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
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