Dog wins popular vote

Geraldton Guardian

Voters at an early polling centre in Geraldton had a surprise today when the Liberal candidate found support from a dog trained to hand out how to vote cards.

The golden retriever is owned by fishing industry identity Bert Boschetti, who says it took him just 10 minutes today to train her for the job.

“My dog’s famous mate,” Bert said.

“She picks up passionfruit that falls on the ground, takes the rubbish bin outside, brings it back.

“She can do anything at all.

“I leave my mobile phone on the desk and she’ll take it to me no trouble at all.

“I’ll be out the back, it’ll ring and she’ll pick it up.

“She’s pretty smart. She likes doing it.”

The dog likes wearing the Liberal candidate’s hat, but Bert says both he and the dog are apolitical at heart.

“There are good people with Labor, good people with the Liberals and good people with the Nationals,” he said.

“I support different people, mix with different people. There are policies I like about One Nation and I’ll go along with Trump for a bit.”

Bert was quick to reassure germophobes among voters and electoral officials worried about dog saliva on voting cards.

“I only get her to hand them out to people I know,” he said.

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