Otago Gundog Club members Aven and Allan Hamilton, of
Abbotsford, with their Labradors (from left) Briar, Georgia
and Beau. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Allan and Aven Hamilton's lives have gone to the dogs -
in a good sense.
The Abbotsford couple have been married for ''40-odd years''
and for the past 25 have been active in the Otago Gundog Club
Mr Hamilton said he joined the club 43 years ago, but he was
happy he was able to share that part of his life with his
wife for last quarter-century. The couple had a shared love
''Ever since we have been married we have had a dog,'' he
''At the moment we have four [Labradors].''
Craig Marshall and his dog, Tika, winning the
limit-retrieving event at the club's South Island trial
last month. Photo supplied.
Training the gun dogs was as good for them as it was for
''The dogs keep us active,'' he said.
''They need to be exercised and you have got to do it, so
when we get as old as us it works out good.''
The club held a South Island-wide trial last month and while
the club did not perform as well as hoped, member Craig
Marshall won the limit retrieving event.
''His dad was a member about 30 years ago and now the
offspring are back, which is good to see,'' Mr Hamilton said.
The club, which has about 15 members, will hold its 75th
jubilee trial next March. Most members are preparing for
duck-shooting season, which opens on May 3, before club
activities fire up again in spring. For more information
about the club, phone 488-4677.