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.
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.