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

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Luke Bow­den Any­one in­ter­ested in shar­ing their best friends’ sto­ries can email luke. bow­den@ news. com. au

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.

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