Dogs of Luggate - Showcase your beautiful pooches

Perfect pics of perfect pooches – Luggate dog owners are taking it to the next level in a hotly contested competition.

Harcourts Wanaka agent Denise Barr created a Dogs of Luggate Calendar five years ago to raise money for a new Luggate Memorial Centre. It’s been so ‘pup-ular’ it’s still going strong. Each year the calendar features twelve best-looking hounds from Luggate, Queensberry and Tarras with their adoring owners submitting images of their precious pooch.

From dozens of entries, a guest judge chooses the cutest canines to fill the calendar pages. Over the last four years the calendar has raised over $5000, with proceeds going towards building the new Centre. Denise aims to raise $1000 this year with the money going towards kitting out the community facility which will be completed later this year. The centre is the first community facility to be built in New Zealand to passive house standards.

Dog owners living (or with a holiday home) in Luggate, Queensberry, or Tarras are encouraged to submit a landscape image of their best boy or girl into the competition by emailing Denise before Monday October 10.
The public also get a say in their favourite pup. The month of July is ‘People’s Choice’ where a live poll on the Dogs of Luggate Facebook page enables people to choose their favourite. The winner receives a pet food voucher in addition to being crowned Mr or Mrs July.

All entries go into the draw to win a photoshoot of their pooch from Luggate’s Barking Mad Dog Company (valued at $275). To celebrate the fifth year of the Dogs of Luggate calendar, there’s also a spot prize of dog grooming and pampering session to be won.

Denise’s philosophy in real estate is “be re-homed with kindness and care” and she mirrors this philosophy in her personal life, having re-homed a rescue greyhound. Denise is known around Luggate as ‘the dog lady’ or ‘calendar girl’ because of this successful calendar initiative.

Every year Denise choses a different local judge or judges who have a canine connection. This year she is raising awareness for Outreach Therapy Pets, a programme delivered by St Johns which encourages volunteers to share their animal companions with people living in rest homes, hospitals, rehabilitation units, healthcare facilities and schools. St Johns Therapy Pets team leader Janine Taylor has taken on the difficult challenge of deciding the best-looking dogs for this year’s calendar.

Want to get involved?

Email with your doggo landscape photo attached using the subject line ‘Dog Calendar’. Entries close Monday October 10.

Bring your pooch and enjoy the calendar launch in November with a Luggate community dog walk and sausage sizzle at the end! Watch out for the date and details to be advised on Denise Barr Harcourts Wanaka Facebook page.