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  1. Foster Dogs

    Former foster Evie <3
  2. This is Ollie who is supposed to be an 8 month old Kelpie cross. At first blush, I'd assumed he was mixed with a German Shepherd but all of the Kelpie/GSD crosses I've seen tend to have much sharper snouts than Ollie does. My second guess is that he's mixed with something spitzy - husky, malamute or even Swedish Vallhund because of the thickness and texture of his ears and his eye markings. Anyone have any views on what he might be blended with? :) I know we'll never know definitively and it doesn't really matter at the end of the day but I'd be curious to know what people think.
  3. Elbie, Hoover, Dodge & Friends!

    Little posers
  4. Elbie's our new puppy. He is 3/4 kelpie and 1/4 border collie. This is him in his original crate used for toilet training This is him in his new crate Elbie sleeping Elbie waiting for food Elbie with rawhide bone Elbie on his cushion Elbie in the yard Resting on the deck He's now almost 11 weeks and has wonky ears - they can't decide if they're going to stay down or stand up He starts puppy classes next week and obedience classes in June.
  5. Elbie, Hoover, Dodge & Friends!

    South Durras this year
  6. Foster Dogs

    It's been a while between updates because of toxic smoke and other reasons. But Esme's found her forever home. Here she is with her brother Stevie.
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    Thanks all. Glad you liked the photos of Esme. Some Christmas photos sent through from the adopters of former fosters We are incredibly lucky that we get updates in relation to all 20 of our previous foster dogs. Some are more sporadic than others, but all the adopters still keep in touch. Some of the foster carers in our group never get any updates, so I know that we are very fortunate. It also makes handing them over 'easier' in a way given that we don't lose touch about how they're doing - it always feels like they've joined an extended family. Former foster Evie, adopted in August 2017. Here she is on Christmas day with her 'cousin' Piglet the cav and her human 'brother'/friend Finley. Finley learned throw a ball for her before he could even crawl! Former foster Dyson, adopted in December 2016. Former foster Jack (was Takeshi). Adopted January 2019. Former foster Frida. Adopted in October 2012. Here she is with her brother Niko the Kelpie Former foster Monkey, adopted in June 2018.
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    Someone melted in the sun Hoover, always long-suffering Cutie Call me, maybe? So sweet "Play with me!" She comes to the gym every Friday morning for HIIT class Ridiculously cute Christmas tree photos Tried to get a group photo. Our dogs remained in position but Esme was a pest
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    Thanks so much all. She's settling in nicely. She's sensitive to correction and guidance so doing well. Some very mild separation anxiety but we are working on it. Mega Stinkeye Getting into the Christmas spirit. Not happy, Jan. Little bit cute "Notice me senpei!!!" Standoff Kelpies are still bemused by the interloper in their midst..
  10. Elbie, Hoover, Dodge & Friends!

    Yes :D I'm a softie. In other news, we have a new foster dog. Not our usual working dog ... our resident dogs are ... perplexed and nonplussed.
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    She's otherwise very cute, though ... Here she is with former foster dog Jerry And here she is with turtles She looks like a toy ...
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    Foster dog #21 has arrived. We've been on a break this year from fostering, but Esme showed up last Sunday. She's 12 weeks old and was taken to the vet for a check up by her "breeder". When the vet said that she had an underbite and a mild hernia and shouldn't be bred from, the breeder told the vet to euthanise her on the spot ... The vet felt uncomfortable with this so called our rescue group. We were temp caring Esme until the carer who was supposed to be fostering her adopted out her other foster - the other dog was adopted pending fences being boosted so Esme was to be with us for a few days only. When the other dog's adoption fell through because of allergies within the applicant's family, we ended up with our first non-working dog foster. So meet Esme. She's not a Kelpie She looks like a drowned rat when you bathe her
  13. Elbie, Hoover, Dodge & Friends!

    "We want a walk."
  14. Elbie, Hoover, Dodge & Friends!

    They enjoyed it prodigiously! :D
  15. Elbie, Hoover, Dodge & Friends!

    Happy dogs
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    Former foster Rookie is also doing well. His family have advised us that he achieved his Rally Novice title earlier this year. He has also started competing in Agility and on the weekend Rookie got his first ‘qually’ in Novice Jumping plus he came first in his height category. In the photo, he is showing off his certificate and ribbon. Rookie is also doing Noseworks and some tracking as the weather cools. His family say that he is a happy and busy boy and a joy to have around.
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    Former foster Evie has turned out to be very child-friendly
  18. Elbie, Hoover, Dodge & Friends!

