Theft of large timber dog sculpture heartbreaking for Taranaki widow

When Marion Calder rang police to report her dog Henry missing she was upset, but also a little bit embarrassed.  Henry, a precious link to her late husband Don, was made of wood after all and by her own admission “mangy looking”.  “I felt stupid ringing the police to report a three-foot high mangy-looking dog being stolen, but they were very nice.” READ MORE: * Auckland art gallery staff ‘thrilled’ after stolen $55,000 bronze gnome is returned * Artist shocked by theft of $55,000 gnome statue from outside central Auckland art gallery * Barks in bronze: The dog statues of NZ The sculpture was so realistic real dogs sometimes barked at it, and it even fooled a neighbour who thought she had acquired a dog. Despite having the dog for many year Calder did not have a photo of it.  The sculpture was made for a friend and after his death, his widow gifted it to Marion’s husband Don because he liked it so much. The years in the rain had left it looking somewhat weathered, she said, and it now only had three legs. “He still looked like a boxer, a mangy one, but he’s 38 years old, getting to that age, he was doing all right.” Ma...

VALLEY — Chuck Moore’s latest creation, a seven-foot-tall saluting soldier, was dedicated Friday morning as part

VALLEY — Chuck Moore’s latest creation, a seven-foot-tall saluting soldier, was dedicated Friday morning as part of Bradshaw-Chambers County Library’s D-Day program. “I’ve had Sarge ready for some time, and I was looking for a flagpole where he could be displayed,” Moore told a Lunch N Learn crowd at Friday’s dedication. “I want to thank (Library Director) Mary Hamilton and her staff for letting it happen. He’s a symbol of honoring those who gave their all so that we could be free.” Moore met with the library guests at the flagpole and talked about the process of assembling Sarge from old mill parts. He’d earlier been introduced to the crowd in the Lanier Room. Archivist Robin Brown described Sarge as a larger-than-life figure. “He has been forged literally from history, as everything except his nose is made from parts salvaged and repurposed from the local textile mills,” she said. “Chuck Moore created Sarge as a tribute to the men, women and animals who have served our country past, present and future.” Accompanying Sarge at the flagpole is his dog. It’s yet to be named. There’s a contest this summer at the library for local children to name him. “It’s a privilege to dedicate...