Marcy the kelpie didn't have the greatest start in life.By Chalpat Sonti
It would be fair to say Marcy the kelpie didn’t have the most promising start in life — but like all fairytales, this one’s heading towards a happy ending.
And it’s all thanks to an eagle-eyed Glenaroua woman who hoped lightning might strike twice.
Gail Kubeil first set eyes on Marcy in late 2011. The then-pup had a tough time of it up to that point.
A group of children discovered her lost or abandoned at a Melbourne train station. One teenager took pity on Marcy and brought her home, but his parents wouldn’t let her stay, and the boy’s father was dispatched to have the pup put to sleep.
But luckily he brought Marcy to the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, where she was taken into shelter.
However, that wasn’t the signal for an immediate turnaround in Marcy’s fortunes.
Her first home didn’t work out, then, in Mrs Kubeil’s words, ‘‘she’d been a naughty girl and failed puppy school’’.
She had another red kelpie, Chloe, who had competed with distinction at agility competitions, and was on the lookout for another purebred as her old favourite neared retirement.
‘‘It was time to find another dog to fill very big steps,’’ Mrs Kubeil said.
‘‘It had to be a high-drive dog, really intelligent and fast. We saw (Marcy) advertised on the Lort Smith website and she had a look which we loved. They were looking for someone who could train her and live with a highly-motivated dog.’’
And there were a few other positives.
‘‘She had to learn to jump but she could do a tunnel already, they taught her to do that at puppy school.
‘‘We brought her home and started training her and now she’s competing.’’
Marcy has taken so well to competition that she has been entered for the national championships at Werribee next month. And the two-and-half year old can only improve on what she does there.
‘‘Since it’s her first nationals we’ll only enter her in a few classes to begin with. She doesn’t get stressed and loves watching everything around her so she gets a bit tired. (The nationals) go for three days, two runs a day, jumps and tunnels.
‘‘Hopefully the following year she’ll build up and she’ll do every event every day and we want to eventually get her to the elite category.
‘‘She’s young enough to do it, good enough to do it and intelligent enough to do it.’’
If that’s the case, Mrs Kubeil will have an enviable strike rate. Chloe was the first dog she ever showed, starting at the Broadford agility club and winning her first competition two years later.
The Lort was established in 1936 by Louisa Lort Smith, a passionate animal welfare campaigner and one of the founders of the Animal Welfare League of Victoria.
For more information see www.lortsmith.com
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