What a dog's life - play, fun and plenty of treats

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 20/01/2014
Brooke Hoskins
CHARLOTTE CURD/Fairfax NZ

A DOG'S WORLD: Brooke Hoskins, 9, and her pup Pinkie at the New Plymouth stop of the Beneful Playtime Tour on Saturday.

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Pooches were in what could only be described as doggy heaven over the weekend.

On Saturday dog owners were invited to bring their four-legged friends out for a morning of play, fun and free canine treats.

The event, which was the latest North Island stop of the Beneful Playtime Tour, was staged at New Plymouth's Glen Avon Park.

A dog agility course was set up to put the dogs through their paces, and there was a big field close by for the pets to have some free play.

Beneful's Bella Whitfield said the morning was about dogs having the opportunity to socialise together and have fun.

"A lot of people that come to our events haven't done any agility training before," she said.

New Plymouth's Debbie Sinclair and her dog Jax was one pairing who came to have a look.

She said Jax especially liked the obstacle tunnel which had been set up. The chance for him to socialise with other dogs was also a plus.

"Jax is a really social little dog and he likes playing with other dogs," she said.

Marsha Borsje and her children Tomas,12, and Simone, 9, brought along their 3-year-old terrier Apple for some exercise.

"She loves playing with a ball," said Mrs Borsje.

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