Mindy rules the roost

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AF­TER a brief con­ver­sa­tion with sib­lings, Evie, Ted and Billy Banks- Smith of Sandy Bay, I de­ter­mined one thing; they gen­er­ally don’t agree on much. How­ever, all three agree on one thing – they are smit­ten with their two- yearold wheaten and white bor­der col­lie Mindy.

So guys … why a bor­der col­lie?

Evie: When Mum ( Jo) met Dad ( Rod) he al­ready had two bor­der col­lie- crosses but they passed away be­cause they were old and when we went on a hol­i­day to Bali, about two years ago, we were sit­ting around the pool talk­ing about names for dogs and de­cided there and then we’d get an­other bor­der col­lie when we got home. I re­ally wanted to call her Cindy but Mum said Mindy sounded bet­ter.

Ted in­ter­rupts: No, I thought of the name

Mindy.

Evie: No you didn’t Ted, I did. Jo: Ted, you weren’t even there when we were hav­ing that con­ver­sa­tion.

Ted: We all de­cided that Mindy was a good name…

Bor­der col­lie’s are ex­tremely en­er­getic dogs, Mindy is ob­vi­ously no ex­cep­tion?

Evie: She loves to run. Mum takes her run­ning most morn­ings. She might not be that clever though be­cause she was run­ning along­side Mum the other day and ran straight into a car parked on the side on the road.

In sum­mer, Dad takes his pad­dle­board down to the beach and some­times he stands her on top of it with him and she’ll rock the pad­dle­board and they’ll both fall in but usu­ally she just fol­lows him along the beach and he pad­dles up and down it.

Re­cently she’s just learnt a new trick and when we go out fi shing on the boat she jumps out from quite a dis­tance away from the jetty and swims back.

Mindy’s also par­tic­i­pated in the past three Mil­lion Paws Walks with us all.

You’ve got a cat, Kiva who’s 17, and must be quite fa­mil­iar with hav­ing dogs around, how do those two get along?

Ted: It’s a pretty bad re­la­tion­ship. Mindy can get pretty crazy but Kiva just sits there and shakes his head. Kiva is defi nitely the boss. Mindy also had a fas­ci­na­tion with a cou­ple of the pos­sums that live near our shack and has shown a fair bit of in­ter­est in get­ting to know them a lot bet­ter.

What are the best things about hav­ing Mindy?

Ted: She’s very pro­tec­tive of us all, even Mum and Dad. She’s great com­pany, we love walk­ing with her and she’s a pretty good guard dog.

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