Wowsers for schnauzers
Battery Point’s Helen Brocklehurst is the very happy owner of two schnauzers after buying Millie two years ago to keep her nine- year- old pooch Benson company. These days, Helen describes Benson as an old soul who’s like a protective big brother to Milli
Benson and Millie aren’t the only schnauzers you’ve owned, what do you love most about the breed? Benson and Millie are the third and fourth schnauzers I’ve had. There’s so much to love about them; they’re extremely loyal and gentle. Great house dogs too, as they don’t shed yucky hair all over the house. You got Millie two years ago to keep Benson company, how did that go? Benson had always grown up with another schnauzer called Bonnie and when Bonnie passed you could tell he was fretting a lot. I hadn’t planned on getting another schnauzer but as it happened, Millie came home with me one day and initially I think Benson was put out a bit, obviously because as a puppy Millie was receiving all the attention and she’s defi nitely a diva. It didn’t take long though for Benson to take over the role as the big brother. How would you describe their individual personalities? Benson really should have been with a family with kids, he’s just so gentle and great with them. We’ve got grandchildren and they’ll pull and push him this way and that and he loves it. As I said before, Millie is a diva and just wants all the attention. She doesn’t mind picking fi ghts with other people’s dogs either, regardless of their size. She’s defi nitely the naughty one. However, Benson’s past isn’t exactly squeaky clean, is it? When Benson was younger he was bad, real bad [ laughs]. Several years ago when we were doing renovations we had heaps of tradies in the house. Come lunch time all the people working on the house went to go get their lunch, but Benson had stolen it all out of their bags and his bed was littered with bread crusts, halfchewed muesli bars, even chewed packs of cigarettes. Another time I drove into town with Benson and whilst there had bought some cooked beetroots from the CWA store. I came back to the car and there were people all standing around it, when I looked in, it looked like a murder scene, there was beetroot everywhere and Benson with a mouth completely covered in beetroot stains staring at me with an “I didn’t do it” look on his face. What’s great about having Benson and Millie? They’re just great company. I can be away for half a hour or go on an overseas trip for a couple months and the reaction I get from them when I come in the door is always the same.