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Maremma puppy

New maremma reports for duty, needs a name

News Article Date: 
Friday, 12 February 2016

He's adorable, very playful, he's going to protect Warrnambool's penguins... and he needs a name.

Warrnambool's newest penguin protecting maremma dog has begun training and we're calling on the public to help name him.

The nine-week-old maremma arrived in the city earlier this week and has been settling into his new environment.

The pup will work alongside current guardian dogs Eudy and Tula protecting Warrnambool’s penguin colony during the 2016 breeding season ahead of the older dogs’ transition to ambassador roles in 2017.

Over 300 people from around the world donated money to go towards the purchase, training and care of two maremma puppies.

Over $25,000 was raised via a campaign on crowdfunding website Pozible.

A second puppy will arrive in Warrnambool in late 2016.

Warrnambool City Council Manager Tourism Services Peter Abbott thanked the hundreds of people who made the project possible.

“To say we are excited to have the new dog in Warrnambool would be a massive understatement,” he said.

“The release of Oddball brought worldwide attention to the Middle Island maremma project, with so many people eager to help out however they can and we are so grateful for their support.

“We’ve decided to get one puppy now and another one later on so that we have a definite top dog. As a pack animal, dogs tend to get along much better this way.

“The puppy has been over to Middle Island for a look already. There were so many new smells, he was beside himself with excitement.

“We have also introduced him to Eudy and Tula, and while it would be fair to say that he is more interested in them than they are in him at the moment, I think they will develop a strong bond over the coming months.”

The puppy won’t be on public display at Flagstaff Hill until he settles into his guardian role but people may be able to see him as handlers take him to Middle Island from time to time.

Ideas for a name can be submitted at www.warrnamboolpenguins.com.au/get-involved by March 4.

A shortlist of the best names will then be open to a public vote.

The person who comes up with the winning name will win a night of accommodation at Deep Blue Resort including full buffet breakfast and a special meet-and-greet session with the dog.

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