Michala and her father, director John Banas, went shopping for a pet in 2000. They were actually looking for... a cat. However, when Spike, the smallest of a litter of Jack Russell terriers, came running over, they simply couldn’t resist.
When the ABC caught up with Michala in 2003, Spike's hometown was in the Blue Mountains, in New South Wales, Australia. While the area is beautiful, it can also be quite cold, so Michala and ABC reporter Nick decided Spike needed a doggy jumper for the winter.