Craig Warhurst

Muster pups are not too much to 'Bear'

TRAVELLING muso “Bear” had gone to the dogs at the Muster yesterday. And it wasn't hard to join him when you saw the irresistible bundles of cuteness in his care.

The burly bloke was looking after his faithful pet Penny and her litter of puppies born just 14 days ago, at Aramac.

“They were born on the road when I was on the way down here from Cooktown,” Bear said.

As a tribute to the region he calls his second home, Bear named the fox terrier pups after local townships because they opened their eyes for the first time two days ago while at the Muster site.

“There's five altogether, which was a surprise because it's her first litter,” he said.

Imbil, Kandanga, Amamoor, Gympie and the only female pup, Widgee are growing rapidly and Penny is a great mother, Bear said. The country blues/rock 'n' roll musician said little Penny was born at Dalby.

“She'd been mistreated and the animal care people took her off the family. It took a while to earn her trust but I've got it now,” he said.

He added the puppies would only go to the best of homes when they were about six to eight weeks old.

It's Bear's 25th Muster and it's the lasting friendships that bring him back every year.

“I like the camping and the people you meet and the music is always done well," he said.

“I'm still friends with people I met here 20 odd years ago - you feel pretty blessed to have that.”

Gympie Times


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