Dural resident Olive Black is passionate about the welfare of dogs and has a huge soft spot for fox terriers.
She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the general division for her services to dog show judging, education and dog welfare.
"I was pleasantly surprised and very happy with the medal," the former president of the Fox Terrier National Breed Council said.
“It has confirmed I have been appreciated for all the work and conversations I’ve had with people.
“I’ve had the opportunity to give some of my thoughts, my time and myself to people who ask for help with their dogs and it’s a way for me to put something back into the fraternity.’’
Mrs Black is an Australian and international show judge; a breeder and exhibitor since 1983; and is a foundation member of the Manchester Terrier Club of NSW. She is also the first point of call for NSW pounds in regards to pure-breed fox terriers.
"I'm always keen to help people show their dogs, share tips and I enjoy knowing about the lives of the dogs I breed," the grandmother of 13 said.
One of her five Fox Terriers, Becky, has won more than 100 show titles including the ‘best of breed’ title many times.