Spikey available for redirection and adoption.

This delightful individual, known formally as Spikeosaurus Rex, is now available for rehoming. Spikey is a 10month old female who was recently spayed and is currently looking for a home to terrorise call her own. She’s a firm favourite at the rescue and is a little dog that is full of character and grit.


Spikey is a strong character and while she can socialise with other dogs, she has very little tolerance for what she believes to be “rude” behaviour. She’s very strong willed, highly intelligent and likes to be right in the middle of things. Because of this, she will require experienced handling and a home where this personality type in the Shepherds is understood.

If you’d like to find out any more about Spikey, please contact us on Facebook.

Boomer available for redirection and adoption.

Boomer is a 3-4 year old, large (45kg worth of large), male who is available for adoption. We have no history on Boomer as he came to us from a council pound.


Our assessment of Boomer is that he enjoys his own company over that of other dogs so we would be happier with placing him in an only dog home. Considering his size, our usual restrictions around young children also apply.


If you’d be interested in finding out more about Boomer, please contact our Facebook page.

Gus-pdate 06/04/17


So, Gus has had a busy week since our last update. Physically, he’s coming on leaps and bounds. We’d say he’s pretty much back up to his proper weight now with the 10kg or so he’s gained since being in our care. Mentally and behaviourally, we’ve been taking things slowly with him as we’re not too sure for just how long he was completely void of any type of mental stimulation. Given our initial assessment on Gramps however, it had been quite a while since he had received any.


We’ve continued integrating him with the rest of the family. He’s doing well, albeit a bit unsure at times. On occasion he appears to get a bit overwhelmed with all the company, so we take a break at that point at let Gus retire back to his quarters.


In all seriousness, we don’t think he’ll ever figure out what to make of Beau. We’re pretty sure Beau doesn’t know what to make of Beau either.

Big news this week is that Gus got to go out into the field! We kept him on a lunge lead for the process as we weren’t too sure with how he would react in such a wide open space. Honestly though, we don’t even think he noticed the space as he spent the majority of the excursion with his face down in the grass, so we were happy to let him sniff his way from one length of the field to another. Seeing the grass seemed to make him very happy – we’ll let you take what you want from that one.


Gus finally appears to be taking an interest in toys over the past few days. This could be due to a few things e.g. seeing other dogs playing with the toys or that he’s beginning to feel a bit more settled in his head. Generally we find that in cases like this, play is one of the last things to come back, so his interest in any kind of toy is a good one.


Considering our last article on breeding and genetics, the more we get Gus out with the guys, the more apparent the angulation in his back is becoming. We’ve had similar lines of Shepherds in before with this extreme roaching, we even currently have a few in that are halfway between a full roach and a straight back, but Gus’ physical shape is just so odd looking when you see him beside the rest of the dogs and he’s one of the more severe examples we’ve seen of this (personally, mind-boggling) breeding style.


Sadly, like the shape of his back, nothing can ever be done for Gus’ ears either. We’re not too sure how this injury (or injuries) happened, but whatever went on it was pretty brutal.




The big lad is still doing well. His fur is continuing to grow back at a great rate and we’re hoping his coat will start to really begin to fill out in the next month or so. He’s currently on a course of antibiotics and steroids for his ears, but they’re soon coming to an end and his infections seem to be clearing up rightly.


Gus is clearly continuing to put on the beef. While we haven’t weighed him this week, he seems to have gained another kg or so.


We’ve also continued slowly introducing him to some of our resident females. He seems mannerly enough with them but at the moment, he isn’t overly fussed either way. The majority of his interest is still zoomed in on people and food, but we’re hoping as he continues to feel better that he’ll become a bit more curious about his own kind.

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As the weather has been lovely recently, we’ve taken his coats off and he’s spent the majority of his days lounging, following the sun around the medical centre. Attempts at play however are still on-going as he sadly appears to have zero interest in, or has no idea what to do, when it comes to playing with a ball.