Wherever you go, so does Hugo!

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 11 February 2011 | 2 Comments

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We adopted Hugo, an Australian cattle dog cross, in November.  A few weeks prior, we had lost our “fur-child” cattle dog Max to very sudden internal injury due to cancer and our house just wasn’t the same without a four-legged friend.

Hugo and his certificate

We decided we needed a new dog to fill the empty hole in our house and hearts.  We could never replace Max, he was a very special boy, but we knew we could give lots of love and a great home to another dog who would soon become very special too.  There was never any doubt that we would adopt a rescue dog so first stop was the Dog’s Refuge Home.  Hugo stole my heart straight away and after meeting him I decided to take him home.

Our first few weeks with Hugo were hard work – he was very nervous and wouldn’t let my husband or me out of his sight, following us everywhere we went.  Hence the saying - wherever you go, so does Hugo!  We enlisted the services of a dog behavior trainer to help with a few issues Hugo was having when meeting new people – the conclusion was that Hugo was very afraid of people.  We now have some techniques for helping to introduce him to new people and learn to relax around them and he’s doing really well with this.  Hugo is quite reactive around other dogs so that is our next challenge to deal with.

Hugo was very proud of himself when he completed his 6-week training course with the RSPCA.  He mastered all of the tasks with ease and with the use of a canny collar, he now walks beautifully on the lead.  Being young, he does go a bit nuts sometimes, doing bog laps around the backyard and in his excitement, he jumps up and mouths but we’re working on this.  Hugo is great around the house – no toilet accidents and doesn’t beg for food – but he has stolen food off the kitchen bench a couple of times (naughty, very naughty!).  He sleeps on a giant soft bed, on the couch or on the ottoman.  His favourite things are hanging out on the boat and drinking out of the fish pond, which is fine, as long as he doesn’t swallow a fish!

Hugo

We still have a bit of work to do with Hugo but he is very much a loved member of our family, our new “fur-child”.

Tammy (and Julian)


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  • Hugo looks so proud of his certificate

    Posted by Emily, 14/02/2011 5:16pm (7 years ago)

  • Congratulations Hugo on your achievement training certificate and your adoption into such a loving family.
    Congratulations also to the great people who found some more love in their hearts even after losing their furchild, to reach out and give you so much love.

    Posted by Iris, 14/02/2011 3:20pm (7 years ago)

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