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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    You know, when I got my old dog home from the RSPCA, I let her check out the yard first and then took her into my granny flat. I sat down on my bed and she jumped up and came to light on top of me, with her whole body. It was really as if to say: "You are mine and I will never let you go now." I will never forget that moment. She was very much a one-person dog and I don't think I have ever felt as loved by anyone as by this dog. But I think her past and that very strong attachment to me did make her anxious about being abandoned.

    Now Banjo... She is everyone's best friend. In fact, when there are other people around she seems to think that I am quite boring and would rather follow them around. But I'm sure she knows who will be there for her if she needs a thorn pulled out of her foot or cuddles at night. I have never noticed a fear of abandonment and she seems to expect everyone to love her.
    Yes it is also a breed thing..you will find a GSD for example a lot more anxious after having been re-homed and through Rescue, just like a newfie. But some breeds are much more acceptable of new family and re-homing.

    I seem to deal with a lot of staffies and labradors in the local rescue world and yes i agree, they want to be with everyone, smart dogs really, make yourselves liked by everyone
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    Yes it is also a breed thing..you will find a GSD for example a lot more anxious after having been re-homed and through Rescue, just like a newfie. But some breeds are much more acceptable of new family and re-homing.

    I seem to deal with a lot of staffies and labradors in the local rescue world and yes i agree, they want to be with everyone, smart dogs really, make yourselves liked by everyone
    I had a friend and her mother over at my place yesterday and the mother is adamant that she does not like dogs. Banjo just seemed very confused about this strange person who seemed immune to her charm. She even became extra gentle around her, but still didn't get a pat. lol

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    My only real rescue was Ozzy.
    He was a failed working dog - too rough for the dairy herd and was 4 yrs old when I met him.
    He was chained up outside a tractor shed and I could see his ribs from the car.
    We knew his owners as my OH got into herbalife and signed up this guy under him.

    Oz was well known for attacking people(men)and generally scaring the pants off the local populace.
    He had killed neighbours cats and rabbits when off leash.
    Time went by and this guy was successful with Herbalife lots of meetings etc at his home and Oz
    had to go, as new recruits were afraid to get out of their cars. A bullet was coming, and soon.

    I said I would take him to our farm as I wanted a good watch dog, the OH was away a lot and we were isolated.
    They assured me that Oz loved children and had never been anything but gentle with their own 2 kids who used to
    feed him TimTams.(!?) We had just held a Melbourne Cup Picnic at the races and there was a huge amount of food
    left over, chicken, ham and asparagus rollups, cream cheese and salmon sandwiches etc.

    I rigged up a running wire out the front, he had the porch, an old armchair, a rug but was chained up for week 1.
    I knew nothing about dogs but he was skinny - so I just fed him and fed him and fed him twice a day with the
    picnic food. By the end of week one this dog was totally in love with me (and the kids).. he was in heaven..
    Then the OH came home.. What is HE doing here!!!! Oz was not impressed by OH either, until one day he drove
    home on the tractor and the dog did not bark, he wagged his tail.
    Sat the OH down for lunch and brought Oz inside the house. He shared his lunch with Oz and a friendship was born.

    Oz settled in, we got a runty kitten from a neighbour and a unwanted rabbit in a cage from another.
    Ozzy loved the cat like a child and tolerated the bunny who did a jailbreak one night and then used Oz
    as a personal bodyguard, even sleeping under the skirts of the old armchair.
    Oz was never tied up again and he moved into the house and our hearts. He had a wonderful life
    and was everybodys friend (except for a few smart alecs he did not like) and they got nipped.
    A doggie for everyone.

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    Lovely story, Chubb!

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    i have to share too. I got my little Nash-potato about 6 months ago and he is now (after the anxiety passed) a perfect dog. He is great with other dogs, he tries so hard to please, is strangely house-trained without any training, has perfect manners, rarely barks, and loves humans.

    They gave me the papers from Blacktown pound when he was surrendered with a photo of him still looking very puppyish. And to think he was about to be put down until someone from Monika's arrived that day and decided to take him back to the shelter. And there he stayed for 2 years - majority of his adult life as his estimated age was only 3.

    I have NO idea how he could have been at Monika's for that long without anyone adopting him. I had been volunteering on and off there for about 2 years and had never even noticed him !!! (altho there are around 150 dogs there at any time). When i went in to adopt, he was not on my radar. I had taken out 6 other dogs that day and none really *clicked* with me. Monika suggested I take him out for a bit. He didn't want to walk, so I sat down and he climbed onto my lap, looked into my eyes, then sat on my lap completely content. It was an easy decision.

    Don't know if someone dumped him at the pound or if he was a found as a stray. I don't think I'd really have anything of interest to say to his previous owners. I just hope they never had other dogs after that.

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    Aww, what a cutie! He sounds like a very well balanced dog despite living in a shelter for that long. A real survivor!

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    TWO YEARS! That is just ridiculous! Poor guy, i hope somebody took him home some nights to give him some sort of "normality"

    and i thought 3 months was bad enough...

    I agree with beloz, he is a very cute looking guy! Couldn't imagine him not being able to find a home... maybe he was waiting patiently for you to come along

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    Beloz, like what you said.... like finding a diamond in the street.

    Yeah, when the dogs are there too long, they try to foster them out until they are adopted. Unfortunately there are a huge number of kids at Monika's that have been there for 1-2 years.... esp. the awkward looking or older ones, or those with issues that need an experienced owner.

    But Nash never had a foster carer. I guess it explains a lot about his behaviour when I took him away from the only environment he really knew. In the car, he did not take his eyes off me, not once for the 45 min drive home. And from the moment we got out of the car, he would panic when I was out of sight. It was hard work for a while.

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    It must make it all the more rewarding to see him so happy now.

    He reminds me of my Banjo in that he looks like "a generic brown dog". As someone mentioned here a while back: like most dogs would look like if no one would control their breeding. I'm 'a bit' biased of course but I think they are just the best dogs.

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    the whole generic dog thing always baffs me a bit b/c i constantly want to work out what breeds make him up.... he looks like a small dingo overall, has ears & a curly tail like a Basenji, holds his front paw up like a foxy.... maybe he is all 3, who knows.

    I love mutts. There is something so awesome about how unique they look.

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