Mindy rules the roost
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
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.