Koda

Feb 19, 2019


Breed: Staffy mix Size: Medium Age: 18 months to 2 years  
Contact: Emma, ebenedetti1976@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.

Koda is assessed as being in the Silver category in our Perfect Match system and is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and will be available for $350 (incl GST) once his quarantine is completed.

UPDATE 20 FEB: Koda has found his new home and will be setting off soon.

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Meet Koda.

I know what you’re thinking – he’s ‘just another brindle staffy’, but once you see past his coat colour, this little guy will steal your heart with his quirky personality and beautiful manners.

Koda is only small in stature,Weighing in at only about 15 kilos, but his personality more than makes up for it. When he wants a pat, he will trot over to you on his little bow legs and pigeon toes, with his head tilted and making a rather cute smacking sound with lips in excitement, then he’ll just sit at your feet and lean into you for a head scratch, or roll over onto his back for a tummy rub. The only time he jumps up on me is when I have come home from being at work all day, and he gets so excited that he forgets his manners for a brief moment, but he collects himself very quickly and will just run around trying to get your attention and playing with his foster siblings.

Koda can be a bit unsure of some new things, but it doesn’t take him long to realise that everything is OK and then he is the happiest, smoochiest little dog who tries so hard to do the right thing all the time. He absolutely adores his people, and is proving to be a very loyal, loving boy who is super keen to please and loves to follow you around staring at you adoringly with his big, brown cross eyes and furiously wagging his little kinked tail helicopter style!

Not only is Koda ridiculously adorable, but he also has some basic training under his belt, and his manners are impeccable. He has a very solid sit, he is quickly getting the hang of drop and wait, and he will go to his bed when asked and stay there – mostly…. He does try to sneak over for a cuddle on the lounge every now and again. He does this by creeping forward with his front legs, and leaving the back legs on his bed frog style, but if he is not invited up, he goes straight back to his bed and curls up for a nap.

Koda does need a helping hand getting into the crate (we are working on that) but once he is in there he settles well and will sleep through the night without a peep. He is completely toilet trained and has not had any accidents, or marked, anywhere in the house. He is very appropriate with his foster siblings, playing really nicely with my girl when she invites him to play or just chilling out if she doesn’t, and apart from a quick sniff every once in a while, he leaves my boy in peace, which is how he prefers it when there is a foster in the house!

This amazing little guy really does have it all, and he is ready to waltz into his new home and show just how special he is. Koda would love a family who will include him in their everyday activities, continue to teach him new things, and give him all the cuddles. He will give you his whole heart in return.

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Fey

Feb 16, 2019


Breed: Kelpie Border Collie mix Size: Medium Age: 4–5 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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Fey is assessed as being in the Bronze category in our Perfect Match system and will be desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and available for $350 (incl GST) once her quarantine and vet work are completed.

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Fey is not just a stunning girl — once she knows you, she is also sweet as pie and affectionate.

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This gorgeous girl loves people and affection closing her eyes with bliss when getting pats. And it is a pleasure to oblige, as she has the softest and lushest coat (which will require regular brushing to ensure it doesn’t become matted).

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Fey’s favourite thing to do ever is playing fetch. She will drop the ball, and throw herself in a drop, ready to sprint after it at full speed, then strutting around with the ball in her mouth for a victory lap, before starting again.

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But when she first arrived in care, Fey was frazzled and stressed, and showed that dealing with stress was not her strength. She was slow to trust, and quick to show her teeth, getting on the offensive to warn any perceived threat away.

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Since realising that she doesn’t need to deal with scary things by herself, she has put those teeth away, and has been a very loving girl.

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But children would be too erratic and worrying for Fey, so she is looking for a home without children, so that she doesn’t feel the need to revert to such drastic measures to protect herself.

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Fey is finding living with other dogs to be very stressful, and although she has been able to cohabit while in foster care (with close management), she definitely wants to be an only dog in her forever home, so that she can relax. She has made it clear that this is not negotiable, so please don’t apply if you have another dog.

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This girl is looking for a very specific home. To win Fey’s heart, you will not only have lots of love to offer, you will also understand the need to balance that with predictability, rules, and boundaries, so she can relax knowing someone has everything in hand.

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Her new humans must be willing to take the time to gain her trust, listen to what she says with her body language, and be committed to continuing her training, to help her work through her doubts and insecurities and build her confidence.

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Fey would benefit from attending group training classes, so that she can become more comfortable around other dogs, without the pressure of having to say hello (we can recommend good local trainers).

