• Here I am helping Paul with the planting (River Cottage Australia)Source: River Cottage Australia
River Cottage Australia's star dog, Digger, recalls his first days on the farm.
Digger West

5 Jul 2017 - 4:09 PM  UPDATED 9 Oct 2017 - 11:20 AM

Hello, new friends! Digger here. It’s so great to see you. I’m so excited to share my memories of River Cottage Australia and take a look back on the most special moments that got my heart racing and my tail wagging.

Where else to start but right at the beginning? Hugh and Paul had been busy building a house for the squawky ladies (chickens) and laying down some fancy poo (fertilizer).

But it quickly became clear after that something was missing. Even though he’s a chef, Paul had overlooked the number one essential ingredient for any household: me! I mean, a dog.

I couldn’t believe how much space there was for me to run around! And so many smells. I had so much energy and needed to see every single thing on the farm. I marked my territory on every tree, fence post and shrub so that everyone knew it belonged to ME.

Paul and I got to work straight away. He couldn’t run up hills quite as fast as me and he didn’t use his paws to dig, but I didn’t hold that against him. Even as a puppy I was super helpful, biting his ankles and chewing his tools to keep him motivated.

All this open space was scary at first but I soon realized it was my home and I needed to protect it. I would wake up every morning and greet the day with some nice loud barks! I could tell Paul liked this a lot, because after I did this he’d put me outside. That way I could bark even louder!

I’ve always been a great gardener, and adjusted to my new life really well. The chickens were so interesting – I’d never seen one before! They made the funniest sounds and everyone got excited when those white things came out of their bottoms. I was a good boy and did not eat the chickens.

River Cottage Australia's Digger as a young pup

I learned so much in those first few weeks, and even met my first cow. Cows are basically slow, big dogs that give us milk and occasionally bellow loud moos across the paddocks. We were a big family pack, and I was the leader. Life was new and exciting and wonderful. 

See you all next week for another run down memory lane… it’s so far away! It may be only seven days for you, but in dog years it’s 49. Until next time, friends.

You can see this scallywag in River Cottage Australia Mondays 7.30pm and Thursdays 8.35pm on SBS, then on SBS On Demand.

Digger thanks Deirdre Fidge for helping to get his thoughts online. It’s hard to type with paws.

It's Digger
Paul West is not the real star of River Cottage Australia
And it's not even the bucolic scenery of the NSW South Coast. It’s a scene-stealing border collie.