A shout-out to all guide dogs — not all heroes wear capes.These hard workers help the vision-impaired go about their daily business.Just don’t pat them, please — a single, though well-intentioned, pat can undo months of training.
August 26, 2016 13:23:03
We just make sure he’s really fit and we spoil him lots,” owner Tegan Eagle said.The city pooch spends most of his day perched on his master’s bed, whines if he is left outside in the cold or rain, and eats leftover human food.Maggie the matriarch
Brian McLaren estimates Maggie was almost 30 years old when she died. (Supplied)
Bailey the kelpie's high jump world record
Another Bailey making the list — this kelpie is the record holder for the kelpie high jump.He cleared a 2.951-metre barrier earlier this year, smashing the previous record set in 2007, in front of a crowd of thousands at the Casterton Kelpie Muster in Victoria.”It just happens naturally. (Fairfax Media: Jono Pech )
Maggie passed away earlier this year (RIP Maggie) at the age of “at least 29-and-a-half”.She had lived on Brian McLaren’s dairy farm in southern Victoria since she was just eight weeks old, and had “the greatest life” rounding up cows, waiting for the kids to come home from school, and drinking milk (but not too much).According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest age recorded for a dog is 29 years and five months — for another Australian working dog named Bluey.The guide dogs After being dumped in Australian animal shelters, many of these alpine canines have been given a second chance to thrive where they belong.”We know some of them are very submissive, so they must’ve been abused,” Markus Israng, proud owner of six rescue dogs, said.These rescue huskies race as a sledding team — like ducks to water, when the dogs hit the snow, they’re home.Bailey the world-record holder
Tegan Eagle bought and keeps kelpie Bailey as a pet in her suburban backyard. We don’t tend to practice at all.
International Guide Dog Day
(Facebook: Buddy’s Bucket List)
Buddy the blue heeler was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year, and owner Emily Mochan wanted his remaining days to be positive.She made a bucket list of 50 things for them to achieve together, including having a famous cricketer throw the ball for him, sitting in a cop car and (of course) going for a run at the beach.Buddy passed away having achieved all but one of the list: “The only thing was to help other animals … (Twitter: Karen Nelson)
In the dog-eat-dog world of politics, some stand above the rest.Duke the great Pyrenees is possibly one of the most popular politicians in the US, having been elected for his third term in office.”Everybody voted for Duke — except for one vote for his girlfriend, Lassie,” according to Duke’s owner, David Rick.Bailey the wharf protector
Bailey keeps guard over the museum’s vessels. (Supplied: 4 Deserts)
Gobi the stray dog ran about 125 kilometres across China in an endurance race with running buddy Dion Leonard, after appearing “from nowhere” while the Australian was competing in the Gobi March footrace earlier this year.Leonard said when he first saw Gobi he thought she would not last the day running with him, “but 25 miles I think we ran that day and she was still with me at the end”.The bond between the two became so strong Leonard decided to adopt Gobi and bring her back to live with him in Edinburgh, despite some minor setbacks.Duke the politician
The nine-year-old great pyrenees was first elected in 2014. (ABC News: Margaret Burin) all his toys will go to shelter dogs. (Facebook: Buddy’s Bucket List)
Buddy poses for the camera as part of his bucket list. They’re man’s best friend, after all.Take a look back at some of the amazing feats of our four-legged friends this past year on World Dog Day.Buddy the bucket list conqueror
Queensland Police Service allowed Buddy to be a police dog for the day. He’ll finish his list as soon as that’s done.”Gobi the endurance runner
Gobi the dog ran almost half of the 250-kilometre Gobi March with Dion Leonard. (Supplied: Australian National Maritime Museum)
This border collie’s got the eye of a sailor, flies with the wind and lives 24 hours on the job.The Australian National Maritime Museum employee is so enthusiastic for his job (chasing away seagulls causing a mess on the Pyrmont wharf) he needs a dog flotation device.”He has ended up in the harbour four or five times now from being overeager,” head of security Adrian Snelling said.The sled dogs
These alpine dogs competing in a sled race at Mount Buller are all rescue pups. (Supplied: 4 Deserts)
Gobi was found after five days of searching.