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Pets Corner

12 May 2017

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Gentle giants enjoying new life

Staghound Lemmy and Irish Wolfhound Molly were enjoying their daytrip in Southbank with their owner Aidan McDonnell.

Mr McDonnell adopted Lemmy one and half years and Molly six months ago. He said the two giants pooches had led very hard lives before they were rescued.

“Lemmy was probably used for hunting. He’s got a hole on the side of his body and has lost a tooth from biting on a cage or a chain,” he said. “Molly’s front legs are slightly bowed so (her previous owners) wouldn’t breed from her. So she was thrown into the shelter for about five years.”

Mr McDonnell said he tried to provide the best life for his two beloved dogs.

“They’ve had such difficult lives before so I just want to make up for it,” Mr McDonnell said.

Lemmy and Molly’s new home is in Melbourne’s outer east and they can now roam free on the 2.5-hectre land.  

“Look at how happy they are now. I can’t ask for better dogs,” he said.

Despite their gigantic sizes ­– Lemmy weighs 55kg and Molly 60kg – Mr Donnell said Lemmy and Molly were two “gentle giants”.

“Any dog breeds with a ‘hound’ in them are couch potatoes. They can happily lie on the couch all day,” Mr McDonnell said.

However, with the big sizes comes the trouble. Lemmy and Molly can get right up on the kitchen counter and they have eaten an entire pizza, roasted pork and a block of butter when no one was watching.

“I don’t know which of them ate it. But between the two of them they devoured all the food. They are food crazy. They’d eat anything except spinach,” Mr McDonnell said.

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