Mas­ter an ap­pren­tice

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Luke Bow­den Any­one in­ter­ested in shar­ing their best friends’ sto­ries can email luke. bow­den@ news. com. au

SEE­ING ap­pren­tice jockey Si­grid Carr with her horse you can in­stantly tell she has a nat­u­ral affi nity with an­i­mals.

So I caught up with her af­ter a morn­ing’s work, to get the low- down about her two- year- old Ten­ter­field ter­rier Peb­bles, who has shown Si­grid she’s pretty fond of horses, too. What made you de­cide to get Peb­bles? Well, my mum breeds ten­ter­fields and shows them in com­pe­ti­tions. So I look af­ter Peb­bles at home but mum does all the show­ing with the help of my son Dy­lan, who walks Peb­bles in a lot of the com­pe­ti­tions.

She’s a cham­pion for her breed and it’s mainly based on their looks, so I’ve got a pretty good- look­ing ten­ter­field ter­rier on my hands. What is Peb­bles like as a house dog? They’re just re­ally happy lit­tle dogs. She’s a great com­pan­ion and gets you to smile ev­ery time you walk in the door. And Peb­bles has shown she loves be­ing around horses al­most as much as you? She’s pretty in­tel­li­gent and learnt how to climb the fence at home.

The other day she climbed the fence when I was at the sta­bles in Brighton and walked all the way there.

It’s prob­a­bly more than 1km from my house to the sta­bles and she was just sit­ting there wait­ing for me when I got back from do­ing some work on the track.

She’s com­pletely fi ne around horses. She must not re­alise how tiny she is be­cause she makes for a pretty good guard dog as well – she barks and acts like she’s the size of a rot­tweiler. What is the best thing about hav­ing Peb­bles? She’s so small I can take her a lot of places and of­ten take her to the sta­bles if I’m work­ing. She’s very pop­u­lar down there.

If you’ve had a night­mare at the track it’s good to come home to a lit­tle friend like her and snug­gle up to­gether on the couch.

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