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Thanks all. Dyson's settling in nicely. He's very, very cute.

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Learning his offswitch while I make dinner

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Blurry photo but here he is at dinner. Jerry's with us for the long weekend while his owner's at a family wedding interstate

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Dyson is so focussed! And I agree about Jerry's story and all the other stories and photos you post. They really show what can be achieved by a 'good' rescue - a brand new life!

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poochmad   

I was talking to someone just recently about getting a older dog, and they said they would not get a dog from a pound because you don't know the history. I then informed them about foster dogs and how much care is done to not only settle the dog, find the flaws / quirks (if any), have training and socialisation done, can tell people how the dog reacts to everything - they were quite impressed.

I said, I'd be tempted to get an older dog through a foster arrangement as you and other rescue groups do such a good job. I'd like a big, quiet boofa, though hubby would be keen on a pup. But the more I learn about fostering...it is definitely on the cards.

Anyway,thanks for keeping us updated; I love reading about how the dogs are getting on. :thumbsup:

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Love Jerry on the table. Must b a Kelpie thing. I visit my parents and once at a friends place......and look outside to Kelpie chilling on the table outside. I tell her to get off but can't help smiling at her .

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Thanks guys. He gets even cuter. We were babysitting Jerry on the weekend while his owners were interstate for a wedding and so we had this :)

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Little bit cute

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He definitely has an offswitch. He was surrendered for being too crazy and energetic but we've found him fine - he totally chillaxes and copies our dogs.

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After 10 minutes of sit-drop-sitstay and leash/collar desensitisation he's stuffed and crates himself :)

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He also keeps himself entertained with the toys

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Sad that his owners didn't want to give him more of a go ...

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Cute puppy

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At the polling booths on ACT Election Day

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At obedience class practising his stays

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His ears are on the rise

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Being cute in obedience class today

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Love Jerry on the table. Must b a Kelpie thing. I visit my parents and once at a friends place......and look outside to Kelpie chilling on the table outside. I tell her to get off but can't help smiling at her .

Nope, not a Kelpie thing LOL. One of my fosters from some years ago used to love getting onto the deck table. I have a photo somewhere.

And yes again to all the stories and photographs :thumbsup:

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Roova   

Those ears are going up, up, up. He looks like my very first dog and it gives me warm fuzzies, he's just beautiful.

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fbaudry   

Lovely......

Random and naive question: is it a normal trait of kelpies to be so accepting of visitors / newcomers? Or are your lot just really well socialised?

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poochmad   

Are you serious? He was surrended because he was too energetic??

Did you feel like going - der, he's a puppy and a working dog?

Honestly, some people are just idiots.

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Random and naive question: is it a normal trait of kelpies to be so accepting of visitors / newcomers? Or are your lot just really well socialised?

There can be cranky, dog aggressive Kelpies out there for sure but our three are fine around all dogs they meet. They love going to the dog park, they've all been to obedience and they're used to the endless stream of fosters so accept new dogs in our house. We've been lucky that all our fosters have all been dog-friendly as well. Jerry our foster had some dog-dog issues in the beginning (although he got along with our dogs fine) but we did a lot of work with him and he's doing great right now and meeting new dogs all the time.

Are you serious? He was surrended because he was too energetic?? Did you feel like going - der, he's a puppy and a working dog?

Honestly, some people are just idiots.

I asked a lot of questions when they surrendered him to try to find out if he actually had any real problems/issues but it sounded like he was just a normal Kelpie puppy to be honest ... He's totally fine in our house though. Has an off-switch. He's naughty and cheeky - but you'd expect that of a Kelpie pup :)

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Dyson at his first Halloween :)

Little Dino-Kelpie :)

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The gang

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Former foster Smudge (adopted in August 2013) with siblings Dexter and Reggie

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Some photos of our current foster Dyson who is getting to know his applicant family before starting his trial adoption. Here he is hanging with Hoover

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His applicant family have been coming to dog school to wrangle him to get used to working with him.

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Dyson hanging out with turtles

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mita   

I love Dyson looking at the turtle... as if to say, 'You're a mighty lot slower than me!'

Your photos are always a joy & do the dogs in your care proud.

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I had a customer at work who is a dog trainer who also fosters working dogs. I told her about this thread and your work because I think what you do is just so amazing! I'm sure she's been lurking through your thread!

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Amazing beautiful dogs. Dyson is just gorgeous. I know very little about working dogs and their needs - so a lovely thread to pop into. thumbsup1.gif

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I love Dyson looking at the turtle... as if to say, 'You're a mighty lot slower than me!'

Your photos are always a joy & do the dogs in your care proud.

Heh heh. All our dogs have learned to get used to my brother's turtles although they still find them very bemusing. And thank you - we love that our adopters still keep in touch with us :)

I had a customer at work who is a dog trainer who also fosters working dogs. I told her about this thread and your work because I think what you do is just so amazing! I'm sure she's been lurking through your thread!

Thank you! We find the fostering experience really rewarding. Sometimes it's really hard and we do see a dark side of people sometimes, but we also see the best side of people. The people who have adopted our dogs have been just awesome :)

Amazing beautiful dogs. Dyson is just gorgeous. I know very little about working dogs and their needs - so a lovely thread to pop into. thumbsup1.gif

Thank you! And it's funny you say that because for some reason I could have sworn that you had a red and tan Kelpie at one stage - whether your own or fostered??? I just remember that someone on DOL had a gorgeous red and tan Kelpie that made me decide I wanted one of my own and we adopted Hoover and then after that we got into fostering :laugh:

Dyson and Dodge

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Dyson had a blast this weekend. It's not his formal trial adoption yet but we like to let the families and fosters get to know one another gradually so he had a playdate the other night and then this weekend he had a sleepover. He had fun in the puppy section of Yarralumla Dog Park

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Then he was a hipster and hung out at a cafe

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Then he was stuffed

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On Sunday, the family took him to the obedience classes he has been attending with me and were his handlers. After that he was taken on a shopping spree at Belco Pets

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As for Jerry, he's doing awesome in his new home. His new dad bought him a Christmas Kong teddy :)

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This is what he did with his previous Kong teddy, his dad memed it ..

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Lots of pats in his new home

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Brand new dog door

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Walks to Mount Painter with his mate Ace

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Walks at the National Arboretum

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Chilling with his human

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Former foster Baxter adopted in September 2012 is looking forward to Christmas.

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Former foster Smudge (and her two siblings Reggie and Dexter) came to visit.

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They had some pupsicles

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Smudge, Hoover and Dexter

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Smudge and Elbie

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Former foster Juniper and former foster Smudge

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Former foster Juniper

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