OSHER GUNSBERG ME & MY PET
THE BACHELOR HOST REVEALS HOW HIS FURRY FRIEND CHANGED HIS LIFE
e might be best known as the host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, but now Osher Gunsberg is teaming up with his dog Frankie for Audible for Dogs. The collection of curated audio books (available at audible.com.au/dogs) has been specially created for dog owners to play when leaving their pets home alone.
Here, the presenter tells New Idea all about his best bud.
MY PET’S NAME IS… Frankie. For a long time, it was just me, Audrey and Georgia and I was the only guy in the house. When we found out the puppy was going to be a boy, I had to work my way into getting the most butch blokey name. To be honest he is originally Frankie, but I call him Frank.
WHERE I BOUGHT MY PET… When it came time to find a dog for the house we went straight to Dr Chris Brown and we said, we would like to get a dog but we want it from the most ethical place. He put us in touch with a fantastic breeder out in Bathurst. MY PET’S FAVOURITE AUDIBLE BOOK IS… Frank doesn’t mind a bit of Lord of the Rings. I also like to play him the Sherlock Holmes definitive collection, read by Stephen Fry.
MY PET’S FUNNY HABIT IS… Georgia has been fascinated by gymnastics and her school has a rhythmic gymnastics team, but all her coaches speak Russian to her, so she has learnt the Russian words her coaches use and, unbeknown to us, she taught Frank all these commands in Russian. So, if we want him to sit, we have to speak to him in Russian.
MY PET AND I LOVE… If there’s a park and a tennis ball we’re all about it. Frank is also really good for cuddles.
DOES MY PET SLEEP IN BED? He will start the evening on his bed and before you know it he will show up in ours. He likes to sleep between my feet, which is fine by me, but he is a good spooner.
WHAT MY PET MEANS TO ME. I showed up when Georgia was 10 and Frankie came within about a year and a half of me being there. Frankie gave us a singular focus that we could all love. He gave us permission to love the same thing and it really helped us come together as a family. It was transformative for my relationship with my stepdaughter.
WILL MY PET APPEAR ON
THE BACHELOR? He has been to set a couple of times. He just hangs out with the crew; we will get a little black shirt on him.
Osher (with wife Audrey and stepdaughter Georgia, below) says Frankie made them closer.