5TH - 8TH APRIL 2018
The Ol’ Foz Dog Jump is dedicated to ‘Ol Foz’ a Tom Groggin Station Character. A stubborn but much-loved dingo-cross who enjoyed jumping (mostly into trees from the back of a ute).
Bring your dog along to the ‘Ol Foz’ dog Jump and see if your dog can make the height!
The story of ‘Ol Foz’
In 1990 Bernie Sheather (the then manager of Tom Groggin Station) was looking for a new dog. He already had a wonderful dog named ‘Sooty’ who he had acquired from Ross Proctor. Luckily, Ross had a pup coming up ready to start work.
Foz (originally called Fosters after the Beer company), was by a kelpie bitch who went missing for a few days and came home in pup. Foz looked very much like a dingo, with a strong jaw, a dingo tail and a light cream coloured coat.
Although he wasn’t the best working dog, he did have some very useful traits and was full of antics that he is fondly remembered for.
Whilst Bernie and Foz were travelling up to Davies Plains, Foz used to jump up and try and grab every overhanging branch or tree as the Toyota passed underneath. He would often jump quite high (mostly over the height of the Toyota) and would grab onto branches to bring them crashing back down onto the back of the ute.
At times, Foz would grab branches that were too big to break off which left him hanging in mid-air as the Toyota kept rambling along. He would eventually drop to the ground with his branch, catch up to the ute and jump back up. By the time Bernie and Foz had made their way to Davies, there was always enough firewood to get the billy to boil.
Foz and Sooty were great pals and would often play and chase each other around the yard when they weren’t working. Once, when Bernie had headed off into Corryong, he returned to Groggin to find Foz by himself. He later received a call from the Cooma Council to say that his dog Sooty was in the pound. It so happened that some visitors had been travelling along the Alpine Way when they saw a black dog (Sooty), being chased by a dingo (Foz). The good samaritans had picked Sooty up before he was injured by the dingo and had taken him all the way to Cooma.
In his retirement years, Foz became very deaf (or just had selective hearing). This didn’t stop him though as he would always try to help out by standing in the middle of the gateway when the workers were trying to move cattle. No matter how many expletives were added to his name, Foz simply would not move!
When Foz passed away, the new manager of Tom Groggin Station Trevor Davies burried Foz in a gateway and put a plaque with his name above it. He will be forever collecting firewood and standing in the middle of a gateway just when he is needed.
CONTACT: MFSR Bush Festival Office
Event Manager: Colin Lowe