Holly's a great little farm dog

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 13 March 2012 | 5 Comments


We have always had dogs on the farm but sadly lost both our dogs within a couple of weeks to different illnesses. We decided to wait a little while to get a new one as our youngest was 1 1/2 years old and we wanted her to get a bit bigger. The farm didn't seem right without a dog and we missed the company. (our dogs were always more pets then workers).


We have always got our dogs from local farmers and breeders in the past but thought we would try the rescue homes instead. Boy are we glad we did!!!

When we first arrived Holly wasn't there but another little dog had caught our eye so we filled in the paper work and waited.  On reading our application the carers decided the dog we were looking at would not have been suitable around young kids and livestock (glad you guys are so thorough). We were going to head on our way but after a bit more of a discussion someone remembered that Holly had just arrived back and would probably be suitable so we went to the meeting area and waited. I must admit  I was smitten from the start. She was a beautiful looking dog, very clever and so well natured. It didn't take long to know she was the one for us.


Holly settled in at home immediately. Her days begin with a run, first with me then with my husband (we take turns as one stays with the kids, which means a great run for Holly) then she spends the day with my husband checking sheep, cleaning troughs, lazing around the workshop or up at the house with Sophie and I. She often sits patiently while Sophie does "Round about the garden" on her tummy or pretends to feed and wash her. On the weekends we like to go for a walk through the bush on the farm or stop at a dam for a play. Holly is not interested in getting in the water for a swim yet, maybe one day.

Holly had her first day in the sheep yards the other day and instinct definately kicked in. She was fantastic and now always stops for a sniff around the yards as we go passed just to check there are no sheep in there. She has learnt quickly to leave the chooks alone but is more than happy to give chase to any parrot or pink and grey that's brave enough to settle near her.

True to her breed Holly is very intelligent and she picks things up very quickly. She is amazing with the kids and adjusts her "playfulness" to suit whoever she is with! I can't imagine being without her! It must have been fate that she arrived back just as we came looking!

Thank you for the good work you do, I only wish there was no need for you to do it in the first place!

Karen and Holly

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  • Thank you, thank you so much for your news on Holly's new life! I fostered Holly for the week just before she 'came back' - I am so sure if was fate timing of your visit. Your active family and outdoor lifestyle is so perfect for her.
    I so cherish your news that she is doing so well and obviously loving your family life on the farm. What a great success story for everyone.

    Posted by Sue Bownass, 10/05/2012 10:17pm (6 years ago)

  • Thanks so much for letting us know Karen. Lucky Holly! It's great news.

    Posted by Linda Mort, 24/03/2012 9:58pm (7 years ago)

  • What a fantastic new life you have given this precious little girl. Thank you.

    Posted by Iris, 20/03/2012 11:04am (7 years ago)

  • Holly is so fortunate to have been adopted by such a loving and caring family. What a wonderful life!

    Posted by Anna, 17/03/2012 12:31pm (7 years ago)

  • I love stories like this !! People really need to change there mind sets (I'm getting there) about having to know where your dog comes from (parents) ! There are just so many jems just like holly in shelters ! Congratulations Karen on your beautiful new family member and a huge pat on the back for doing such a great thing and getting an even better reward for it :0)

    Posted by Tracey, 16/03/2012 9:50am (7 years ago)

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