Howick and Pakuranga Times
Botany and Ormiston Times : Howick and Botany Times Wednesday October 1 2014
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Pages 13-24 Flat Bush resident Vicky Pratt and her husband Andrew Pratt are entering their flat-coated retrievers into New Zealand’s most prestigious annual dog show. Times photo Wayne Martin By Chris Harrowell A FLAT Bush family’s furriest mem- bers are about to strut their stuff amongst New Zealand and Austral- ia’s top pure-bred show dogs. Husband and wife Andrew and Vicky Pratt are entering their five flat-coated retrievers into this year’s Eukanuba New Zealand Kennel Club National Dog Show. Billed as the country’s premier public dog show, it’s staged at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau from this Friday to Sunday. New Zealand’s top dogs will com- pete in breed categories including hounds, terriers, non-sporting, toys and more. Mr and Mrs Pratt’s canines are entered in the gun dog group. If they first stand out amongst other dogs of the same breed, they will compete in the 300-strong gun dog group, and then possibly against more than 1320 dogs for the best in show award. The Pratts belong to the Wait- emata Gundog Club and have been breeding and showing flat-coated retrievers for five years. “Everyone is very serious about the national dog show,” Mrs Pratt told the Times. “It doesn’t get any bigger in New Zealand than winning best in show at the nationals. “People come up from the South Island for this event and it’s a chance to get to know other dog owners. “There is a real social aspect to the competition.” The Pratts have gained a world of valuable knowledge from their involvement with the gun dog club and dog showing. “We learned much of what we needed from other exhibitors and the club,” says Mrs Pratt. “It really helped with the process of training the dogs, what to feed them, and how to groom them for competition.” One of the things that drew the Pratts to flat-coated retrievers is their fun personalities. “They are such a happy breed and make great companions,” says Mr Pratt. “These dogs run around outside, but when they come back in they are happy to lie down and go to sleep. “They aren’t everyone’s cup of tea though, as they can be boisterous and quite strong-willed. “They are also very smart.” When the couple’s five dogs enter the public show ring later this week, they’ll be judged on their form and function. They will need good bone struc- ture and muscle tone, a strong neck, the ability to move well and show their happy-go-lucky nature. “They have to look like they are put together properly,” says Mrs Pratt. “The show judge will also check their eyes and teeth, where their ears sit and the placement of their shoul- ders and hips. “The most important thing for a flat-coated retriever is to have a happy, wagging tail.” Showing dogs in New Zealand is not the sport for someone looking to get rich. “It’s all about the recognition,” says Mr Pratt. “We want to do the best we pos- sibly can for the flat-coated retriever breed. “Their health and ability to be fit for purpose as a gun dog is of para- mount importance. “Our dogs are members of our fam- ily and that’s a big part of it.” The Eukanuba New Zealand Ken- nel Club National Dog Show runs from 8.30am-4pm this Friday to Sun- day at the Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau. Entry costs $10 for adults, $5 for children aged under 15, and under- fives are free. Top pooches on parade busINEss awaRds Innovation, excellence By Marianne Kelly SOUTH-East companies specialising in property conveyancing, electronics, tourism and travel, and international logistics, are pitting their skills against 14 other South Auckland-based companies in the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2014 – South. It’s the first time the team at the Conveyancing Shop in Botany has entered the annual competition and it’s the only law firm in the finalist group. The nine-year-old business is competing in the excellence in strategy and planning section of the awards. East Tamaki business Nautech Electronics celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this year. In 2004, it was the winner of the manufacturing and innovation categories in the then Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Awards. This year it’s a finalist in the excellence in innovation section of the competition for Auckland South. The International Travel College of New Zealand, operating a campus in Botany, is up for two prizes: excellence in strategy and planning, and excellence in customer service delivery. It has a strong track record at the Westpac awards, winning the excellence in marketing section in 2011, and excellence in service delivery and excellence in tourism and hospitality sections in 2010. The New Zealand arm of global postal and logistics company DHL, based in Highbrook, is a finalist in this year’s excellence in exporting and excellence in business leadership awards. The business awards, held in four regions of the super-city (Central, North, West and South), are presented by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Auckland Council CCO, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), and sponsored by Westpac. The Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2014 – South gala dinner and ceremony is held on October 9 at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau. More information about the regional awards and how to book tickets for the event is online at www.aucklandbusinessawards. co.nz.
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