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Pets Corner

05 Mar 2019

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When dog becomes family

By Kevin Jingga

For some of us, dogs are probably no more than our playful companions or road trip buddies on our day off.

But Lauren Napthine does not share the same thought; she views her dogs, Rob and Mitchie, as part of herself and treated them like her family.

When asked about her relationship between she and her pets, Lauren described it as a “very close” one.

Lauren takes care of her dogs like her own family. She walks her dogs twice a day and gives them treats daily. They even spend the night together.

“We are very close, we sleep on the same bed,” she said.

Rob and Mitchie may have very different types, sizes and history. But none of that could diminish their friendship level.

“They are very good friends to each other,” Lauren said.

Rob was adopted two years ago from the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP), while Lauren found Mitchie.

“She was neglected. I got her with rotted teeth that have to be pulled out, so she has no teeth now,” she said.

Lauren then described Rob as a very calm and kind pet.

“He is very chilled, he does not bark and he likes to sleep all day. He likes to put his head out of the (car) window,” she laughed.

Neither behaviour nor physical imperfection can impact Lauren’s affection. Lauren loves her dogs unconditionally, just like in a family.

“I treated them with equal love, they are individually unique in their own way,” she said.

She said that she loved them so much because they were part of her.

“They are like a family, because they are part of you. They are so beautiful,” she said.

Rob is a male greyhound, which commonly grows up to 76 cm and 27-40 kg. Mitchie, on the other hand, is a female fox terrier, is only 33-38 cm tall and weighs 6-8 kg.

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