I have a soft spot for working dogs. Every shearing shed that I work in I can’t help but connect with each and every dog I come into contact with.
The only problem with this, is that these beautiful creatures don’t live forever. Most shearing sheds I work at, I only visit once a year. So when I do eventually go back my first question to the property owner is whether they still have their working dogs.
This image is of ‘Wooly’. He is a sheep dog from Texas, Qld and I have known him for about 5 years and of all the working dogs I have met he is by far my favourite.
This year when I went back to his property, ‘Tarwoona’, I was told the story of how Wooly is semi-retired now after an accident permanently damaged his back leg.
I can’t stand the thought of my mate not being at the Tarwoona shearings, and even worse not having photographed him and captured what he is and means to me.
So, I spent an afternoon working with and photographing Wooly. He doesn’t like to sit still for very long and he prefers pats to photos. Eventually after lots of play, a bit of work and more pats than most dogs would know what to do with, his photograph was created.
I hope I get to see Wooly again, but if I don’t his memory will always live through this image and I will always have that afternoon.