We are all aware that dogs can do some amazing things. Some dogs, however, are very specific in the things that they do.
That is the case with the Maremma sheepdogs that live on an Australian island and protect penguins.
One of the dogs that was constantly on patrol on Middle Island was Eudy. ABC reports that Eudy was on duty on that island off the coast of Victoria for 10 years before passing away from bone cancer in her front legs.
The Middle Island Penguin Project shared the news of her passing on Twitter. They said, “It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to beautiful Eudy. She protected Middle Island for 10 years. Eudy and her sister Tula have been the heart and soul of the project. Eudy has touched the lives of people all around the world. Rest peacefully gorgeous girl.”
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They are now going to honor this beautiful dog with a public memorial that is being organized by the Warrnambool City Council. She has touched so many people, not only in that area but around the world, so it makes sense that a memorial would take place.
Trish Corbett is the program organizer for the Middle Island Penguin protection program. According to ABC, she talked about Eudy and how much she did to protect the penguin population on the island, even calling them hereos.
Dr. Corbett went on to say: “It was always lovely to see how excited she was to get back to her island after a break. She had a beautiful smile and it always shone brightest when she was there.”
The final days of Eudy’s life were spent at Dr. Corbett’s house. She was able to enjoy roast chicken, a nice breeze, and a comfortable place to sleep during her final hours.
After the memorial, Eudy’s ashes will be spread on Middle Island.
It’s a fitting tribute, as Eudy and her sister did much to help protect the island from foxes that would hunt the penguins and had reduced their numbers from 600 in 1999 down to 10 in 2005.
Rest in peace, Eudy.
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