Tale be­hind the top dog

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JOHN AN­DER­SEN john. an­der­sen@ news. com. au

IF there was a Vic­to­ria Cross for dogs you’d have to give it to Daisy.

At Sat­ur­day’s Etheridge Show and Turn- Out at For­sayth, eight- year- old Daisy jumped 2.3m, eas­ily tak­ing out the pop­u­lar dog jump­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Daisy was up against stiff op­po­si­tion from other highly es­teemed ca­nine high jumpers, Panda and Bil­gus.

But when Panda and Bil­gus dropped out of con­tention, Daisy just kept go­ing, one board at a time.

Up she’d go, with just one or two toe nails grip­ping the top of the rail be­fore land­ing in the back of a ute.

Just when you’d think she couldn’t han­dle an­other board, up and over she’d go. And the crowd would go with her. What a trooper. What a war­rior.

And then when it was all over, Willie Bethel from Jenk­ins Creek Sta­tion told a story that would make the strong­est heart melt.

In 2015, Daisy won the dog jump with a mighty leap of 2.6m. That’s a record in For­sayth. And you have to re­mem­ber that For­sayth is work­ing dog coun­try.

This is where dogs are called “turn­ers” be­cause their pri­mary rea­son for ex­is­tence on this earth is to turn run­away cat­tle and bring them back into the mob.

Jump­ing into utes stacked with gear is an­other part of the job.

When the boss says, “gitinthe­back”, a dog has to do it quick or it’s a long walk home.

Last year a bull got Daisy down in the Jenk­ins Creek stock­yards and dam­aged her back.

For days Daisy could only just pull her­self around. It looked like her work­ing days might be over.

And then, Willie said, she started to come good. Slowly she re­cov­ered.

She was placed on light du­ties. Grad­u­ally she went back to work.

On Sat­ur­day Daisy proved that an­i­mals, just like hu­mans, can be brave and can over­come great ad­ver­sity, like be­ing run over and gored by a bull. She didn’t break her own record on Sat­ur­day. No, she did bet­ter than that. She came back and had a go.

The crowd gave Daisy a big cheer. Willie tick­led her ear. Daisy looked around with her tongue hang­ing out one side of her mouth and gave a big, sloppy grin. She might as well have been say­ing, “I was just doin’ me job”.

Go, you good thing, Daisy.

DO­ING HER JOB: Willie Bethel and his jump­ing cham­pion Daisy with daugh­ter Madi­son Brown ( left) and niece Dakota Moxham. LEFT: Daisy in ac­tion on Sat­ur­day.. Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

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