Sid 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!
Sid 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. Sid would ideally need a doggie friend to live with to keep him company and so he doesn’t get bored and destructive if you work full time. He would equally love being an only dog if you worked from home, or someone was home more often than not. He would be too lonely in a family with full time workers and no other pets.
I have found Sid to be better behaved when only around his sister, and a lot naughtier under his brother’s cheeky influence. He is the me most wonderfully behaved pup on his own and I cannot fault him in any way. He is completely toilet trained and well behaved inside.
Sid is very keen to please. He listens well and will sit without command now at meal times. He knows all his basic commands and easily learned to roll over and drop using treats.
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 this habit will lessen once they are out in the big wide world and getting more stimulation.
A very secure fence and gate that can’t be dug under will be vital.
Sid will really benefit from ongoing training as he is so clever and eager to please.
Sid is absolutely brilliant to walk on the lead. He will walk along side me without pulling, and is completely non-reactive to people, cars, dogs and cats. Everyone he meets falls in love with him. No one can believe he is a puppy from how well behaved he is out in public.
Sid has the most delightful personality and is like a big goofy baby. He is so cuddly and loves to sit on my lap, literally being cradled like a baby. He is so affectionate and has so much love to give. He would love a home where he is inside and part of the family.
Sid 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. I would suggest no children under 5, only because of his size and strength, but he is extremely gentle and doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.
Sid 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.
Sid 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 Sid with any known unvaccinated dogs, puppies, or immune compromised dogs until the entire possible shedding period has be reached.
Sid 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. Sid and his siblings will be forever grateful, as are we.
Here’s to your happily ever after Sid, we wish you well!
Sid has been desexed, vaccinated, and microchipped and is up to date with flea and worm treatments.