Bluey: is Bandit Heeler a bad dad?

Bandit’s engaged presence in his daughters’ lives has been hailed as a watershed in children’s television.

David Burton, University of Southern Queensland and Kate Cantrell, University of Southern Queensland

Bandit Heeler is a hero.

The cartoon father of Bluey and her younger sister Bingo, Bandit is the much-loved dad dog at the heart of Australia’s favourite four-legged family. He balances the drudgery of housework with the creative escapades of his daughters, repurposing everyday objects and actions for imaginative play and engagement.

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