Zac of Hodgson House
My name is Zac, I am the special pet terrier of Anne & Allen from Hodgson
House, Echuca's B&B on the Murray River. I adopted them when I was at
the RSPCA in Echuca and my job is take the guests for walks and bring them a lot
Living by the River and next to the Wharparilla Flora Reserve is really
a great dog's life, I never have to wear a lead, have a huge back garden
and can watch the birds from the terrace. Yes, that's me enjoying my back
yard! Photo by Vanessa & Ross of Duet Images.
I will wait for the doorbell, meet our new guests on their arrival (who
quickly become my new friends - I'm very friendly) and
accompany them on the walk down to the river and beyond - I just love company!
Some time ago, I got this email from Anne & Glenn:
"Hi Anne , Allen and Zac
Well we arrived home safe but damn half way home we realised we did not get
that picture of Zac we so wanted to take. Please tell him we are sorry but we
will be back and will be sure to get a few then"
As you can imagine, I thought "Oh no! Will anyone photograph me?"
|So I asked all my friends who've visited me at Hodgson House and have a photo of
me you'd like to
share, please send it to Anne & Allen, they'll put it on this page for
everyone to see.
I still don't understand why Paul & Diane Field from Malua Bay
in NSW who visited us recently took this photo of my feline brother,
Sonny. Am I right in saying, "I'm the one who walked down the River with them!"
Surely I thought,
wants to photograph me?"
|At last! My friends, Ian & Carol Robertson from Tasmania
sent a photo of me - quite distinguished if I do say so myself - but
I'd love to see more of me!
So please keep sending those photos to Anne
Thank you again Ian & Carol - you're wonderful and
when you come back to Hodgson House, I promise I will take you for
Then I got this wonderful email from Marie and
"OK Zac ,I had tears in my eyes reading about
you being ignored by your friends !!!I felt guilty too because I
knew I had a photo of you some where in the dark bowls of my computer .I
have found it now , but you have to share the photo with Sonny
Marie and Fred will be visiting us again soon and if
Fred is really good, I'll go with him down to the river - Fred's a fisherman
and he needs company while he sits by the river!
Thank you Fred, it's a lovely photo of me and yes,
Sonny and Marie but all my friends will recognise my tail and that special
way I have.
|I had another visit from Fred & Marie and of course, we went
down to the river (as I do with all my guests!) and Fred took this photo of
If I look a little sensitive its because Anne will see that I've been on
the picnic table and I'll be in trouble. (You know what Mum's are like!)
Still it's a nice photo of me and it does show the forest, so I have
decided to include it in my snapshots - even better, it doesn't have Sonny
trying to put his face in my gallery! Thanks again Fred.
|Well, there's more to my story, Old Fred has had such a good
time visiting me he had his family stay in Echuca while Marie & Fred stayed
with us at Hodgson House.
Of course, Anne invited the family over to visit us and have a swim and I
met Fred's grandson, Dillon. Dillon and I really clicked, I kissed him
on the lips and he kissed me. He was just the right height and we were both
sad when he went back home.
But he did promise me that he will be back and I'm looking forward to it.
Gosh, I do take a take a good photo, I should have been a model!
||I've been telling the Boss (that's Allen) that Sonny is
naughty and joins guests on the Terrace when they have breakfast outside
by the pool. Lorel & Laurie visited us recently and took this
picture of Sonny sitting with them at the breakfast table.
Do you believe me now?
They say a picture tells a thousand words!
||I've got to ask Loz, what she was thinking? She dobbed me in
too - sitting in the lounge with them while Anne & Allen were out.
It's OK to dob Sonny - he's a cat and should be kept in his place.
But me, I'm the senior entertainment officer! I don't think I'll
mention this photo to the boss.
Loz when you come again leave the camera at home or just take photos of
the paddlesteamers, Kookaburras, Rosellas and trees. Good idea
|It's a conspiracy! Here I am on the Murray River track
on the way into town with Bart, who was visiting from the big smoke,
and we find a puddle. So what do boys do - they play in the mud!
How was I to know Stephen would take our photo and even worse, when I
got home Mum made me have a bath.
Thanks for the photo Stephen, the walk is a great memory but not the
bath and I simply ask why didn't Bart have a bath too?
Wow! what a weekend I just had. I took Adam & Jane for a
walk to the River and Adam proposes - just the 3 of us there, as it should be on
these romantic occasions. Adam, I was proud you let me in on the secret -
Love to you both, Zac!
Anne & Allen appreciate all your comments about me and how I entertained you
during your stay - so please send in some more photos and stories - I want Anne &
Allen to appreciate what a big part I play in making Hodgson House such a
lovely place to visit!
Remember, the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
forward to seeing you soon