    Our dogs having a blast at A Pooch Affair last weekend
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    Former foster Frida, adopted in 2012 and now living in Victoria
  20. Elbie, Hoover, Dodge & Friends!

    A rather typical pose from our three
  21. Foster Dogs

    Ha! The rescue group actually conducted a poll as a joke, asking if people thought that Takeshi had grown into his ears
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    Thanks so much all. Takeshi's still doing great. He had a fun play date with some kids of friends Takeshi on the right with Kenny (another 4lyfe foster dog) on the left. Chillaxing I got a dehydrator at Christmas so the dogs have been enjoying the dried home made treats. Here they are waiting for dried beef Very cute puppy Takeshi and turtle
  23. Elbie, Hoover, Dodge & Friends!

    Thank you! He's the only one of our dogs who doesn't mind being dressed up. Some Christmas photos Dan took Dodge to buy a Christmas tree. He took his duties very seriously :D Posing by the tree. Our foster dog Takeshi When Dan put the presents under the tree, he covered up Dodge's favourite spot - but that didn't stop Dodge Takeshi as a Christmas Elf Takeshi as a reindeer A friend of ours makes a lot of gear for rescue dogs so donated some bandannas for our whole crew Takeshi rocking his Christmas bandanna Dodge as Santa Aslan has escaped Narnia... Christmas is exhausting for little puppies
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    Thank you so much everyone for their kind comments. footprintsinthesand - I'm sorry to hear that your spirits are often sagging but very delighted to hear that you enjoy reading about our fosters. We are sooooooooooooo lucky that all 19 of our adopters still keep in touch with us, some more regularly than others. Former foster Juniper received her Onyx title in Flyball (1300 points) last month Present from her adopting family on her Gotcha Day - she was adopted December 2013 and lives in Murrumbatemen. She's come a long way since being dumped at Gundagai Pound. Photo of Baxter. He was adopted September 2012. He now lives with a cat and a small child who came along well after he had been adopted. He has come a long way since being dumped not once but twice at the pound in Canberra and goes on regular runs with his dad. This is former foster Miller who was adopted September 2013. His family moved to Melbourne a few years back where his dad is now a firefighter. Former foster Smudge who lives in Orange. Smudge was adopted in August 2013. She became a flyball champion but alas had to retire early due to injury. We see her and her owner very regularly when they come to Canberra for flyball competitions. Nutmeg, now Nina. She lives on Phillip Island, Victoria. She was adopted August 2013, slightly before Smudge. It's kind of surreal seeing how far Smudge and Nutmeg have come since their days of being part of the Walgett 6 Litter i.e. the parvo puppies This was Smudge & Nutmeg at the emergency vet after they were diagnosed with parvo. They both almost died and one of their litter did die. Former foster Monkey at the beach With his brother Otso Enjoying a Christmas toy He's come a long way in a short time since being dumped at Gundagai Pound. Here's his unflattering pound photograph Former foster Ollie. He was our first ever foster dog and you can see his photos at the very start of this thread He was adopted August 2012 and lives in Bungendore. He's the fluffer on the left Still snoozy Still has the guyliner Still so handsome Pound photo from Griffith Pound. He was our first foster and had kennel cough - we thought he was dying!!! Former foster Evie. She has come a long way since being found under a bush at Gundagai. She was the only dog we've ever had who has vomited up living, wriggling worms ... ewww. She is now living with her new baby (human) brother and has a 'cousin' named Piglet who is a Cavalier King Charles. Former foster Twiggy who was adopted back in April 2014. She has come a HUGE way ... she was skinny and terrified when she first came into care. Although a little porkier than we'd like, her adopter has trained her well and she's a fully accredited Delta Therapy dog now which is huge given how terrified she was in the beginning. She spends a lot of time on boats as her dad sails recreationally.
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    Happy Takeshi Cute Takeshi Christmassy Takeshi Playing with former foster Dyson He's going on trial adoption on 10 January 2019 and the adopting family have his crate as he's had the occasional day visit and sleepover. What that means is that he's been upgraded to the 'adult' soft crate at our house which means we've had to make it smaller for him. Here he is enjoying both the 'ground' floor and the 'loft' space Boxing Day Kelpie Gorgeous boy. Sadly he's going to be renamed Jack but that's part of fostering