Lively Livie gives bal­ance

As a fi tness guru and owner of Healthy Hori­zons fi tness cen­tre in Dodges Ferry, keep­ing fi t and ac­tive isn’t a way of life for Chris­tine Gaby – it is her life. It is only nat­u­ral she owns a breed of dog renowned for be­ing overly ac­tive, the bor­der coll

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A lot of peo­ple say they choose breeds of dogs renowned for be­ing ac­tive to force them to be ac­tive and take them out walk­ing, how­ever I don’t reckon that ap­plies to you?

One of the big rea­sons for get­ting Livie was to make me phys­i­cally have a break from work. I could work all day but hav­ing Livie makes me come home and get some fresh air by tak­ing her for a walk – and there’s so many beau­ti­ful walks down at Lewisham.

How would you de­scribe her per­son­al­ity?

Livie is just un­be­liev­ably calm and she’s still so young. We pre­vi­ously had a beau­ti­ful bor­der col­lie for 15 years and it was just nuts. He was still crazy when he was eight years old. Bor­der col­lies are known for be­ing ex­tremely faith­ful and af­fec­tion­ate and Livie defi nitely dis­plays those traits.

How do your two chil­dren ( Ri­ley, 10 and Maya, 8) get along with Livie?

Livie acts as their alarm clock; she’ll go into their rooms of a morn­ing and jump on their beds and give them a lick to wake them up, which is handy. Jamie ( Chris­tine’s hus­band) and I backed off and let Ri­ley and Maya teach Livie all her tricks as well, so they all come from the chil­dren. They’ve taught Livie to sit, shake and to high- fi ve.

What’s the best thing about hav­ing Livie?

The greet­ings: no one greets you like Livie when you come home.

ONE OF THE FAM­ILY: Chris­tine Gaby with her two chil­dren Ri­ley, 10, and Maya, 8, and their one- year- old caramel bor­der col­lie, Livie.

Photo: LUKE BOW­DEN

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