An intrepid explorer
Don’t be fooled by the small stature of Fern Tree Uni student Dan Brown’s 15- year- old Jack Russell, Mutji. As it turns out, the pint- sized pocket- rocket has a real sense of adventure and is literally afraid of nothing
You got Mutji when you were living in the Northern Territory – did her name originate from your time up there?
Yeah, we were living in Nhulunbuy at the time and Mum and Dad were working at the school at the Aboriginal community of Yirrkala. I had been pestering Mum and Dad for a dog incessantly and they fi nally caved in and brought Mutji from a breeder in Darwin and had her sent over to Nhulunbuy.
We had all these normal names picked out but Mum and Dad took it to the school in Yirrkala and all the locals started pointing to it and saying, “mutji, mutji, mutji”.
When we asked what was going on, it was explained that the locals at Yirrkala had never seen a purebred Jack Russell before and “mutji” was an abbreviation of bandicoot in one of the indigenous dialects, and so the name just stuck. And Mutji defi nitely showcases a real sense of adventure, doesn’t she?
She’s a pretty recognisable canine around Fern Tree because she likes to escape and go on adventures. Her latest escapade involved slipping through the back door and being found at the Fork in the Road roundabout at Kingston seven hours later.
We also have a three- year- old King Charles Cavalier called Mintie and so for the past three years Mutji has also had company on most of her adventures. It’s nothing out of the ordinary for the both of them to go on walkabouts for a day and a half before rocking back up on the doorstep.
She seems pretty sprightly for a 15- year- old?
I took her to the vets only recently and aside from a touch of arthritis, which you’d expect, she’s in pretty good shape. Sprightly may be the wrong adjective – angry is probably a closer fi t, she defi nitely has an attitude on her.
It’s a rare occasion if I take Mutji and Mintie to the beach and we leave without her getting in a scrap with another dog. As soon as she’s off the leash she’ll go and pick a fi ght, doesn’t matter what size the other dog is, she will back herself, even in the golden years she’s in right now.
Additionally she is ultra- defensive of Mintie and if another dog even looks at Mintie the wrong way she will get stuck in immediately. She is just an angry independent woman! She just seems to be chock- a- block full of character?
She has heaps of character and that’s what I love about her; she’s not just a lapdog and won’t bow to your every command.
She’s very strong- willed and as mentioned, angry. If she can catch it, she’ll kill it. Let’s just say we haven’t seen a rabbit around our property for a long, long time.