As we head into lockdown today, many people are thanking God they've got their animal pal in their bubble to help them through the next four weeks. We know there's a lot of serious news about at the moment, so we're kicking off a series of profiles of the pets helping Aucklanders through isolation as a little breather if you need one. This morning: writer Alex Blackwood's deaf 18-year-old westie Sugaray (yes, he has his own Instagram account).
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Name: Sugaray Blackwood-Holder
Age: 18.5 years old and going strong (129 in dog years)
Breed: West Highland Terrier
Likes: Watermelon, sniffing things, other dogs, cats, being chased
Dislikes: Broccoli, slippery wooden floors
Bio: Sugar is a cheerful, sprightly old handsome man. He’s as deaf as a post so he only ever barks when he is sleeping. The secret to his old age is his diet of kibble and vegetables with broth as a treat and plenty of walks up Mount Eden. Surprisingly, his woolly fur is very easy to keep clean. When he was a puppy, he appeared in The Herald Homes section and they were inundated with people wanting to buy him.
Fun fact: he has a butt cheek (just the one).
How he's helping me get through lockdown: If it wasn’t for Sugar and the twice-daily walks he looks forward to, I would probably be doing no exercise and not changing out of my pajamas. He is a fantastic teddy bear and is always up for a reassuring cuddle or a cheeky chase around the house to boost morale. He makes being at home just a little more fun.