The Cambridge Raceway went barking-mad on Sunday when Pooch Racing 2017 got underway.
Over 350 people and 189 dogs gathered for the annual event, which raises money for Assistance Dogs NZ while also giving families the chance to race their pet dogs on the Greyhound racetrack.
“This year’s event went exceptionally well, there is always room for improvement, but our focus is always about offering a family oriented day where it’s all about the community coming together and having a great day out with their pooches, kids and or partners,” said one of the event organisers, Hui Martin. “Thank you to all the participants and entrants that came from all around the North Island, and the sponsors, especially our major sponsor Hill’s Pet Nutrition.”
The sponsorship enabled organisers to give out sleeping bags and food for every pooch that entered. “They made it memorable for everyone,” said Martin.
The title of Big Dog Grand Prix winner for the day went to an out of town Border Collie, Edge Teao of Tauranga. A Fox Terrier by the name of Sammie Singers placed first in the Small Dogs Grand Prix and also won the big Grand Final to be crowned Pooch Racing Champ 2017.