with Arthur Yeo
KIMMY THE WONDER DOG
Kimmy, the Jack Russell, watched my every move. She looked as though she shouldn’t work. Her ‘Queen Anne’ front legs made her look hilarious from the front. She looked like a ballerina with toes pointing east and west, but they belied her speed and hardiness.
Kimmy’s determination was a thing to behold. I tried to keep her from following me everywhere, but that was not to be. She would lie on my pack if I was going tramping and stay right by the door of the car so she couldn’t be left behind. She loved it when I went horse trekking. That was her idea of heaven.
I remember the look on the highcountry farmers at Kekerengu, just north of Kaikoura when I asked them if it would be ok for Kimmy to come on the horse trek to the Bluff and Muzzle stations between the Seaward and Inland Kaikoura ranges. They were
staunch and stoic but I knew what they were thinking, or at least I found out later when they told me. None of them had the heart to say no. One of them tied an extra sack onto his saddle I found out later.
Kimmy had learnt to trail whatever horse I was on and she had built up quite a bit of experience in some of the north Island rivers where I had gone high country fishing. You wouldn’t have imagined that this wee rug rat would have those kinds of skills just to look at her, but in her case, looks were deceiving.
The first day on the trek was well over 30 degrees and we were climbing steep country. The horses plodded on and Kimmy was right there at my horses’ heel. She didn’t miss a beat and was fast proving herself to be more than she appeared.
Along with jumping in and out of everyone’s sleeping bags, raiding people’s lunches and generally looking cute, Kimmy won everyone’s admiration when she dived into a swollen stream hurtling down a mountainside and popped out on the other side quite a bit downstream. Nothing to her but she shocked and awed everyone else.
I was very interested to see one of the old guys give her a crust off his sandwich that lunchtime and there were nods in her direction and smiles when she came into view.
The thing that set her apart from any other dog I have had was her determination. She just would not give up.
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