Dy­namic duo en­joys farm life

Shepparton News - Country News - - MAN’S BEST FRIEND -

Long-time horse trainer and Ard­mona hobby farmer Ivan Lis­ter lives on a 24 ha prop­erty with his wife Jen­nifer and two chil­dren, Maxwell and Wil­liam. Adding to the Lis­ter clan are Ma­jak, the pure­bred boxer, and Lilly, the Jack Rus­sell. The two are great watch­dogs and work in tan­dem when beef cat­tle are on the prop­erty, while dur­ing sum­mer you will of­ten see them tak­ing a dip in the chan­nel.

How did Ma­jak get his name?

We got Ma­jak from Steve Hyde, who runs a bak­ery in Be­nalla, and he was a North Mel­bourne fan and he’s named af­ter Ma­jak Daw. Luck­ily Max goes for North Mel­bourne, too. What makes them great watch­dogs?

At night-time, if it’s cold we have them in­side. If there is a fox they will hear it from in­side and you have to let them out. Give them 20 minutes or so and they come back in again. They are great watch­dogs. What are their per­son­al­i­ties like?

They are very play­ful. She (Lilly) is spoilt rot­ten — she spends most of her time in­side. She knows what’s go­ing on. You only have to say say bed and she will be in­side hid­ing be­cause she doesn’t want to go out­side.

Lilly is as sharp as a tack. She’ll chase any­thing that moves. She’ll chase mag­pies in the sky, hop­ing they’ll fall out of the sky.

(Ma­jak) had never seen cat­tle and he used to chase them. Now he lies be­side them in the cat­tle yard. What is their work­ing abil­ity like?

She would muster the cat­tle and he leads the cat­tle. It’s more about en­joy­ing life. They en­joy life as much as we do. What do they like to do when they are not work­ing?

They love the chan­nel and the big dam and will hop in dur­ing hot weather. Max is 20 and Wil­liam is 17. When they were younger they would be in the chan­nel with the dogs. They are great com­pan­ions if Jenny’s in the gar­den. Lilly al­ways wants pride of place. She’s al­ways af­ter af­fec­tion. How do they get on with other an­i­mals?

They don’t like other dogs on the farm; they are very pro­tec­tive. What would you do with­out them?

I couldn’t think about it. It would be un­be­liev­able. I get a laugh out of her (Lilly) ev­ery minute of ev­ery day. Words and pic­tures: Rod­ney Woods ■ Do you have a dog or dogs you’d like to nom­i­nate for Man’s Best Friend? Phone Rod­ney the Dog Man on 5820 3259 or email him at: rod­ney.woods@coun­trynews.com.au

Much-loved pooches . . . Ivan Lis­ter, of Ard­mona, with his fam­ily’s two dogs Ma­jak and Lilly.

End­lessly en­ter­tain­ing . . . Lilly will chase any­thing that moves.

Gen­tle gi­ant . . . All Ma­jak wanted to do when he first saw cat­tle was chase them, now he will sit next to them in the yard.

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