Sasha

Oct 19, 2018


Breed: Boxer mix Size: Medium Age: 5 years  
Contact: Karina, ksdogs15@gmail.com
Activity: moderate

Thank you for considering an ARF dog. Most dogs receive several enquiries, and we aim to match the right dog to the right home so that they can enjoy a happy life together. If your enquiry is unsuccessful, rest assured that the foster carer has carefully based their decision on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the dog’s needs.

Sasha is assessed as being in the Bronze category in our Perfect Match system and is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and available for $350 (incl GST).

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Sasha leaving pound

Sasha is a playful, affectionate and friendly dog. Her ideal day is snuggled up with her humans, binge watching the latest show on Netflix – at least until she falls asleep and starts snoring!

Sasha is an independent lady who has no problems being left alone during the day if she gets daily mental stimulation through training and exercise through play. She even puts herself to bed which makes her one in a million!

Sasha’s motivations in life are food and affection. As a result of this, Sasha has been easy to train and already knows sit, shake and wait. We’re also teaching her to go and stay on her mat, wait before going through doors and ‘leave it’ – which is great when you accidentally drop some food on the ground!

When growing up, Sasha didn’t have much to do so is now very stimulated when outside her home and yard. She does get stressed easily in new environments and has started some intensive training to help teach her how to calm herself down, walk next to you on the lead, and walk past a dog without reacting. We are only at the beginning of this process but she’s a very smart young lady and we have no doubt she’ll pick it up with gusto. In the meantime, any home for Sasha will need to be willing to commit to continuing the training and ideally will have previous experience in this area.

Sasha is very human-oriented and her playful and happy mannerisms are a delight to come home to after a hard day at work and can turn any day into a playful, fun day. Sasha often approaches people (even strangers) with a beautiful full body wag and immediate cuddles. When excited, she often jumps up on people so she would not be ideal in a home with small children. While she has only playful intentions, she is still undergoing training to get her out of this habit.

Sasha’s delightful nature makes it hard not to fall in love with her. If you let her onto the couch she’ll snuggle right up to you – and if not, she likes to keep your feet warm! Make no mistake, she knows how to give puppy dog eyes that would melt anyone’s heart.

Cuddles please?

Cuddles please?

Chillin'

Chillin’

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cuddle bunny

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Neighbourhood watch

 

Still with that camera?

Still with that camera?

Sasha’s ideal home would be an adult family where she can rule the roost as your only pet. If you are interested, please send me an email. Be warned, you may fall in love with her at first sight (we did)!

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Bean

Oct 19, 2018


Breed: Australian cattle dog mix Size: Medium Age: 3 to 4 years  
Contact: Mel, editsense@gmail.com, 0411 444 104 (outside business hours)
Activity: Moderate

Thank you for considering an ARF dog. Most dogs receive several enquiries, and we aim to match the right dog to the right home so that they can enjoy a happy life together. If your enquiry is unsuccessful, rest assured that the foster carer has carefully based their decision on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the dog’s needs.

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Bean is assessed as being in the Bronze category in our Perfect Match system and is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and available for $350 (incl GST).

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Little Bean is a sweet and very special dog, who is looking for a very special home.

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When she arrived, more than a year ago, Bean was the most terrified dog I have ever seen. She didn’t eat for days, couldn’t bear human touch, and huddled in the furthest corner of her crate. My heart broke for her every day.

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Over the past few months, we have worked on building trust, building her confidence, and showing her that the world is not such a scary place.

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Her progress has been very slow, but she now trusts and loves the people closest to her. With us, she is the sweetest and most affectionate dog, who loves cuddles, and asks for extra pats with a gentle dab of her paw.

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Bean loves other dogs, and has happily welcomed a dozen or so foster dogs and boarders who have come through the doors while she has been in care—always with great manners, and always with a joyful greeting. And each one of these friends has helped her feel a little safer through play.

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Bean has learned to enjoy car rides, because they lead to bushwalks, which are her favourite thing ever. Out there in the scrub, she is a happy and carefree dog. She loves to jump in the river to cool off, to smell all the wonderful bush sniffs, and to climb rocks.

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Each time one of the off-lead dogs comes close to her, she will give them a little sniff, to welcome them back, even if they were only gone five seconds!

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But people remain terrifying for Bean. If we see someone out on a walk, she panics, and just wants to run away. We have been working on this, and she recovers much faster after the encounter, but her gut response hasn’t changed.

She is also scared of visitors, and will shake in fear, and wants to run away and hide. We help her through this by making sure the visitors don’t pay attention to her, and letting her be in her crate where she feels safe.

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Bean is not an average pet, and I don’t expect she will ever be a ‘normal’ dog. But she would make a wonderful a loyal companion to someone who is patient, understands that it will take her time to bond, accepts her for who she is, but continues to help her tackle her fears.

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She is looking for a quiet home, in a quiet location, preferably on a property, as the noises and busyness of suburbia are still a source of stress for her. If there are children, they will need to be a bit older.

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And she will definitely need another friendly and playful dog, to give her some guidance, and encourage her to play, which always makes her feel happier.

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Bean loves to learn (when not scared), and can sit, drop, shake, high-five, wave, touch, and spin. She walks really nicely on the lead (except when she is in a panic), is toilet trained, is crate trained, sleeps quietly at night, and is generally a lovely dog to snuggle with at home.

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Over the year or so, Bean and I have worked closely together, and I love her dearly. Sadly, my home in suburbia is not the best place for her. I want Bean to have the best life she possibly can, and, should the right family come along, I will provide her new home with whatever support I can to help settle her in, and for the rest of her life, if needed.

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Her new family will need to understand that Bean will need time to trust them, and will need a few meetings over some weeks for her to get to know them before she can move in.

At only 14 kilos, Bean is on the smaller side of medium.

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Bronze Dogs

Nov 20, 2011

Bronze dogs in this category have sound temperaments but will have some quirks that need ironing out by their new family. Bronze dogs are usually active and require daily training and guidance by their new owner. Bronze dogs may be dogs that have had a difficult start in life as they may have never received any training, been neglected, under socialised or even abused. Bronze dogs can also be some of the most rewarding dogs to adopt.
A Bronze dog may suit you/your family if you:

* have access to and be willing to seek professional training advice if required (such as one on one training)

* have solid 5 foot minimum fences

* can provide daily exercise and daily training for your new dog

* have owned more than one dog before or completed training with previous dogs

* have another dog in your home that has no behaviour problems

* do not have young children in your home

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