Abe...10 years on

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 14 February 2012 | 13 Comments


Abe came from Shenton Park 10 years ago. He was a bit of a famous resident because he'd been there a year and because a pitbull was not expected to be rehoused.

Anyway Abe turned 14 in December and it seemed like a good time to send a hello and thankyou to everyone at the refuge. Frank was his trainer and Joan used to call us about once a year to see how he was going.


This picture is on his outside bed. This is one of four beds he has around the house, including my bed (or his bed that he lets me sleep in...) He was Houdini back in the day and I have to admit when he stopped being able to jump six feet in the air from a standing start and sail over any fence, well, it was a bit of a relief.

When I picked him (or he picked me- it is definitely debatable) he was lazily stretched out at the back of his area with his paws over the side of his bed and his nails painted in electric green polish. He looked at me, I looked at him and it was love at first site. I remember on the cage door it was written "Abe- gets very excited around other dogs. Does not like cats". I now realise whoever wrote that was gifted in the art of understatement. It should have read "Abe- will bounce up and down almost ripping your arm off around other dogs and whilst he thinks he's being playful it will scare the crap out of other dogs, and people. HATES cats with a homicidal intensity". They may not have realised but it should also have read "farts, snores and kicks like mule in his sleep"...

Whilst we still have the odd occasion where people cross to the other side of the road when they see a 'dangerous' dog coming (and that's without the muzzle- don't tell the rangers but I stopped using that stupid bloody thing years ago) I still see the most handsome dog in the world. And after years of reinforcement, he knows he's the most beautiful dog the world. It took me a year to get him to bark and now he talks all the time. Woof " I want my dinner' Woof "It's time for a walk" Woof "Are you trying to leave the house without me?". Never shuts up.

He has a brother called Ted, a pomeranian. In the nature of these things it is Ted that things he's tough and we've had some funny moments with people coming to the front door, seeing the Dangerous Dog sign and then seeing Ted rushing up to bark at them. They'd think I was being funny and Ted was the 'dangerous dog', step in side the house and then Abe would finally decide to get out of bed to check whose there, wander around the corner and give the person a heart attack. And whilst Abe is number one dog, Ted's a little bugger and often when I give Abe a bone, he'll come in a half hour later and sit and stare at me. I know this means I have to go out and retrieve the bone off Ted who has somehow, despite a 20/1 size ratio managed to steal the bone out of Abe's mouth and Abe is too much of a sook to get it back.

We've had many adventures over the years and Abe's been all round the state. Abe was my lesson in humbleness. When the next door neighbour arrives stating your dog has just killed her chicken and you deny it but then he appears with FEATHERS all around his mouth, all you can really say is "I am so sorry". We also have the "Abe chews through his lead during a toilet stop in Kellerberin and jumps the roadhouse fence to bark at horse- towns people not happy", oh and then "Abe gets arrested by (luckily) kindly ranger after building ramp and jumping one vulunerable point in re-fenced backyard to terrorise neighbourhood cats" and one of my favourites that almost caused me to run off the road, "Abe manages to push button on electric windows whilst on road trip to Kalgoorlie and winds up window, trapping his own head out window". He also managed to get inside my mother's house once by squeezing through a cat door.

Yes, it's been eventful.

Anyway, we just wanted to say hello and thank you to everyone. I know he's happy with me and completely indulged. I can't imagine my life without him. I think that makes us a success story. I hope there are still some people there that remember him. Thank you for the wonderful work that you do.


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  • OMG!! i was working at the refuge when abe was a house guest!! it is so so lovely to see that his forever home, really was that. He looks ever so comfy and sounds as if he has had a wonderful life. Its us who should be thanking you for giving that beautiful boy such a lovely home. Thank you for sharing, you have made my day!

    Posted by Alysha McCluskey, 14/02/2012 6:13pm (7 years ago)

  • That was such a lovely story - made me smile and certainly brightened my day. Very much reminds me of the adventures I had with the Bull Terrier/German Shepherd X. Glad you still have him and adore him still.

    Posted by Deborah, 14/02/2012 4:33pm (7 years ago)

  • I always read the news section of your website and this is one of the best letters I have read.

    It is one of the best examples of how enriching owning a dog is.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    Posted by Caroline, 14/02/2012 3:37pm (7 years ago)

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