GREAT COMPANY: Sam Dwyer and Dion Georgel love having dogs Zeus and Spencer (front) to hang out with.
GREAT COMPANY: Sam Dwyer and Dion Georgel love having dogs Zeus and Spencer (front) to hang out with. Luka Kauzlaric

Rescued dogs are great mates

SAM Dwyer and Dion Georgel love dogs Zeus and Spencer more than life itself.

The Boyne Island couple don't have to worry about intruders, with three-year-old Zeus proving a very protective pet since the couple adopted him from the RSPCA.

"He loves us to death; he is a really good guard dog," Ms Dwyer said.

"When strangers show up he barks at them."

Zeus is a lot happier than what he used to be.

"We were foster caring and we ended up with him in our care and we loved him so much," Ms Dwyer said.

"He came from a horrible background, the poor bugger. It's good he's found a real home now."

Meanwhile, nine-month-old American bulldog Spencer is a bit goofier than his mate.

"Spencer is a good boy but bulldogs aren't really known for their brains," Ms Dwyer laughed.

"He is obedient and smart in some ways but in other ways he is a big, dumb puppy."

The couple has taught Zeus how to shake hands but Spencer's tricks are all self-taught.

"Spencer can talk; if you ask him to speak he will bark at you," Ms Dwyer said.

While some pets don't see eye to eye, Spencer and Zeus love each other.

"They are best friends. They get pretty upset if we take one of them away," Ms Dwyer said.

"They are good company for each other because Dion and I work 12-hour days."

The thing Ms Dwyer loves most about her dogs is their positive nature.

"They are great company and they don't talk back," she said. "You can see how much they love us."

Big bones from the butcher are the dogs' favourite treats. They also love car rides.

"They love going to the beach and they absolutely love going four-wheel driving on the back of our ute," Ms Dwyer said.



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