No Chip on their shoulders
The Murphy family, from Winton, has three dogs on its beef cattle property. Dusty and Chip are kelpies, while Kitty is a Jack Russell terrier. Dusty has got himself into trouble over the years, including having his owner kicked out of a caravan park. The
How did they get their names?
Dusty — I picked him up and had no name in mind. Driving back from Kerang, where I got him from, and I came up with Dusty by the time I got to Shepparton. I just liked the name and it suits his colour.
For Chip, my brother (John Paul) and I were brainstorming and that’s what JP came up with. There was a bit of a reluctance at first but eventually we got around it.
Kitty is Mum’s (Kathy) dog. She’s named after my grandmother.
What are their personalities like?
Dusty is fixated with all living creatures and livestock. It gets him into trouble. He’s a bit headstrong at times. Dusty’s a dog that likes to listen to you — at times. He’s a beautiful looking dog. He likes a good scratch behind the ear.
Chip is a good dog. He’s a bit more chilled than Dusty. He’s quiet with the stock and Headstrong . . . Dusty got Tim Murphy kicked out of a caravan park. easy to train and he likes to give you a good lick.
Kitty is the boss and the others fall in line. Dusty is second in command and Chip is the trusty lieutenant. She’s a nervous dog but is in tune with how you are going. She’s got a tendency to wander and follow her nose a bit. She will jump in a stranger’s car in a heartbeat.
I hear Dusty has got himself and yourself into trouble over the years. Can you tell us a couple of stories?
When Dusty was 10 weeks old (now two years old), we had to rush out of the house and left him unattended and he got into a half a block of chocolate that JP left for the picking. When we came home he was running around the house like a spring chicken, In command . . . Kitty is a nervous dog but knows how you are feeling. literally climbing up the walls. He left a good mess for us to clean up.
(On another occasion) Dusty got me kicked out of a caravan park in Young. The owner said he could stay but not to be inside the cabin. I had him tied up next to my car on a longish lead and as I was coming back into the cabin from the barbecue Dusty followed me in — to the delight of the caravan park owner. She said I could stay, but Dusty couldn’t.
Words and pictures:
Strong bond . . . Tim Murphy and his family’s dogs Dusty, Kitty and Chip.
Chase on . . . The two kelpies love a run in the paddock.
Shadows . . . Wherever Tim or his brother John Paul are on the farm, you will find the dogs.