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Club loses stalwart

Published by Krysti Wetton on Tue, 23/08/2016 - 2:30pm

There was no stopping Patricia Martin when it came to dogs – whether it was competing, training others or simply helping out.

A long-serving member of the North Taranaki Dog Training Club, her death is a great loss. Patricia passed away on Wednesday 17 August in New Plymouth aged 81.

Her association with the club began around 30 years ago, when she joined with her dog Tazzi. Over the years she has had border collies, Italian greyhounds and a huntaway.

Cloud was her most successful dog in the agility and obedience ring, clocking up many wins. She also appeared on the TV show Tux Wonder Dogs with Sparkle.

Patricia has been on the NTDTC committee and spent countless hours volunteering her time in a range of roles.

Committee member Laurel Austin says Patricia liked things done to a high standard, especially when it came to setting up rings and looking after the scent clothes.

“She was a very determined lady and the club meant everything to her.”

Her fortitude was summed up in a 2010 NZ Dog World article about tracking, which she loved. “The dog is so keen, so I tell my 75-year-old body to just get on with it.”

Patricia was among the first to take up agility in the country. Her other passions were obedience, flygility and rally-o. She gained qualifications in the Good Canine Citizen awards programme, and regularly visited patients in hospitals and rest homes with her dog Rosie.

But nothing surpassed her desire to help people train their dogs. She was a club instructor for many years, seeing new handlers move up the ranks with the skills she had taught them.

Patricia, who was a life member of the club, was often seen on the side lines of competitions encouraging new dog owners and passing on her valuable knowledge.

In 2014 Patricia’s dedication to the sport earned her a certificate of appreciate from the New Zealand Kennel Club (NZKC).

She was highly respected in the dog world and messages of condolences have been flooding in from throughout the country.

NZKC Obedience Committee Central Region representative Sue Richardson posted on Facebook that Patricia was an amazing woman who had more enthusiasm for life than most people she knows.

“I will miss her words of wisdom.”