Mosman Celebrity Pooch: Canine crime fighter Sherlock Holmes.
HE IS A PAMPERED POOCH WITH A HUGE INSTAGRAM FOLLOWING, WHO'S GAINED CELEBRITY STATUS AS A LOCAL CANINE CRIME FIGHTER. ADORABLE YORKSHIRE TERRIER SHERLOCK WAS RECENTLY NAMED THE 2017 FACE OF MOSMAN VET - AND HE'S JUST TAKEN TIME OUT FROM HIS BUSY SCHEDULE, REVEALING ALL TO ANNA USHER, IN THIS MOSMAN COLLECTIVE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
Thanks for chatting with Mosman Collective, Sherlock. We're thrilled you've taken time out from your doggy detective work to meet with us!
I'm thrilled to meet you Anna! This is my first tell all exclusive and it actually feels a bit surreal!
You are Mosman’s resident Pet Detective and you’ve sniffed out many local canine crimes. Tell us about your most puzzling cases?
I think the most perplexing crime was the case of the exploding toys. I've had reports from all over Sydney that humans are coming home to find their pups standing in the midst of stuffing. (A side note to my fellow detectives - it's all circumstantial evidence so remember: deny, deny, deny!)
I'm also currently working on The Case of the Self-Relocating Sock. It seems like a global phenomena, with mystery socks suddenly and suspiciously relocating to the kitchen, laundry, bathroom - even our beds! I suspect drones are involved.
What are your most effective interrogation techniques?
I'm conscious of not revealing trade secrets but let's just say that I have a very good "rip, tear, bust" technique.
What’s the stickiest situation you’ve found yourself in?
Well, there was this one time when my head got stuck in the tissue box ... but to be fair, I was new to the job of detectiving and hadn't honed my skills. I have since worked out that tissues are also found in handbags and pockets ... much easier!
Do you carry any particular weapon when you’re out solving local crimes?
Does my smile count as a weapon? Apparently it's so cute that it's considered criminal.
Which type of local animals are the most troublesome offenders - and why?
Every. Single. Time!
How would you describe your style?
In four hashtags: #Dapperdog #manabouttown #swag #modest
What’s on your Christmas wish list this year?
Beach, donut, belly rub - in that order. After that, I'm ever hopeful that my human will stay at home with me all day - or at least take me with her when she goes out.
Do you have any siblings?
I'm an only child, but that's ok - I'm part of a pack as well. I've got my Watsons, my Irene Adlers - and a pug called George Clooney. What more could a guy ask for?
Tell us about your human?
Off the bat, I would describe her as very trainable (and not all humans are, you know!) So far, I have been able to teach her 38 commands. Also she is also an expert belly rubber, walker, treat dispenser - and always seems happy to see me (even when she says I’m a bit stinky!)
What do you like to do in your down time?
I like to spend time in my man-cave, although technically it's a teepee.
I love to chill out and relax in my memory palace while I wait for my human to return from something she calls 'work' - and then we practise interrogations.
Favourite holiday destination?
My human's mum lives in the Lake Macquarie area and when we visit it's all beach, beach, beach.
Favourite dog-friendly Mosman cafe?
I love them all! My human and I prefer to do a take away gelato or puppycino followed by a stroll along Military Rd to look for crims.
What is it with you and donuts?
I can only deduce from this question, my esteemed furiend, that you've never had a donut!
And what's with whisky?!
Only when I play cards...
Do you make a decent living out of solving crimes? Is it a full time job for you now?
My full-time occupation is 'people pleaser' (I'm training to be a therapy dog!) - and I think of crime solving more as a hobby.
I accept payment in donuts and belly rubs, which is a fair exchange, wouldn't you say?
What’s your favourite dinner? Do you eat out much?
Detectiving is hard work and my human has me on a strict diet of boiled chicken and potatoes to keep my energy up, with a side serve of Meals for Mutts and dried salmon chews.
I'm also a huge fan of Vegemite or peanut butter stuffed into a Kong.
How would you describe your personality?
Sassy, curious, friend to all, fluffy goodness.
What kind of pet would YOU like to have?
You mean my human is not my pet?!
The Face of Mosman Vet 2017. How has this title changed your life?
There seems to be a lot more grooming and bowtie wearing since then, but otherwise the detectiving goes on. As they say, crime waits for no one!
What’s your message to the humans in Mosman this Christmas?
Don't forget the Voss (dogs have standards after all) and PLEASE scoop when we poop (otherwise we all get a bad rap!)
And a message for pets?
Tick season is here - so BE CAREFUL!
Remember when you're chasing those bush turkeys that your human needs to check you over afterwards.
Tell them that ticks migrate to the upper extremities (something to do with CO2 levels), so they should start there. And also, floss. Trust me, it's worth it.
Merry Christmas Mosman pets!