A Brisbane man who had been living in a van with his cattle dog, wanted his best friend to have a better life and made the difficult decision to surrender the dog earlier this year, but not without a plan, reports the Courier Mail.
About six months ago, Luke decided to adopt a dog; after all what could bring more happiness to a lonely person than a dog needing a home? After searching the advertisements on Gumtree (Australia’s version of Craigslist) Luke found Frodo – a three-year-old cattle dog, kelpie and whippet combination. The two became fast friends.
At first Luke and Frodo lived with a family; then they couch-surfed and finally wound up living out of Luke’s van. Although it provided both of them with a place to sleep and companionship, Luke finally made the decision that van living wasn’t suitable for an active dog who loved to run and should be living with a family in a real backyard.
Frodo is a herding dog; likes to chase anything; raindrops included. He’s the kind of dog who needed to jump and chase.
“He was most comfortable and relaxed if he could jump in the van. He was happy, but the flipside of that is how far do you drag that before it becomes selfish?
Maintaining your loyalty to an animal and honoring your role to stay connected can actually cause harm. There was the stress of not being able to give him what he really needed, which is a big backyard and open space and freedom,” stated Luke.
And with that difficult decision, Luke finally decided to help his best friend, and that’s when he found Animal Rescue Support Network. Director Kat Balson promised to help Frodo, and she never turned her back on a dog in need.
On the organization’s Facebook page appeared Frodo’s picture and his sad story:
“Frodo needs a home urgently. This sweetheart was surrendered at our op shop today. His daddy was living in his car and doing it tough. He wanted a better life for this dog who he loves dearly. My volunteer Lisa took him home and he is doing well with her other animals but he needs a forever home.”
Since then Frodo has been in a foster home and has been receiving training. Luke has found a job and a home, and although he’s very much attached to his canine buddy, still wants Frodo to have that special home with a yard.
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