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24/06/2019
There’s a Lolly among the vegies at Hawkes Farm

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At a year old, Lolly keeps everyone on their toes. Every night when her owner Richard Hawkes gets home from a long day at Hawkes Farm in Boneo, she proceeds to climb all over him, nipping his ears and nose. It’s almost like Lolly’s on a sugar high because she just goes berserk — this is an exclusive treat for Richard because she’s sweet on him. After the pair play-wrestle and Lolly’s excitement wavers, it’s time for her to snuggle into his neck on the couch as the puppy cuddles induce a pre-dinner nap for both.

This not-so-little lady also keeps her human friends guessing what breed she is. People at the dog park often guess great dane, kelpie, pointer, bull arab, labrador or even a staffordshire. Really, she’s anyone’s guess! And the truth is Lolly is one of a kind. She’s got a little of this and a little of that. She came from a rescue group in NSW that found her mother giving birth. Her mother looked something like a pointer cross/labrador cross/blue heeler. And the dad? Well, he’s a total unknown, which makes Lolly a very special bitser. 

“We think she’s a little bit of many things so she doesn’t look like anything particularly —except beautiful,” said Richard. “We’re pretty passionate about rescuing dogs rather than contributing to the massive oversupply of dogs and irresponsible breeding out there, but it was also nice to bring home a young dog that we could train from puppyhood. We got our last rescue when he was six, and he came with some whacky habits — which only made us love him more.” 

Her unique name was from the creative minds of Richard and partner Georgie’s children. As a wee pup she was nicknamed Lolly-pup; however, now she’s reached 32kg she looks less like a sweet little lolly — but still adorable! 

Toy tractors are her go-to playthings. She actively chews them, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that she’s a farm dog through and through. Her human siblings of course aren’t too fond of their beloved toys being munched on, but just look at those eyes! Who could get mad at this sweet lass? Lolly also has a need for speed because she enjoys running at top speed in circles around her backyard. Richard’s kids encourage her and cheer her on from the spectator box — or rather, the top of their cubby house — and watch as Lolly completes her aptly-named ‘zoomies’. You’d think she’d have learnt her lesson after she was picking up speed at the farm when she failed to realise that the grass was ending and the dam was starting, so she bolted straight in! She was one very surprised and wet puppy!

As any female is, Lolly is a social butterfly. She thrives when she visits the farm because she excels at customer service and greets every customer in the carpark, or runs into the packing shed where she’s not really welcome, so more often than not she’s restricted to office jobs with Georgie or assisting with jobs out in the paddock far away from the action.

Happy tail wags are plentiful, whether she’s playing with other dogs at off-leash areas, munching on baby carrots or joining the kids for a bedtime story.

“She’s got pretty good manners for a pup, is excellent at high fives and we’re practising ‘play dead’. She’s much smarter than our last dog,” said Richard.

KATE SEARS

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