Monday, April 06, 2009
Australian Cattle Dog with Pluck
I’ve been to Australia a couple times while serving in the U.S. submarine service, Perth side, and my experiences while there were outstanding, even though the journal I kept of my pub crawl through Rockingham and Perth with a native Aussie and a fellow submariner ends with the following entry, “I’m finding it hard to tie my shoes.”
Here’s a story of a family’s Australian cattle dog that exhibited a great amount of pluck after being swept overboard.
A pet dog that fell overboard in rough seas off Australia has been reunited with its owners after surviving alone on an island for four months, reports said.
Sophie Tucker, apparently named after a late US entertainer, fell overboard as Jan Griffith and her family sailed through choppy waters off the northeast Queensland coast in November.
The dog was believed to have drowned and Griffith said the family was devastated.
But out of sight of the family, Sophie Tucker was swimming doggedly and finally made it to St Bees Island, five nautical miles away, and began the sort of life popularised by the TV reality show “Survivor.”
She was returned to her family last week when Griffith contacted rangers who had captured a dog that had been living off feral goats on the largely uninhabited island, in the faint hope it might be their long-lost pet.
Aussie cattle dogs are great dogs.