Brownie - possibly the luckiest dog in WA

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 30 October 2012 | 4 Comments


He may not be a pedigree, a show dog or a rare breed, but 12-month-old ‘bitza’ Brownie is a dog in a million - and he’s definitely done his homework.


Rescued when he was near death from an aboriginal community close to West Australia's tri-State boarder by a teacher from the local outback school, Brownie became her four- legged shadow, accompanying her to school every day where he became a huge hit with the class of six year olds, who he sat alongside while they learnt to read each school day, apparently giving lots of encouraging licks.

But not really belonging to anyone, and with the teacher’s time at the school coming to an end, the head of primary school drove him six hours to Alice Springs to be flown to Perth and into the care of the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shenton Park. From there, he was entrusted to one of the refuge’s long-term foster carers, Marmion resident Ruth Simpson, who has helped the country canine adapt to city life and to the stage where he is ready to find a new home.

“Brownie is a gorgeous dog who loves people, particularly children, and has the most incredible story; he’s surely the luckiest dogs in WA,” says Ms Simpson.

“He took the day-long journey by car and plane from his home in Wanarn by the tri-state boarder in his stride and has adapted to city life well, especially the luxury and routine of being fed two meals a day for the first time in his life.


Despite being a stray dog virtually all of his life and still being a little nervous of things he hasn't encountered before, Brownie is a sweet natured boy who absolutely loves people and will make the most loyal pet.

“I think his perfect home would be as an only dog with owners who don't work full time, and where he could be lavished with attention, because he just adores company and will be a new shadow for whoever adopts him.”

After arriving in Perth, the Shenton Park-based refuge arranged for him to receive a vet check, and at the same time he was sterilized, vaccinated and microchiped.

“I'm so pleased that his life has been saved and I’m keeping everything crossed that he finds new owners who will give him a wonderful home for the rest of his life; he truly deserves a second chance after everything he’s been through,” adds Ms Simpson.

Part of the Shenton Park Dogs’ Refuge Home home-foster program, Brownie will remain in the care of his foster owner until a new home is found for him.

Anyone who is interested in meeting Brownie can contact Ruth Simpson on 0434 330 384.

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  • What a great story. It is a good example of what the Home is all about.

    Posted by Chris Osborn, 06/05/2013 9:05pm (5 years ago)

  • haha,what a cute dog:)

    Posted by, 20/11/2012 6:14pm (6 years ago)

  • Brownie is gorgeous and I am sure he will
    thrive with his new owners after the love given to him by Ruth, his foster Mum!
    This is a wonderful story :)

    Posted by shan, 15/11/2012 11:17pm (6 years ago)

  • I hear Browie was adopted on Sunday, 11 /11. Good luck Brownie.

    Posted by Terri Vincent, 12/11/2012 2:38pm (6 years ago)

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