Maggie’s a bundle of energy
Jeremy Smith grew up on a farm in Lilydale but was deprived of one essential element of farm life – a working dog. So, 10 months ago, he and partner Susie Cretan, decided to get Maggie, a black and tan kelpie
So talk me through getting Maggie? Susie:
Jeremy was dead set on getting a kelpie but 10 months ago he was working down at Nubeena and was away from home a lot. I live close to university and have a fair bit of spare time during the day so I told him I would look after her during the day. I probably got more than I bargained for as I already had another dog, a four- year- old Labrador named Sylvie.
Obviously being a kelpie she’s energetic so we take plenty of walks up through Lambert Reserve, so I guess it’s been a plus because she’s defi nitely got me a lot fi tter. Another big positive is because of their working- dog mentality, Maggie is extremely focused and has been so easy to train. I’ve been tasked with most of the training and exercise but it’s a little frustrating because as soon as Jeremy walks in the door, Maggie shows where her true affections lie.
So now Maggie and Sylvie live together, how did Sylvie handle the new kid on the block? Susie:
About 99 per cent of the time they are fi ne but that other 1 per cent accounts for some pretty big bust- ups. Initially Sylvie was pretty patient with her as a puppy but now that Maggie’s much older and bigger there’s defi nitely a power struggle going on between them. Aside from the two dogs, we’ve also got a cat, Delilah, and the relationship between the two dogs and Delilah is frosty at best. Upstairs is cat land and downstairs is dog world. If we bring Delilah downstairs, Sylvie will race over to the stairs and guard them so Delilah can’t get back up them. I think a bit of Sylvie has rubbed off on Maggie though – Maggie’s really glutinous and greedy with food, which isn’t a kelpie trait at all. Sylvie is also absolutely obsessed with shadows and laser lights and Maggie has followed suit. When Dark Mofo had on the Articulated Intersect in June, both of them would just run around in circles in the backyard trying to chase the lights in the sky.
Jeremy, you play cricket for Lindisfarne and there’s a funny story involving Maggie and cricket isn’t there? Jeremy: When she was a pup, Susie brought her to the ground to watch me play. She was off leash because as a puppy she just stuck to the side of you and never wandered. However, if she sees something move in the air, especially a fl ock of swallows fl ying low she’ll just chase them all day. On this occasion Lindisfarne was fi elding and this fl ock of swallows fl ew overhead and Maggie just ran across the fi eld after them.
The umpires stopped the game while some of the players ran around trying to catch her while I was just standing at fi rst slip pretending I didn’t know Susie or the dog. It was quite funny, very embarrassing and I copped a fairly big fi ne’ from the other boys to put some money into the endof- season kitty.
What’s great about having Maggie?
She gives us a great reason to do cool things. It’s just great in summer heading to the beach and watching her play for hours.