‘Working Dogs’ by Melanie Faith Dove and Andrew Chapman

Working Dogs is a stunning photographic documentary of the Australian working dog by award-winning photographer Andrew Chapman in partnership with photo journalist Melanie Faith Dove. Ranging across the country – from mustering sheep in Tasmania’s lush pasture to the stockyards of the Western Australian wheatbelt and onto Victoria’s High Country – this magnificent book celebrates the hard-working champions of the farm and outback. See the Smithfield, the Koolie, the Heeler, the Kelpie and the Collie at work, at play, as puppies, and in training , as seen through the eyes of two of Australia’s most brilliant photographers. Woolsheds and Around the Sheds, Chapman’s previous photographic books about rural Australia, have sold over 50,000 copies in Australia. Working Dogs is available from all good booksellers or can be purchased directly from Andrew. Here is a collection of their pictures documenting the bonds between farmers and their dogs.

Chocolate or Red Border Collies, Floss and Pepper pup at Vin Stapleton's Bushfield Property, February 2013. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Chocolate or Red Border Collies, Floss and Pepper pup at Vin Stapleton’s Bushfield Property, February 2013. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Paul Weeding and Tom the $12,000 dog on a property at Triabunna in Tasmania. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Paul Weeding and Tom the $12,000 dog on a property at Triabunna in Tasmania. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Tasmanian Smithfields at Campbell Town owned by Graham Rigby. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Tasmanian Smithfields at Campbell Town owned by Graham Rigby. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Driver and Daisy, 8 week old Red Heelers bred by Vicki Duncan in the wheat fields of Willaura, Victoria. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Driver and Daisy, 8 week old Red Heelers bred by Vicki Duncan in the wheat fields of Willaura, Victoria. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
At the foothills of the Grampians, Anne Abbott sits at Mt William Station with Cass, Bang and Lucy. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
At the foothills of the Grampians, Anne Abbott sits at Mt William Station with Cass, Bang and Lucy. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Lachlan Culican carries his dog Itsy on horseback to give her a break from being charged by the over protective cows as he assists the McCormacks with their yearly muster of cattle into the Mansfield State Forest. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Lachlan Culican carries his dog Itsy on horseback to give her a break from being charged by the over protective cows as he assists the McCormacks with their yearly muster of cattle into the Mansfield State Forest. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Pictured is Pug with Head Stockman Corey Bagshaw and his wife Rachael. Pictured at Delamere Station, NT. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Pictured is Pug with Head Stockman Corey Bagshaw and his wife Rachael. Pictured at Delamere Station, NT. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Neil McDonald is a working dog and livestock handling instructor who travels all over outback Australia teaching people how to effectively use dogs on stock. He's pictured at Delamere Station, NT. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Neil McDonald is a working dog and livestock handling instructor who travels all over outback Australia teaching people how to effectively use dogs on stock. He’s pictured at Delamere Station, NT. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Anthony Cox, Manager of Delamere Station in the Northern Territory prepares his dogs for the following days cattle muster. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Anthony Cox, Manager of Delamere Station in the Northern Territory prepares his dogs for the following days cattle muster. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Estelle Taylor takes her kelpies all around the Northern Territory with her partner Scott Roughley as they contract muster together. The pups are the newest rectuits, Delamere Station. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Estelle Taylor takes her kelpies all around the Northern Territory with her partner Scott Roughley as they contract muster together. The pups are the newest rectuits, Delamere Station. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Delamere Station NT - dogs working the cattle in the yards at sunrise. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Delamere Station NT – dogs working the cattle in the yards at sunrise. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Nancy a Koolie shows the strength required to push a herd of cattle, Mareeba QLD. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Nancy a Koolie shows the strength required to push a herd of cattle, Mareeba QLD. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Jackie Hunter with Flynn (Merle colour) and Tango (Chocolate). She is a breeder and has an almost open door policy for people to send the dogs back if they don't work the stock as promised. Koolies are her passion not just a business. Pictured at Mareeba, QLD. