When the AWDRI contacted me last Thursday night about Sheila I knew instantly that this little girl is very special. Sheila is a 6 month old Australian Cattle Dog, she is deaf and she needs a home.
We drove out to Mt Annan where Sheila lives with her foster family, the Hunters, and spent the late afternoon ‘hanging out’ in the backyard and then at the nearby Reserve.
As soon as I met Sheila, I quickly forgot that she can’t hear — she is very focused on looking directly at whoever is in-charge *usually the one with the treats* and ‘communicates’ with facial expressions and body language. And she pays attention to faces.
Although she has the misfortune of not being able to hear, Sheila is not helpless. She learned very quickly why I was there and what I was doing with my camera. She carried herself with confidence and is mature beyond her age.
A sweet natured lady, patient, very loving and sociable.
It was great watching her hike up the hill in the Reserve followed closely by her foster Mum, turning back often to check that they hadn’t lost anyone. So considerate! Once she barked and indicated to us to — “move along will ya.” What a spirit!
And most of all, I love the way she lives in the moment and enjoys it with every one of us.
Thank you to the Hunters (fosters) for giving me the opportunity to experience a slice of Sheila’s life.
Sheila needs a home.
If you have what it takes to embrace her into your life, act now — give the AWDRI a call. See also Sheila’s adoption profile on the AWDRI’s website.
And for those of you who want to help Sheila find a new home, why not grab some postcards of Sheila’s and send them to friends who you think might have what it takes to give her a home.
Proceeds from sales of the postcards go to AWDRI to help these working dogs find a new home.