Not a run of the mill corgie
Kim Boyer, of Sandy Bay, had two very special cats in her life for 15 years, but when they passed on she didn’t think she could have another cat so she decided to buy Millie, a three- year- old corgi cross border collie.
Where did you get Millie?
We got her from a lady in Ouse. Millie’s mum was a purebred corgi and one day the owner’s grandchildren left the gate open and she escaped and had a night out on the town with the working boys.
So we don’t know whether she’s full border collie on the other side or whether she has some blue heeler thrown in there as well.
All we know is, when we called up about the ad in the paper she was the only one of the litter left.
Originally, we weren’t going to get a puppy and Fred [ Kim’s husband] won’t mind me saying he was quite reluctant about getting a puppy, but within a couple of minutes of getting Millie he was completely sold.
She must be quite energetic then?
Defi nitely. And that’s the main reason we got her, because Fred is retired now and I’m pretty much fully retired so we wanted to get an active dog to give us plenty of exercise.
She’s a real outdoors dog, which is defi nitely the border collie side coming through.
We’ve got a shack up at Orford, at Spring Beach, and she just loves running around up there.
Was Millie a bit of a troublemaker when she was a puppy?
She was a pretty expensive dog when she was younger.
She had a habit of stealing almost anything and chewing it up, including a funnel web spider, which was quite serious and made her very ill.
Aside from that, Fred and I were both pretty good customers at Kathmandu for a while, because Millie kept stealing our walking sandals and destroying them.
What’s great about having Millie?
She’s a great socialising tool. We’ve met lots of wonderful people through just walking around with Millie, I guess because she’s a little unusual looking, people are inquisitive as to what breed she is.
She’s very chic as well, Millie particularly loves hanging out at Bay Coffee Roasters, in Sandy Bay.
We stop for coffee after a walk and they’re very dog friendly there. Millie knows she’ll always get a treat from them there.