DISCOVER CHALLENGE17_0112_Greatest-Workmate-in-the-World

Greatest Workmate in the World

 

In December 1988 a neighbour asked if I wanted a pup.

brandy-pup_1-1The smallest pup in the little came running over,

launched itself onto my boot and remained there.

brandyy-dc_2-3He was named Brandy by MGW.

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It wasn’t long before Brandy was working a small mob of sheep

and responding very well to training.

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Brandy (left) and Molly

He grew to love the back of my utility and would wait faithfully for me.

He also turned into a ‘one man/person dog’.

One day the rams came into our backyard and MGW

let Brandy off to round them up and  put them

back through the gate, which is just left of shot.

She still tells the story  of how he sat on the back of the ute,

or under a tree watched her huff and puff for the half hour

it took to turn the rams out through this oh so close gate!

He would have had them rounded up

in 30 seconds had I been home…and MGW knew that.

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Brandy and a young Zoe

I still call Brandy my $6,000,000 dog.

He would work in the paddocks mustering sheep.

He would work in the yards.

He would also work the woolshed.

I had never had a dog as good as that,

and it is not often dogs are as versatile preferring

one area over the others.

He only ever sired one litter of pups of which Ginger,

who was mentioned frequently on this blog

until her death in October 2015, was one.

Brandy was a couple of months short of his 13th birthday

when he died in 2001.

A true candidate for

Greatest Workmate in the World

title

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DP_Discover Challenge: Greatest-in-the-World

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Big-and-Small

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My contribution for this week’s

Big and Small

 

I marveled at this sight a few years ago…

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as I had never seen tugs at work before…or since.

 sunrise_corio_bay_6965The size difference is noticeable here, however…

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only for the puff of smoke from its smoke stack,

our little tug would be lost, in this shot.

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 A better size comparison here.

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