Pint-sized cattle dog is a star
When Numurkah dairy farmer Steve Dalitz posted footage of his son’s dog Billie getting the cows in, he had no idea it would go viral and receive more than two million hits on the internet. In fact Billie the dachshund became such an overnight sensation he was interviewed on the Today show and now has his very own Facebook page aptly named ‘Billie the Dachshund’. Billie appears to have taken his rise to fame all in his stride and as long as he can still chase the odd tennis ball around and spend his time surrounded by the Dalitz family, he remains a happy little sausage dog.
So Steve, tell us all about Billie.
Billie has no idea that he is little, and he always has to be around the action. Even though he is actually Hamish’s dog, he spends most of the day with me out on the farm. He loves to run through the paddocks and chase hares but when he gets tired, he will jump up on the motorbike and put his feet on the petrol tank, his front legs on the steering wheel and catch the breeze.
He also loves a ride in the tractor, in fact he doesn’t really care where he is or what he is doing, as long as he is with, or following, someone. He has zero fear and is a very funny dog to have around.
He hasn’t always been able to round up the cows though, has he?
When he was a pup, Hamish had some sheep and he would go out to the paddock and chase them around and around and we would spend hours chasing him, he thought it was great fun.
Now he is older he has the discipline to come back and he is actually quite good at getting the cows up, although we don’t let him go down to the dairy when it’s wet because he just gets too dirty to come inside at night.
So how has his life changed since he became famous?
Well, when the Today show interviewed us they did that from the football ground so Billie got to go to the footy for the day. I have had to take him to Deniliquin for the day as well, so he is starting to get out and about.
Many celebrities are concerned about their diet once they become famous. How is Billie’s?
He doesn’t mind the odd potato cake (he was nibbling on one he had found when I arrived) but he seriously sits up next to me each night and we share a bowl of cutup fruit. You can tell by the look on his face that he doesn’t really enjoy it but he stills eats it because he just doesn’t want to miss out.
Dachshunds can become quite heavy but Billie looks to be in good shape.
He runs everywhere and gets lots of exercise around the farm. We did go away for a week and left him at home with someone and when we came back he had put on a noticeable amount of weight — so I would say he definitely would have a tendency to get fat.
Inseparable . . . Steve Dalitz may not technically own Billie but the pint-sized cattle dog spends most of his day following him around the dairy farm, whether he is running or hitching a ride on the motorbike or tractor.
Facebook superstar . . . Billie has achieved worldwide fame after a Facebook post of him getting up the cows on a Numurkah dairy farm went global.