REAL PETS: GOOD AS GOLD
Holly Ryan, founder and designer of her eponymous jewellery label, fills us in on her life with Hugo the golden retriever With his messy blonde locks and big brown eyes, Hugo is a bonafide beach babe. He can swim, socialise and even surf. This pooch is m
Meet Hugo the beach-loving golden retriever who lives with jewellery designer Holly Ryan
When did you meet Hugo?
My parents’ neighbours have always had golden retrievers. When they had puppies I went over every day to play with the pups. The littlest had to be fed with a bottle – that was Hugo. I fell in love instantly.
How has his companionship improved your wellbeing?
Everything is better with Hugo around. He is a sweetheart, he’s very cuddly and loves the beach almost more than I do, so we spend a lot of time there together.
What is a day in the life of Hugo like?
It’s very simple – eat, beach, sleep and repeat. And he’s always by my side, whether at the beach or at my feet in the studio.
Who would Hugo represent if he were an art form?
I think he’d be a sculpture of the Greek god of wine, Dionysus. He is just so handsome. I really should have tried to get him into toilet paper ads or modelling dog accessories.
Why the love of the beach?
Neither of us can live without it. He is a total puppy at the beach. It’s so wild. He gets crazy eyes and catches waves over and over and swims out to all the surfers.
What is Hugo’s oddest habit?
He sleeps in yoga poses – on his back with his front legs twisted to one side and his back legs to the other. It looks so uncomfortable.
Meant to be Holly was looking for a rescue dog until she met purebred Hugo. “I couldn’t walk away!” she recalls.
Studio sidekick As a jewellery designer, Holly spends lots of time working. “Hugo has been a studio dog his whole life.” During their downtime, she says they’re just a couple of blondes having fun.
Mama’s boy Young Hugo has a sullen side. “He is really needy,” Holly explains. “He gets sooky if I pat other dogs.”