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‘Ambassador’ steals hearts in Muri

Tuesday May 26, 2015 Written by Published in Local
This adorable dog has stolen the hearts of many tourists visiting resorts along Muri Beach on Rarotonga. This adorable dog has stolen the hearts of many tourists visiting resorts along Muri Beach on Rarotonga.

Tourists at Muri Beach are swooning over a local of furry proportions who seems to have been the companion of many visitors over the years.

Cookie/Lucy/Gaz the dog has pawed her way into the hearts and homes of many tourists and has been hailed as the sweetest island ambassador to date. 

One tourist is determined to finally give this nomadic dog a permanent home, writing a letter to Esther Honey asking if they can adopt her, should no one else claim her.

Esther Honey clinic staff wrote on their Facebook page that a tourist, who recently visited Rarotonga, contacted them to ask for help to find the lovely dog they had met and named ‘Cookie’ during their stay.

The staff at Esther Honey said as often happened the dog was an island ambassador and constant companion to the visitors during their holiday.

The tourist said Cookie could almost always be found on the beach between Te Manava and the Pacific Resort.

Many people have commented on the Facebook post, sharing their own stories and photos of Cookie.

Karen Waugh said she thought this was the dog her grandson called Gaz when they were on Rarotonga in August last year. 

Kym Norris said she and her husband also enjoyed the company of this beautiful girl last week whilst staying at Nautilus Resort in Muri.

She said they named her Lucy and that she kept them company on their deck throughout their stay.

“She won our hearts instantly with her sweet personality,” Norris said.

Melanie van Enter said she also had the pleasure of meeting the dog in February.

“We were staying at the Pacific Resort and every morning she would come to greet us and play with my two year old daughter.”

Nadene Hikuroa said her family also had many photos of Cookie as she was such a beautiful dog.

“We always make sure she has a collar on when we go away, and lots of food. My two daughters have been begging us to bring her to New Zealand.”

Hikuroa said the dog could usually be found hanging around at Mania Beach Resort.

CEO and president of the Esther Honey Foundation, Cathy Ragan-Anunsen, says Cookie is clearly a tourist favourite.

“She is only one of the many Rarotonga dogs who serve as ambassadors for the islands with tourists.”

Ragan-Anunsen says Rarotonga dogs like Cookie are often the highlight of a tourist’s Cook Islands holiday.

Anyone with any information on Cookie, including who her owner might be, is encouraged to contact Esther Honey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The team will then relay the information to the tourists who wish to take this sweet girl off the market.  


  • Comment Link Catherine Monday, 25 April 2016 22:44 posted by Catherine

    that makes sense. for whatever reason everybody seems to overcomplicate this problem lol .

    . . Thanks a ton, you're a genius

  • Comment Link galal senbs Tuesday, 02 June 2015 18:37 posted by galal senbs

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