THE WHIS­PERER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Anne Box­hall Email abox­hall@big­pond.com

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.”

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