Mitchell is a lovely, big boy! He is confident, outgoing, and has immaculate litter tray habits. There is just one thing he does not like. Being picked up. Not only is he extremely awkward to hold, with legs everywhere, but he just prefers to have 4 feet planted firmly on the ground, thank you very much. He has extra long ears, and is unfazed by most things. Barking dogs? Ooo, interesting. Those big ears of his can pick up on most sounds!
Oh the gorgeous, glorious, glamorous Gabby. Words will never be enough to describe what a perfect girl this is. We don't know much about her history, other than her previous owner got her as an 11 month old pup, she was living in suburbia, and due to barking (like a maremma... because, she IS a maremma) she got dumped at a pound at almost 4 years old. From there she found herself on death row and running out of time, and so she made the journey to our rescue. Arriving, she was in an absolutely filthy state (no self cleaning maremma coat here) but was otherwise in good condition, showing that she has known love. Maremmas are a sensitive breed, so you can tell a lot about how a dog has been treated, and I believe she has had a good life before ending up where she was. Not showing any trauma, Gabby quickly settled into life at the shelter. She has been well socialised, is very willing to sit, even doing so when you are talking to another dog. For a maremma, she has good recall (obviously not when she's on patrol, but otherwise...). She didn't come with any leash training and so we've been working on that, and she is much better but it is a work in progress. You no longer need to be a muscle man when walking her though, and she's very responsive to corrections when pulling now. Gabby is extremely well socialised, she gets along with every dog around, and seems to have a particular fondness for little dogs. Getting down on her belly, she will play with them like that so she is less intimidating. Shows great potential around pocket pets, cats, chickens, etc. It would be a lot longer before I would trust her with these animals, however she has shown no interest in them at all, which is a great sign. There is no doubt that she could be left unsupervised with them given the time and patience put in with her training, however she is not a dog for anyone who wants to rush into things and set her up to fail. She has shown a healthy wariness around ferrets and cattle. Gabby is a calm and gentle girl, who has moments of puppy enthusiasm where she will race around the house if you throw a ball or entice her.
We get to know all our rescues really well before listing them for adoption, and always have a good idea of where they'll be happy. Gabby is welcome at the shelter, she is absolutely no trouble and if we could, we'd keep her in a heartbeat! The only reason she is listed is because we made a decision not to keep any more dogs, or we wouldn't be able to rescue them on occasion. So, if you are looking at a walk-in, walk-out adoption, there are other shelters that might suit you better. Apply for Gabby and we will make sure you are worthy of her, she deserves the best.
Gabby is looking for a companion home, which doesn't mean that she won't be good at some farm duties. For instance, using her natural instinct to patrol, bark, and deter predators from her yard will be beneficial, however she needs to come indoors at night, to snuggle on the couch with her family, to have soft, comfy beds, etc. A doggie companion in the household would be a huge plus. She is affectionate and would like someone who is around most of the day. She needs an acreage lifestyle, where neighbours won't be upset by her barking.
This beautiful girl is a rare gem. She loves a hug, is willing to do as you ask, tries her best, is very calm and gentle, with all the looks! She's been house trained since arriving, not one accident, no chewing or destructive behaviour, just perfection. I can not say enough good things about our Gabby.
Indi (very original name, thanks to moi) is a gorgeous blue female ringneck. She's actually quite placid and not as flighty as most aviary birds, so there is a chance that she was once very used to humans and being handled. A bit of patience and love and I think she'd make a great friend for someone. Her stunning colour is really not captured in photos (has anyone told you how hard it is photographing birds?! I thought the bunnies were uncooperative... hah).
Indi would love a knowledgeable home with lots of fruits and sticks and exploration time! She has a long lifespan, so needs commitment from her new owner. If you're looking for a best friend, she could be the one!
Little Wendy came to us when she was only 5 weeks old, and quickly made herself the star at the shelter. She is a purr machine, keen to be everyone's friend, and wanting to play, play, play! She has grown up with dogs that are 10 times her size, and just loves their company. Whether it is curling up on them for a nap, playing with their tails, rubbing around their legs and tripping them up, or exploring inside their mouths, she is not one to have any fear. She has also grown up alongside guinea pigs, and she is fascinated by them, but doesn't have access to them directly. She is a sooky girl that wants to be everywhere you are, and has a very good appetite. It will be sad to see her go, as she's been a lot of fun (for everyone, except our resident shelter cat Lina, who is the only one that can't think of anything nice to say). Wendy has always been well litter trained since she was tiny, and will need a safe house to run and play in.
Sabrina was dumped in a park. Luckily some people took her and her siblings to the pound before they succumbed to heat stroke, as it was such a hot summer's day. From the pound they came to our shelter, where they've been eating, drinking and growing like weeds! Sabrina has beautiful blue eyes, and agouti dutch markings. She arrived quite timid, however from watching her over confident brother, she's learning humans bring her favourite thing... food. She's happy to snuggle in your arms, and is showing more of her personality each day. We believe she is a giant breed, so be prepared for a very large bunny when she's finished growing! Sabrina is looking for a gentle, quiet home, where she can continue to grow in confidence.
Update: Sabrina and her sisters are new bunnies. They certainly found their confidence, and can't seem to get close enough! (The power or being the treat bearer!)
Jill was dumped in a park. Luckily some people took her and her siblings to the pound before they succumbed to heat stroke, as it was such a hot summer's day. From the pound they came to our shelter, where they've been eating, drinking and growing like weeds! Jill has beautiful light agouti dutch markings. She arrived quite timid, however from watching her over confident brother, she's learning humans bring her favourite thing... food. She's happy to snuggle in your arms, and is showing more of her personality each day. We believe she is a giant breed, so be prepared for a very large bunny when she's finished growing! Jill is looking for a gentle, quiet home, where she can continue to grow in confidence.