The Dog Nutrition Dog Bore
Dog Bore: Clare Kearney
Works: I studied publishing (communications and editing) and then animal nutrition and am currently launching my own line of raw, natural food for dogs called HUNDE
Dog: Tex Perkins
Australian Kelpie, Melbourne, Australia
How did you meet your canine companion?
Tex and I met through the Australian Working Dog Rescue group, who rescue working breed dogs (Australian Kelpies, Border Collies and Heelers mostly) from pounds around the country, transport them into foster care and then find them permanent homes. Working breeds are very over represented in pounds in Australia and can be quite high energy dogs who require a lot of exercise, so it’s really great they make a special effort to save so many.
What’s the story behind your dog’s name?
Haha. That’s a good question. Tex Perkins is an iconic Australian rock musician, who I listened to a lot growing up. I don’t really know why I wanted to name my dog after him, it just suited him and I thought it was kind of funny. My dogs always have human names; my last dog before Tex was a Chihuahua called Nelson Mandela.
How has your life changed since you have had your dog?
It’s a well-worn cliché but he really has become my best mate, I’d miss him terribly if he wasn’t around all the time. He’s also changed my life in the sense that he’s made me a lot more active and I get out and do some exercise every day, even when I don’t want to. And without him I never would have discovered the fascinating world of animal nutrition, which is an exciting career change for me!
Which 3 words best describe your dog’s personality?
Cheeky, Smart, Aloof
Who’s your dog’s favourite person?
Without sounding full of myself, it’s definitely me. Although he loves all people.
What’s your dog’s superpower?
He can spot another working breed dog from a mile away, it’s like he doesn’t even see them, he just senses their presence. The instincts of working breeds are really quite amazing.
If your dog had a job, what would it be?
I think he would make a great therapist, his ability to sense when someone needs cheering up is second to none. We had someone stay with us recently and she hadn’t told us that her dog back home in Canada has passed away that week but Tex just would not leave her side and it really helped her grieve.
What’s your dog’s most unappealing / most embarrassing habit?
He is a total crotch sniffer. Indiscriminately, he will sniff any crotch. Bums too.
Where can we find you hanging out with your dog?
We’re at the local dog park every day but on weekends you’ll find us at a farmers market, out to brunch or watching the local “pub footy” (each team represents a local Melbourne pub).
Finish this sentence "a dog walks into a bar….”
…and sniffs all the crotches.