Dr Dolittle and her dog army
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:
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.