Welcome to Turramurra Lodge we are situated on the outskirts of Beaudesert in Queensland and we have some forty years experience with the kelpie working dogs and thirty years ago changed to the Dick McNally breed of working dogs. All our dogs are McNally bred, vaccinated, microchipped and WKC Registered. We accommodate all areas in Australia and use Dogmovers to transport our dogs to your designated address.
The Breed - Dick McNally
Dick hailed from the Northern part of NSW and for many years he would travel to many parts of the state collecting dogs that were rough, 'being 'biting' sheep which is a "no no" in the sheep industry. With this in mind he wisely thought that he would convert to the cattle industry thus the 'biting kelpie'.
For some time Dick persued with the idea and he was soon rewarded with the "nose & heel" dog, however he was in the wrong part of the land for this type of dog and considered a move to the real cattle of North Queensland being Brahmans. Following some invesigation he was to takeup with Ray Gillham of Suttor Creek Station at Nebo. (The Last Cowboy).
Ray Gillham ran a 50,000 acre property "Brigarow" country fast running out of ringers and needed help - enter Dick McNally and his Kelpies. As Ray lays it down Dick arrived at Suttor Creek, car full of Dogs "I thought that he was Mad" after a cup of tea Ray thought that "well he has driven this far I better give him a go!". We headed out to this paddock out back full of bloody suckers parts that thick a dog would have to back out of to bark.
About 500 head of cattle in the paddock and bloody tuff to muster on horse back. Dick unloaded three dogs out the back of the F'truck and a whistle, they were gone. One hour passed and into the water a huge mob of cows came. The cows then were taken down a creek with us in the lead by truck and airconditioning rolling the dog swere in lead working from the rear and sides all the way to a lane. That was the last time I relied on help.
Dick left Suttor Creek minus all his dogs and an order to send more.....
Enter myself, in the year of 1981 Ray had told me what he was going with these Kelpie working dogs and I thought that sounded alright, but I myself am a Blue Dog man and nothing could be better. One week later Ray changed my views on this with these Kelpie dogs forever, my black & tan dogs come from the greatest dog I have ever seen, named Eggcup! The silver dog line is from "Nut!" both bred by Dick.
There is a lot to learn about the 'Kelpie" and a lot more they can teach you! .
I train our young pups to run beside the quad bike and also ride on them to get them ready for their new work homes, this becomes a daily routine for their exercise and word commands. I also socialize them with other litters we have for their interaction with other dogs. They are then run with the adult work dogs for their placing on cattle and commands at around 6 months old.
Smokey has been guided and trained by his father Whisky and mother Kelly to learn his placing to work with weaners. He has now learnt to block and push the cattle forward on his own and will be a replaceable lead dog on our property.