The Legend of Blue Heeler
The Australian Cattle Dog is commonly known in Australia as a Blue Heeler. The name Blue Heeler is a tribute to our dog – Spud – a crazy blue heeler-cross who loved to nip heels and scare the hell out of anyone attempting to enter his yard!
Born on April Fool’s Day 1992, Spud had a good life – abundant tennis balls and hours of walkies. Spud’s health began to decline from age 13 – first his hips then his hearing; the glint in his eye showed his spirit was willing, where his body was failing. As misfortune would have it, during Wayne’s trip to bring our new yacht from New Caledonia to Australia in 2008, Spud’s health went downhill very fast – sadly at the ripe old age of 16 Spud was put to sleep. Losing our much loved, hairy little mate after 16 years was absolutely devastating. Even worse, was telling Wayne upon his arrival in Australia…
The name Blue Heeler was agreed as the new name of our first yacht some time before Spud died – the timing of his death made it even more poignant. In November 2008, we sailed into Westernport Bay for an official boat naming ceremony. To appease the gods of the sea and to ensure they watch over Blue Heeler as she sails around the seas required the former name to be removed from anywhere on the yacht, plus copious amounts of (cheap) champagne sprinkled around the yacht. Some even spilled down the skipper and first mate’s throats!
Like our friend, we hope to have a boat that is sturdy, loyal, low maintenance, protective, and will give us at least 16 years of enjoyment!
Cheers to the Blue Heeler!