Life’s good from where Archie sits

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by Alexia Johnston

Archie, a much-adored pup knows how to turn heads on Timaru’s Stafford St.
The 18-month-old springer spaniel often catches the attention of passers-by while he travels on an old chair strapped to the back of a truck.
The truck belongs to Bruce Washington, while Archie belongs to Mr Washington’s son, Harry.
Last week, Archie, who lives on a farm in Rosewill Valley, made one of his regular trips to town with Bruce. And, as usual, Archie remained on the back of the truck while Bruce caught up with mates at a local cafe.
“I’m babysitting him today because [Harry’s] out contracting,” Bruce said.
“He’s a much adored and loved companion.”
Archie has more than just the cute-factor though. He knows how to earn his keep on the farm, flushing out pheasants.
“And he gets the ducks off the pond, so he’s a busy dog.”
Bruce admits Archie was due for a “new” chair and would get one soon, as his present one is tired and worn.
“He had a couch at one point, but we had trouble backing [because it blocked the back window] so I had to get a settee for him. He loves it.”
In July this year, Bruce and Harry won the Peking to Paris endurance car rally with their 1929 Chrysler 75 Roadster, a journey Archie missed out on. Instead, he stayed home, where he was looked after by Bruce’s mother, Jean, and Harry’s partner, Jaimi.