Cat Entered Australian Dog Swimming Race

feline first thus the cat entered an
iconic Australian dog swimming race Glen Drury the man who disrupted Australian
politics is causing an upset by wading into Sydney’s Scotland Island dog
swimming race with his pet Tonkinese the Scotland Island dog swimming race has
taken place in Pitt water in Sydney’s north every Christmas Eve for the last
44 years but in this year’s race a wild-card entrant has thrown the cat
among the pigeons for the dogs more accurately it’s an 11 month old
Tonkinese cat named Gus Gus’s owner has a history of shaking up
contests Glen Drury when he is not training Gus on middle harbour he is
better known as the preference whisperer due to his knack for getting minor
parties across the line in complex Senate election deals in September 2013
he helped motoring enthusiast parties ricky muir get elected as a senator for
Victoria on 0.5% of the primary vote ABC election analyst Anthony green said at
the time that the series of deals Drury had brokered made a joke of Australia’s
democratic system Drury brushed off the criticism I think for democracy to work
everybody needs to have a say and be able to get elected that’s fair and
that’s reasonable the same system of harvesting preferences from minor
parties was deployed by Drury to some degree of success in New South Wales in
1996 and 1999 he also twice stood as a candidate himself drew erease ingrained
competitiveness doesn’t stop at politics he has also twice competed in the 5000
kilometres ultra endurance cycling event race across America so can the man who
disrupted Australian politics caused another upset by propelling Gus to
victory on Christmas Eve against all odds it’s unlikely Tonkinese which are a
cross between sy amis and Burmese are not shy of water like most domestic cats
but they’re not naturally as strong as the larger dogs competing in the 500
meter swimmers however under the rules Drury can swim alongside gusts to enable
it to climb onto his shoulders the same rule applies to smaller dogs such as
chihuahuas that come the event there’s also the other 70 dogs
and their reaction to a cat in their midst to consider toby je buco manages
of barge service around scotland island says it should be kept as a dog race
with fifty to sixty dogs all pretty excited i would fear for the cat safety
Sam Collins owner of the griddle named Murphy twice winner of the award for the
fastest dog living on the island is not keen on Gus entering the race however
great a story this is I don’t think it’s in the best interest of any of the
animals Collins says there are roughly seventy dogs in an excited state and I
can only think that bringing a cat along would be cruel to the cat it definitely
could be attacked it could also cause owners to lose control of their dogs
Drury says Gus won’t panic will be very aware of dogs in the water I’ll be
swimming right next to Gus so if there’s any problems you climb straight onto my
shoulders Gus is safety is foremost I’m confident
he’ll be okay Drury has contested the race a few times
before his black border collie Bob competed twice finishing third on its
first attempt in 2014 and in 2015 was overall race winner breaking the
10-minute record for the fastest crossing sadly a few months later Bob
deteriorated rapidly and it was discovered he was stricken with
incurable cancer we were heartbroken Drury recalls I still have the large
bottle of beer Bob won in the race which remains unopened perhaps we’ll open it
after this year’s race to toast his memory a Christmas tradition the
Scotland Island dog swimming race has been held every Christmas Eve since 1974
when to pit water ferry captains insisted that their respective vessels
were faster than the other this friendly rivalry escalated to a brag that each
captain’s dog won a German Shepherd named Connie the other a black kelpy
named diesel was a faster swimmer than the other ultimately resulting in a
challenge to prove it the rivals decided the best way to settle the score was a
doggy paddle race from Bell’s Wharf on Scotland Island to Church Point some 550
meters across pit water and so a tradition was born with 14 entrants in
the inaugural year as others joined the friendly rivalry curious to see if their
dog could better Connie and diesel Connie beat diesel who failed to finish
while though she was not the ultimate winner
since then the event has been modified with dog owners paddling watercraft in
front of their pets to entice them forward
the entry fee consists of a long-necked beer bottle and a large tin of dog food
which are pooled and then divvied up between winners of the three respective
dogs size categories big water dogs such as Labradors and other retrievers
predictably fare best overall but the prizes are divided between the first
three finishers in big and small dog categories the diesel award a
stainless-steel letter D trophy named after a multiple winning dog called
diesel King that dominated in the 1990s is presented to the fastest dog resident
on Scotland Island no one is expecting a water-loving Tonkinese to take it home
but then again stranger things have happened
the 45th Scotland Island dog swimming race commences at 5 p.m. at Church Point
on 24 December from there Hunt’s will take dogs and owners across
to Scotland Island you

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