Olive & Daisy: simply oarsome
Olympic rowing champion and abalone diver Steve Hawkins’ two dogs Olive, four, and Daisy, three, are complete opposites
Where did you get Olive and Daisy from? My wife Meegan was working at the animal hospital in Bellerive. We’d talked about getting a dog. I wanted to wait a bit but Meegan was pretty keen to get one.
Olive is a kelpie cross. She was brought into the hospital when she was about 12 weeks old. She’d been knocked around and needed an operation. Meegan brought her home for a few days to recover with the promise that she was going back but she just stayed. We were stuck with her!
We got Daisy, a border collie blue heeler cross, about eight months later and it was the same kind of scenario. She had terrible diarrhoea and her owners couldn’t afford to treat her. A second dog was easier to accept because it was better for Olive to have a friend to boss around. I never thought of having two dogs but it does make sense.
How would you describe their personalities? Olive is all about herself. She’s the leader of the pack. She’s bossy and unpredictable. We tried to train her but she’s untrainable. She’s very excitable.
Daisy is laidback and calm. She’s very obedient, she’ll do whatever you say. She’s the opposite of Olive. I didn’t realise dogs could be so different.
What is their relationship like? Olive is the boss. She doesn’t miss Daisy but I think Daisy would miss being bossed around by Olive. She’s lost without her. Watching the two of them interact is quite funny. Olive will eat from her bowl and once she’s had the best bits, she’ll go over and eat Daisy’s.
If you give them bones, Olive gets the best one and Daisy the leftovers. But as soon as you turn your back, Olive goes over and sits on Daisy’s bone while she eats hers.
What do you like about having dogs? They’re always in a good mood and they’re always happy to see you.
They’re good listeners. I think Olive and Daisy are good guard dogs too, they’re very protective of our kids.
They give you a reason to exercise every day, you feel guilty if you haven’t taken them for a run.
PUPPY LOVE: Steve Hawkins with his dogs Olive, ( left), and Daisy at home in Rose Bay.