Rescue dog Milo a Lure Coursing star

Milo the little wonder dog was adopted by Marnie Hamersley-Smith. Photo: Jon Hewson
Milo the little wonder dog was adopted by Marnie Hamersley-Smith. Photo: Jon Hewson

MILO has a new leash on life after being rescued and re-homed by Poundwatch.

The energetic terrier (2) and his brother Coffee were surrendered to the Shire of Mundaring pound by a Swan View family after they kept escaping.

New owner Marnie Hamersley-Smith said she fell in love with Milo last year when she was looking for a fur friend to adopt.

“Mile was probably not even a year old, but I was drawn to his adorable little face and as soon as we met him we knew we had to take him home,” she said.

“Sue at PoundWatch is remarkable, rescuing so many dogs like Milo from places like the pound before providing vet care to them and finding them new loving homes.”

Mrs Hamersley-Smith said not long after adopting Milo they introduced him to the sport of lure coursing.

“Lure coursing involves the dogs chasing a plastic bag attached to a string that runs through a series of pullies driven by an engine,” she said.

“The dogs can run up to 700 metres zigzagging over a course after the plastic bag.

“Usually one dog runs at a time and is judged on speed, endurance, agility, enthusiasm and follow.

“Generally it’s the sighthounds like whippets that excel and have incredible speed, but little Milo and some of his other terrier friends fondly known as the “Little Leg Brigade” give them a run for their money.

“This past season Milo has moved on from puppy trials and has been competing regularly.

“He recently won at our Club awards the Best Unregistered Small Dog for the season and also the Top Terrier Award.”

Mrs Hamersley-Smith encouraged people to consider giving a home to a rescue dog.

“Milo is the most affectionate and loyal little dog, we are blessed to have him,” she said.

“We have always had rescue dogs and can’t recommend it highly enough to anyone wanting a dog.

“There are so many beautiful dogs looking for homes and Milo is just one example of a rescue success story.”