Border collie lives on in 100 stories
Most dogs are man’s best friend, but Annie Laurie the border collie was something more.
Her black and white face was recognisable wherever she went around Mt Barker with her owner, artist Kym Afford.
Together they co-wrote a book, The Mad Thing, inspired by the adventures of one of Kym and Carole Afford’s past dogs, Maudie.
Annie Laurie died after a short illness last month, but her memory lives on in the more than 100 stories Mr Afford wrote in his canine companion’s voice.
They are being compiled into a second book, telling of her life in the Hills.
“I started writing a diary some time ago and she started talking to me through that diary in her own voice,” Mr Afford said.
Annie Laurie was a familiar face in Mt Barker, having attended the Klever Kanine School and worked alongside Mr Afford in his part-time roles on a sheep and cattle property at Macclesfield and the Mt Barker polo ground.
“I think she’s taught me a lot,” Mr Afford said.