They call it puggy love

00:00, Jan 28 2013
VETERAN: Oldest dog at the event, blind and deaf 18-year-old Panache, with friend Marie Maker of Nelson during yesterday's Pugs In The Park in Isel Park.

Oscar is a sociable dog, and the driving force behind Nelson's Pugs in the Park group.

The pugs meet once a month, along with their owners, at Isel Park and yesterday a dozen turned out.

Oscar used to belong to Pugs in the Park in Perth in Australia and when he came to Nelson, owner Sally Eathorne discovered there was no similar group.

So Mrs Eathorne, of Atawhai, put out a call through the Nelson Leader to meet other pugs and their owners.

Now just over a year later, the group consists of 22 who meet monthly on a Sunday at 1.30pm.

They are a mix of ages but with one thing in common - their love for the dogs with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail.

The meetings are purely social, with a chance to swap notes about pugs.

"They're very companionable," said Mrs Eathorne, who takes Oscar everywhere. "They have to be with you."