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

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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.”

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