Three’s a charm
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.