Kelpies

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  1. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Is there anything they can't do? :rolleyes:



    Kelpie swims 4km to frolic with sea lion


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    Henry the sea lion


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    a Kelpie



    A dog has had a lucky escape off an Adelaide beach after befriending a local sea lion and following him four kilometres offshore.


    The dog's owner raised the alarm after Westie chased the sea lion, known as Henry, into the surf off Semaphore Beach and kept going.

    Semaphore Surf Lifesaving Club captain Craig Van Tenac got the call and began the search.

    "I headed down to the club and within about 15 minutes of the call-out we had the inflatable in the water," he said.

    Mr Van Tenac and a fellow club member began a search pattern from where the energetic kelpie was last spotted, zig-zagging about 500 metres along the beach as they headed out to sea.

    "He'd been out there for an hour... we weren't expecting to find him at all, but we just kept going to make sure," he said. "Just when we were thinking about giving up, we spotted him - four kilometres is very far out.

    "Very rarely would we ever get out that far."



    Luckily for Westie and his grateful owner, the rescuers continued the search on this occasion and found dog and sea lion playing happily out beyond the surf.

    "They were both fine, they were just playing around in the water," Mr Van Tenac said.

    "It's lucky for the dog that Henry was in a good mood."

    Mr Van Tenac said the situation was rare as sea lions usually do not go onto the beach, but if Henry does return looking for his new friend it is unlikely he will find Westie off the leash next time.


    Kelpie swims 4km to frolic with sea lion - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
     
  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Bad dog!! Bad, bad dog!!

    Only kidding. Amazing and cute story. And I thought my Border Collie was a pretty athletic dog. I don't think he'd survive that kind of swim, though.
     

  3. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Kelpies are bloody indestructible mate :p
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Sounds like my kind of dog. Even tougher, stronger, smarter than my Border Collie!!
     
  5. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Cheap to run too. My cousin just mixes up dried meat/cereal meal with water, each dog gets one large handful whacked on top of their kennel. They'd run all day if you let them :D
     
  6. AusLach

    AusLach New Member

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    My uncle does the same! "Blood and Bone" mixed with water into a paste??
     
  7. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Ha, yes! Comes in a massive hessian sack?



    (All cockys think alike huh lol)
     
  8. AusLach

    AusLach New Member

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    That's the one... Good for sprinkling around newly planted saplings too, keeps the hares and rabbits away ;)



    This cocky thinking must've rubbed off on me!
     
  9. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Haha...I don't see how you could escape it, Aus :p
     
  10. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

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    Apparently that applies to swimming too. :)