Wicket bowls couple over
It was love at fi rst sight for Brierlie Godfrey- Kemp and her husband Simon when they fi rst saw Wicket
WHILE there may be a bit of conjecture about the exact breed of Brierlie Godfrey- Kemp’s three- year- old pooch Wicket – there is defi nitely no argument that he has one of the most unique names I’ve come across, named after the Ewok scout, Wicket Wystri Warrick from the Stars Wars movie.
So what breed is Wicket?
Well, when we bought him three and a bit years ago, the people were advertising him as a shih tzu. But as he’s grown up and we’ve done a bit of research he defi nitely resembles a Lhasa Apso much more than a shih tzu.
He exhibits all the traits of a Lhasa Apso – loves to be a good guard dog and doesn’t bark or shed. I remember when we went to have a look at the puppies and there were seven left of the litter. All of them were playing around together bar Wicket, who was acting like a bit of a loner off to the side and straight away I liked the look of him. Instantly Simon ( Brierlie’s husband) and I agreed he looked just like an Ewok from Star Wars, so we researched Ewoks and the name Wicket appeared straight away. ( Just for the record, we’re not Star Wars buffs, not that there’s anything wrong with that!)
Why did you decide to get him?
I moved back to Tasmania after living in the United Kingdom for seven years with Simon and we just couldn’t have a dog where we lived overseas. So I was pretty excited to be coming home and getting a dog was defi nitely one of the fi rst priorities on the list. Simon also wanted to get a dog together as he had always grown up with dogs. He wanted a big dog and I defi nitely wanted something small so I circumvented that by buying Wicket for his birthday. However, he just naturally fell in love with him straight away.
What’s his personality like?
Very low maintenance. He’s small enough for a doggy fl ap so he comes and goes inside and outside as he pleases. He’s fairly energetic and can keep up with me while I go jogging each morning. All in all, he’s a real mummy’s boy!
What’s great about having Wicket?
He’s very loving and very attune to our moods and will defi nitely turn it on if he knows you’re having a bad day. He’s just the most fl oppiest animal ever, he is a living, breathing teddy bear.