Canine cacophony fills pavilion at Bark Up

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The sound of dogs barking echoed around the Hokonui Pavilion at the Waitane Young Farmers Bark Up on Sunday.
Organisers were happy with the number of entries.
Dogs competed for Best Pet Dog (owner under 15), Best Pet Dog (owner 15 and over), Best Bitch, Best Dog and the team-based competition, the Shepherds’ Challenge.
Winning dogs in each section also competed in an overall dog barking competition, which was won by John-Kirk Bennett’s dog Joan.
Waitane Young Farmers chairwoman and event co-ordinator Bridget Henderson said 28 dogs were entered in the event, some owners putting in more than one dog.
“It didn’t run too badly. We got some positive feedback from judges for the next time, so we appreciated that feedback,” she said.
The competition had a wide range of competitors.
If dogs got stage fright, organisers had several motivators from lamb soft toys to getting the owners on all fours to bark themselves.
Judges were complimentary about the entrants.
“They said a lot of the dogs did very well barking in the environment that they were in, as it is different being in such a public place,” she said.
The difference between first and second overall dog was a close call with Mr Bennett’s dog winning by sharing his bark around.
“The difference between him and second place was John-Kirk’s dog was barking more at everyone as opposed to just at the owner.”
She thanked John Chittock, Les Roughan and Brian Dickison, who gave up their time to do the judging.