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By Stephen Heard
February 14, 2019

The Big Dog Walk

An event for anyone who likes dogs.
By Stephen Heard
February 14, 2019

It's the Ben-Hur of dog events. The event formerly known as The Big Dog Walk With Lots of Dogs is back for its fourth year — this time simply called The Big Dog Walk.

What started out as a bit of a joke has now snowballed into an annual event and the country's largest dog walking celebration. As you may have figured from the name, the concept is simple: it's a mass dog walk with hundreds of other dogs. You don't have to own a dog to come along, you just have to really like dogs. Dog gawkers are also welcome. It turns out lots of people really like dogs, with around 5000 participants taking part in Auckland last year.

For 2019, the event will take place in Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Napier and Christchurch. While the aim of the events is to simply to go on a fun walk surrounded by dogs, it's also for a good cause. The Big Dog Walk is now a charity called For Lots of Dogs. The fund goes towards distributing food for dogs in need.

There will also be plenty of offerings and activities for humans like food trucks, coffee and stalls from local pet industry brands and services. But most importantly, there will be dogs. Lots and lots of dogs. This year organisers will also source a pen for the dogs to assist a massive photo shoot.

The Auckland edition of The Big Dog Walk will now take place in Waiatarua Reserve on April 6.

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