Aussie celebrates 20 on nation’s day

TURNING 20: Aussie the kelpie will be turning 20 on Australia Day. She is pictured with her owners Katherine Harpas and Daniel Silins.
TURNING 20: Aussie the kelpie will be turning 20 on Australia Day. She is pictured with her owners Katherine Harpas and Daniel Silins.

Aussie is a kelpie like no other, now a retired farm dog from Jamestown, she is living the high life in Wirrabara with her new owners Katherine Harpas and Daniel Silins and this year she will be turning 20-years-old on Australia Day. 

Named after her timely birthday, Aussie was kept busy for most of her life working in sheep yards and shearing sheds but when her owner decided to retire to Adelaide, Aussie went to the loving home of Katherine and Daniel. 

Embracing Aussie was not hard for the couple and Aussie has slotted perfectly in to their family including their staffy Chicken Nugget, sheep Ramsey and pet cat. 

Aussie has been with the family for nearly five years and Katherine said she is a lovely old dog and reaching her 20th birthday was such a milestone.

“She is a bossy old girl, she likes to tell you when its dinner time and likes to let you know when her water bowl is empty and needs filling up,” Katherine said. 

“She just loves hanging out in front of the fire in the winter, in front of the air conditioner in the summer, just likes hanging out with her mate Chicken Nugget.”

The couple who tend to adopt rather than shop believe there are so many benefits to having an older dog rather than a puppy and believe they can be an easier pet to maintain. 

“It is a lot lower maintenance than taking on a puppy, I highly recommend taking on an old dog if you want the companionship and company. Aussie makes us happy every day. She is a very happy dog and always has a smile on her face, just really enjoys life.” 

“It is nice having puppies, but there are so many dogs out there that are great dogs. They are just not puppies anymore and they need a good home. I am always advocating that if you want a dog, go to a shelter. There are always so many dogs out there looking to be re-homed,” Katherine said.  

Aussie will attend a ceremony at Wongabirrie Park at 8am.

“We will take her along and hopefully she will get a free sausage as a birthday present.”