Ask anyone who lives and works on the land and they will tell you that a good working dog is the heart and soul of rural life. Working dogs can't be downsized, upgraded, outsourced or made into an app. They are just top dogs - agile and energetic, heroic and hardworking, loyal and loveable. In this joyous tribute to Australia's working dogs, people all over the country share their favourite stories and photos of the incredible dogs that make such a huge difference to their lives each day. These cheerful workaholics are celebrated in tales of heroism, extraordinary intuition, unflagging dedication and intelligence. Featuring 100 unforgettable photographs drawn from a nationwide competition on ABC Local Radio, and favourite true-life stories from Angela Goode's beloved bestseller Great Australian Working Dog Stories, Top Dogs is a celebration of these irrepressible four-legged companions who greet each day with enthusiasm and a wagging tail.
About the Author
Angela Goode lives on a farm near Naracoorte, South Australia, where cattle graze and bush stone curlews call. She has spent her writing life bringing the images and issues of rural Australia to a wider audience in books, newspaper columns and on radio. Between 1981 and 2008 her acclaimed column in the Advertiser in Adelaide involved its urban readership in the joys and mysteries of farm life. The many editions of Great Working Dog Stories and Great Working Horse Stories, plus For Love of the Land and Angela’s memoir Through the Farm Gate, celebrate working lives beyond the cities - where animals and humans are expected to pull their weight.