Red Heeler Dog

Red Heeler Dog

This bright eyed young dog is called Trevor. I met him whilst wondering around the old Chinese Settlement in Arrowtown, New Zealand. He is an Australian Cattle Dog breed of herding dog, originally from Australia. I hadn’t seen a dog with such a bright coat of this colour before. He lived in one of the old houses that had been converted into something of a shop / museum where tourists could learn how to pan for gold. Trevor seemed very happy showing off his large stick to anyone who would pay him attention.

Babushka the Sheep

Babushka the Sheep

The Animal Sanctuary in Matakana is a wonderfully tranquil place just a couple of hours drive north of Auckland. Having visited a couple of times now it is a privilege to see such well cared for animals. On my first visit I took my camera and met a couple of sheep who were staying at the sanctuary. This is Babushka. She is probably the largest sheep I have ever seen but she loved my camera, as you can see from this pose!

Horned Sheep

Horned Sheep

This is Geogre, one of the two temporary resident sheep at New Zealand’s animal sanctuary. Not only are his eyes and horns huge and pretty crazy looking. But he was also one of the tamest and friendliest sheep I have met. He appeared to really like my camera, not sure if that was the first time he had seen one or maybe that he could see his reflection in the lens. His wool coat was also very soft.

Goat

Goat

Dulche is one of two friendly and happy goats that live at the animal sanctuary near Warkworth, north of Auckland. I had always been a little nervous of goats. Any experience with them on farms in the past they had come across as aggressive and destructive. The opposite was the case with Dulche. Unlike farms or zoos, animal sanctuaries are neither packed full of animals nor have many visitors. In fact, they seem to be usually privately run and closed to the public.