Herald Sun - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

MOOSHIE has top billing with Olivia Rogers. The 11-year-old mala­mute is more pop­u­lar on In­sta­gram than his Ade­laide model owner, with more than 100,000 fol­low­ers. She and part­ner An­drew Pretto en­sure their prized pooch is well se­cured.

In Pretto’s new Nis­san Qashqai, Mooshie will oc­cupy the back seat — all of it — with a har­ness.

“He sheds (hair) a lot. We get him groomed ev­ery month — his hair costs more than mine,” Rogers jokes. “He’s pretty good in the car. He just watches out the win­dows.”

Rogers com­mutes to Mel­bourne and says sim­ple steps, such as stop­ping ev­ery cou­ple of hours for a run/drink/ toi­let break, keep dog and driver more fo­cused. “He doesn’t re­ally get fid­gety but we make sure he’s not cooped up for too long.”

Be­ing a so­cial media su­per­star en­sures Mooshie at­tracts at­ten­tion in­side the car or out. “Peo­ple are al­ways recog­nis­ing him and com­ing over for a talk and a pat,” Rogers says.

Mooshie and dachshund mate Ginger are con­sid­ered ”our ba­bies”, she says. “We go ev­ery­where with them. If you love your pets, it’s your re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep them safe.”

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