Lew's dogs set to display prowess
LEW Malloy has a seemingly telepathic connection with his dogs.
Where the call to "lie down" so often results in a curious head-tilted look from the average mutt, Lew has no trouble guiding four of his dogs to simultaneously walk alongside him, or to lie on the ground at his feet.
He breeds his dogs to work and when you look at them you can tell.
"We train the dogs to work with the cattle, but if they are good enough they become trial dogs," he said.
This weekend Lew will test his connection with his dogs at the North Coast Working Dog Association trial, which is to be held at Ulmarra Showground.
Lew said the field was larger than in recent years with as many as 120 entrants expected.
There will also be some stiff competition with both the state and national champion dogs in attendance.
The field will be mostly made up of the classic Australian cattle dog, the collie with a handful of kelpies.
Lew's dogs are all collies and by all appearances he and his wife Debbie do not mind their company as the family owns eight of them.
The four he let out for the photograph are what Lew described as the geriatrics of the clan and, of course, Lew's dogs are all related in one way or another.
Lew's best result in recent times was making the State of Origin of cattle dog trialling where the best dogs from NSW go head-to-head with their northern rivals.
The dog Lew took to the tournament was his old faithful, Bill (pictured above.)
This weekend Lew will have six dogs entered at Ulmarra. However, he is not too hopeful for his chances, describing them as very average, at best.
He said there was no great secret to becoming a successful trainer.
"Good old-fashioned patience is the trick to training the ultimate cattle dog," said Lew.