At right is a photo of one of my Koolies (from fallible memory circa 1977- 80?). This pup went to a lady who farmed cattle at Windsor S.A. I was told she was a decent worker and produced some good working dogs.
Chances are her progeny helped to swell Koolie numbers after the 1980's. Perhaps someone out there will recognise her or know of pups she produced and where they may have gone.
This very aged photo is of my original Honey. She was a lovely girl and I really loved her. She always crossed her front legs when laid down as did her daughter Pup. Some dogs do, some dogs don't.
Please take into account that when some of these older photos were taken it was not commonplace to own a camera. Cameras were luxury items until the arrival of the polaroid which sadly did not take long lasting photos.
THIS IS WHY AUSSIE KOOLIES ROCK!
Carreen Long (fb Montego Koolies Dogzblogz member) The reason we began looking at this breed was because a friend of ours had a Koolie and his son was pointing out to us
one day how unbelievably tolerant, patient and accepting the dog was. His older owner said he was his true best friend. Can't wait til I have my own Koolie in just a few weeks now.
Pup, the image of her mum and full sister, different litter, to the Koolie above, stayed with me til she died aged 17 about 1994.
Learning what became of those working stock dogs and their progeny will be an exciting journey for me I admit. Apart from my Koolies I never did see or even hear of any other Koolie until much post 1980's.
Present day South Australian Koolie owners I have so far been fortunate enough to make contact with for the most part tell me their dogs trace back to Gepps Cross (live stock sale yards) Koolies. At the very least some of those Gepps Cross stock dogs were produced by my dogs, Alfie and Honey.
I have no doubt Alfie and Honey's progeny played a role on our present day S.A. Koolie population, but so would have others. That info is what will put the pieces together. Other Koolies would surely have been brought to S.A. perhaps with visiting stockmen etc. If you have any info, photos etc. please share.
I would be thrilled to make contact with anyone who can offer any info. Between us we may be able to put together a legible account of Koolies in S.A. They not only deserve their place in Australian history, they are in fact a very crucial part of it
If you leave a contact phone number I will happily call you back so we can talk at length with no cost to you.
Hopefully with your help this is to be continued............................
A very aged photo of dear old ageing Alfie late 1970's or thereabouts.
What a wonderful sight! Koolies in the snow. Now they'll know why they have a double coat.
The Montegos in Canada. Photo right are beautiful tri merle boy Montego Wild Takabari (Swahili meaning brave) and his gorgeous solid tri sister Montego Wild Reign.
I am hoping to put together some history of Koolies in South Australia but to achieve this I'm going to need some help.
I have no doubt there are still those among us who can shed some light on this subject and hopefully together we can end up with a legible account. Perhaps you have that titbit of info that could be an important piece of data in the overall picture.
I believe that by the late 80's Koolies had become more numerous at the Gepps Cross Stockyards, South Australia' primary stock sale yards which was closed in Adelaide and moved up country at about that same time.
Some of my Koolie pups went to working stockmen at Gepps Cross, and elsewhere, some also went to farmers in differing areas of S.A.
In early 2017 Tak was flown from Canada to New York to sire his first litter. His babies are gorgeous.
PLEASE SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW!