Lisa of Victoria shares the story of Watson, the rescue Koolie.
We adopted Watson the Koolie at 14 weeks old. She was a beautiful, clever puppy but such an anxious mess. She was so scared of all the other dogs in puppy school she would hide and snarl, and she couldn’t show off her amazing obedience. We were told she’d probably just never be the type of dog to take to a dog park, or the beach, or all the fun places!
We worked so hard to build her confidence through obedience and socialised her in a range of settings, with lots of other dogs and to lots of objects (the vacuum cleaner is still the enemy though).
Earlier in the year, Watson became a certified therapy dog, after lots of intense training and temperament testing. Now she’s able to come to work with me to help children with reading and communication difficulties build confidence and have fun!
Watson’s favourite place in the world is doggy daycare, closely followed by her human’s bed. She is one spoilt brat and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
This story was a Finalist in the 2018 Advocate® People’s Rescue Story award. This special award is for Aussie pet guardians who have adopted or fostered a companion animal (pet).