Eyre Peninsula working dogs invited for calendar

PLAY TIME: Rosie at play in a water trough at the Warner's farm. Picture: Lisa Warner
PLAY TIME: Rosie at play in a water trough at the Warner's farm. Picture: Lisa Warner

Eyre Peninsula dog owners have been invited to showcase their pets as pipe fittings manufacturer Philmac is searching for the country’s most impressive working dogs.

At the same time Philmac is also The company is looking for working dogs of any breed to feature in its 2018 Philmac Australian Working Dog Calendar.

Lisa Warner who lives north of Cummins has two working dogs, Jack and Rosie.

Mrs Warner said Rosie, a kelpie the family had owned for four years, stayed active on the farm with the sheep but also loved to travel in the ute or the motorbike with her husband Ash.

“Ash would be lost without her, when he goes anywhere she goes with him,” she said.

Mrs Warner said the calendar was a great opportunity but what her dogs Rosie and Jack did on the farm was no different to what working dogs across Eyre Peninsula and Australia did every day.

At the same time Philmac has also started a nationwide talent search to fill the spot of its brand ambassador Bluey.

Philmac managing director Mark Nykiel said for the calendar, owners were asked to submit their best pictures of their working dog at either work, rest or play.

“We’re hoping to hear from regional and farm dogs of a variety of breeds for their chance to be immortalised on the calendar,” he said.

Mr Nykiel said for the role of Bluey the blue heeler needed to represent the brand values of trust, reliability and hardwork.

“Ideally the next Bluey will be well trained, able to follow instructions and photographer friendly,” he said.

Nominations for the two campaigns are now open until October 1.

For more information on the campaign go to www.philmac.com.au.