Dodge feels safe now

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 2 November 2013 | 13 Comments


Not sure if anyone there would remember Dodge? He was one of your long termers back in 2005 when I adopted him.  ( see pic 1) You guessed his age at 6 or 7 then which makes him pretty old now.  ( see pic 2)


He’s grey around the muzzle, a bit deaf, his night vision is rather poor, and his back legs are stiff and arthritic. He needs to be lifted in and out of the back of the 4x4 these days, which he finds a bit humiliating, but he still loves a drive. We live on a property on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia and he spends a lot of his time on the front verandah looking at the sea..

The odd thing about Dodge is he loves being locked up. He trots happily into his dog pen if we have to go out without him, and he really enjoys boarding kennels. We have a small cage next to the chook run for injured or broody hens and if I leave the door open , he goes in and sits inside.

I think the Refuge was the first place he felt safe, and being locked in makes him feel good.

He takes his security job seriously and still does night patrol most nights. He has a big armchair outside and a soft dog bed inside if he wants it. We’ve told him he can retire but he’s happy working casual part time. He likes to help lock the poultry in at night, but he’s pretty hopeless at it.  He doesn’t raid the chook house but if any of our mixed poultry flock lays out in the yard anywhere, he will know about it and come home with egg on his face, literally.


Anyways, I hope someone remembers him. He’s been a great companion, running buddy and travel mate and for his age, he’s pretty healthy. 

Keep up the good work. Kathie.

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  • Dodge is leading a good life, he looks very handsome and healthy for his age. I hope he gets spoilt at Christmas with some extra treats! Merry Christmas to Dodge and Kathie!

    Posted by shan carberry , 07/12/2013 7:28pm (5 years ago)

  • Thanks so much for letting us know what is happening re Dodge. It's heartening to read a story such as this.

    Posted by Linda Mort, 19/11/2013 8:49pm (5 years ago)

  • what a great story and what great people you are !

    Posted by Cheryl McIntosh, 13/11/2013 1:17pm (5 years ago)

  • What a lucky boy Dodge is to have such a wonderful family to grow old with :)

    Posted by Kat, 04/11/2013 10:43pm (5 years ago)

  • When I first commenced my training as a volunteer and had completed the theory side Dodge was the first dog I was allocated to take out to see if I could handle him. He was right at the end of the kennels so we had to walk out past all the other dogs. He was very excited but we managed well and I was allowed to become a fully fledged volunteer. Consequently Dodge became one of my favourites to take out for a play and I was delighted when he was adopted. Lovely to hear about him. I've never forgotten any of the dogs I walked and love hearing stories about them.

    Posted by Lyndell Winter, 04/11/2013 8:44pm (5 years ago)

  • I love hearing stories about any of the refuge dogs having a happy home and loving family even if they were before my time. Dodge struck lucky and is looking very well for a senior. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted by Ali, 04/11/2013 12:58pm (5 years ago)

  • What a wonderful story.

    Posted by Hettie, 04/11/2013 12:22am (5 years ago)

  • Really heartwarming and true love story, lovely family to give a dog a second chance at life. Bless you. He is gorgeous by the way xx

    Posted by Carol Miller, 03/11/2013 1:32pm (5 years ago)

  • That is great! Dodge is very lucky to have a great family and vice versa :)

    Posted by Tho, 03/11/2013 1:21pm (5 years ago)

  • Having trouble leaving a message but knew dodge well. Great dog , can say much more but having trouble on this page

    Posted by James parkinson , 03/11/2013 1:06pm (5 years ago)

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