THE cute Cavoodle who usually cares for others celebrated an important milestone on Tuesday.
The community celebrated Hulli the Headspace dog’s first birthday in Hargreaves Mall.
Headspace staff, family and friends of the beloved pooch enjoyed an afternoon of cake and games to help honour the engaging role Hulli provides the organisation.
Hulli is a Cavoodle, a cross between a King Charles Cavalier and a Toy Poodle.
Headspace is a mental health organisation that works with young people.
Headspace program manager Jenny Singe said Hulli’s actual birthday was on Sunday but decided to host a celebration for the community on Tuesday.
She said the reason Headspace had a dog was because most members of her team loved dogs.
“We didn’t think we would have much luck but I did a bit of research and found out Cavoodle’s are low allogeneic and they don’t shed hair,” Mrs Singe said.
Mrs Singe said Angelique Hull from Pocket Puppies then decided to donate one of her dogs to Headspace.
Mrs Hull, a boutique breeder, said she was happy to make a donation to Headspace.
“My middle daughter Lauren, is chronically ill,” she said.
“She left school when she was 14 because she was so ill and her dog became her best friend.
“We know how much a dog can make life wonderful and happy and they will be there when no one else will listen to you, you can tell them all your secrets and they will keep them safe.
“Cavoodle’s also have an extremely chilled out personality so we knew it would be perfect for Headspace.”
Mrs Singe said Hulli came to work every day.
“He wonders around the Headspace office, he greets people and talks to them in his own way,” she said.
“When we do presentations he comes along.”
“He is very intuitive.”
Mrs Singe said Hulli was a great engagement tool for young people involved with Headspace.
“His main role is to engage kids so that when they come in they are a bit more relaxed,” she said.
“People will come up and pat Hulli.”