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Man’s best friend Buddy up for hard yakka gong

Tamra CarrMidwest Times
Bailey Vlahov believes his purebred kelpie Buddy has what it takes to win the title of Australia's hardest-working farm dog.
Camera IconBailey Vlahov believes his purebred kelpie Buddy has what it takes to win the title of Australia's hardest-working farm dog. Credit: Tamra Carr

Farmhand Bailey Vlahov was “stuck for names” when he bought a seven-week-old purebred kelpie about 18 months ago.

But after having a good look at man’s best friend, he fittingly named him Buddy.

Since then, Mr Vlahov and Buddy have been rounding up livestock on a Nabawa farm with 3000 sheep and 3000 cattle.

To Mr Vlahov’s mind, there’s no better farm dog.

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And in August, he will set out to prove it during the national search for Australia’s hardest working pooch.

“See, they put a tracker on him and record how many kilometres he’s running, how long he runs for and how fast he’s doing it,” the 20-year-old explained.

“We find out how he did at the end of the month.“

Buddy is one of 12 dogs across Australia — and one of two in WA — competing in the 2019 Cobber Challenge, which will see the owner of the hardest-working dog land $3000.

Last year, Victorian sheepdog Boof won.

Boof ran a total of 638.1km over a three-week period while clocking an average speed of 10.62km/h.

The Cobber Challenge begins on August 12 and finishes on September 1.

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UPDATE, Aug 7: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Bailey Vlahov and his dog Buddy will no longer compete in this year’s Cobber Challenge.

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