A new leash on life

Bor­der col­lie Zeke and black labrador Cooper are part of the fam­ily for Melissa and James Evans and their boys Ri­ley and Jasper. The dogs keep the fam­ily ac­tive and teach the kids re­spon­si­bil­ity.

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AF­TER vis­it­ing many times and fall­ing in love with Tas­ma­nia, teacher Melissa Evans and her fam­ily have re­cently em­braced a sea- change and moved from Bris­bane to Dyn­nyrne, in Ho­bart.

Among their many pos­ses­sions that came with the move, none are more prized or loved than their 11- year- old bor­der col­lie Zeke and eight- year- old black labrador Cooper. Where did you get Zeke and Cooper from, Melissa? I had grown up with bor­der col­lies so when I moved out of home I bought Zeke from a breeder.

James [ Melissa’s hus­band] and I de­cided Zeke was get­ting a bit lonely, so we de­cided to get Cooper to keep him com­pany. They com­ple­ment each other nicely. Zeke is slightly neu­rotic and Cooper is pretty mel­lowed out. Can you tell me some in­ter­est­ing sto­ries about Zeke and Cooper? Well, they both go crazy for totem ten­nis when the kids are play­ing it. Zeke once went miss­ing when we were at Ri­ley and Jasper’s grand­par­ents’ house.

He had climbed up onto the lazy su­san on top of the ta­ble and we found him spin­ning around on it. Cooper also rates him­self as a bit of a vo­cal­ist when you rub both his ears he sings back to you. What’s the best thing about hav­ing both of them? Keep­ing us ac­tive. Since mov­ing down re­cently to Tas­ma­nia there’s just so many great places to take them.

The kids love tak­ing them to Par­lia­ment Street Park, rid­ing on their bikes with them along the Pump Track to the Wa­ter­works or head­ing down to the beach at Dru Point. For Ri­ley and Jasper it’s im­por­tant to have both of them, as it teaches them a re­spon­si­bil­ity to look af­ter some­thing from a young age.

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