NZ WIRE-PADDY TRAVELS THE GLOBE FOR NZ LOTTO
My name is Sandra Rowlands and my husband and I have bred and shown Smooth Fox Terriers under our suffix "Scanden Kennels" for the past 30 years (see photo above left). We also have a close friend John Foster "Kinnego Kennels" who was the top Wire Breeder in NZ (photo above, right; NZ.Ch.Kinnego Harry Be Good (Paddy's uncle and a top winner), but has now moved to Queensland. A few years ago we obtained two wires from John for another friend who has had our Smooths for years and we then bred a litter of wires under our Kennel name from these two. When Hero Animals approached me to help find a suitable Wire for the Lotto Adverts I thought of " Paddy" (Kinnego Paddy Boy) for them. His owner Bob (an ex farrier) had ended up on crutches due to bad hips and couldn't manage the two dogs as has a large horse property that isn't fenced in and Paddy would often dissappear overnight chasing Rabbits and sometimes even ended up in the local pound. Bob had resorted to keeping him restricted to a lengthy running rope that Paddy could access to outside as well as inside the house to enable Bob to cope with him- but it wasn't a very satisfactory home situation for him at that stage. He was a young two year old , extremely intelligent and outgoing young dog who was an ideal candidate for training to stimulate and fill his active mind. He also was a very good specimen of the breed from top bloodlines. Bob then agreed to Caroline (Hero Animals) taking him on and I then organised him on a plane to Wellington where they were based and he underwent intensive training for the next few weeks. Caroline had also found two other pet wires from Ryandos Kennels Wellington that were used in fill in shots but " Paddy" was the main actor as he was the only one that went overseas to India and Malaysia to film the main film sequences of the original story line. Due to heavy quarantine restrictions with Rabies he would have faced a 12 month quarantine before coming back here. We all decided this was just out of the question for the little dog and an all out effort was made to find a suitable new home overseas. Eventually a great outcome was achieved in that an expat Kiwi Family with three young boys was found who were contacted and they agreed to take him as their own. The story has ended very well with Paddy now living a life of luxury and has gone from living the quiet life on a rural property in South Auckland to lots of great adventures in other countries to now having a great new family where he is much loved & appreciated.