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Jackie Hunter with Flynn (Merle colour) and Tango (Chocolate). She is a breeder and has an almost open door policy for people to send the dogs back if they don’t work the stock as promised. Koolies are her passion not just a business. Pictured at Mareeba, QLD. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Ice, a Koolie works stock at Mareeba Showgrounds. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Ice, a Koolie works stock at Mareeba Showgrounds. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Sky Blue, a Kelpie pup in training at Beloka Kelpie Stud. She displays a natural stalk and ability to hold her ground. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Sky Blue, a Kelpie pup in training at Beloka Kelpie Stud. She displays a natural stalk and ability to hold her ground. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
A Kelpie pup gets under Paul Macphail's feet at Beloka Kelpie stud at Welshpool Victoria. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
A Kelpie pup gets under Paul Macphail’s feet at Beloka Kelpie stud at Welshpool Victoria. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
An armful of Kelpie pups at Beloka Kelpie stud at Welshpool, Victoria. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
An armful of Kelpie pups at Beloka Kelpie stud at Welshpool, Victoria. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Lucy, an unwanted kelpie from a farm in Queensland, was rescued by Susan Purves. Now in Gisborne as a companion dog on small acerage, she sometimes herds kangaroos in the absence of stock. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Lucy, an unwanted kelpie from a farm in Queensland, was rescued by Susan Purves. Now in Gisborne as a companion dog on small acerage, she sometimes herds kangaroos in the absence of stock. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Ebony, the Border Collie owned by the De Pury family of Coldstream. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Ebony, the Border Collie owned by the De Pury family of Coldstream. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Tony Cock musters thousands of cattle on the station at Theodore, Queensland. The use of dogs has meant the cattle come into the yards more relaxed and he has reduced the man power required to muster the paddock by over half. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Tony Cock musters thousands of cattle on the station at Theodore, Queensland. The use of dogs has meant the cattle come into the yards more relaxed and he has reduced the man power required to muster the paddock by over half. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Tony Cock with Pam, a much appreciated Border Collie and a great team member in his workforce, Theodore. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Tony Cock with Pam, a much appreciated Border Collie and a great team member in his workforce, Theodore. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Pictured is Mack with Tony Willson doing the Kelpie High Jump which draws hundreds of spectators and news crews to the main street of Casterton every year. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Pictured is Mack with Tony Willson doing the Kelpie High Jump which draws hundreds of spectators and news crews to the main street of Casterton every year. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Barmah Muster Jessie James sits up front whilst Ned rides behind. They watch the drafting competitions over the rail at the Barmah Muster in 2012. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Barmah Muster Jessie James sits up front whilst Ned rides behind. They watch the drafting competitions over the rail at the Barmah Muster in 2012. Photo by Melanie Faith Dove
Chipper, learning the ropes at Tottington, near St Arnaud. Photo by Andrew Chapman
Chipper, learning the ropes at Tottington, near St Arnaud. Photo by Andrew Chapman
David Hines and Collies. Photo by Andrew Chapman
David Hines and Collies. Photo by Andrew Chapman
Six year old Border Collie, Rach, learning to herd ducks at the Hay Show. Photo by Andrew Chapman
Six year old Border Collie, Rach, learning to herd ducks at the Hay Show. Photo by Andrew Chapman
Black Kelpie at work at Tarana Woolshed, One Tree NSW. Photo by Andrew Chapman
Black Kelpie at work at Tarana Woolshed, One Tree NSW. Photo by Andrew Chapman
The Drovers camp of David and Libby Maconochie, near Hillston, NSW. Drover, David Maconochie and one of his 12 working dogs, Baldy, a border collie. Photo by Andrew Chapman
The Drovers camp of David and Libby Maconochie, near Hillston, NSW. Drover, David Maconochie and one of his 12 working dogs, Baldy, a border collie. Photo by Andrew Chapman
11 month old Smithfield Heeler Cross, 'Moo', working cows along the Denniliquin - Hay Rd at Pretty Pine, NSW. Owner, Ron Henson is still careful about letting Moo muster cattle out on the highway and usually calls him back when the odd car comes along the highway. Photo by Andrew Chapman
11 month old Smithfield Heeler Cross, ‘Moo’, working cows along the Denniliquin – Hay Rd at Pretty Pine, NSW. Owner, Ron Henson is still careful about letting Moo muster cattle out on the highway and usually calls him back when the odd car comes along the highway. Photo by Andrew Chapman

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