Spock stays strong in dan­ger

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

NOT every dog would look cy­clonic winds in the face and re­main un­fazed.

How­ever, Spock, a dog with a con­glom­er­a­tion of bor­der col­lie, kelpie, dingo and Ir­ish Wolfhound, did just that as he stood by his owner Peter Sykes.

Dur­ing the peak of the cy­clone, an ob­ject struck the roof at the rear end of their cy­clone refuge, caus­ing de­struc­tion to the back of the house.

Peter and Spock had no choice but to get to safety in the laun­dry down a flight of slip­pery stairs amid wind blow­ing at cy­clonic force.

Hang­ing on to the rail­ing for dear life, Mr Sykes in­structed Spock to run to safety, but half­way down the stair case he looked back at his owner and re­turned to him of­fer­ing the moral sup­port to guide him down.

Mr Sykes said to have a dog best friend by his side through thick and thin was the best feel­ing in the world.

“I was com­pletely amazed that he knew I was strug­gling, so he came up and stood next to me and did some­thing quite brave, he fol­lowed me step by step,” he said.

“It was quite re­mark­able and he didn’t show any fear at all and wasn’t rat­tled.”

In the af­ter­math of the cy­clone, Mr Skyes con­tin­ues to take Spock on ad­ven­tures out to Con­way and Wil­sons Beach, not­ing the new wa­ter holes to swim in and “pro­lif­er­a­tion of smelly things to roll in”.


BEST FRIENDS: Peter Sykes with his dog Spock.

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