Fur child’s just the ticket
WHEN travelling from Sydney to Tasmania for Christmas, Kelly Douglas’s most important item to pack was her twoyear- old toy poodle, Lawson, whom she affectionately describes as her “fur child”.
What made you decide to get Lawson?
I moved to Sydney from Tasmania fi ve years ago and I always wanted a companion, so after two and a bit years I was in a situation where I was living on my own and decided to get him. It was an easy choice to get a toy poodle as I’ve always liked small dogs and he’s a great fi t since I live in an apartment and don’t have the space for a larger dog.
Is Lawson quite an active dog?
Hyperactive. He’s highly energetic and loves going to the dog park for a play, he even gets excited if he knows he’s going for a drive in my car. Heather [ Kelly’s flatmate] and I play a game and just jingle the keys and he goes off.
He’s a real social creature; just loves other people and all dogs when we go to the park, however, he does exhibit a wee case of small- dog syndrome when playing with other dogs.
In my opinion, Lawson’s almost human, he’s highly perceptive and very protective of me. It’s just hilarious when I’ve had boyfriends in the past and they’ll go to kiss me and Lawson will sit there and growl at them. He’s perceptive as well because the boys that Lawson doesn’t like generally don’t work out!
I notice he’s sporting a nautical scarf today.
Yes that’s in aid of the Sydney to Hobart being on at the moment. I generally dress him up in some theme every day. It might be a beach outfi t if we’re heading to the beach and then the other day we put a pashmina on him with cars on it when I went shopping for a new car for my flatmate. As I mentioned before about being almost human, he’s so intelligent that when I am trying to dress him he almost dresses himself ... for instance he can lift his arm up and puts it through the sleeve all by himself.
How well behaved is he?
Generally good but he loves human company so much that he’ll act out if he knows you’re going to go away from him. My flatmate and I have to close our bedroom doors if we’re leaving him at home because he’ll jump up on our beds and wee on them to punish us for not keeping him company. He’s only run away once and I was so distraught that I called the police because I thought someone had broken in and stolen him but lo and behold he rocked up soaking wet at 3am, which was a relief.
What’s great about Lawson?
He’s just very protective and very loveable. No matter what I do he’s always excited to see me. Like I said, he’s just my fur child!