Old Bear Boy..10 years on

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 9 March 2012 | 7 Comments


Hello there, I just went onto your website for the first time in ages and was reading "Abe" 10 years on", when I thought I could write the same thing, only it's "Bear" 10 years on...


I remember going to your Refuge searching for a suitable dog for my then 11 year old daughter.  I have to be honest I was never really a dog person, always preferred cats....or so I thought.  Anyway my youngest daughter really wanted a dog for her birthday but I was not keen to get a puppy even though she promised she would do all the looking after, walking, feeding, cleaning etc etc....however I thought I would do the groundwork first and check out the refuge home on my own to see if there was any dog suitable before the rest of the family came to look because I knew they would want to adopt them all.

I actually went to see another dog that I had seen on your website but on the day that dog was away from the other dogs with kennel cough but I was then told about "Bear".  Well it was pretty much love at first sight, or for what I could see of him...I was shown to his cage and he was laying down very quietly with these big brown eyes just looking at me.  He was a little off colour but nothing serious and he just looked beautiful. He also had apparently just been returned to the refuge for the second time.

Someone from Bunbury had adopted him but she had to return him because the lady was in a rental and was unable to keep him so here he was back at the refuge.....it was meant to be.  I was told that he was cat friendly also which was a big help because we already had a cat at home.  I then got the whole family to come see him and we all fell in love with him at once.

It was the 4th July 2002, a cold and wet afternoon as we took him home.  It was a mad rush from the refuge to get to the shops for all the dog food, bowls, bedding etc for our new house member.  We could have probably picked him up the next day but once we all saw him we just decided to take him home there and then.

Well there he was home and happy, loving all the attention, except the attention from the cat...turned out he might have been cat friendly but she certainly wasn't dog friendly. So we got through the first night with our new family member, it was so lovely to see this new friend in the morning, wagging tail and smiley face. It was hard to leave him as we all headed off to work and school drop off's etc but then when I returned about an hour later .... "No dog"!  OMG, he had somehow managed to jump the back gate.  We were so excited to have him, we hadn't even got around to putting his collar, name tag or anything on him.  So there we were, not even 24 hours later and he's gone.  I remember ringing the shelter because you had said we have 7 days (I think it was) to see if your dog settles in with your family and if not we could exchange or get a refund or whatever, so I rang you and said he's gone, how about a refund? But of course to be refunded or exchanged we needed to bring him back....unfortunately we had no idea whether we would ever find him again, but at least thanks to you fabulous people he had been microchipped.

Thankfully the story has a happy ending, after searching all around our suburb, which seemed like an eternity, we were very lucky enough to see him walking along nicely with a gentleman and his own dog at one of the parks.  We were so happy to have him back and it was straight on with the collar, tag etc and attended to the gate that he, (god knows how), jumped over.  So no more escapes but instead so many memories of holidays down south, swimming and running along the beach, playing cricket in the street with the neighbours and fetching the ball, big long walks and just loving life really. He'll be 13 in July.

Sadly the big long walks have now turned into big long sleeps these days for our "Old Bear Boy" and his once black coat is now very much grey but he is so loved and he's the most wonderful dog ever.  We have been so blessed to have him.

Thank you Shenton Park Dog Refuge

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  • Hello there, I\\\'m the owner of Bear who wrote into the success story. Sadly I have to report that due to a sudden illness we unfortunately had to have our precious Bear put to sleep on 19/4/12. One of the saddest things ever we have had to do. He didn\\\'t quite make it to 13yrs of age but as mentioned before he was the most wonderful, gentle, loving dog you could ever wish for. He was such a huge part of our family and we miss him terribly but once again if it wasn\\\'t for Shenton Park Dog Refuge we may have never found such a beautiful dog. Thank you again, from a very sad owner

    Posted by Dana Nestor, 24/04/2012 11:25am (6 years ago)

  • So lovely to know other people have trouble too! He sounds just beautiful. Lovely to hear.

    Posted by Marnie , 18/03/2012 1:00am (7 years ago)

  • Beautiful story, thank you for sharing. Bear looks such a big gentle giant and what a fantastic family he has.

    Posted by Iris, 17/03/2012 12:37pm (7 years ago)

  • Your story bought tears to my eyes, what a lovely life you have given this absolutely gorgeous boy. Bear was trully blessed that day you took him home, and I am sure you feel you were too.

    Posted by Jackie, 12/03/2012 7:55pm (7 years ago)

  • I have had the previledge of meeting Bear and he is such a loveable dog and a big softy... sooky!

    Posted by Sue Skelton, 12/03/2012 2:36pm (7 years ago)

  • Aw Bear is sooo loved I have had the previledge of meeting him and he is sooo loveable and has been one of the best dogs I've met.

    Posted by Sue Skelton, 12/03/2012 1:16pm (7 years ago)

  • What a lovely story and what a great life you have all shared. Long may it continue.

    Posted by Sue Horn, 12/03/2012 9:48am (7 years ago)

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