Secret Life of Pets: Aussie the dog makes finals
ON the outskirts of Toowoomba lives a dog named Aussie, and he's a special border collie.
The dog has beaten thousands of other animals to be one of five finalists in Sunrise's Secret Life of My Pet competition.
People across Australia were asked by the breakfast show to submit photos and videos of their pets.
The winner will star in the sequel of American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film Secret Life of Pets.
The film is due to be released in Australia on Thursday.
If Aussie wins, his likeness will be animated into the sequel.
Jodee and Paul Maddick live on a property just north of Toowoomba and this morning were shocked to find out their dog had made the finals.
They had received no notification from either Sunrise or its partner Universal Studios.
"We just looked at each other and started laughing," Mrs Maddick said.
"Then the phone started ringing, obviously lots of family and friends had been watching too."
The Maddicks had submitted a video of Aussie running to the mailbox to fetch a parcel.
He's seen excitedly rushing to the mailbox and bringing back a package of pork crackles, wagging his tail the whole time.
Mr Maddick said it started one day when he was picking up the mail.
"One day he ran out in front of us and picked it up, we encouraged him to bring it back to the house.
"And after a couple of days of training he got it.
"It's like he's a natural, he looks at you like he knows what you're saying - he's so smart and intelligent."
The couple get The Chronicle delivered on Fridays and Saturdays and Mrs Maddick said Aussie really looked forward to those days.
She's attached a stocking to the mailbox which he uses to open it, and then puts his nose under mail to put it in his mouth.
The finalists were chosen by Sunrise presenters and Aussie is up against a "police" cat, an adorable pug dog, a poodle and a bird.
You can vote for Aussie on the Sunrise website once a day.
Voting will close on Friday and the winner will be announced on live television on Monday morning.
Universal Studio have asked the Maddick family to attend a live filming on Monday and may send out a reporter to broadcast from their farm.