8 feet, $800 000 and Badger the Dream Buster had a lot in common when the Paws Up Team demonstrated in classic BackTrack style how to impress the Prime Minister.
They made the trek to Parliament House by invitation of the PM and Tony Windsor MP in recognition of the $800 000 federal funding BackTrack has received over the next four years and an opportunity to demonstrate the success of the program to a wider parliamentary and national audience.
As the boys put the dogs through their paces jumping the wall to 8 feet and beyond, Bernie told the story of the program and the achievements of the young men in the team. The impact on the parliamentary audience was tangible.
The success of the dog jump performance and the entire experience in Canberra is difficult to capture in words. The photographs tell a powerful story of the degree to which the BackTrack team and all they stand for were accepted by all.