Busta move a win­ner

North Ho­bart’s Hamish Hall is an artist and art teacher at The Friends’ School. He can now add dog owner to that list for the fi rst time af­ter get­ting Busta, a Shar Pei, four months ago

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Luke Bow­den

FOR those not fa­mil­iar with the breed, the English trans­la­tion of Shar Pei is “sand skin”, which is pretty ac­cu­rate since it feels like you’re pick­ing up a wrinkly writhing ball of sand­pa­per when hold­ing him. How­ever, his per­son­al­ity is any­thing but abra­sive.

So Busta is the fi rst dog you’ve ever had?

Yeah, we never had dogs grow­ing up, so it was a real un­known whether I would like a dog or not. I just thought it was the right time as I had set­tled into a house I’d just bought and had a de­cent­sized back yard, which was per­fect for a dog. I had been do­ing a bit of re­search on Shar Peis and I was at­tracted to their tem­per­a­ment and in­de­pen­dent na­ture.

It’s been a great ex­pe­ri­ence so far; lov­ing the com­pan­ion­ship and hav­ing a good cud­dle on the couch at night.

Is Busta a well- be­haved puppy?

He’s a quick learner and he doesn’t bark much, which is good. He’s a bit of an al­pha; he likes to sit on other dogs at puppy school.

He’s quite aloof as well though; ob­vi­ously he’s pretty adorable and he’s a real show­stop­per when I’m walk­ing him down the street and ev­ery­one wants to stop and pat him but he doesn’t re­ally take any no­tice of them.

Have you taken Busta in to meet your stu­dents yet?

I’ve taken him in a few times, he’s a real hit. I took him for a full class with some Year 9s. I ac­tu­ally did a stu­dent sur­vey the next week and there were plenty of com­ments like, “yeah, you’re an all- right teacher – just bring your dog in more of­ten!” Four of the pre- ter­tiary stu­dents are ac­tu­ally do­ing paint­ings of Busta at the mo­ment, in­clud­ing a Madonna and Je­sus mo­tif where I am Madonna hold­ing baby Busta.

What’s great about hav­ing Busta?

The un­wa­ver­ing love. It doesn’t mat­ter whether you’re gone two min­utes or all day, the re­sponse is al­ways the same.

‘ UN­WA­VER­ING LOVE’: Hamish Hall with his Shar Pei Busta.

Pic­ture: LUKE BOW­DEN

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