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Champion of the summit …There is nothing like an invigorating climb up a mountain to make a dog’s day. Brix, a Cairn terrier-Jack Russell cross, added Mt Richardson, near Oxford, to her list of conquests on Labour Day. Brix took the climb to the top in her little stride, accompanied by Annabelle Latz. The well-travelled family dog has climbed Mt Richardson, Mt Thomas, Mt Grey and Mt Oxford at least once this year, as she helps Annabelle prepare for the Tarawera Ultramarathon 100-miler in Rotorua in February. Despite her limited stature, Brix never needs to be carried during mountain runs, and leaves Annabelle in awe of her ability to descend technically demanding trails at speed. “I wish I could do it as fast as she does.” PHOTO: SUPPLIED