Dirty dog challenge promises mud and fun

Beautiful border collie
“Me me me!” This young lady wants to take part in the first-ever Dirty Dog Challenge.

If your dog loves mud, and you don’t mind getting a bit grubby, get along to the Dirty Dog Challenge in June.

Waikato District Council and Hamilton City Council have teamed up for a canine-themed event on Saturday 16 June  where dogs and their owners can navigate their way through a mud-filled obstacle course.

Hamilton’s Animal Education and Control manager Susan Stanford says it’s important to try new things and provide unique experiences for dog owners.

“We’re excited to have joined forces with Waikato to pull together this really unique event for dog owners,” she says.

Waikato’s Animal Control Team Leader Megan May says their teams aren’t just about enforcement.

“Our animal teams want to be able to give back to the good owners of our areas and give them an opportunity to participate in a fun event with their dogs.”

The Dirty Dog Challenge will be an all-day event at the Christian Youth Camp in Ngaruawahia with all profits helping animals in Hamilton and Waikato District’s communities.

Tickets are $30 per dog (one person per dog) and are available through the councils’ websites.  The challenge is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes and will need to be on-lead through the course.

The event kicks off at 10am, Saturday 16 June.  For more information, click here.


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