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Harold and Bobby: It's a friendship made for these two

GOOD MATES: Tweed centenarian Harold Cattell and his new friend
GOOD MATES: Tweed centenarian Harold Cattell and his new friend "Bobby" enjoy each other's company. Yvonne Gardiner

HAROLD Cattell and his dog Bobby are new best mates.

At 100 years old, and after his former pet died, Harold was told by animal rehoming officials that he was too elderly to adopt another dog.

That's when Churches of Christ Care's Community Care Services stepped in to find another companion for Harold.

The Tweed Heads South resident has been supported by the care services for more than 15 years to help him live independently at home.

"They cook two days a week and mow the front lawn and trim the hedges,” Harold says.

"I mow the back lawn.”

When Churches of Christ Care heard that a seven-year-old dog needed rehoming as his owner was terminally ill, "Baby” was introduced to Harold.

Baby's now called Bobby, and is rapidly getting used to the name change, having been dubbed Dude and Blaze in his early years.

Harold has his new dog's "papers” that show Bobby, a fox terrier, was originally adopted out by the Snowy Mountains Animal Rescue.

"He's friendly with everybody,” he said.

"I had 15 visitors yesterday and he liked all of them.

"He sits on my lap and watches television.”

Harold is not a stay-at-home centenarian - he still drives to the shops and regularly goes to the retirement village nearby for "three beers and a dance”.

Bobby is taken for walks beside Harold's motorised scooter.

Born in Armidale and married in Casino, Harold has lived in the Tweed Shire for 35 years.

He's the last of nine siblings.

"They all died young, in their 70s,” he said.

And his secret to longevity: "I don't smoke, don't swear and never go out with bad women.”

Topics:  northern rivers pets and ageing


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