Dog tales help raise funds

Photo of working dog
Alice Hellriegel, 8, and her farm dog Kate. Alice is Chrissie Fernyhough’s granddaughter.

Author and photographer Katherine Tozer has done it again.

Last year she released Tales from the Back Country, a compilation of working dog and other stories, as a fund raiser. Now a new book in the series is out.

The first book raised over $20,000 for Hospice, SPCA, the Canty earthquake appeal, apieceofnz and numerous schools and community groups.

Katherine and husband Peter make no money from the project.  All profits – $15 of each $25 copy – are donated.

Her experiences from writing the first book made Katherine, who is a scientist at AgResearch, eager to embark on a second and third book. The next two books in the series have 100 pages, are packed with photos of stunning scenery and each book has a range of stories from 12 different people throughout New Zealand.

“The books have happy and sad stories, from people like John Perriam, owner of the deceased Shrek the sheep, who speaks of the challenges of being a high country author, or Chrissie Fernyhough, who has written about the death of one of her favourite working dogs.

“It has been great fun exploring and meeting such interesting people and writing their stories. It is so rewarding to do something you love and know it is going to benefit others – not everyone has that opportunity.”

The books cost $25 each and can be purchased from the following charities:; SPCA Waikato and Hospice Waikato.

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Number 8 Network - a community website for the rural areas northeast of Hamilton, NZ, is run by Gordonton journalist/editor Annette Taylor.

2 thoughts on “Dog tales help raise funds

  • January 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I won the ‘Tales from the Back Country’ through Number8network and they are wonderful stories of amazing dogs and hardy people. Thanks heaps Number8Network!

    • January 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Woof! (You’re welcome!)


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