Kelpies prove to be the top dogs

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Chilli sounds dif­fer­ent to the other names. I bought him from Joe Spicer (Go Getta Kelpies). His sire was Basil and his dam was Clover. Tucker was a pup I bred and he ate all the food of the oth­ers. He was the big­gest pup by far. Koda and Duke are just short names that are easy to say. What are their per­son­al­i­ties like?

They are all pretty out­go­ing. Duke’s a big pup. With Chilli, I’m hop­ing to get a bit more force in her. They are great with kids, good with the stock and they don’t do more than they have to. What are their work­ing abil­i­ties like?

They are all handy. They are more suited to sheep work. Duke is the most ex­pe­ri­enced and is an all rounder. Tucker has a strong head and good in­stincts and he is good in the pad­dock. They have only worked on sheep for the last two years.

I’m look­ing for­ward to train­ing the pup (Chilli) as when I started I was on a dairy farm (and did not get the chance). Why did you de­cide to buy dogs from the Go Getta Kelpies stud?

I had a border col­lie/kelpie cross, which was bit­ten by a snake, and that’s why I went to a breeder to get an­other. I like Joe’s dogs be­cause of the amount of in­stinct they have from a young age. It makes train­ing a lot eas­ier. Hav­ing that in­stinct means they have enough force with­out up­set­ting the live­stock. The thing about the Go Getta kelpies is their na­ture. Do they like to travel?

They all love go­ing wher­ever I go. They love to travel. They love the ute or the mo­tor­bike. Words: Rod­ney Woods Pic­tures: Rod­ney Braith­waite

Tak­ing a break . . . af­ter­noon. Duke finds some shade un­der the ute on a hot

Al­ways on the go . . . All the dogs on the prop­erty are re­ally en­er­getic.

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