How many owners can say that their dog is the mascot of a football club? Leanne’s five-and-a-half-year-old cavoodle Charley has talent to boot. Three years ago, when her son, Harry, was playing in the Mount Martha under-11s home game, Leanne was watching with Charley in tow as the boys were singing their club song outside the rooms. Just like that, Charley began howling. Now she sings along to the club song every time without fail, with Harry holding her up in the huddle at every Sunday match of the season. She’s an AFL girl at heart, though, and doesn’t lend her vocals to any other songs — unless it’s Happy Birthday, and even then she doesn’t give it her all. She’s saving her voice for the big game.
With curls for days, her coat doesn’t shed so she’s able to secure her spot on Leanne’s bed. At 40cm she’s large for a cavoodle and has the temperament of a cavalier. Charley is loving, gentle and with her little white socks she’s ready for the stage at a moment’s notice. She’s a lover of the limelight, and it even progressed to modelling when Leanne’s business moved to a new shop.
“While we were fitting out the new shop at Nepean Optical Rosebud, we had her sitting in the front window sunbaking and watching people walk by,” said Leanne. “She began to attract passers-by who would then come in to pat Charley and chat to us. It was great for business.”
You could say she’s a people pooch because she isn’t a fan of other dogs. Leanne suspects that if she got a new four-legged brother or sister her nose would be severely out of joint because she’s become too used to being smothered in love and not sharing an ounce of it. After Leanne’s husband built Charley a kennel that matched their house, she proceeded to show off her inner diva and never set a paw in it. Why would she want to live in the little house when she could have free run of the big house? She’s a got a point there.
This 12kg little lass loves a nice roast lamb — just not the oven. Once, when Leanne was cooking, the smoke alarm went off and Charley freaked out and legged it out of the kitchen. To this day, Leanne can’t put the oven on without Charley disappearing until she hears her family sit down for dinner. Swimming is something else she’s not too fond of; however, she’ll happily enjoy the scenery at the beach. Charley jumps on the kayak and proceeds to enjoy the views while she’s chauffeured around, or joins in on a fishing trip — as the lucky mascot, of course.
One day Charley found herself accidentally locked out of the house during a day with gale-force wind. Despite a gate being blown open and providing her with a chance to escape, she stayed at her post on the porch guarding the house. She knows she’s got it too good with Leanne and her family to ever consider legging it.
Check out this little legend singing on Instagram @charleysergejew