Bet­ter late than never

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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.

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