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ADOPTED & ADORED: Pickles springs into his new home

November 15, 2015

12-year-old Pickles came into our care with a few ailments, but they certainly didn’t take the spring out this golden oldie’s step!

We learned that Pickles had a grade 1 heart murmur. Due to his advanced age, our vet team decided to run full blood tests to see if there were any other health issues hiding beneath the surface.

Pickles underwent surgery at our clinic to remove two lumps. In addition to this, hip and heart x-rays were performed, along with a dental.

Pickles spent a week recovering under the close eye of our clinic team. Pleasingly, he made a smooth recovery and was soon ready for the exciting next chapter of his life; finding his forever home!

For some, the thought of adopting an older dog with a health condition can be quite daunting. That was not the case for Pickles’ new owner, Ashleigh. She knew age was only a number and that shelter animals could offer unconditional love.

“I’d been working in dog adoptions at the Home for a little while and I had fallen in love with Pickles. So many people were passing him up because of his age and heart condition,” Ashleigh said.

pickles-web2“When I brought Pickles home, it was like he had lived here his whole life. He has settled in very well. I have other dogs and cats. Pickles is getting on really well with the dogs, and we are slowly introducing him to the cats.”

Proving that you are only as old as you feel, Pickles still has his puppy antics! He fills his new home with energy and enthusiasm.

“The thing I love most about Pickles is he doesn’t act his age. The best part of my day is when I come home and he races towards me and acts like he hasn’t seen me in years. His favourite things are his Mickey and Minnie Mouse toys,” Ashleigh said.

“Adopting is the best way to go! Pickles was already toilet trained and knows basic commands.”

Pickles has found his forever home, but we have lots of other dogs patiently waiting to find theirs. Your new best friend is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed, and waiting for you! Meet our adoption candidates at