Welcome to the page dedicated to our dogs. Here we will share with you a little bit about them and how they came to live with us.
In April 2011, I received a call from the staff at the Albury Pound. They had a dog in there that didn’t have a home to go to as she had some issues. Today was her last day and they wanted to know if I was interested in working with her. I went out to the pound and saw the most pitiful sight. Here was a gorgeous dog hiding under the bed, squashed in as far as she could go. She had terrible anxiety and was distrustful of people. She was emaciated and still had large teats from having pups.
I’ll never forget the moment I walked into that pen. I said G’day and walked in as confidently as I could. This girl walked up slowly, I put my hand out and she sniffed it. After that she gently jumped up and grabbed me tightly with both of her front paws. The look in her eyes was sheer desperation. Well that was that. Out she came and straight home with me after Albury Dog Rescue agreed to find her a home when she was fixed.
After some checking into her background I found out she was 2 years old and had had 32 puppies. In her last litter there were 15. The owners dumped her and 14 of them on the street. She had also suffered abuse. No wonder she was a mess.
After 4 weeks of working with her we decided to keep her.
Today Missy does a lot of work with me. She helps other dogs who suffer from anxiety or from fear aggression. She also helps me out at puppy day care and does demonstrations. She is a wonderful dog and mostly very balanced. She is an amazing example of what a dog can achieve given half a chance.
My little terror.
Mick was my dream dog. I had met a breeder a few years ago and after seeing his dogs and their temperaments I had decided that when I was ready I had to have one.
In February 2011 I placed an order for a puppy. I only had 3 requirements. I wanted a male with a double mask and I wanted a brilliant temperament.
2 weeks after the unexpected surprise of Missy along came Mick. He was the cutest, fattest little fella you could ever meet. Fast forward to now and he is a ratbag! He is incredibly smart which is fantastic for training. It also makes it hard to keep him properly stimulated. He is always on the go. Mick has a great sense of humour and is always busting out moves that will make you laugh and want to pull out your hair at the same time.
He is very independent and very self assured. He also has an opinion on everything. We love our challenging boy. You will see lots of photo’s of him on this website.
Roy is a Belgian Malinois and he came to us in June 2015 as a 1 year old. I had been working with him on and off since he was 5 and a half months old and had fallen in love with his quirky nature. Roy has a beautiful personality but is very nervous around new people and lacks impulse control.
To this dog, nothing in the world was more important than his mum and dad. Unfortunately his dad became ill and passed away before Roy turned 1. Roy was very lucky to get the chance to visit the hospital to say goodbye to him thanks to the lovely staff there. A couple of months later his mum wanted to surrender him (he was and still is a hell of a lot of work) and my husband and I agreed to take him on.
Originally the plan was to fix him and then find him a great home but we ended up keeping him and he’s now a permanent fixture in our family.
These days he’s a beautiful dog who still has a few issues but as far as a family dog goes, he’s perfect for us and we love him. You will often see him accompanying me on consults around town.
Maggie came to us as a foster dog in May 2015 and has never left. She is an absolute sweetheart who is incredibly smart and very quiet. Most of the time we hardly know she is here.
Maggie was in a pound in Tamworth and was literally on her last couple of hours there. We put our hand up to foster her and it was organised so someone drove her all the way down to us. We believe Maggie has come off a farm and we have no idea how anybody couldn’t or wouldn’t claim her. She is almost the perfect dog. Maggie is quite content to hang around at home and she loves to lie in her favourite hole in the garden. Her and the cat are best mates and can often be found playing games together.
Nuggett (R.I.P 11-4-15)
Nuggett was born in 2002. He is the oldest of our pack and the most loyal. I came across Nuggs in Darwin. He originally came from a camp outside of Darwin. I’m not sure of the details but he ended up with the RSPCA from there. At that time I was doing some volunteer work and I was also looking for a dog. I wasn’t too sure about him at the start. After spending a couple of weeks with him, I decided he was for me. The day that I went in to ask about adopting him I found out he had been adopted by another family. I thought that was the end of that.
Roughly 3 weeks later I saw an advertisement in the paper for a Blue Heeler pup with papers. I called them and arranged to have a look. When I got there I almost cried. It was the same boy only skin and bones and ridden with fleas. They had decided he wasn’t for them and the landlord had said no to a dog. If he didn’t have a home by the end of the day he was going to be shot. I grabbed my boy and put him in the car.
This was the start of me getting interested about dog training. Nuggs is my heart and soul. Without question he will always do as I ask. We are lucky to have him.
Jacky Boy (RIP 18-9-13)
In April 2012 we offered to foster a stumpy tailed cattle dog that was going to be put to sleep. I saw a post on the internet with the most depressing photo saying that no one had claimed this old boy and he was going to be put to sleep in the morning. In the photo he was facing the wall of the pound and the lady who took it said he wouldn’t turn around. I saw the post at about 10pm and started making calls. The next day he came to our house.
We named the old guy, Jack. When he arrived, he was depressed, underweight, had a huge hot spot on his groin and was obsessive about drinking water. He was not a happy or healthy camper. There were a lot of disagreements in our house during the first week as Jack refused to get along with anyone. He had shut down.
After a week or so he started to come around. We discovered that Jack can work cattle. He loves to work and is constantly looking for direction, which was incredibly difficult given that we had no idea of the commands he had been given previously. He reminds us of a grumpy old man. He loves his naps in the sun and his afternoon snack and god help anyone that wakes him up! He has a very serious personality but when he decides to have fun, he is hilarious!!
After a few months, his health started to decline. Pete and I decided to adopt him and let him live out the rest of his days with us. He’s very happy just to plod along with us and do his thing. He has a very unique personality.
Since making that decision, his health has improved again. I swear this old guy is going to live forever!! He fits in so well with us and he loves playing with the other dogs. We are so happy to have him around and can’t remember what our house was like before him.
Update October 2013.
Sadly we lost our old Jack on the 18th of September 2013. The year and a half that we had him were amazing and we are blessed to have Jack in our lives. He went from being a serious thing to a dog with the most hilarious personality.
Each day when we returned, Jack would come trotting out to greet us and perform his little ritual of doing a crazy old man dance and nibbling me on the fingers. Whenever we we got home late at night, he would not be happy. A huge hole would await us along with his demanding little performance before he would storm off to bed. It would have us in fits of laughter.
No other dog has made us laugh or cry as much as this boy and we miss him terribly. He will always have a very special place in our hearts. Rest in Peace sweet boy x