Three’s a charm

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Luke Bow­den

Ihave met and in­ter­viewed many dog own­ers who had two dogs but never one crazy enough to have three … un­til now. Meet nurse Gemma Farr – who’s com­pletely com­fort­able to be de­scribed as a “crazy dog lady” – and her two chi­huahuas, Lily, 14, and Cody, 6, and her one- year- old Jack Rus­sell cross Spud.

You’ve had Lily for more than half of your life – she must be ex­tremely spe­cial to you?

She means ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing to me. She was a com­pletely un­ex­pected 13th birth­day present from my mum and we’ve shared so many ex­pe­ri­ences and mile­stones to­gether. We’ve moved to and from Mel­bourne twice, been and done univer­sity in Launce­s­ton and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Eight years af­ter get­ting Lily I was in Launce­s­ton and was look­ing to get her a friend and saw Cody at a pet shop and kept go­ing back a few days in a row and one of the days I saw his brother had been sold and I just con­vinced my­self to get him. Fi­nally last year a friend of mine was sell­ing Spud and his sib­lings and I just fell in love with him so that makes three. To be hon­est; I’d have more [ dogs] if I could.

So what’s the dy­namic like in this gang?

Lily’s defi nitely the ma­tri­arch but she’s get­ting on in her years and sleeps a lot so it’s good the boys have each other to play with and they do go crazy, es­pe­cially Spud. He’s just got a bot­tom­less pool of en­ergy and there’s a never- end­ing sup­ply of toys that I need to buy for him to de­stroy. They all have their own unique traits. Lily is ob­sessed with food, Cody is the timid and shy one and Spud is su­per in­tel­li­gent.

What do your friends and fam­ily make of you hav­ing three dogs?

When I got Spud last year, dad just said, “Oh Gemma…” but in all se­ri­ous­ness ev­ery­one just loves them and are so used to them be­ing around. When­ever I run into people the three of them get all the hel­los be­fore I do.

What’s so spe­cial about hav­ing Lily, Cody and Spud in your life?

Ev­ery­thing. They are my life. They’re just three won­der­ful and dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties. They defi nitely are a man’s, or in this case, a woman’s best friend.

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