Our Incredible Dogs

Our Incredible Dogs

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Dogs have played a central role in the lives of New Zealanders, from working farm dogs, to police dogs, loyal companions, mascots, little heroes and fictional dogs that have become part of our culture.

In this book we look at the dogs that have been memoralised in public statues that have become community icons. Travelling the country we trace the statues and the stories behind them to show how dogs play an important role as man's best friend.

Featuring statues of dogs such as:

George the Jack Russell who saved children from an attack by two pit bulls

Legendary cattle rustler James MacKenzie and his famous dog, Friday

The father of Wellington John Plimmer and his dog Fritz

Sue the collie sheepdog at Taieri recognising the work of farm dogs

The dogs from Hairy Maclary

The Dog from Footrot Flats

Philippa Werry is the author of Anzac Day, shortlisted for both the NZ Post Book Awards and the LIANZA awards in 2014. Her books Waitangi Day and Armistice Day were named as Storylines Notable Books in 2016 and her book "The New Zealand Wars" was a finalist in the NZ Book awards for children and young adults.

Philippa writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays and is a regular visitor to schools and libraries around New Zealand.



Philippa Werry

80 pages

H: 215mm W: 218mm