Last Friday, a working dog day for rural and regional residents of Snowy Monaro and their dog helpers was held in Bredbo as part of the recovery efforts of the Regional Council of Snowy Monaro and the Australian Red Cross ‘Let’s Talk’ program.
Led by renowned trainer Gary White of the White Kelpie Stud, the Working Dog School walked participants through the entire process – from choosing the right dog for the job, to making a comprehensive multi-level training progression – to reaching a world-class dog staff and business partner.
While the education and training may have been top reckoning for Gary and many of the attendees, it is even more important to bring people together for community and conversation. COVID, drought, fires and floods – coupled with the everyday challenges of life in the countryside – have severely affected the social life and mental health of many rural populations in recent years.
For this reason, the Australian Red Cross program “Let’s Talk” supports programs such as Mr. White’s working dog school. Gary has led many such events across the country and around the world, and the day trip brings communities together to talk and socialize.
“Whether it is about protecting the chicken coup in the backyard from foxes, protecting the herd from predators or simply being a friend and companion in a life in the country – dogs are an important and valued part of life in our region” said Mayor Peter Beer. Snowy Monaro Regional Council.
“We are very grateful to the Australian Red Cross and Gary White for not only helping our region’s farmers build better working relationships with their dogs, but also helping bring our community together and reconnect after difficult and isolating times. “
Other events are coming as part of the Council’s ongoing Community Restoration efforts, and Snowy Monaro residents are encouraged to get involved:
• Lady Tradie Day – Colinton – May 22, 2021
• Seniors Get Ready – Cooma, Jindabyne and Bombala – May 24th, 25th and 26th, 2021
• Reconstruction of border services in Bumbalong – May 27, 2021
• Internal Peace Project – Jindabyne, Cooma and Bombala – May 29, June 5 and June 29, 2021
The council particularly thanks John Perry for hosting, catering and spinning a good yarn.
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