Bessie – keepin’ it real
With photographer Kirsty Pilkington
KIRSTY Pilkington’s nearly two- year- old kelpie- smithfield cross Bessie is definitely a ‘‘ real’’ dog.
Where did you get Bessie?
We found her in the newspaper. My partner and daughter originally wanted a sheepdog. My old dog was a little fluff ball and they wanted a ‘‘ real’’ dog. We heard that a lot of border collie puppies had been found and we had our hearts set on one of them. But when we went to the RSPCA we couldn’t find them. Bessie came from a family in New Norfolk, and she’s the complete opposite of my old dog.
How would you describe her personality?
She’s got the working dog in her through and through. She’s very patient, she can wait for ages. She’s very loyal. I always feel really safe with her even though she’s so non- aggressive. She’s really good with other dogs and great with kids. She’s just a really friendly kind of dog. She’s also really good with our chickens. She never bothers them, which everyone is really surprised about. She’s always got a bit of a smile on her face. She makes us smile.
What does she enjoy doing?
She loves soccer and water games. She’ll take off to the dam a few times a day and have a bit of a dip and splash around. I’ve featured her on one of my greeting cards, leaping up out of the water. It was taken at Nine Mile Beach at Swansea and she looks like she was having the time of her life, and she definitely was!
Does she have any funny habits?
She can open our doors. We’ve just bought some new handles because she keeps opening the doors and not closing them, and our cats ( who have a large cat run because we love the native birds) keep on escaping!
What is the best thing about Bessie?
I didn’t realise how different a dog could be. I love taking Bessie out with me. She can come along to most places. She’s a constant companion. She’s just good company.