Benjii-Gladys Morgan sure is one lucky girl!
Benjii is a 4yo cavoodle living with her two dads in the picturesque area of Rushcutters Bay. This girl sure knows how to enjoy her life in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. Her schedule is full of social activities that I had to book weeks in advance to secure this Family Pawtrait session with her.
Benjii’s dads Jonathan is a finance executive and Romi is the owner of Homei, a trendy Asian tapas restaurant in Surry Hills. Here’s my conversation with them about Benjii’s life as the lady of leisure.
What made you decide to get Benjii in the first place?
Jonathan: I’d always wanted to have a dog since I lived in Australia. It was just the right timing when we moved to our current place 4 years ago, which is literally next to the dog park. We felt something was missing from the house and decided that a dog can bring that something special.
I can see that obviously you love Benjii. How much do you love her?
You can’t quantify that. It is unconditional love, and she just reciprocates.
Do you think Benjii loves you? How does she show she loves you?
Yes of course. She knows who she belongs to. You can tell from the level of excitement when she sees you every time you come home.
What does Benjii mean to you?
Romi: She’s like our daughter
Jonathan: She brings a different dimension to your life – a sense of responsibility and the unconditional love you get in return. She always calms you down. When you have a bad day at work, you come home and see how excited she is to see you, that just makes everything better.
What is Benjii’s role in your household?
She runs the house. She’s the boss, well, she tries to be. Did you see the door mat outside our house? It says ‘It’s the dog’s house, we just pay the mortgage’.
She tells us what time to wake up and what time to feed her. By 7.30 in the morning she will put her face against you and ask you to wake up. If you don’t, she will run in circle and sigh, that’s her saying ‘you’re really pissing me off, get out of bed’.
Did you see the door mat outside our house? It says ‘It’s the dog’s house, we just pay the mortgage’.
How would you describe Benjii’s personality?
Bubbly, bossy, affectionate. She loves cuddles and tummy rubs. When she doesn’t like another dog she’ll just stay clear. I think she has a nice personality and very relaxed. She doesn’t even care about the fireworks around Sydney harbour!
What does Benjii like to do in her spare time?
Benjii is a busy girl. She doesn’t get much spare time to be honest. She often walks between 4-6km a day. Aside from that, she’s busy sleeping, eating (her favourite activity) and catching up with her doggie friends in the park.
Here’s what her typical day looks like:
7.30am : Breakfast and morning walk
11.30am – 2.30pm : Venture out with the dog walker
4.30pm : Romi is home from work – dinner, cuddles and walk
6.30pm : Jonathan is home from work – more cuddles and walk
8.30pm : Watch TV or fast asleep
That’s just the weekdays. In the weekend it could mean breakfast in Double Bay, lunch in Malabar, then walking by the golf course and more walks. She loves going to the beach getting a splash and coming out to roll in the sand. To her that must be the best thing on earth!
What are the happiest moments you share with Benji?
When she’s at the beach with us. She knows it’s beach time when we pack the towel, ball and water into the bag. She would then look out of the car windows, as soon as she figures out that’s the direction to the beach, she squeals in excitement. The minute she gets off the leash she runs straight into the water. She would then roll her back on the sand and smile at you!
Sounds like Benjii has a fabulous life. What more do you wish for Benjii?
I think animals are discriminated against in Australia compared to the USA and most of the Europe, where you can take them everywhere: shops, public transport, restaurants, cafes etc. Well-kept dogs are cleaner than most humans anyway. I wish more places would accept dogs so we can do more things with her and not leaving her at home.
‘I wish more places would accept dogs so we can do more things with her and not leaving her at home.’
If Benjii can speak, what would she say to you?
Feed me, I’m starving, when’s dinner, food food food, tummy rub, (occasionally) I love you, and (every now and again) I need to go to bathroom.