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"Rusty's" Settled Into A Good New Home Now.
Well today the 12th January 2006, just a short time ago, I met with two very decent people from Bendigo (Maiden Gully) in Central Victoria, Australia who have offered our house guest "Rusty" a new home.
Leigh and Lyndall Blandthorn with son Taigue (20 months) came to check out "Rusty" and see how he was with kids and after a good period of time decided he would be ideal for their young family of four.
"Rusty" will have a friend with an older mate a heeler/kelpie cross in "Lloyd" and I know he's gone to a good home. Y'know sometimes these things just feel right.
I have several pictures of "Rusty" and most of his new family below. Click on them to enlarge them.
So with all that said and done, his special doggy belt front seat harness on and without even a look back "Rusty" disappeared down the road in his new Holden, with his new family to live happily ever after. Which I'm sure he will.
I did ask and was promised by Lyndall she'd write me soon - in a couple of weeks - to let me know how "Rusty" has settled in so I'll be sure to update everyone on this page as soon as I find out. And guess what she has...
A Blandthorn Update @ 17-1-06
Rusty & Lloyd (our other dog) are like two kids together, he's eating really well and I think he's realised this is his place and has started barking when people come. Lloyd seems to be teaching him what to do.
I will send you some photos soon.
Rusty's Details - As Far As We Know - So Far
"Rusty" was not born and bred by ourselves. He was given to us in the hope we could either give him a good home or find him one if we couldn't give him a home via a friend of a friend who knew the owner. Hence finding out about "Rusty's" life prior to us has been a little difficult. But we will persist and try to get a contact number for "Rusty's" first owner.
We have had "Rusty" with us since about the 29th of December approximately.
We have been told the following details about "Rusty"...
A "Rusty" Info Update...@ 15th Jan 2006
We have noticed the following things about "Rusty"...
We do not know the following about "Rusty"...
Our family would love to keep him but as it is we live in town, in Echuca, and already have two Australian Cattle Dogs we must find him a new home. The shire rules are no more than two dogs per property.
We are not looking to give him to the first person/s who want/s him.
We aim to find "Rusty" a good and loving home. We want a family who will treat him right and as one of their own and train him to work if they have a farm.
We do not want to be out of pocket in helping "Rusty" other than for the feed we have provided. We are doing this out of the goodness of our hearts and because we love the breed. If someone doesn't go in to bat for the dog then who will?
Rusty's Pictures - Click on the picture to enlarge it in a new window
As you can see Rusty is of excellent proportions and a very nice looking heeler. He is only 7 months old - nearly 8 months - and will "fatten up" / "fill out" a lot more yet.
A Short "Rusty" Video - may be here if I get the time soon! No guarantees - sorry to those I promised!
A New Farm Life Begins For Maxie
"Maxie" was the very first puppy into the world - born and bred by ourselves from "Chloe's" first litter with "Dozer" (deceased). He was given to my father Max - hence his name - who due to his retirement circumstances and busy life could no longer have a dog around.
"Maxie" had been castrated on the Vets advice to help calm him
down only six-months prior - which did nothing I might add - so I couldn't
keep him for breeding. He really only needed more time spent with him and
So "Maxie" got to have a short holiday with us for a couple of weeks and auditioned for the Sadller Family when the whole family including a couple of the small 2-years-old grandchildren came to visit and see what "Maxie" was like - especially with kids.
"Maxie" had always had a little bit of ongoing contact with my children who were between 8 and 13 when he was born, when we visited my parents in Echuca. So he wasn't totally new to kids. He was new to the small children though so it was a good test to have.
So gentle was "Maxie" for a big solid Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) that he was "borrowed" for a 1 week trial. Within a few days we were called and informed to get the Microchip paperwork changed over on him. "Maxie" was welcomed with open hearts into the Sadler Family onto their farm near Kotupna in Victoria to lead a relaxed life with all the new experiences that go with living on a small farm.
A picture/s will be here soon!
A Happy Home Found For Mac
"Mac" was born and bred by ourselves, one of the puppies from "Chloe's" first litter with "Dozer" (deceased).
As it turned out "Mac" didn't need to wait long to find a new home (20 minutes all up) due to the kindness of Gary Murray and Lisa Stagg ("Dozer's" family). As "Dozer" was lost to us all due to a snake bite and the fact that "Mac" looked just like "Dozer" with his head markings and body shape, Gary took one look, had one pat and welcomed him into their family to replace his father, "Dozer".
Footnote: See two of
"Mac" and "Tilly's" first litter of pups that are
currently for sale.
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