The Australian Cattle Dog has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. My Uncle always had Cattle Dogs; he referred to his boys as his "beautiful Blue Boys", or when one of them was not in favour for disobeying a command, he would say "You, Blue Heeler ..." of the wrong doing, cannot come inside. I always laughed, knowing that; in a few 'very long' minutes, for him, he would throw the door open and, immediately, there would be smiling faces and wagging tails. While hugging them he would say "you will always be my beautiful Blue Boys".

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my Aussie Cattle Dog, who passed away in 2007

Sophie Tucker's Amazing Story


Sophie Tucker, the Australian Cattle Dog is very much a home body! That was, of course, until the fateful day, back in November 2008, when she fell overboard from her owners, Jan and David Griffith's boat. It was assumed, by David Griffith, that Sophie would have drowned quickly because of the choppy seas that she fell into near Keswick Island, approximately 32km off Mackay. BUT, Sophie has the inherent instincts of her forefathers, and they run very deeply in all Aussie Cattle dogs. (Read about the history of The Australian Cattle Dog.)

Sophies'survival instincts enabled her to swim five nautical miles to St Bees Island, which is in the Great Barrier Reef. God was, definitely, watching over her that day; It is, truly, incredible that she wasn't taken by a shark!

There had been sightings of a, mangy, skinny, feral dog on the Island, but for the next four months this, extraordinary, Blue Heeler survived and thrived on, wild, baby goats and dead crabs. (Read about the Blue Heeler Dog Breed.)

A family friend of the Griffiths alerted them that there had been a dog living on the island and, hopefully, thought that it could be their beloved Cattle Dog. David and Jan arranged to meet the rangers boat, to see for themselves, if the dog was in fact their, Sophie Tucker!

Sophie was caught by three Rangers from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Mackay Marine Park, who used a cage and dog food, for bait as their trap. Apparently she was quite vicious when she was trapped, but when the boat reached the mainland and the Griffiths set eyes on their girl and called her name, she whimpered and banged the cage; Jan and David said "when they opened the cage and let Sophie out, she just about flattened us"

I'm sure that Sophie Tucker is appreciating her 'creature comforts' after her amazing six months ordeal ..... She is a true inspiration for all Australian Cattle Dogs/Blue Heelers.


She is a true testimony to all Cattle Dogs, regardless of working dogs or pampered inside dogs, their inherent instincts run pure, deep and strong

The Cattle Dog has evolved into one of our treasured Icons. They were bred to endure long working hours; needing to travel over great distances and, of course, cope with the harsh and extreme Australian outback conditions. The Australian Cattle Dog at


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