Oddball, who proved Maremma dogs could be used to protect a Victorian penguin colony from foxes and inspired a movie, has sadly died.
“Very sad news for the Middle Island Maremma Project with the first dog used passing away.
Old Oddball was used to prove the theory of how a dog could protect a native species on a little island just off the coast (Middle Island). Old
Oddball has gone to the big chook run in the sky and will rest in peace!” the Middle Island Maremma Project posted to Facebook on Wednesday.
Shane Jacobson also shared the sad news.
“I’m very sad to announce that the real dog Oddball that the film was based on has passed away at the age of 15, the film has been enjoyed by millions of people around the world, but the applause truly belongs to that wonderful Dog, The animal kingdom has sadly lost one of its gentle bodyguards. And my heart goes out to Swampy Marsh, the man who had the pleasure of having Oddball by his side, a mans best friend. RIP Oddball.”
RIP you beautiful dog. My son loves your movie. He will be very sad to hear the news.
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