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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.


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.

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