Can you tell me about your dogs?
Jim: Coco is about seven, she’s a chocolate lab and belongs to my daughters Meg and Georgina. Col is our retired working dog, he’s about 14 years old. Rosie and Tiger are our working dogs now. Rosie is 13 months and her dad Tiger is about seven or eight, we bought him a few years ago. Tiger is father to a few pups around the region.
How did they get their names?
We named Col after Col Bryce, the breeder we got him from. If I get a pup I’ll name them after the person I get them from, I like to do that. The others don’t really have a story, the kids named some of them but Rosie is my mother’s name so I’m pretty happy with that name in the end.
How do they go with commands?
They’re not too bad. Rosie is still learning, she may be all right, we’ll have to see. Sometimes they’ll get in the wrong position. Tiger is a bit big for his boots, he’s very arrogant, seems to think he’s the boss, not me.
So they listen to you then?
They behave themselves mostly. They’re pretty good. They’ll sleep in their pen even when the door’s open so they’re not too much trouble.
What do you feed them?
I feed them CopRice and a few bones. I only feed them CopRice because I’ve got some shares in it so it’s worth my while! The old dog will get some soft food.
Are they just working dogs or do you consider them pets as well?
Mainly working dogs, Coco is an absolute pet. The kids will come and say g’day to the dogs but they’re mostly working dogs.
What would you do without them?
I’d probably just go buy a new one. Just go get two dogs tomorrow.
Words and pictures: Alana Christensen