Strong bond with Arnie
VETERINARY nurse Jess Fox was born in Tasmania but moved with her family to Sydney in 1997 and only returned in July last year.
Back in those halcyon days growing up at Dodges Ferry, she had a border collie named Patch, so it was only appropriate one of the fi rst things on the agenda when she arrived home again was to get another one, aptly named Arnie. Defi nitely. My partner Mark and I were looking for one and Arnie was the last of the litter for sale from a breeder on Bruny Island.
We were only going for a look but when we got down there we found out he was the last of the litter for sale so we didn’t have a choice but to get him.
He was the largest of the litter and had an extremely disproportionately large head as a puppy.
That’s why we named him Arnie, after Arnold Schwarzenegger. He’s generally pretty well- behaved. He was a little naughty … a little too smart for his own good when he was younger and destroyed the usual dossier of belongings ( shoes, socks and clothing).
It’s great living back down at Dodges Ferry because we’ve got Park Beach on our doorstep – it’s a wonderful place to take him for walks, which as a border collie, he likes to do often.
It’s been good for us as well because I probably wouldn’t go to the beach all that much if I didn’t have Arnie to take. You defi nitely see his working- dog nature come out at the beach. He spends the entire time trying to round up all the other dogs as if they are sheep or cattle.
Mark and I gave him the nickname Dicky and sometimes he goes walkabout at the beach. I don’t really know what other people think when they see me walking up and down the beach yelling “Dicky” … they probably think I’m crazy. Arnie loves all dogs. He’s got such a nice nature and will go up to any dog and want to be their friend – even if the other dog is outwardly indicating it doesn’t want to be friends. Arnie wants to be Lottie’s friend but Lottie isn’t really that interested in being friends with Arnie. He follows me everywhere. At night, he’s found his spot, which is right next to me on the bed. He’s just great company and a whole heap of fun.
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