Bailey’s got a new job
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