Jan 18, 2019

Breed: Australian cattle dog mix Size: Medium Age: 3 to 4 years  
Contact: Mel,, 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


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).


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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