Lifestyle

Miniature poodle Hoggy is 21 and still going strong

LOVE MATCH: Hoggy the 21-year-old miniature poodle with his doting owner Melissa.
LOVE MATCH: Hoggy the 21-year-old miniature poodle with his doting owner Melissa. David Nielsen

MINIATURE poodle Hoggy is still going strong at the age of 21 and the secret to his longevity is love, love and more love.

It is hard to believe, but he also has a 15-year-old son Stanley who does everything his dad tells him…and then some.

Hoggy can't see or hear these days but when his Ipswich owner Melissa moved more than a metre away from him at a QT photo shoot yesterday, the veteran pooch walked over to be by her side.

Melissa has no doubt about why Hoggy just keeps on keeping on.

"It is just love," she says.

"Hoggy has never done anything wrong in his whole life.

Hoggy (right) is a 21-year-old miniture poodle with his 15-year-old son Stanley. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Hoggy (right) is a 21-year-old miniture poodle with his 15-year-old son Stanley. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

"He has been through so much with me. He knows my expressions.

"I can't take a bag out of the house without him knowing that something is going on.

"I haven't been to the toilet in 21 years on my own.

"He follows me.

"If I go into the shower…he will get up and look for me."

Hoggy came into Melissa's life in 1995 when she saw him at the Fernvale markets, and knew he was the one.

"He's been with me ever since and he is my best friend," she says.

Ask why he is called Hoggy and Melissa has a big grin and explains why the name is the perfect fit.

"Because he is just a piglet when he eats," she says.

"He eats anything he is not supposed to, and he just rolls in stuff."

Liver treats are Hoggy's favourite.

He also likes steak, and chewing the fat is a favourite delicacy.

"So I cut it all off so he has a nice long piece. He loves his food," Melissa says.

"He is healthy. He has a bit of soreness in his muscles, but we took him for a drive the other day to a big park.

"He loved it but he felt it the next day so (Little Critters vet) Gillian Sylvestre got him on medication.

"I give him golden paste - which is turmeric and coconut oil put into a pan and boiled.

"I have been giving him that for two years, and I massage him every night."

Son Stanley is well behaved, with good reason.

"Stanley has taken a back seat, because Hoggy has disciplined him all his life," Melissa says.

"He is his dad after all.

"They have built a respect with each other, and even to this day there is no fighting."

Hoggy had his 21st birthday on November 21 last year, and it was a party and a half.

"He had some Bonio dog treats and I put carob on them, and I made him spaghetti bolognaise without onion...because that is his favourite," Melissa says.

"Before he turned 21 we'd have cake every Saturday for him, to celebrate his life.

"Then it got to the point it was costing us $11 a week, so we put a stop to that."

There is nothing stopping Hoggy, who is destined to stay forever young.

"Every night I comb him and give his muscles a rub," Melissa says.

"It is love."

Topics:  dogs, ipswich, pets and animals, poodle



Flight delays on the cards

Strike action may disrupt travel plans

Hospital emergency: Thousands clog ED with minor complaints

EMERGENCY CALL: Ipswich Hospital's emergency department has been swamped in the past 12 months by people presenting with very minor issues.

Residents need to stop presenting with only minor treatment issues

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Local Partners

Bonus point gets Dan and Carleen over the line on The Block

Dan and Carleen in their winning living and dining rooms in a scene from The Block.

BABY boomers win living and dining week as show hits halfway mark.

Olivia Wilde having a girl

Olivia Wilde revealed she is expecting a baby girl.

Michael Palin: Terry Jones dementia is 'painful' to see

Michael Palin has found Terry Jones' decline "painful to watch"

Daniel Radcliffe hoped for haircut anonymity

Radcliffe thought shaving his head would make him more anonymous

Jim Carrey slams 'shameful greed' of lawsuit

Jim Carrey has slammed the "shameful greed" of White's ex-husband.

'Highly unlikely' Brad Pitt will face prosecution

It is highly unlikely that Brad Pitt will be prosecuted

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual