A dog-lover's heaven: 'big walk' gets thousands of pups out on capital's waterfront
Big ones, small ones, long ones, short ones.
All shapes and sizes of dogs have come out to play around the country for a coordinated Big Dog Walk with Lots of Dogs.
Thousands turned out at Auckland's Waiatarua Park for the Big Dog Walk, one of four dog walks across the North Island.
Dogs dressed as ladybirds, ballerinas, and cowboys jumped in mud puddles and ran after pigeons, pulling their owners every which way.
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In Wellington, there was one notable absence.
Capital dog lovers have been in mourning this week following the loss of notable Oriental Bay presence, Bernie.
The Bernese Mountain Dog was a regular fixture outside Freyberg Pool, where the cafe Bernie's on the Bay, owned by his human, Nick Ryan, was named in his honour.
At 10am on Saturday, Wellington, Auckland, Napier and Hamilton hosted a free, synchronised dog walk.
It is the second year the event has been held. Comedian Alice Brince launched the idea in 2016 as a way to promote her show at the comedy festival.
It was a surprise hit, and went national - attracting spectators as well as dog-owners and their pooches.
Brine has taken a step back from running the event, and the leash has been taken up by volunteers and dog-lovers Alice McKinley and Bailey McCormack.
The Wellington leg of the walk will pass by Freyberg pool, in Oriental Bay, where Bernie used to sit.
Flowers and a red water bowl have been left at the spot to mark the beloved dog's old haunt.
Following the news of the 10-year-old dog's death, Wellington mayor Justin Lester has posed the idea that a bronze statue could be built on the waterfront in Bernie's memory.
Ryan said he loved the idea of a statue, which could include a water bowl for dogs and places for owners to tie up their pooches.