In association with our good friends at DogHQ each month we meet Shore people whose four-legged family members add a great deal of joy to their lives. Our very own dog-lover Aidan Bennett (he has two doggies of his own he spoils – Olive a Cocker Spaniel and Maisie a French Bulldog) loves the task of putting this monthly feature together. This month he talks with Chris Baker of Glenfield about Teddy, his much-loved Corgi who loves going to Dog HQ.
AIDAN BENNETT: How long has Teddy been part of your life?
CHRIS BAKER: We've had Teddy for a little over a year, since he was a very young pup.
AB: What made you decide to get a this breed?
CB: We were looking for a big dog personality in a small dog frame for city suburb life. Finding that was hard but luckily a Corgi breeder had a show bred litter with a pup who couldn't make the early cut so we were lucky enough to have Teddy join our family as his forever home.
AB: Is he your first dog, if not tell us about your other dogs?
CB: He's our first and only so far apart from childhood pets.
AB: Do you have any other pets?
CB: Not at the moment Teddy keeps us too busy to contemplate a herd of corgis.
AB: What do you love about Teddy?
CB: He's the happiest dog in the world and always smiling even if that is just a smart strategy to angle for pats from everyone he meets.
AB: Does he have any bad habits?
CB: So far he's a bit of a princess about using the dog door if you won't hold it open for him, he's gotta protect that money maker.
AB: What are his favourite things to do?
CB: Cuddles, pats, playtime and phewing apart toys.
AB: How long has he been going to DogHQ and does he love it?
CB: Teddy has been going to DogHQ since he finished his puppy shots and is always the most excited to go to daycare, even at the crack of dawn he's psyched to leap out of the car and go play with the early birds.
AB: Does he love the beach & swimming & or other things?
CB: Swimming is a bit of a challenge so far for such a low slung boy, however he's a big fan of roaming off leash in parks or bunny hopping through long grass. But his favourite thing in the world is playing with other puppies.
AB: Any words of wisdom for other dog owners or prospective dog owners?
CB: Know the breed characteristics of your dog, don't expect a husky to be okay at home all day and don't expect your pug to come running for hours. Most of all, get ready to pick up a lot of poop.