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PENINSULA PETS Meet Instagram’s golden boy By Liz Rogers

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Is this ‘fur’ real? Lenny the golden retriever from Dromana has more than 7000 followers on Instagram and has been posting pics since the day he came home from the breeder in Hastings.

This is one stylish pooch. Paramedic Tara Jackson and her Navy partner Zac Godden are crazy about their gorgeous golden boy and don’t mind the rest of the world knowing it. His Instagram page initially began because Tara knew she’d be snap happy and didn’t want her own social media pages being bombarded. The result has been a bevy of beautiful shots of this now eight-month-old golden retriever who loves to don a Hawthorn scarf, a lifeguard’s cap on the beach or pose with a ball in the hope someone will throw it.

And then there’s the reindeer antlers at Christmas.

Tara explains: “We got Lenny at eight weeks old. Golden retrievers are a beautiful breed of dog. There’s lots of them living in our street. You do need a good vacuum cleaner, though. Zac vacuums twice a day when he’s home, which suits me fine. I groom Lenny’s feet and clip his nails every couple of weeks and he gets a wash about every six weeks. Brushing happens every few days. He’s been to puppy school and we’re just looking for a local obedience school to further his education.”

After all, this canine Instagram celebrity has an image to maintain.

Tara continues. “The best thing about the page has been the connection with other golden retriever owners. Finding dog-friendly cafes, the best parks and lots of information.”

Sometimes there’s a bit of work involved getting Lenny camera-ready — think liver treats or, for a big reward, a chicken breast. Most of the time, though, he’s fresh-faced and ready to roll. Search ‘Lennygoldenboy’ to see what he and his friends get up to at the dog beach at Safety Beach, the leash-free area in Boundary Rd, Dromana, and at Citation Reserve in Mount Martha.

After all, a celebrity dog’s gotta do what he’s gotta do!


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