Karana Digger II when he Won the National Kelpie Utility Championship at Edenhope in Victoria, This was the third time Digger Won the National Kelpie

Karana Digger II when he Won the National Kelpie Utility Championship at Edenhope in Victoria, This was the third time Digger Won the National Kelpie

Karana Digger II 30663. Born 18th Jan 1995. Sire: Milburn Basil (Philscreek Sam x Capree Misty II) - Dam: UD Scarlett (Karana Seiko x Capree Zap)

18-Oct-07 - Digger out of retirement again entered the big Orange National Field Day Utility Trial and came 3rd aged 12yrs and 9 months.

20-Sep-07 - Digger out of retirement again entered big 3 day 3 sheep trial at Henty Field Day and came 6th aged 12 yrs and 8 months.

05-Aug-07 - Digger came out of retirement and entered in the NSW Utility Championships at "Bulls Run" and Won it aged 12 yrs and 7 months.

22-Apr-07 - Digger came second in the Euroa Open Utility Championship in Victoria. Aged 12 years and 3 months.

10-Mar-07 - Digger came 2nd in Coonabarabran Yard dog area championship.

06-Nov-06 - Digger won the Australasian Utility Championship run in conjunction with the National Kelpie at Toolang Victoria

06-Nov-06 - Digger Won the National Kelpie Championship for the third time held at Toolang Victoria. This is Diggers 3rd WIN in the National Kelpie Championship this has never been achieved by any other dog before.

01-Nov-06 - Digger defended his title winning the Victorian Utility Championship for the second time at Edenhope Victoria

09-Oct-06 - Digger 2nd in Orange National Field Day Utility Championship

20-Oct-05 - Digger Won the Orange National Field day Utility Championship

15-May-05 - Digger won the Victorian State Utility Championship at Euroa Victoria.

23-Sep-04 - Digger 2nd in the big 3 day 3 sheep trial at Henty Field day.

18-Apr-04 -Digger 2nd in Open Utility Championship at Melrose SA.

30-Oct-03 - Digger Won the National Kelpie championship for the second time at Fingal in Tasmania.

30-Jun-02 - Digger Won Bulls Run Utility Championship

29-Sep-01 - His first big win came on the 29/9/01 where he won his first National Kelpie Utility Championship at Toowoomba in Queensland.

08-Aug-99 - Digger came equal 1st in open 3 sheep at Nyngan and came 2nd in the run off. Digger went on for the next 2 years with wins in Novice and Improver yard and one win in open yard, with a number of 2nds in 3 sheep and Utility.

01-Aug-99 - we went and competed in the famous Caringal Utility Trial where Digger Won the Improver and came 2nd in the Open.

09-Aug-98 - Digger 3rd in Open 3 sheep at Nyngan

He showed a natural big cast, very natural balance and very quick cover and footwork, which was to be his trade mark work style for the rest of his life.

Digger showed that Utility and 3 sheep trials were his best attributes along with big casts into scrub country back on the farm.

He is not a top yard dog but backs and barks freely with a small top knot. Then trouble struck - in Dec 1998 Digger came down with a serious stomach infection caused from swallowing a grass seed. After vet treatment he recovered, and then ten days later he came down with Tetanus, caused by spores entering the blood stream via the stomach infection. With further vet treatment he recovered from Tetanus. Then two weeks later Digger started to drag his right hind leg as if he had no control over it. Back to the vet and he felt sure Digger had popped a disc in his back. So for the next four months he treated him with pain killers, acupuncture, and anti-inflammatory, none of these had any real benefit, He was still in serious pain, he couldn't lower his head, he had to be fed at chest height. After seeing him suffer for four months I decided that I was only keeping him alive for me not for him, so Kay was going to Orange and I asked her to take Digger with her and have him put down so he would no longer be in pain. But between Kay and the vet they decided to give him one more go, so the vet did an x-ray for the first time and discovered there was no disc between two vertebra and that there were bone spurs growing from each vertebra The vet then sent these results to a specialist in Sydney along with Diggers previous illness record. The specialist decided that it was all related and went back to the seed infestation. He suggested locking Digger in a small cage and treat him with pain killers etc, and he believed that natural fusion of the two vertebra would take place, The vet kept Digger at his surgery for four weeks treating him every day and one Sunday morning when we rang to ask how he was going he said we could come and take him home. He was pain free but was still very weak in the hind quarters. When we asked the vet what we owed him he replied NO CHARGE that was my little experiment. He said Digger would never be an athlete again but he might be able to stand at the back of the yards and bark a bit. Over the next three months Digger showed great improvement and gradually gained strength in his hind quarters. Then nine months after his illness struck he was ready to trial again.

01-Aug-98 - Digger Won the Novice Utility at Caringal

14Jun-98 - Digger won the Imp 3 sheep trial at Coolah

03-Aug-97 - Digger 2nd in the Novice Utility at Caringal

28-Aug-96 - Digger Won the Novice Yard at Parkes

04-Aug-96 - At age 19 months Digger came 2nd in the Novice Utility at Caringal