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Barking rights: New Zealand dog named top quarry worker

A New Zealand Jack Russell has left others chasing their tails after winning the country’s Top Office Dog award.

Atiamuri Sand and Pumice, a quarrying business in New Zealand, nominated Terry ­­– a 7-year-old Jack Russell cross smooth fox terrier – for the nation’s top award.

The workers love Terry as the assistant quarry manager after going to work since he was a puppy.

Atiamuri Sand and Pumice has celebrated Terry’s national honour in style.

“We are thrilled to share that Terry is the #NZTOPDOG winner,” they posted on Facebook.

“We couldn’t be prouder of him (and his dad!) for this fantastic achievement. Be sure to shake his paw the next time you see him! Thank you to everyone who voted for him.”

“Terry is such a hard worker who takes his job very seriously and always ensures he does his site inspections, pest deterrence, pre-start checks and that everyone goes home with an empty lunchbox.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our paw-some CQO (chief quarry officer).”

Terry’s owner and quarry manager, Jaie Wilson, spoke to the New Zealand Herald about scooping the award.

“My general manager [Sam Atkinson] up in Auckland asked if she could enter Terry in the competition, so I said yes, thinking nothing of it. I didn’t think he could actually win, but he is a special character,” he told the New Zealand Herald.

“He comes hunting with me and is happy to go for a ride on anything, four wheelers, boats, machinery … ever since he was a puppy, he always wanted to be with me.

“He’s a third generation … I’m getting close to getting him a girlfriend because he has good genes and a nice temperament.”

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