Bobby puts best paw forward but needs your support!

Last Updated : 22 Aug 2023
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Bobby the Argentine ant hound
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Handler Brian Shields & Bobby

Bobby is a star in the biosecurity world; now she’s hoping to be the People’s Choice in New Zealand’s Top Dog with a Job Awards for 2023, an award that celebrates a top dog that makes a positive difference in our society for the work they do to.

Around 400 dogs with jobs were nominated for this year’s awards; these have now been whittled down to just 20 of which Bobby is one.

A Blue Heeler Cattle X, Bobby is part of Auckland Council’s biosecurity dog team and spends her days with handler Brian Shields, working amongst some of the country’s most vulnerable species.

Handler Brian Shields & Bobby

Handler Brian Shields & Bobby

Her nose is in demand as she is trained solely to find Argentine ants, one of the world's top 100 invasive species which if they get established, would have a huge impact on vulnerable wild and bird life.

One of only two certified conservation dogs to specialise in this species, she works the Auckland region and on New Zealand’s pest free islands where her work helps protect some of the rarest species in the world.

To win the award, Bobby needs Auckland Council employee’s support; go to the website below and vote for Bobby and let’s make her the leader in the pack! Voting closes at 9.00am Friday 25 August.

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