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Vote for your favourite maremma puppy name

News Article Date: 
Friday, 9 December 2016

A name for Warrnambool’s newest maremma guardian dog is just a week away following the release of a shortlist of names.

“We received more than 300 suggested names for the new puppy, from these names a shortlist was created and we’re now calling on the public to cast a vote for their preferred name,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Kylie Gaston said.

The shortlisted names are:

1.    Eva, after Eva Carmichael, survivor of the Loch Ard shipwreck
2.    Bella, means beautiful in Italian. Maremmas originate from Italy
3.    Nala, means gift or lioness
4.    Kulija, an indigenous word for penguin
5.    Avis, a long-time volunteer at Flagstaff Hill 
6.    Kimba, as in Kimba the white lion, majestic, regal like a maremma
7.    Indala, an indigenous word for penguin
8.    Mina, Dutch for protector
9.    Aurora, puppy will have a great view of Aurora Australis 
10.    Lulu, the three other maremmas have four letter names and Lulu is a cute name

“The puppy has an important job ahead of her as a guardian of the Little Penguin colony on Middle Island,” Cr Gaston said.

“Eventually she will join our other young guardian dog, Amor, in replacing the hard-working maremmas Eudy and Tula who are nearing the end of their working careers and heading towards a comfortable retirement.

“We know that the combination of efforts by conservation volunteers and the maremma dogs is having a positive impact on the penguin population.

“This week we learnt that the penguin population could be as many as 250 birds, a five-year high.

“This is incredibly encouraging given the population plummeted to fewer than 10 penguins in 2005-2006.”

For almost a decade Eudy and Tula have remained on the island during the breeding season, providing a deterrent to foxes and cats which preyed on the penguins.

Amor, named after passionate environmentalist John Amor, and the new puppy, are part of the succession plan to give the penguin colony the best chance to recover.

When not on Middle Island the maremma dogs spend much of their time at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.

The first person who submitted the winning name will win one night of accommodation at the Lighthouse Lodge at Flagstaff Hill, two tickets to the Shipwrecked Sound and Light Show, dinner for two adults at Clovelly Restaurant, breakfast for two adults at Pippies by the Bay Restaurant and a special meet the maremma session.

To vote, visit

Voting closes at 10am, Friday December 16.

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