Pleased to meat you
Given their owner is well- known Sandy Bay butcher Marcus Vermey, labradoodles Max, 4, and Molly, 6, are likely to be two of the best- fed dogs in Hobart
So, Marcus, why labradoodles?
I always had labradors while I was growing up and my wife Rachel had a bichon, but I talked her into getting a big dog – a proper size dog.
They’re just appealing because they are low-allergy, fantastic with kids and super intelligent.
They’re not glutinous like labradors either; that said, we had one of the guys who works for me house- sit for us when we went on holiday and he put a steak out to rest before cooking, turned around and it magically disappeared.
My parents have a labradoodle and the one thing I’ve noticed is they’re very well behaved and are almost human- like in their mannerisms. Would you agree?
Once we got Max after having Molly for a couple of years she levelled out, but as a pup in her fi rst year I wouldn’t say she was all that well behaved.
She racked up quite the bill. She managed to tear up the outdoor watering system, destroyed our latex posturepedic mattress, chewed the legs off an antique German walnut piano and most of the skirting boards in the house, along with a litany of others things.
At the time, part of me was thinking, ‘ God, this dog would make a fantastic bathroom rug under your feet’ so I was little taken back when Rachel suggested we get another one.
Unbelievably, though, it levelled Molly out completely and she transformed from acting like a dog to acting more like a human, while Max was just happy being a dog – and that’s the way they’ve stayed ever since.
Max loves playing with the ball inside and he’s also got this problem of not really liking going down stairs. So if Molly has had enough of him playing ball inside she steals it, walks over to the top of the stairs, drops the ball down them and goes and sits back down.
In terms of being human- like … our youngest son, Angus, loves to sleep on the couch instead of his bed for some reason and generally has one or both of the dogs alongside him as pillows.
I usually start work quite early and if they’re on the couch they won’t move a muscle while I cook breakfast and get ready.
But as soon as I start walking down the hallway, they’ll sneak up behind and wait for me to close the door and then rush into one of the bedrooms and jump up on whoever’s bed and go back to sleep.
How well fed are these two?
Well, we’ve got them on the BARF ( Bones and Raw Food) diet, which was prescribed by the breeders we got Molly and Max from. So they get fresh chicken frames and mixed vegies every night for dinner – and a few treats in between.
What’s great about having Max and Molly?
They’re just wonderful dogs to have with children.
I was passing by a cafe the other day and ran into a friend with a couple of young children. They spread their arms and just fell against their fleece, and the dogs just stood there without a care in the world. The whole family just loves them and, as the guy who helped dog- sit them when we were on holidays said, they’re not a bad chick magnet either, if you’re walking them together through town.