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
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