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Mayor Kylie Gaston with Avis Quarrell and Avis the maremma

New maremma named Avis

News Article Date: 
Friday, 16 December 2016

Warrnambool’s newest maremma guardian dog has been named Avis, after Flagstaff Hill life member, Avis Quarrell.

Avis was the most popular choice of the 10 shortlisted names, with more than 800 votes cast. The shortlist was selected from more than 300 suggestions from members of the public.

Mrs Quarrell is a Flagstaff Hill pioneer, having been involved since its inception in 1974.

She is also a renowned author, poet and photographer.

Mrs Quarrell said she was “absolutely stunned” when she heard the news.

“It’s strange. I think my family would be absolutely astounded,” she said.

“I think they must have liked the name, not me,” she modestly added.

“I think the (maremma project) is fantastic.”

Warrnambool City Council Mayor Kylie Gaston said that Avis was “a wonderful name for the new puppy.”

“I can’t imagine how many hours Avis would have spent volunteering at Flagstaff Hill, and I’m sure the maremma puppy will be just as dedicated,” she said.

“I think Avis and Amor go well together.”

The puppy has been in training at Flagstaff Hill since September.

Avis, along with one-year-old dog Amor, will eventually take over penguin-protecting duties on Middle Island from current top dogs Eudy and Tula.

The two older dogs will become ambassadors for the Middle Island Maremma project.

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