EVERYONE’S BEST MATE: Lawrence’s very own Red Dog.
EVERYONE’S BEST MATE: Lawrence’s very own Red Dog.

Red Dog laps up affection in Lawrence

HE'S the first on scene when the barbecue fires up and never shies away from a yarn or two with the locals.

He's got a heart of gold, a free spirit and he's found a place in the hearts of hundreds.

He is Lawrence's very own Red Dog.

Every morning when the golfers raise the shed door at the Lawrence Golf Club, Red Dog - originally named Otus - is there to greet them with a cheeky grin and a bark.

While he does have an owner, Done Baile, Red Dog is more of a communal pet; a member of everyone's family.

"He comes over to the club every morning and visits everyone at the club and has a chat to them," club president Max Withnell said.

"I think he's got a few girlfriends too because he goes door to door, yaps, gets fed, then moves on to the next one."

Red Dog is in charge of a small property near the golf club and allows his owner Mr Baile to stay with him a couple of days a week.

"He looks after the property; he's a guard dog that just gives kisses," Mr Baile said.

The 12-year-old kelpie is well known around the village and Mr Withnell said he had been given the name Red Dog because he was just like the dog in the film of the same name.

"Everyone knows him and feeds him," Mr Withnell said.

But Red Dog wasn't always as willing to make friends as he is now.

"When he first came down (to the club) he wouldn't take food off anyone but now he has his own plate at the barbecue," Mr Withnell said.

When the kids play soccer of a weekend, Red Dog is always there to snag as many cuddles as he can.

"And when the guys are playing golf on the course, he goes down to watch but always stands aside out of the way, then he moves on with you to the next hole," Mr Withnell said.



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