Dalefield farmer Chris Dagg is red-faced after mixing up a rugby Test prediction by his psychic collie Jo.
Viewers of TV3’s Campbell Live have been tracking his sheepdog’s bid to follow football’s World Cup oracle Paul the Octopus to fame.
Queenstown’s mystic mutt has been forecasting the outcome of recent All Blacks’ matches – wins and losses – and is in line to do the same at next year’s Rugby World Cup.
However, Dagg mistakenly told Mountain Scene readers last week that Jo had predicted South Africa would beat the All Blacks in Johannesburg last Sunday by sniffing out cuts of meat put in plastic buckets and marked with national flags.
Dagg says he was “mortified” when he then watched Campbell Live and realised Jo had actually correctly gone for an All Blacks’ win.
“During filming I saw Jo backing the Springboks but didn’t realise it was just a rehearsal,” Dagg says. “In the real take she changed her mind and went for the All Blacks, which I was delighted about.
“My dog is obviously a lot smarter than I am.”
In the fun telly contest, Jo is now up against a kune-kune pig, the only other creature left out of seven.
The animals will next give their verdict on the All Blacks’ last Tri-Nations Test in Sydney on September 11.