Sensitive soul Brisket is the perfect partner for owner Lindsay

Meet a dapper young Wellingtonian who really takes the Brisket.

Lindsay Phillips loves dogs so much that she named her Wellington restaurant after her late husky/Lab rescue dog, Smuchi Bambuchi.

After Smuchi went to doggo heaven in early 2020 and a planned holiday in her native Canada was scuppered because of Covid, Lindsay decided to heal her heartbreak with a new pal. “I thought, ‘Screw it, I want a new dog to help fill the huge void in my life,’” she recalls.

She found what she was looking for at a farm in Dannevirke: an eight-week-old kelpie/huntaway puppy she named Brisket. “I’ve worked with food for most of my life, so the name had to be food-related, and a name no one else had.”

Brisket soon made himself at home in the container that Lindsay’s engineer partner, Manu Pouajen-Blakiston, converted into a tiny house seven years ago, before the couple met. “We hadn’t really had a puppy before, so it was like being a new parent – getting up several times a night to let the puppy out. He also ruined our furniture!”

The sensitive pooch has also prompted a change in lifestyle for Lindsay: “He has major separation anxiety and doesn’t like to be left alone, so I’ve had to stop working nights at BambuchiSan and bring in another chef.”

Lindsay is working with a dog trainer to help Brisket get over his separation issues – “he’s especially attached to me, so that’s something we’ve had to try and manage” – but she reckons it’s a small price to pay.

“I’ll always have a dog in my life. Dogs make me a much happier person. To be honest, I actually love dogs more than I like people!”

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