Bai­ley’s got a new job

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Cathy Mor­ris

HE’S the for­mer res­cue dog with the paw-fect job as the first four-legged em­ployee at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum.

Bor­der col­lie Bai­ley was ap­pointed as­sis­tant direc­tor (seag­ulls) in June this year to keep the messy birds away from the his­toric ships in Dar­ling Har­bour and his story has since gone global.

Bai­ley has his own blog and was re­cently filmed for a TV show about work­ing dogs due to air in­ter­na­tion­ally on the Dis­cov­ery Channel next year.

The mu­seum’s se­cu­rity man­ager Adrian Snelling says Bai­ley has stepped up to the job in the past few months and helped keep the area around the mu­seum clean.

He says staff had been try­ing out dif­fer­ent ways to keep the seag­ulls away, from fake eagles to loud noises, with lit­tle suc­cess be­fore stum­bling across re­search on­line that showed a ca­nine preda­tor could help.

“My boss asked for so­lu­tions and I said as a joke we should get a dog and he said that’s a bril­liant idea,” Snelling says.

“We wanted a bor­der col­lie and we once again used Google and found Aus­tralian Work­ing Dogs Res­cue.”

As for three-year-old Bai­ley, who is cared for full time by mu­seum se­cu­rity, he’s thriv­ing.

“He loves it, he had to be locked away (as a res­cue dog), be­cause he would just run him­self ragged; he was con­stantly chas­ing birds,” Snelling says.

“Straight away he was great, it was like he was al­ways here.”

Snelling says Bai­ley also pro­vides staff with a morale boost. They are able to sign up to take him for walks dur­ing the day and just hav­ing a dog at work seems to bring peo­ple to­gether.

“Peo­ple love dogs and a lot of peo­ple (work­ing) here live in the city, so they can’t have them. It’s good for them to take him if they just need to get away from the com­puter for a lit­tle bit of time.

“He’s very gen­tle and he loves kids ... when he gets to know you he’s very play­ful.”

Bor­der col­lie Bai­ley hard at work keep­ing the seag­ulls away. Pic­ture: Carly Earl

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