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A Day in the Life of Harry Freedman


Harry and his puppy pals, basking in the sun at doggy daycare!

Meet Harry

Harry is an adorable and lovable 12 year old Dachshund Cairn Terrier cross. This super cutie was adopted by well-known digital publisher and media identity Mia Freedman and her family from Sydney Dogs and Cats Home (SDCH) when he was just 18 months old.

We recently had the pleasure of hanging out with Harry for the day in a bid to find out more about what in the world this media hound does with his minutes. You will be thrilled to learn that darling DOGUE regular Harry Freedman is nothing short of an absolute delight!

Harry gave us a fabulous insight into his wonderful world – but when we needed more than a bark and a tickle, we turned to his doting mother, Mia Freedman, to dig deeper into the happy world of Harry.


D: When you were looking for a dog, what made you choose SDCH?

M: We are so glad we went to Sydney Dogs and Cats Home. We loved that it was a no-kill pound and we found the whole process to be such a wonderful and personalised experience. I’d recommend SDCH to anyone. We had a lot of advice and guidance from the team and we didn’t feel rushed or stressed about the animals we had to leave behind.


Harry conducting secret business with his canine collaborators. The super cute crew couldn’t tell us what they were up to, but you can bet they were angling for some more tasty treats!

D: Why did you choose Harry?

M: We originally thought we wanted a big dog because I’d grown up with big dogs. But the staff helped us work out that we would be better suited to a medium sized dog. By the end of our visit we were looking at Chihuahuas! We told them how important it was that the dog was child-friendly and they told us about Harry who was currently being fostered. We were so happy to meet him based on the recommendations of the SDCH staff.

Let the makeover begin!

Let the makeover begin!

D: How would you describe Harry in just a few words?

M: Eccentric, spoilt, adorable, easy.  (and after such a memorable day, we couldn’t agree more!)


The dashing Harry was all wags after his decadent day at DOGUE!

D: What’s Harry’s favourite pastime?

M: He loves finding really really soft things to sleep on – piles of clothes, pillows that have fallen on the floor, he just loves layers and layers of softness. And chasing a ball. He didn’t understand how ball fetching went when we first got him, I think he’d had a tough life. But once he got the hang of it, he became obsessed!


Harry rests his paws before heading back to his desk at Mamamia.

D: Is there anything Harry does that drives you doggone crazy?

M: He has this weird thing where he takes mouthfuls of his dry food and deposits them in various places around the house. Then he lies or sits down and just looks at them for a while. Sometimes he then eats it and other times he just leaves it there. Maybe for later. It’s like he’s trying to spell out a message with his food. We actually love it because it’s so bonkers.

A primped, pampered and excitable Harry hits the road back to Mamamia HQ

A primped, pampered and excitable Harry hits the road back to Mamamia HQ

D: What does Harry do at Mamamia? 

M: He likes to sleep in my office, attend meetings and occasionally walk around to make sure nobody has dropped food under their desks. He lives in hope! He used to work full time but these days he’s only a part-timer. Some days he just stands at the top of the stairs when I’m leaving for work and looks at me as if to say, “nup, not today”.

Harry attending to his daily duties – pawtrolling for snacks and having a quick snooze in between meetings.

Harry attending to his daily duties – pawtrolling for snacks and having a quick snooze in between meetings.

D: What does Harry mean to you and your family?

M: He’s everything to us. We spend the most extraordinary amount of time just talking about him – what he does, what he might be thinking, talking to each other in his voice. It’s funny because we got him when we just had one seven year old, and in the baby making years that followed he went from being like a child to being a dog. But in the past few years, with the younger kids older, he’s come back into the centre of the family as a shared obsession. He’s climbed back up the pecking order.


Mia and Harry hit the beanbags for a spot of work. Harry had a pawsome day at DOGUE, but was positively pup-static to be home again!

A huge thank you to Mia and Harry for sharing their special story with us. Please take the time to read more about Sydney Dogs and Cats Home (SDCH), to learn about their leadership in the re-homing of dogs and cats and the significant challenges they are currently facing.


Who they are:

Sydney Dogs and Cats Home (SCDH) is a council pound and not-for-profit community facility.

It is the mission of SCDH to prevent the unnecessary euthanasia of healthy, loving, domestic pets (young, old or with special needs) by rehoming them and giving them a second chance at life.

What they do:

SCDH continues to lead the way in best practice animal welfare, creating opportunities to involve the community in all facets of their work. They believe that every animal that arrives on their doorstep deserves kindness and compassion, working to continually provide the best possible care for all animals.

SCDH assists not only with animal welfare, but also with aged care initiatives, disability care programs, programs that benefit youth living with mental illness, education initiatives, and community service programs.

They also offer a two week trial adoption for families looking to bring a furry friend into their home.

How YOU can help:

Currently SCDH is in the process of relocating to a completely new site. As one of the very few non-profit pounds in Sydney, SDCH is highly motivated now more than ever to find a suitable home for all their animals.

In order to continue their important work in rehoming Sydney’s lost and abandoned pets, SDCH relies heavily on the support of a generous community. If you are interested in getting involved in the work of this wonderful organisation, there are many ways that you can help! Click here to learn more.


One Response to “A Day in the Life of Harry Freedman”

  1. Nicola Simmonds 14 August 2015 at 7:51 PM #

    What a lucky lucky dog! He deserves to be spoilt rotten – he looks so cute in his Dogue stuff – i especially love his bed!

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