Wednesday, 31 August 2022 - 1:27pm

Praise for pawsome work

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Superintendent Warwick Morehu - Director: Training RNZPC, Natalya and Assistant Commissioner Tusha Penny - Frontline Capability.
Natalya on stage at the graduation while Inspector Todd Southall reads out her Certificate of Appreciation citation.

Natalya Manton and her mum were special guests at a Dog Team Graduation held at the Dog Training Centre (DTC) in Trentham last Thursday (25 August).

They were invited to attend by Taranaki Dog Section Supervisor Sergeant Max Spedding and DTC National Coordinator Inspector Todd Southall as a thank you for all Natalya’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Police Dog Trust New Zealand.

Since 2021, Natalya has been fundraising for the Trust by making healthy dog treats and selling them in her community. Thanks to her relentless positivity and dedication, she has raised $3,000 for the Trust to date.

As well as being treated to a behind the scenes tour of the DTC, meet the team, and of course cuddle puppies, Natalya had a seat of honour on the stage while the graduation was run.

To top the day off, Natalya was given one last surprise and presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Central District Commander Superintendent Scott Fraser.

The certificate was presented to Natalya by Todd and Assistant Commissioner Tusha Penny.

Max says Natalya’s efforts are commendable and the Taranaki Dog Section continue to support her fundraising.

“It’s awesome that we could formally recognise Natalya for her invaluable work,” says Max.

Natalya cuddling one of the Police puppies at the Dog Training Centre.“Natalya was absolutely chuffed with the visit to the DTC and her drive is admirable.

“She continues to fundraise for the Trust and her latest activity is a September quiz night with all money raised going to the Trust - she has approached local businesses who have generously donated many items that will be used as raffles for the quiz night.”

Natalya says she had a fantastic day at the graduation.

"It was totally awesome getting to meet all the handlers and their graduating dogs and all of the other police personnel who took the time to introduce themselves to me," says Natalya.

"I got a guided tour around the facilities and met the cute puppies, and then to top it all off, I was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a Dog Squad Puppy School t-shirt acknowledging my passion and dedication for the police dogs.

"I am so grateful for the ongoing support of Max and the Taranaki Dog Section."

If you'd like to get a team together for the quiz night, please email Natalya and her mum at: