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ADOPTED & ADORED: Chad celebrates a milestone

May 26, 2016

From the moment they come home, our pets make our families whole, which is why their ‘gotcha day’ is an important celebration for the whole family. Today is a special milestone for 11-year-old border collie cross, Chad – it’s his 10th gotcha day!

In May 2006, Elizabeth made the journey to The Lost Dogs’ Home to find the perfect companion for her family. Straight away she knew Chad was the one for her.


“I moved to Melbourne from the country when I started university and I decided it was the right time to add a canine companion to my family.

“Walking around the Home I noticed a little dog sitting in the corner of his cage, refusing to come out and greet people. Eventually I managed to coax him over and it was love at first sight,” said Elizabeth.

While it took a few months for Chad to settle into his new home, today he is a vital member of Elizabeth’s family.

Before he came to the Home, Chad had a difficult upbringing and as a result it did take him a little while to trust us, but today he has overcome his anxiety and is a happy, loving dog.

“He has spent some time as a volunteer Delta Pet Therapy dog and now we have moved back to the country. He is loving life with his fur sister and our children. Chad is so smoochy and lazy that we suspect he thinks he’s a cat. I even think I heard him purr at one point!”

For Elizabeth, these 10 years with Chad has been a rewarding experience, proving that shelter animals make wonderful pets.

LDH-adopted-adored-chad3“Shelter animals are just as loving and worthy of a human to love them back as any other animal – Chad is a perfect example of this and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

“He has great instincts and seems to always know what mood we are in. He is always there to comfort us when we are sad, or just spend time with us in front of the fire.

“We are forever grateful we found Chad – we couldn’t imagine our lives without him.”

Happy 10th gotcha day, Chad!

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