Heath, Kylie, Henry, Gracie and Snoopy
Heath and his wife Kylie have adopted three dogs – Henry, a golden retriever, Gracie, a greyhound, and Snoopy, a beagle (of course).
When the couple were first married, they adopted two golden retriever puppies. As Heath recalls, “It was chaos! As cute as puppies are, they’re a lot of work, and as we’re both professionals, we don’t really have the time to put into raising and looking after puppies.”
Next time around, Heath and Kylie plumbed for older dogs: “Generally, older dogs have been through some training and socialisation. We’ve always found that they settle in well, and quickly become part of the family.”
Heath has learned to be patient while their dogs adjust to a new way of doing things. You have to allow for a “bit of trial and error while you learn which words have been used as commands in its earlier life.”
Apart from skipping the toilet-training phase, adopting an older dog has other benefits. Snoopy had a rough start in life and was very timid. The couple had to put in the time to earn his trust. Once they did, he became “the best behaved, if not the most obedient, dog we’ve had.” And as Heath says: “It’s a great feeling knowing that you’re giving a chance to a dog that may have otherwise been euthanised."