Dogs have played a central role in the lives of New Zealanders, from working farm dogs, to police dogs, loyal companions, mascots, little heroes and fictional dogs that have become part of our culture. In this book we look at the dogs that have been memorialised in public statues that have become community icons. Travelling the country we trace the statues and the stories behind them to show how dogs trace our history and reflect our culture. A fun and informative way to learn more about our history and the role played by man’s best friend. Featuring statues of dogs such as George the Jack Russell who saved children from an attack by two pit bulls, legendary cattle rustler James Mackenzie and his dog famous Friday, the father of Wellington John Plimmer and his dog Fritz, Sue the collie sheepdog at Taieri recognising the work of farm dogs in the area, “The dogs from Hairy Maclary” and The Dog from Footroot Flats.