Minty is a 3yo English Cocker Spaniel living with his modern family in the trendy inner suburb of Surry Hills in Sydney. Minty has a mum, Bea, who works in property development for an oil company. He also has a padrino, that’s god father in Italian, Leon who is a successful entrepreneur and co-founder of Spares Box, Australia’s largest auto parts online store.
What made you decide to get Minty in the first place?
Bea: I always wanted to get a dog but decided to wait to get a house with a backyard first. When I bought a house in 2012, Leon my flatmate announced he also wanted to get a dog, so it was a no brainer.
Is Minty your first dog?
Bea: I grew up with English Springer Spaniel, but Minty is the first dog of my own.
Tell me a bit about how you found Minty?
Bea: As soon as Leon and I decided on the breed, an advertisement came up on Google for a black English Cocker Spaniel. Usually the breeder would have a long waiting list but a lady from Narrabeen had ordered a black and a golden cocker spaniel and hadn’t told her husband, when the husband found out the breeder had to rehome the puppies. I just happened to call the breeder just after she posted the ad and the rest was history.
What was Minty like as a puppy?
Leon: He’s pretty cute as a puppy. When we first got him, I took him down to Crown Street and I had girls following me into the shops to pat him. He’s a chick magnet!
“He’s pretty cute as a puppy. When we first got him, I took him down to Crown Street and I had girls following me into the shops to pat him. He’s a chick magnet!”
What does Minty mean to you?
Bea: He’s a great companion and makes the house into a home.
What is Minty’s role in your household?
Bea: We call him the Prince because demands so much attention from us, his slaves. But he does brings a lot of love and affection to the house and he’s very intuitive to everything happening around him.
Leon: Apart from that he has no practical function. He can’t even fetch (balls or sticks)!
What do your parents think about Minty?
Bea: They adore him! They love looking after him when we go away. My favourite quip is that Leon’s mum questioned whether he had any emotions until she saw him with a dog.
How would you describe Minty’s personality?
Bea: Exceptionally loving, naughty and needy. Needy, like a kid who never leaves his mum.
Leon: I’m sure if we left the door wide open, he would not go anywhere. And he has a penchance for humping Pugs.
What does Minty like to do in his spare time?
Bea: Breaking into his food cupboard, suckling his toy flea and his weekly jaunt down in Bondi. If you say ‘Minty you wanna go to Bondi?’ he goes nuts.
What are the happiest moments you share with Minty?
Bea: Riding around with him in my convertible during summer. When we stop at the traffic light, people on bikes will stop and pat him. I also love taking him to the beach, when I was training for ocean swimming last summer, I took him down to Rose Bay and he swam along next to me.
What are the things you wish for Minty but you can’t have?
Bea: I wish I could take him to my office every day, but I work in a high rise corporate office, not a very dog friendly building.
Leon: More access to the beach. There’s only one dog beach in Sydney which is terrible considering there’s such a huge dog population here.
If Minty could speak, what do you think he’d say to you?
Bea: More food mum, I’m hungry. You’re the best mum, better than padrino.
Leon: There’s always a competition (between Bea and I). He Loves Bea more but he respects me more.
“More food mum, I’m hungry. You’re the best mum…”
I said this in my previous post about Frank the Pug , that the definition of family is no longer restricted to mum and dad plus children as it once used to be. To me the word family also applies to a group of human(s) and animal(s) who have lots of love and care for each other.
A dog, a mother, a padrino (god father) and a house full of love. That’s what I call a modern family.