Barry’s in on the act
SCOTT and Nicole Farrow, of Lenah Valley, are two of Hobart’s most passionate theatre performers, but the real star – and the toughest critic – in their eyes is their six- year- old labrador Barry.
So, four years into your relationship you both decided it was the right time to get a dog?
Nicole: We’d been giving it a lot of thought for a while before that but we fi nally decided on a labrador after much discussion.
Scott had a labrador when he was a kid and we both agreed on one because of their beautiful temperament and because they’re an inside and an outside animal.
There was a little bit of compromise involved, though. Scott was dead- set on a chocolatecoloured boy and I wanted a golden girl, so Barry was the obvious choice – especially when we saw him for the fi rst time.
Scott, you work at Club Canine and recently became a fully accredited dog trainer. It must be a real bonus being able to take that experience home to Barry?
Scott: Barry has been really easy to train; it’s all about rewarding him for the good things.
I’ve actually taught him to go to the bar fridge on the command “get the drink”, and he gets out a drink and brings it back.
I attached a strap to the door so he can open it with his mouth and then he grabs a plastic bottle of water and brings it back. All I’m waiting for is a company to bring out beer in plastic bottles and I’ll be a genius.
Every now and then he’ll do something naughty like tip the kitchen bin over when we’re not home and forage through it, but he’s a dog and sometimes the temptation is just too overwhelming.
Aside from Barry, your other joint passion is performing in theatre. What does Barry make of it when you are rehearsing at home?
Nicole: If we’re practising at home and, say, sing to him, he usually gets up and slinks out of the room – which, as you can imagine, does wonders for your confi dence.
He’s into theatre as well, though, and enjoys getting dressed up in costumes. He’s quite the performer and people keep asking us when Barry is going to get his own Facebook page.
What are the best things about Barry?
Nicole: Aside from the companionship, I guess being a great constant in our lives; his opinion of us never changes. He’s just pure love.
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