Boom – and just like that there’s now a zoo at the Forecast household. When you’ve dubbed your home the “mad house”, what’s one more? Mornington Peninsula Magazine’s graphic designer Jasmine Forecast and husband Brett have adopted a new furry friend called Boomer. He’s a loveable four-month-old labrador who has been welcomed into the family by their other labrador Hollie, cats Ellen and Isaac, Shelley the turtle and a whole lot of fish. And let’s not forget Boomer’s human brothers, one-year-old Charlie and five-year-old Connor, who’s the brains behind Boomer’s quirky name.
“Connor has always had it in his mind that he would have a puppy called Boomer one day,” said Jasmine. “It ties in nicely to our North Melbourne AFL supporter history with one of their well-known players, Brent ‘Boomer’ Harvey. Another character we love is Boomer from Wentworth, so all of us were in agreeance.”
With one baby in the house, why not add another? After putting their names on breeders’ wait lists, Jasmine and Brett’s patience was rewarded when this wee fluffball became available just before the second COVID-19 restrictions came in, which necessitated a mad four-hour dash to pick up their pre-arranged puppy in time. Labradors have always been a love of Jasmine and Brett’s because they’d both grown up with the agile and energetic yet affectionate dogs. Both admit they’re quite taken by their perfect mix of smart and lovable.
Boomer has a passion for ‘zoomies’. You know what we’re talking about – it’s when dogs just go crazy for a bit and run around really quickly in short bursts. He’s also under the impression that he’s the next Kleenex toilet paper mascot because he continually tries to steal the toilet paper off the roll.
“Clearly he doesn’t realise that months ago you couldn’t even buy toilet paper,” said Jasmine. “He’s run out through the lounge room with the roll unwinding behind him more than once. Despite this, we are very strict on training both Boomer and Hollie so they are both very well behaved.”
This golden boy has taken to everyone in the mad house. He’s ever so gentle with the children, and Jasmine often wakes up with him tucked under the covers next to her enjoying a mum cuddle. Yet the setting sun sees Hollie and Boomer enjoying a siesta during golden hour. If it’s class time, Boomer’s eager to please because he’s very food-oriented and will eat anything. Typical labrador! While Jasmine’s the head of the pack and takes on the lead training role, Hollie is in great health and still has the stamina of a puppy. It’s surprised Jasmine how much Hollie has taken to Boomer. Her inner puppy comes out and it’s so sweet to witness.
It’s easy to see why Boomer has the whole family vying for his attention. But wait, he gets cuter. Boomer has a cute puppy overbite, so when he sleeps his tongue pokes out. It’s adorable. And his favourite sport? Well, he’s made up his own, and he’s in the lead. Jasmine swears he’s got the fastest wagging tail that she’s ever seen on a puppy – but hey, mums are normally biased.
Boomer is supplying the laughs and keeping his family busy during this challenging period, but they’re all smiles – and who wouldn’t be? Just look at the face.