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You’ve got to meet Mojo
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Mojo is the ultimate studio assistant at Elan Vineyard & Gallery in Balnarring and their best and only rabbit chaser. He’s 14 years young – not old – and at around the same size as a Jack Russell, this tenterfield terrier is a “lovely chap”, according to his human father, Russell Scott. Mojo has a great nature and is very active and handsome for his age. He’s truly loving his new life at the new business location for Russell and Maria Scott.

Before Russell and Maria moved over a year ago to Melbourne, Mojo had spent the first 13 years of his life in Sydney – he was a city dog at heart. Mojo has now become a dog of leisure, with weekdays spent in the Melbourne CBD and weekends spent at his holiday house in Balnarring, also known as his parents’ business.

It’s not all about relaxing at his second home. Here he partakes in chasing the resident rabbits into their burrows. It’s a task he’s set himself, but he’s yet to catch one. You see, in his mind he’s still the fastest dog around. Mojo has also appointed himself the chief taste tester – not of the wine but of the grapes before they become the wine. He’s particularly keen on the sweet grapes like the muscat grapes. Earning his keep doesn’t end there. He also makes sure he stops what he’s doing and greets every visitor to the winery and gallery and says “Hello!” with his very waggy tail.

“I’ve been painting professionally for eight years,” Russell said. “He’s a studio dog. There was a rumour that Mojo held a Bachelor of Arts, but he started that rumour. He does complete an occasional paw painting, but mostly he sits on the camel’s seat in the studio while I paint.”

His day always begins with a treat, and he’ll often wake up his owners if they’re late providing the coveted Schmackos. Despite living at a winery, he has simple tastes and looks forward to his dinner of dry biscuits and mince – or occasionally shredded roast chicken. His favourable food choices fly out the window when foodstuffs fall from the dining table. In this honey pot location, he sits ready and waiting to tackle vacuum duties and consequently eat anything that falls off the table.

This lovely little fella’s other favourite pastime is to chase his ever so curly tail that touches his back and tricks him repeatedly. His nemesis is the vacuum, and even though he’s taken on a few in his day, he’s yet to win a fight, instead just conceding that they’re evil – just like escalators, which he believes are the Devil’s work and insists on being carried on them. Motorbikes that speed up Burke St near their CBD home are also high on the ‘Dislike’ list. They’re also joined by fire trucks, ambulances, police cars and garbage trucks.

Mojo, who also responds to “Mogee” and “Mojo Baby”, loves to give kisses and receive back scratches and pats on the tummy. This wee one adapted well to gallery life and looks forward to his road trips – and dreams of the rabbits he’ll chase.


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