BESSIE MADE IAN'S DAY
Ian, third of our four sons, has wisely quit the advertising rat race in Melbourne, and bought a small farm at Frog Rock, near Mudgee, 180 miles (290 km.) northwest of Sydney. He sent us an email the other day, describing a minor incident down on the farm. It was such a delightful vignette of rural life that we'd like to share it with our internet friends. We asked Ian if we could publish it in this e-book, and he agreed.
Bessie is a six-month-old blue heeler, an Australian cattle dog, and Ian's constant companion. Until last week, she had never seen any cattle. Here's Ian's story:
The Australian Cattle Dog has been described as "a tough, hard-working dog with an undying loyalty to its owner... developed from a mix of the Dalmatian, Dingo, Kelpie and Collie. What resulted was an outstanding herding dog that was willing and capable of driving cattle in the hot, harsh conditions of Australia."Bessie has decided that she loves riding on the back of the truck, just like a real farm dog.
Ian's story jogged our memory to recall a classic humorous tale about another canine in the Australian outback - Henry Lawson's Loaded Dog, "a big black young retriever dog, or rather an overgrown pup, a big, foolish, four-footed mate, who was always slobbering round them and lashing their legs with his heavy tail that swung round like a stock-whip. Most of his head was usually a red, idiotic, slobbering grin of appreciation of his own silliness. He seemed to take life, the world, his two-legged mates, and his own instinct as a huge joke."
You can read Lawson's hilarious yarn by clicking on THE LOADED DOG.