pretty Poppy

When we moved to Tasmania we made the decision, much as we love them, not to have a dog. Two months later, driving home from work on a cold winters night, I came across a scared, starving creature wandering the lonely country road. I picked her up and she curled up on the back seat of the car. Stopping at the neighbours to cadge some kibble, I brought her home. She was in a very sad state and had obviously been mistreated and dumped in the middle of nowhere with no identification.

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We made a comfortable bed for her in the potting shed and next morning took her to the Dogs Home.

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Within 24 hours, we had phoned to say if no-one claimed her, she had a home with us. A few days later, we adopted Poppy, a 9 month old Border Collie (we think she has bit of Springer Spaniel as well).

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We soon learnt that stuffed toys were not the best choice of plaything.

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Her abusive past meant she was quite hand shy and for the first couple of years would freeze when her back was touched. She still won’t wear a jacket, even in the pouring rain.

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Her best friends were Clarence, a labradoodle

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and Charlie the chihuahua.

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They loved visiting and having sleepovers, although Poppy has never liked being in the car.

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Sadly, Clarence and Charlie moved to Adelaide

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and (more sadly) Charlie passed away last year.

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It didn’t take too long for Poppy to gain more confidence and she loves the freedom of running through the paddocks

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and walks in the forest.

Sometimes a paddle in the stream is irresistible.

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Poppy is now 7 years old and such an important part of our lives.

We wouldn’t be without our lovely Poppy.

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8 thoughts on “pretty Poppy

  1. Oh how we miss darling Poppy 😘. She is such a beautiful girl. This story has made us feel quite homesick! Give Poppy a big hug from us and take care of yourselves. X

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