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 Helen Jenner of Hillcrest about Flossie, her much-loved standard poodle.
AIDAN BENNETT: How long has Flossie been part of your life?
HELEN JENNER: Just over four years.
AB: What made you decide to get a standard poodle?
HJ: A friend had a poodle and I loved their personality and intelligence.
AB: Is she your first dog?
HJ: Yes she’s my first dog although in my childhood we always had labradors.
AB: Do you have any other pets?
AB: What do you love about Flossie?
HJ: Flossie is the best companion ever, she makes me smile and happy every day. I think we can learn a lot from dogs, they live in the moment and enjoy life.
AB: Does she have any bad habits?
HJ: She’s not very good at giving the ball back when playing at the park or beach!
AB: What are her favourite things to do?
HJ: Going for walks, especially the beach on a weekend with her best friends Noah and Radley, who she’s known since puppy training. Milford beach seems to be a favourite place for a lot of dogs. Also balls play a very important role in Flossie’s life, the squeakier the better!
AB: How long has she been going to DogHQ and does she love it?
HJ: About four years. She goes two or three days a week and she does love DogHQ and all the staff. So do I; they're a really passionate and caring team.
AB: Does she love the beach and swimming?
HJ: Flossie loves the beach and playing in the water. Her swimming style is distinctly Flossie – a dog paddle with a twist!
AB: Any words of wisdom for other dog owners or prospective dog owners?
HJ: Puppy training was a great start and has led to a well behaved loving dog. Flossie was quite a timid dog initially. DogHQ has given her social skills and confidence. Also lots of walks lead to a contented relaxed dog and you get some exercise and fresh air too!!