Maysie & Baxter
A FTER growing up with boxer dogs, Tassie cricketer and dog lover Jason Krejza knew he wanted one of his own. All he had to do was convince his partner, Leah, of their charms. Where did you get Baxter and Maysie from? We got them both from around Hobart. Baxter was from Brighton and Maysie was from Cygnet. Baxter is three and Maysie is two. They’re both purebred boxers. Why did you choose boxers? My dad has had boxers pretty much all his life. I wanted one of my own and I finally talked my partner into getting one when we bought a house. She hadn’t been around dogs before so she didn’t know the breeds and their temperaments. I already knew boxers were really fun, loyal and good with kids. How would describe their personalities? Maysie has to be touching you or have you in her vision 100 per cent of the time. If you move into another room she has to get up and see where you are. She’s a very loyal and needy sort of dog but she can go from being a complete angel to a gremlin on the beach. She knows which dogs are going to bark and if they start yapping she’ll yell at them. Baxter is really laidback. He’s the friendliest dog in the world. He does his own thing. They’re both pretty obedient. What is the naughtiest thing they’ve done? They’re boxers so the list is pretty extensive. We bought a new couch with a chaise bit on the end. Maysie bit a hole in it and pulled out all the stuffing. It cost us almost as much as the couch to fix. When we first got Maysie and she was really little I was lying on the ground with her. Baxter came along and marked his territory on my chest. He got in a lot of trouble but it was hard to stay angry at him because it was so funny that he’d peed on me. It was pretty strange. Why did you get a second dog? We got Maysie so Baxter had a companion. I’m away so much and Baxter was a bit naughty as a puppy. I’d love to have 60 dogs but I can’t. We kept scanning the paper for a companion and finally found Maysie. They just love each other. They fight all the time but it’s big brother, little sister stuff. They have to be together. If we take one in the car, the other one cries. Baxter had to go in and out of hospital several times and every time we took him in, Maysie would be on the couch crying. What’s the best thing about having dogs? It’s a cliche but it’s their unconditional love. We have a cat, Lexi, too. Cats are good but the emotion dogs can show is unbelievable. There’s no better time than when you get home, they’re just so happy to see you.