Flea & Bibsi

With Ho­bart pro­fes­sional Sam East

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - EL­IZ­A­BETH LORD Email lorde@ news. com. au

WHEN Sam East, com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager at In­sti­tute for Marine and Antarc­tic Stud­ies adopted her dogs Flea and Bibsi, her ‘‘ fur kids’’ be­came a very im­por­tant part of her life.

What breeds are Flea and Bibsi and where did you get them from?

Flea, 13, is a staffy and Bibsi, 12, is a blue heeler chi­huahua cross. He’s like a mini blue heeler. He rounds peo­ple up just like one. They were both strays from New­cas­tle, where I used to live. Flea was wan­der­ing around my sub­urb and wasn’t be­ing well looked af­ter. He needed a good home so I took him in. Bibsi was found by neigh­bours aban­doned in a ceme­tery when he was six weeks old. Some­one had tried to dock his tail with a pair of blunt scis­sors. We thought we couldn’t have two dogs so we tried to find him a new home. Some­one thought he’d make a good guard dog and took him. Three days later there was a knock on the door. They said they didn’t want him be­cause he was a blue heeler chi­huahua cross. But he’s turned out to be quite a good guard dog.

How would you de­scribe each of their per­son­al­i­ties?

Flea is a big sook. He’s a mummy’s boy. He’s a funny char­ac­ter, like a lit­tle joker. Staffies are very amus­ing dogs. Bibsi I call Bibsi Brave­heart be­cause he has no idea about his size. He’s also phe­nom­e­nally loyal. He sits out­side the bath­room while I have a shower. He guards me.

Do they get on well to­gether?

They’re ab­so­lutely like broth­ers. They’re best mates. They’re good friends.

What is the naugh­ti­est thing they’ve done?

At a bar­be­cue Bibsi once jumped up and stole a large piece of or­ganic goat’s cheese and ate the whole thing. That was very naughty. Flea is a climber, an es­cape artist. In New­cas­tle we had to keep in­creas­ing the size of the fence. He was like a mini- Hou­dini. We had to go to a 2m tall fence to keep him in. Ev­ery­one in the neigh­bour­hood knew him more than they knew me. He was a man about town.

What is the best thing about hav­ing a dog?

They are the best companions. It sounds cliched, but it’s lovely to come home from work and have these lit­tle guys to greet me. It’s such a won­der­ful homecoming. They’re my lit­tle fur kids. They stop me feel­ing lonely.

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