Abby – intelligent and beautiful, this little red & tan girl puts her heart and soul into all that her clever mind encounters. Abby is a smaller style kelpie with all the exuberance and curiosity typical of a young working bred dog.
Abby is sight impaired from an accident early in life. She only sees some light and shadow, however, her sense of smell and hearing guide her well. Don’t let this one little part of Abby fool you, she is a capable, happy young lady with all the smarts of her kelpie breeding – if it wasn’t for the odd bump or tumble, you would never know this little girl could not see.
Abby plays enthusiastically with all dogs she encounters, running without hesitation alongside them. As they chase the ball she shadows them at full speed – occasionally they’ll slide to a stop and Abby will tumble on past – no time to worry, she’ll be straight up dusting herself off, and back into the game! New companions are greeted with the upmost excitement, straight up to them without hesitation and Abby will remain glued to them for the next little while as she works out all the scents and moves of her newest friend.
Abby lives with 3 other dogs (one female, 2 males) and for the most part they get along well. Like all siblings, Abby and her doggie sister occasionally have a spat. Particularly as Abby matures and doesn’t always recognise the appropriate social dog etiquette for a situation. Annoying little sisters like Abby always at your heels can cause you to grump every now and then! And how frustrating when she just wags her tail in response to a telling off!!
A wonderful friendly and accepting nature, Abby gets along with all manner of critters. The goats get the odd “woof” as their bigger shadows make Abby a little conservative around them, yet rabbits, ducks, chooks, even tiny baby chicks get a curious sniff and a nudge of approval. The cat is Abby’s favourite curiosity… oh the joy at following its lithe movements about the place! Even when puss has had enough and snarls, Abby just wags her tail… sure they can still be friends!
Abby loves children, she is currently in care with a young boy and they adore each other. She will run straight up and press her head against his chest (he’s the perfect height for a standing cuddle!) and she relishes the big hug he returns as his arms wrap around her neck.
Abby is very people friendly and adores her handlers, happily accepting lots of rubs and kind words. On meeting new people, Abby is understandably a little wary, she sometimes barks a warning to not come too close until she is used to your scent and sounds. If left to approach in her own time, Abby starts to investigate, sniffing the stranger’s legs. In no time a gentle sniff of your hand and quiet rub will assure her of your worthiness to be her friend. With the initial meeting over, Abby has a new person to lavish her cuddles and enthusiasm upon.
Abby currently sleeps inside on a mat at night. She is toilet trained and usually settles well. Occasionally, she has a restless night and wanders around the house a little – like most young dogs she is still learning. Abby loves nothing more than to share the couch with you and lap up attention while you relax of an evening.
Being sight impaired from a young age, Abby has the benefit of not even realising that she is different, throwing herself into all activities with gusto. Abby loves to use her nose, and spends hours pottering around her surroundings and sniffing for all the clues that the world might offer her. Abby can become anxious with loud noises that she does not understand – a very windy day or a storm can unsettle her.
Abby is currently living on small acreage, and the space – not to mention the peace and quiet – suit her well. During the day, Abby happily stays in a dog yard with her 3 other doggie companions when her carers go off to work, and she does not fret when left.
Abby currently lives on a property without secure fencing, and she can wander when not in her dog yard. She will happily potter around with her handler when they are with her. However if left outside unrestrained while her carer goes about chores indoors, Abby sometimes lets her nose take her off across the paddocks or down the road, and with unfamiliar scents and sounds, Abby will often not find her way back. For her own safety, Abby is looking for a home where she has secure fencing if left unattended (even if her handlers are just indoors!), yet plenty of company and space to still be able to safely use her senses to her heart’s content! Abby does not jump fences, but is a master at finding a gap under a gate or in the fence!
Abby would do best in a semi-rural or rural environment, and certainly needs an owner that has time to spend with her. She has all the enthusiasm of a young working breed dog, yet unable to work due to her sight impairment, needs company and stimulation to keep her settled. Abby adores other dogs, and a sensible, yet playful friend to mentor her would be a good match. Abby may do best with a calm male dog whose natural leadership she would follow well.
Abby has basic obedience and sits on command. She returns to her handler when called most of the time. Abby has not been walked on the lead very often, and although she doesn’t pull may need more practice at this. Abby walks off lead around the quiet roads of her district with her handler and will stay close to the other dogs. She can become distracted when on a scent or when anxious. Abby would do well with some further one on one training, and being such a clever girl no doubt she would take to it very quickly.
To express what an incredibly special little girl Abby really is in a profile has been difficult. She possesses intelligence and curiosity, and a zest for life that is charming. An extraordinary and yet perfectly ordinary kelpie girl (who just happens to be sight impaired). Abby will only go to the very best of homes.
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Beans is a delightful pup who is very sociable with humans and dogs alike. He has transitioned into foster care seamlessly and has quickly befriended his doggy foster brother and sister. He is always excited to greet you and loves nothing more than playing with a toy, chasing a ball or seeing what the big dogs are up to.
On occasion, he will bring the ball back and drop it for it to be thrown again. He has shown himself to be a very loyal and devoted companion, who will follow his foster carer around the yard, always staying closely beside or behind, curious to see what’s going on. He is very attentive to human interaction, adults and children, and always willing to play.
Hello, I am Newt and I shall captivate you with my gorgeous eyes, and my adorable habit of nibbling on your fingers.
I am a little bit shy, and although I really do want to come for a cuddle, it can take me a few minutes to climb on to your lap. When I do though, I will snuggle in close and take in every second of those fabulous cuddles. I am a little unsure, so my foster mum thinks I might not have had a lot of human contact before I came to live with her, but I am certainly getting used to love and hugs.
Hello, I am Miss Maple. Look into my beautiful big brown eyes and tell me you can resist my charms!
I am a sweet natured girl, always extremely happy to see people, and happy to climb on to your lap and smother you in puppy kisses. I am a little unsure, so my foster mum thinks I might not have had a lot of human contact before I came to live with her, but I am certainly getting used to love and hugs.
Tammy was one of a litter of five puppies rescued from the pound. Tammy quickly overcame her initial shyness and has blossomed into a happy, playful pup.
Her lovely brown eyes and bright personality are sure to win you over. She will greet you enthusiastically and is very interested in everything you do. When she explores, she will bound back to you when she is called. She also likes to chase a ball and will bring it back.
Tammy loves the company of both adults and children and is always ready for a game. She is curious about the bigger dogs in her household. She hasn’t been allowed to play with them yet, but her confidence and interest in them suggests she would get along well with older dogs.
Judging by her looks at this age, she will be a fine-framed dog and not too tall.