Real team players
Brooke Seaton’s love for AFL powerhouse Hawthorn runs so deep she even managed to coerce her dog Dougal into following them, but husband and Magpies fan Damien won over their other dog, Abbey.
Where did you get Abbey and Dougal from?
Damien [ Brooke’s husband] and I got Abbey from the dog’s home as a puppy when we were living in Coffs Harbour.
Dougal is kind of a foster dog. We adopted him from a very good friend after they moved closer to the city and didn’t have the space he needed. It was perfect because Abbey had just lost her best friend, which was our cat called Chick, and Dougal’s best friend, the previous owner’s other dog, had recently passed away as well.
So I guess it’s really sweet they came together when they both needed a new best friend.
How do they get along and how do they differ in personality?
Abbey grew up on the beach in Coffs Harbour so she just loves the beach. She’s so smart with words that we have to speak in code because if we say the word “beach” she goes nuts.
When we take her to the beach, Damien can throw a rock in the water and she’ll bound in and dive down and grab it in her mouth, that’s how much she loves the beach.
Dougal is a real eccentric, he’s a bit dopey but on the flip side, you’ll think he doesn’t know what’s going on and then he’ll just randomly surprise you and show how on the ball he is.
Together, they’re defi nitely the married couple, they sleep next to each other and if one gets grumpy with the other, one of them will retreat to the “doghouse” ( our lounge). Abbey is defi nitely the boss, like in any marriage, and Dougal is very protective of her.
Let’s talk about dressing them up when the footy is on.
Well, Damien supports Collingwood so there was no decision when we got a black and white dog, but when we had our cat Chick, he was a ginger so he was a Hawthorn supporter. He was even a paid- up Hawthorn pet member.
So I’ll confess, when we got Dougal he had no choice, he was brainwashed and had the brown and gold scarf wrapped around him immediately.
Both of them are defi nitely attune to how the Hawks are going when I am watching it on TV, if we’re losing, both of them subtlety slink out of the room.
If Abbey, Dougal and Buddy Franklin were in the ocean and you only had two life jackets who would miss out?
Oh it’d be hard ... but it’d have to be Buddy.
What about if it was Shane Crawford instead of Buddy Franklin?
Don’t make me answer that question.
What do you love about having Abbey and Dougal?
As I said before, they’re best friends and they came together at a time when they really needed a new friend.