A crafty dad has received praise from pet owners after building a "library" that all dogs can use to borrow and return sticks at a newly opened pooch park.
Earlier this month, toolmaker Andrew Taylor, 59, was trimming the trees at the side of his house in Kaiapoi, north Canterbury, when he had an ingenious idea on how to recycle the branches that he cut off.
Taylor smoothed down the hardwood branches and put them in a box. He sanded the edges of the box to make it safer for the dogs to reach into.
Finally, he brought the gift to the dog park that had just opened in his town and engraved it with the words "stick library".