Huge dog to get hero medal after quake work
It will be a big day for a big dog.
An 80 kilogram Irish wolfhound will be the first animal to be presented with a Local Hero Medal, as part of the 2012 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards.
Guinness, known as earthquake dog, will stand alongside Mayor Bob Parker, Student Volunteer Army founder Sam Johnson and other unsung Christchurch heroes to have an engraved bronze cast medal placed over his hairy head at The George Hotel on Thursday night.
Owner Sean Scully, 37, who is also a medallist, said Guinness was very proud of himself and hoped the award would "increase his luck with the bitches at the dog park".
"It's going to be a big night for both of us bachelors, but the biggest issue will be getting us both presentable."
Six-year-old Guinness will be groomed for the first time before the ceremony and Scully had planned to buy a dog brush this week.
He had also contemplated a canine bow tie, but didn't think it was Guinness' style.
We had an Irish Wolffhound looking dog that we rehomed called Murphy. But this one is truly Irish with a name like Guinness (great beer too!)