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In return for this time and training, her new humans will have a very loyal, affectionate and playful friend for life!

Hamilton

Feb 11, 2019


Breed: Yass special mix youngster Size: Medium Age: About 12 weeks  
Contact: Ruth, fosterpuppyarf@gmail.com
Activity: High

Thank you for considering an ARF pup. Most puppies receive many 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 pup’s needs.

ARF puppies are all assessed as being in the Silver category in our Perfect Match system and are available at the special price of $400 (incl GST) which includes microchipping, desexing, C3 vaccination, worming and $100 contribution towards training classes.

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Hamilton is a delightful, happy pup who has just arrived at his foster home and will be ready to find his forever home in a few weeks’ time. He would love a family who will value his loyalty and allow him to be included as part of the family.

As Hamilton is an active pup, he will thrive with a family who will provide him with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, such as obedience training or other fun doggy activities.

Hamilton sleeps quietly through the night in his crate and his house-training is well underway.

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More information will be provided in the coming weeks as we get to know Hamilton better.

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In the meantime, if you believe you can offer Hamilton a home that will meet his needs as a young, active pup you are welcome to email me with some information about your doggy experience and how he would be included in your family.

Kira

Feb 6, 2019


Breed: Magnificent spotted pupperoni Catahoula mix? Size: Medium Age: about 6 months  
Contact: Bec, rwj@internode.on.net, 0402 178 948
Activity: Moderate to high

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.

Kira is assessed as being in the Silver category in our Perfect Match system and will be desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and available for $350 (incl GST) once her quarantine and vet work are completed.

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Kira came into foster care recently from the Queanbeyan Pound.

Like most young dogs, she is full of beans and enthusiastic about everything. Similar to a toddler Kira tests things by putting them in her mouth – but then often tears them into little pieces. This is great for recycling, but does require extra vigilance for more important items in your house. This love of demolition (she’s the opposite of Bob the Builder!) is well-managed by providing an ongoing supply of old boxes, papers, and fluffy toys for her to enjoy (aka destroy).

Kira takes her work as a book reviewer very seriously

Kira takes her work as a book reviewer very seriously

Kira is a happy, affectionate dog and loves snuggling on the couch including resting her head on your shoulder. Despite her size she will try to sit in your lap, and often sits on or snuggles up with the foster carers own dog (desexed male 2yo), who she gets along well with. Her foster carer has given a strong recommendation to keep your mouth closed when snuggling as Kira often goes in for a kiss when you’re least expecting it.

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In her first weeks in foster care Kira has had some exciting adventures. She learnt to use the dog door, had a bath (8/10, enjoyed it, would do again), went for some car rides (7/10, was OK but not heaps of fun), and met some of the household appliances:

Vacuum cleaner: 9/10, makes great noise, would meet again
Blower vac: 8/10, makes good noise, but doing me too much of blow-wave
Broom: 10/10, good for chasing, would eat again
Garden hose: 9/10, much cool, so wow

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Kira has also met other animals – she responded well to other dogs but wasn’t so sure about cows, and is yet to meet any cats. Kira loves meeting new people and soaks up the affection from young and old, male and female alike. She is sometimes a bit enthusiastic and impolite in her greetings, including pushing her foster brother out of the way to get more pats, but she’s working on this.

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Kira seems to have some basic training as she mostly sits on command and walks well on lead. She is being crate trained but prefers to sleep on her doggy bed or a human bed (but best of all on top of the human). She is toilet-trained but has had a couple of accidents.

Kira doesn’t bark much, mostly when strangers approach the house or she is annoyed that her foster brother won’t play with her. Kira has not jumped the front picket fence, but has jumped the side colourbond gate which is of a similar height (1.5m). For this reason, her owners will need solid and tall fences.

Kira is a lovely young dog that would fit well into most families, however her exuberance may be too much for families with young children or frail adults. Please note: Kira is a working dog breed and therefore very smart and energetic, and easily bored, which leads to destruction. She will work best with families that can provide her lots of exercise and activities to keep her brain working – doggy daycare could also be suitable. A large yard and suitable doggy companion are also highly recommended.

Sometimes it's just too exhausting being a foster dog

Sometimes it’s just too exhausting being a foster dog

Bean

Jan 18, 2019


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.

UPDATE 28 January 2019
It looks as though Bean has found herself a new home but because of her poor start in life her adoption will be gradual and she will remain on hold until her carer gives the “All Clear”

To see Videos of Bean’s progress while in ARF care visit this link

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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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to see Videos of Bean’s progress while in ARF care visit this link

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