Double the fun at Dodges
Sassy McGuire, 9, of Dodges Ferry, has grown up with her two rhodesian ridgeback crosses, Pearl and Grace, both 13. They may not be pure in pedigree but Sassy believes they’re the best in every way and thinks they are so special she has even coined a new
What’s it been like growing up with Pearl and Grace?
Well, they were here when I came home [ as a baby] so I’ve never known anything other than having Grace and Pearl around.
It’s always a fun experience because you can take them for walks or play with the ball with them.
What are Grace and Pearl differences?
Pearl’s a lot sportier than Grace; she’s obsessed with running and chasing the ball. Grace is more relaxed and lays down a lot and always looks for affection.
Grace is a bit of a show- off. She had all her hair cut off the other day and when we got home it looked like she was prancing around the backyard, showing off her new look to Pearl.
How would you describe Grace and Pearl’s relationship to one another?
They love each other. If they have been apart Pearl will always come up and give Grace a few licks and nuzzles. They’re from different litters but they’ve been together for so long that they’re sisters now.
Have you got any funny stories about them?
I’ve got two about Grace: she has a habit of playing with and rolling around in dead animals.
Dad used to work in a radio station and one time when Grace had just rolled in a dead animal and smelt terrible, she got into the radio station and stunk it out.
Grace also loves chasing birds and she once went out swimming to catch a bird and as the birds kept moving further and further away, Grace just kept swimming after them.
What’s great about having Grace and Pearl?
They’re always there when I get off the bus when I get home from school to meet me.
They’re just like Mum, Dad or Sid. They’re part of the family.
FRIENDS FOR LIFE: Sassy and Sid McGuire with their two rhodesian ridgeback crosses Grace, left, and Pearl, both 13 years old.
Photo: LUKE BOWDEN