Me, Rex and Blue a new chapter begins

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 18 September 2013 | 9 Comments


September 2013, My path to Shenton Park Rescue was possibly more rescue for myself and REX, my Red cloud Kelpie of 8 ¾ years. We lost our beautiful companion of only 8 ½ years LUCY to cancer. It was August, a Monday night, Lucy’s belly was a little too big, something could be wrong.


With guidance and experience from our loving family vet Kim, who had known Lucy since she was 6 months old, I let my little miss Lucy go to sleep on the 7th day, Sunday.Lucy never showed any warning signs, never showed any less love or friendship to everyone she met, never showed any pain or symptoms excluding the last 4 days, she must of been suffering. Lucy hid her condition until the very end.

During a two week period of sadness, questioning myself, running the million and one what if scenario’s through my thoughts. A friend suggested I visit the Shenton Park dog refuge, out of the question at first, but I made the trip. I observed several wonderful dogs, sadly for many of these dogs the only mistake in life’s journey was their original owners failed, the I care; I am responsible test of pet ownership.


On Friday 6th September 2013, Rex and I met with a dog called Blue dog. The controlled meeting of Blue and Rex with trainers was perfect and the adoption of blue was set. Blue will not replace Lucy. Lucy was a very happy and joyful companion, she would always pick up on my feelings when I was unhappy. Lucy would do everything possible to cheer me up and was always a 100% successful.

Blue approx 14 months old ( male Collie / Heeler cross).The trainers notes inclusive of his profile from the recorded treatment of original owner to the rescue of him by a neighbour who surrender Blue to the refuge with a covering letter, did raise a few warning bells.

That Friday night Blue fell asleep in his new home at my feet, the bonding process commenced. The past 10 days Blue has demonstrated a bond with Rex and I. Blue is loving, has an extremely affectionate personality, nearly a complete opposite to his profile. His response to commands and behaviour direction is amazing. Blue proves to be above average and extremely intelligent. The only issue is fence jumping, possibly a carryover from his original start in life. As we have a new house, a new fence is scheduled to be installed. It will be installed a little higher.

Was going to change the name Blue but found I couldn’t stop calling him Blue to Bluey. So begins a new chapter of our companionship for Me, Rex and Bluey, but will always Love you Miss Lucy.

Thank you to all the wonderful, loving beautiful people, who form a magnificent team at the Shenton Park dog refuge.

Kind Regards  Paul.

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  • Such a terrible loss of your lovely Lucy.
    The Shenton Park Dogs’ Refuge Home has a pet cemetery and memorial garden where you can reflect on your time with her. She will rest peacefully knowing you now have Blue for companionship in the next chapter of your lives.

    Posted by Glen, 04/10/2013 8:10pm (5 years ago)

  • Lovely photos!
    Good to know that he has been bring you so much joy. =)

    Posted by Johnson, 24/09/2013 11:20pm (5 years ago)

  • What a beautiful story, Paul!
    *wipes away a tear*

    Posted by Kim, 24/09/2013 10:44pm (5 years ago)

  • What a fantastic and loving family Blue has been adopted into, he is such a fortunate boy. So sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful Lucy. Thank you for having the love in your heart to give another dog the same opportunity.

    Posted by Jackie, 22/09/2013 12:38pm (5 years ago)

  • Oh what an amazing story... hope the 3 of you are happy together =)

    Posted by Giselle, 20/09/2013 11:07am (5 years ago)

  • Warming story of your love for Lucy and the welcome you and Rex have given toBlue and how happy is is. Wonderful homing. All the best.

    Posted by Ali, 20/09/2013 12:26am (5 years ago)

  • What a beautiful story. I met Blue when visiting the refuge and am so very happy to hear he has found a loving home. I wish you all the best and lots of fur hugs :-)

    Posted by Danni, 20/09/2013 12:24am (5 years ago)

  • You certainly know how to tell a beautiful story Paul,I have tears streaming down my face.Im so sorry for your beautiful Lucy,I've been through that heartache several times.Blue was so loved at the refuge,and after reading your story,I'm so happy Blue is with you.thank you.

    Posted by Dot , 19/09/2013 8:56pm (5 years ago)

  • What a wonderful story and a lovely tribute to Miss Lucy. Welcome to the family Bluey.

    Posted by Angela, 19/09/2013 8:52pm (5 years ago)

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