We love our partner. We live with our partner. For richer or poorer, for better or worse and often despite some very peculiar habits. These are real life stories. People put up with the most extraordinary things and and they're happy to talk about it on the radio. These are the transcripts of conversations broadcast on 702 ABC Sydney, at 2.30 on an otherwise normal Thursday afternoon.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
JV: What do you
live with Francis?
Francis: I live
with the most annoying husband who, whenever we go for dinner, we’ve got to
come home with something that has meat in it – a little bit wrapped up in a
serviette – for an overweight jack russel.
Francis: It could
be a burger. It could be a bit of ham out of your sandwich or a little bit of
chicken off my dinner. The jack russel waits at the laundry door.
JV: So it’s
literally a doggy bag
Francis: A doggy
bag for a dog, but it has to go into my handbag.
JV: And it’s
every single time you go out?
time. It’s embarrassing.
JV: So, you’re at
friends’ for dinner...
JV: What will he
Francis: ‘Oh can
I just take a little bit home for Lou-Lou?’
we’ve got to the stage where we carry little zip lock bags.
JV: Oh you’ve got
little zip lock bags ready to go? Wow.
Francis: And the
kids say ‘Dad, don’t do that’ but no, Lou-lou’s got to have it.
JV: Lou-Lou’s got
to have a little bit...and so, you’re saying Lou-Lou knows when you’ve gone out
that there’ll be a little meaty treat?
Definitely! She’s waiting at the laundry door. And it can’t be a big bit. It’s
got to be a little bit and he breaks it all up for her.
JV: Oh, that’s
lovely really isn’t it?
Francis: Oh she’s
a great big, fat, spoilt, jack russel.
JV: A fat jack
russel. So it’s like a little barrel?
Francis: It is a
barrel. It’s got the tiniest little head and a big round body.
JV: Yeah...I get
the feeling you don’t like Lou-Lou that much Francis.
Francis: I love
Lou-lou. She doesn’t need all these itty bitty bits all the time.
JV: So is it
these itty bitty bits, these post dinner treats that have stacked the weight on
Definitely. She will be in bed – my husband’s bed – he will go up to the
kitchen and have his breakfast, and he’ll come down with ‘oh just a few’ and
he’ll have a handful of meaty bites.
JV: Handful of
meaty bites just for Lou-Lou.
Francis: Just for
JV: Does he
realise he’s killing her with kindness?
Francis: I keep
telling him that. He took it into the vet because it had lumps on its legs...
came out and said ‘oh there’s nothing wrong, apparently when they put on weight
they put these lumps on their legs.’
JV: Right, yeah
that’s an interesting way of putting it, isn’t it? Rather than, for example,
‘she’s got to lose some weight.’
JV: Can I point
out we’re talking about a dog here, if you’re just joining in.
Francis: Lou- Lou
JV: Lou-lou the
over-pampered jack russel.
JV: What about
fine dining? If you’re out at a lovely restaurant for your anniversary?
Francis: Oh yeah,
it’ll be wrapped up in a serviette and in my handbag.
JV: Mm. So he’ll
say to the waiter ‘excuse me can you just put this...and there it’s awkward
because it’s probably not enough to suggest that you’re taking it home as take
away, it’s just a little bit.
Francis: Well I
get worried that they think we’re taking it home to test it and see if it’s
Francis: So it
gets secreted in my handbag.
JV: So would he
just pick it up off the plate?
take it off the plate
get his salad sandwich and he’s always got to have a bit of ham in it. It might
be the tiniest piece but he’s got to bring it home for Lou-lou.
JV: Ah dear, well
look it’s not such a bad one I suppose. It seems like Lou-lou is really the
worse off here.
just absolutely spoilt.
JV: Yeah, Francis
thanks for that. Nice to talk to you and I hope...do you feel better Francis?
certainly do. I’ll tell him I’ve been talking to you about it.