will be issued with each purchased calendar.”
Mr MacDonald is passionate about the Police Dog Trust, which was set up in 2005 to assist and aid with the selection, research and breeding programme for police dogs.
Mr MacDonald said about half of the 1000 calendars, had already been sold.
As part of highlighting the work of the police dogs, he had also organised a variety of other interactive activities this month including a children’s colouring competition. Entry forms can be collected from Meccapresso on Tay St, and returned once complete by Thursday, December 21.
Children also had the opportunity to have their photos taken with a stand-up, cut-out, of four actual Southland-based police dogs, Brutus, Eco, Dee and Judd, at Farmlands at the corner of Victoria and Arena Aves.
“It is a fun opportunity for children to take selfies of themselves with the dogs.”
To enter the photo competition, children needed to take a hard copy (photograph) to Farmlands or anywhere the calendar was sold.
The winner would receive a trip to school in the dog wagon with dog handlers and police dogs. Their school would also have the chance to host a police dog display and there would be time for the pupils to interact with the dogs and handlers, Mr MacDonald said.
An afternoon in the Farmlands car park will give people of all ages another opportunity to interact with the dogs and the chance to ask the handlers questions tomorrow (Friday, December 8), from about noon. The event will last four hours, and a barbecue will also be on offer.
The calendars will be on sale until mid to late December, before the winners will be drawn.
Mr MacDonald said the prizes had mainly been donated from throughout Southland and others including from sports teams such as the Silver Ferns, Warriors, basketball and cricket teams.
“The community have been amazing [with their support].”
Calendars (and raffle tickets) can be purchased from Mega Mitre 10, PetSouth (Findlay Rd), Farmlands, Otatara Four Square, Meccapresso, Anytime Fitness and from any police station.