Back in 2011 when we lost Wag Brian was faced with the reality of having only one (Spy) and a half (Bo) working dogs. A good working dog is invaluable on a farm but finding and training the right one takes a lot of time. As we weren’t breeding dogs at the time Brian decided to make a few phone calls. This is Mike’s story…….
Brian hung up the phone after the first call and said “come on, we’re going to pick up a huntaway”. We turned up at this bloke’s place and saw a whole pack of good looking kelpies but then he led us into the middle of the melee and said “here’s the huntaway”.
“Pigsarse” was Brian’s diplomatic reply. Not only did he not look like a huntaway but he was possibly the ugliest dog ever created. Think black, long pointy ears, even longer, pointier nose, hairy, a beard, and ginger tufts sticking out of his mouth. “Dog ugly” would be insulting dogs.
Nevertheless “Spag”, as he was called, made it home to Rocky Springs where Bo, and to a lesser extent Clyde, spent the rest of the afternoon exerting authority by spag shaggin’.
Spag was a name that wasn’t going to stick after having a Spy and a Wag so the poor animal’s name has been changed to Mike.
Occasionally I think to myself – “he can’t be that ugly”. Unfortunately I then go outside and, to my dismay, find that indeed he can.
And it rained today. If possible, Mike, when wet, is even uglier.
Looking back at Mike’s story with the benefit of three years of hindsight I feel we may have been a little harsh on Mike. Was he really that ugly? What do you think?
Ugly or not he was useless around the farm and was returned to sender and the search for a decent working dog continued.