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West Footscray: Labradoodle dog stars in selling campaign

Skid the labradoodle — pictured with his owners Adrienne Baldwin, Julian Ramsey, Winnie and Rosie — is getting plenty of attention as the star of the family’s house selling campaign. Picture: David Caird

The sale of a West Footscray house has gone to the dogs — and the vendors couldn’t be happier.

Skid the labradoodle is lapping up loads of attention as the star of his owners’ campaign to sell the three-bedroom pad at 46 Pitt Street, with a $1-$1.1m price guide.

The striking dog features on the ‘for sale’ board out the front of the property, and in the online listing and promotional video.

Dog helping owners sell home

The family can’t walk Skid down the street without someone asking what breed he is. Picture: David Caird

The photo of Skid used to market the property.

Bond Estate Agents director Lee Marks said this had sparked a flurry of prospective buyers asking “if the dog comes with the sale of the home”.

The answer from owners Adrienne Baldwin and Julian Ramsey, and their kids, Winnie, 13, and Rosie, 11, is no.

But Ms Baldwin said they weren’t surprised their special pooch was having an impact in helping them collar a buyer.

The family adopted Skid shortly after moving into 46 Pitt Street, West Footscray.

Skid has loved running around in the home’s big backyard.

“In our local area, everyone knows the dog,” Ms Baldwin said.

“We can’t get down the street without people asking, ‘what sort of dog is that?’ My husband even made up the breed Hungarian muff hound (to tell people) as a joke.

“He’s very friendly, loves humans, and is so well trained.”

The couple adopted Skid about five years ago, a few months after buying the house, which they thoroughly renovated by restoring original 1920s charm and adding modern comforts.

The open-plan living and dining space features a period fireplace.

The modern kitchen.

Ms Baldwin said her husband, who worked in construction, had taken particular pride in his refurbishment of an original brick fireplace in the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. This had become Skid’s favourite feature, along with the big backyard.

She said the “spacious” weatherboard also benefited from high ceilings and natural light, and its closeness to the sought-after Footscray West Primary School and the Essex Street dog park, where Skid regularly hung out with his sister, Hazel.

A cosy bedroom.

The renovated bathroom.

Ms Baldwin said the labradoodle was being rewarded for his help with the selling campaign by getting plenty of walks, as the family followed COVID-19 restrictions requiring sellers to vacate their homes during inspections by prospective buyers.

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