Danny and his litter-mates were dumped at a rural pound, and had only hours to live before they were saved by the GAR family. But their journey didn’t end there.
The pups were not well, and just how unwell they were was not to be discovered until they arrived in Geelong. Within days the pups were on deaths door yet again, suffering from a terrible case of the life-threatening Parvo Virus. GAR moved heaven and earth to get these pups well again, and they received around the clock care at the animal hospital, which resulted in an enormous vet bill. The pups fighting kelpie spirit prevailed and they slowly regained their strength and were able to come home!
Danny has been living in foster care with 2 of his litter-mates. They play fight as puppies do, and get up to mischief together, but they generally get along well. Danny would ideally need a doggie friend to live with to keep him company and so he doesn’t get bored and destructive, or a human that’s home more often than not to keep him company.
He’d make a great tradie’s dog and would love going to work with you.
Danny is extremely smart, and keen to please, but does get excited easily. He responds well to training and is a fast learner. He learnt to shake hands in 30 seconds, without food. He corrects exceptionally well. He is definitely the cheekiest of the puppies.
Danny is very affectionate and loving, and loves attention. If I show attention to the other two he will barge in front of them to get some pats for himself. He will sit on my lap quite happily and loves a cuddle on the couch. He is well behaved inside and is toilet trained. He does bark at the tv when you first turn it on, but if you tell him ‘NO’ firmly, he will stop.
The pups were confined to the backyard because of the infectious period of the Parvo Virus, and because of boredom (understandably), they have participated a bit of chewing and digging.
I think these habits will lessen once they are out in the big wide world and getting more stimulation. He would benefit from having an older, well behaved canine sibling to model his behaviour to.
A very secure fence and gate that can’t be dug under will be vital.
Danny walks well on the lead. He will walk along side me without too much pulling. He loves other dogs, big and small. He can be reactive to people when out walking, cats and cows. He will bark in a very high pitched tone excessively. I believe this is only because the big wide world is so new to him, and with more exposure and ongoing training, will not be a problem. He has not shown any aggression whatsoever, it is just excited barking. He has never barked at different people when at home, only when out walking.
Danny is the largest pup in the litter, and has slightly different features to the others. He’s very masculine looking and very handsome. He has stunning eyes.
Danny has lived with a 5 year old human sibling the whole time he has been in care and is brilliant with her. He never tries to bite, even when playing. He does jump up a bit in excitement, but corrects well.
Danny seems to have natural herding instinct, and he has tried to round my daughter up like a sheep. He would grab on to her clothes and drag her around (gently). She isn’t bothered by it, but I could see how this might scare young children, so I would suggest only dog savvy children over 7 years of age would be suitable. With time, this behaviour has worn off and he no longer does it, but it’s possible he might try it again with a new little human. I honestly think Danny loves my daughter more than me, he loves following her around and seems to get upset when she’s out of sight.
Danny has a sensitive tummy due to the Parvo which should improve with time. He is currently on a prescription food and doing well on this. He was the sickest of the puppies and has taken the longest to recover.
Danny and the other pups have natural immunity from Parvo, and have been vaccinated as well. There is a very minor chance that they could still be shedding the virus, for anything between 29-180 days, although both our vet partners in Geelong have cleared them as being good to go out in public now. There is of course some onus on other people to vaccinate their own puppies and dogs for protection, but to be on the safe side you could refrain from socializing Danny with any known unvaccinated dogs, puppies, or immune compromised dogs until the entire possible shedding period has be reached.
Danny and his siblings have literally been to hell and back, and deserve nothing less than the best, and I know he will bring much love and joy to anyone who is lucky enough to adopt him.
GAR would also like to once again take the opportunity to thank our loyal supporters that dug deep with love, support and donations, to help us with the enormous cost and task of saving these pups lives. Danny and his siblings will be forever grateful, as are we.
Here’s to finding your happily ever after Danny, we wish you many years of love and good health.
Danny has been desexed, vaccinated, and microchipped and is up to date with flea and worm treatments.