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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  • I remember him very well, lovely dog

    Posted by annabel parkinson, 03/11/2013 1:02pm (5 years ago)

  • I remember dodge I was dog walking at the shelter in 04. He unlike other dogs never barked or had a go at the other dogs when taking him out. He had a quiet but even temper but also a strong sense of himself if that makes sense. I always made sure I took him out when there as I liked him a lot as did others at shelter. He got excited once in the run and gave me a series of nips. I wasn't hurt just surprised as usually very even tempered. He is a lovely soul and I am glad he went to a good home. Dodge and a shepherd called falcon were two very special dogs. There were a few more but sadly forgotten their names. Please give him a big kiss

    Posted by annabel parkinson, 03/11/2013 12:46pm (5 years ago)

  • What a wonderful story,I enjoyed reading about his life,which sounds pretty good,I don't remember him,I've only been there a couple of years,but I'm sure someone he lives in SA.a long way from us.thank you for making his life a pleasant one.

    Posted by Dot , 02/11/2013 6:17pm (5 years ago)

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