ABOUT four years ago, a wretched- looking border collie with matted hair was found wandering. He was lost, injured and painfully thin.
Picked up by a council ranger and taken to the Hobart Dogs Home, this pooch’s life was about to take an incredible turn.
A forlorn fi gure on arrival, with a leg injury and chronic diarrhoea, it took more than two months to nurse this dog back to a condition where it was suitable for him to join the ranks of other dogs that were awaiting adoption.
As fate would have it, this wheaten and white collie got lucky and was adopted by a caring and experienced dog owner who knew the dog would need special attention, patience and understanding.
For the fi rst year at his new home, Jordie would choose to sleep under cars or bushes when spending time outside.
It was a case of old habits die hard as Jordie had clearly been used to being outside without shelter in his previous life.
His comfy new trampoline bed remained untouched.
Jordie’s new owner Wendy ascertained he had been generally neglected, had never socialised or been taken for a walk, and was reactive around other dogs.
He had also developed an obsessive tendency to chew his back foot.
Fast- forward to the present day and the same dog has just received his fi fth Australian Kennel Council Obedience title.
Jordie now loves people and is a mentor “demo dog” for beginner dogs and their owners at the Eastern Shore Dog Club in Hobart.
His coat is magnifi cently shiny and soft, he no longer chews his foot, he has a dog friend to share his home with and is a much- loved family member.
Wendy, Jordie’s guardian angel, has achieved wonders and couldn’t be prouder of him.
“I think Jordie proves that no matter what the circumstances, a dog will give his or her all when shown care and love,” Wendy said.
“I feel very privileged to have Jordie.”