Dog-friendly businesses are set to get the paws-up, displaying special stickers where pooches are welcome.
For the first time in decades, dogs are allowed in Blenheim’s town centre from Tuesday as a bylaw banning them is lifted for a month.
And a specially made paw print sticker will go up in businesses around town where pooches are permitted.
For Richard Barton from café Herb & Olive, allowing dogs in with customers was an easy decision to make.
“I have no problem with dogs being outside,” he says.
The 65th Black Hawk National Dog Show gets underway in Blenheim between 2 and 5 October.
With up to 1200 dogs expected at the event, the by law will be lifted for the whole month.
The Blenheim Business Association (BBA) have organised the stickers which feature a black paw print with a heart in it.
These ‘dog friendly’ stickers make it easy for those businesses welcoming dogs in the town centre to be clearly seen.
BBA spokeswoman Caroline Stone says the association supports the trial.
“We need to wait and see how the trial goes but we support the trial as bylaws need to be revisited on a regular basis as the world changes.
“We’re really happy with the support from CBD businesses.
“We’ve had nothing but positive feedback on the sticker initiative – and the feedback from the National Dog Show competitors via Facebook has been awesome too,” she says.
Trial rules state that all dogs must be on a leash and under control.
Owners must clean up after their dogs. Failure to do so could result in a $300 fine.
Black Hawk 2019 National Dog Show
National Breed Show – Wed 2 to Sat 5 Oct, Stadium 2000
Obedience Show – Thu 3 to Sat 5 Oct, Convention Centre
Agility Comp – Sat 5 – Sun 6 Oct, Rewi Murray Polo Grounds