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Bravery Award For Fallen Four Legged Hero

03 December 2010 …1


Tomorrow, North Hagley Park will host the biggest South Island dog event ever held and organisers have a surprise in store for the hundreds of dog lovers and their pooches expected to turn out for the picturesque 3.5km dog walk.

The inaugural Champ Wag ‘n Walk event has been chosen as the venue for a presentation to honour one of New Zealand’s best loved fallen heroes (of the four legged variety). Gage, the Police dog was killed defending his partner and dog handler, Bruce Lamb in July this year. Paw Justice, the charity partner of the Champ Wag ‘n Walk event, will be presenting Lamb with a special bravery award in honour of Gage at 12.30pm.

Bruce Lamb, Gage’s handler is finally moving on and after he receives the award on behalf of Gage he will then introduce his new pup to the dog loving crowd.

Lamb will then talk to the audience about his role as a Police Dog handler and the process of training pups to take on this demanding role.

“We thought it was important to present our first Paw Justice Award for Bravery at an event which celebrates positive dog ownership. This award is about showing our respect for the incredible work of the Police dog handlers and their four legged heroes who risk their lives regularly to benefit all of us.

“This is not an annual award and we don’t know when we will give out another such award,” said Dunn.

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“We feel proud to be facilitating the first ever Paw Justice Bravery Award (for Gage) and we think the crowds of dog lovers will see this presentation as a real bonus to the event.” Says Champ Wag ‘n Walk Event Organiser, Scott Rice.

Other attractions at tomorrow’s Champ Wag ‘n Walk event include a dog and owner look- alike contest, dog and owner food eating relay, cutest dog, tallest dog, shortest dog competitions and loads more to keep the whole family’s tails wagging from 8.30am through until 1.00pm.


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