Dr Dolit­tle and her dog army

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

Ben is the old farm dog and we in­her­ited him with the farm; he was a great farm dog but he is too old now.

Blue came from the farm next door and Char­lie is Blue’s puppy (the only one from the lit­ter).

Emily is the 15-year-old foxie, Maysie is a Jack Rus­sell crossed kelpie and we haven’t been able to work out what breed Clau­dia is. When I went to get Clau­dia she was ad­ver­tised as a male and I was go­ing to call her Claude but on the trip home we soon no­ticed Claude had to be­come Clau­dia.

So se­ri­ously, who are the best work­ers out of this bunch?

The three lit­tle ones are, es­pe­cially Maysie. It must be the quar­ter kelpie in her, but every morn­ing and night she jumps on the mo­tor­bike with dad and rounds the cows up.

Ben is too old but he used to be the main farm dog. These days he just does noth­ing and all Blue and Char­lie do is just fight each other all the time.

So who is top dog here?

Emily is the boss of the bunch and she breaks up all the fights. She is also a re­ally good mum and she will mother any­thing that comes along, in­clud­ing cats and kit­tens.

Do you have a favourite?

No I don’t, but if I had to choose one it would prob­a­bly be Clau­dia. She fol­lows me around the most and she has the fun­ni­est lit­tle per­son­al­ity. She likes to keep to her­self and keep out of the fights but she can be a bit naughty be­cause she likes to chase the calves. I wish we knew what her parent­age was but we still have no idea what sort of breed she is.

So why do you love dogs so much?

I just love their na­ture, they are kind and friendly and they show you their emo­tions by the way they act. I spend a lot of time with the dogs and when I drive in from work I get mobbed every time. Pop calls me Dr Dolit­tle be­cause no mat­ter where I walk, the dogs are al­ways fol­low­ing be­hind me. Words and pic­tures:

So­phie Bald­win

Big boss . . . Emily is the boss of the tribe — she might be the small­est of the bunch but she still has all the au­thor­ity. Fighters . . .

Tiny trio . . . Tiarna Shep­ard with the three lit­tle work­ing dogs (from left) Emily, Clau­dia and Maysie.

Blue and Char­lie spend their day fight­ing each other and ig­nor­ing the farm work.

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