Better late than never
UNTIL fi ve months ago, Huon Aquaculture national brand manager Callan Paske had never lived with a dog, let alone owned one. However, after promising ( albeit a few years ago) his partner, Betsy, that they would get a dog, Callan fi nally dived in and is now the proud owner of young spoodle Mawson.
So Mawson arrived a little later than expected?
( Laughing) It was Betsy’s birthday three years ago and I may or may not have been a little complacent in getting a present, so I gave her a card and said, “I will buy you a dog”. However I didn’t deliver until another three years down the track – it was defi nitely worth the wait though! We had been talking about getting a dog and had already chosen the name Mawson and whittled down the breeds which would most suit our lifestyle – we needed a dog not too big because we don’t have a huge backyard and defi nitely wanted a non- shedding dog, so a spoodle was a perfect fi t because they’re very intelligent and easy to train. There weren’t any spoodles in Tasmania so we went over to Victoria and saw Mawson when he was 10 weeks old and a little while after that he arrived in Hobart.
What’s the biggest change in your life been since you got Mawson?
Lack of sleep – I really enjoy sleeping in, especially on weekends but I can’t remember that feeling anymore. Mawson likes to get up at around 7am, meaning he likes to get everyone up, which is pretty easy since he sleeps on bed with us. Originally he was sleeping on the fl oor at the foot of our bed and then I went away one weekend to Melbourne and returned to fi nd Mawson had moved from the foot of the bed to the bed.
How’s he settled in?
We took him to Club Canine to puppy school and he showed he was a very quick learner, he’s been no trouble at all. His three best mates are Betsy’s mum’s three shih tzus Ajax, Teddy and Krumpet.
Along with Mawson I wouldn’t say they are the most masculine of wolf packs but they defi nitely do enjoy each other’s company!
He’s a real sports nut ( like his dad) and has provided excellent company. Mawson’s been getting right into the World Cup and is now ready to get stuck into the Tour de France.
He also likes his sleep and if he’s in bed and the lights are still on and he wants to go to sleep he’ll start groaning until we turn the lights off.
So fi ve months in, what can you say about being a dog owner?
It’s great – it’s lovely to have someone to come home to and we all get out of the house and take him for a walk after work. Having not been a dog owner ever I’m amazed at how intelligent he is at reading body language. We just can’t imagine not having him now.