My love affair with dogs began back in 1999 when I adopted my first rescue dog from the RSPCA. Beanie was an elderly miniature terrier crossed with something in a very bad mood. She became more or less affectionately known as Beanie The Demon Dog. Then I had a hankering for a big dog, and along came Emma. She was a very sweet ridgeback x, again from the RSPCA.
Emma was quite lonely without another big dog to keep her company – Beanie ignored her – and proceeded to chew the outdoor furniture, destroy the fernery, and cry when I left for work in the morning. (A mature, 14 year old Emma is pictured bottom left below.)
So back I went to the RSPCA and along came Indy. (You will have to watch Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to understand the inspiration behind the name.) He was a German shepherd x doberman with a sooky streak. Not long after Indy came Molly, another ridgeback x, a twin to Emma.
To complete the Hound Central family was Poppy- a very sweet labrador x dalmatian. She came with a very nice owner, so I married him. Fortunately I was living on half an acre in the Dandenong Ranges at this point in time.
Fast forward 10 years and I was once again dogless – and husbandless – so I made my move from the outer Eastern suburbs to the inner city. First stop was St Kilda where I haunted the dog beach and doted on everyone else’s dog. Eventually I could stand it no more and adopted Mindy, a 10 year old staffy x with multiple allergy issues. Then came the move to Richmond where I adopted a poodle x bichon frise who was being rehomed. I discovered later this was most likely due to his separation anxiety issues; he also came complete with a big voice and a lot to say.
And that brings us to the current day. Throughout all my doggy adventures I have always maintained that a happy dog is one that is well socialised, trained, and walked twice a day. And so after a couple of decades of dog ownership I finally launched Hound Central Dog Services so I could help dog owners in the inner city give their dogs the quality life they all deserve.
Who is who?
Indy is top left while Boo is top right, Mindy and I are in the middle, and Poppy is bottom right with the tennis ball.