Working Dogs Retirement Foundation

Working Dogs Retirement Foundation                                  

In memory of Moss the Dog

Moss had been hard at work for 12 years before she was retired and as my patient I got the privilege to adopt her. Moss - as many farm dogs like her, was riddled with arthritis and as early as 3 days after adoption I had to perform a pyometra surgery (removal of infected uterus) as well as remove three mammary gland tumours.

Moss recovered well from her operations and with good management of her arthritis, she decided to take her retirement very seriously.

Moss adopted the back seat of my car as her home - the most expensive and luxurious kennel in Tasmania of that time. For four years the car's back door was opened day and night so she could come and go as she pleased, driving everywhere with me and enjoying every minute of it.

Moss was a month short of 16 years when her failing kidneys claimed her life.

Since Moss came to my life I've been thinking long and hard how to make other hard working farm dogs happier in their retirement, even how to make them to retire rather than being 'disposed' off as soon as they 'fail' to perform for whatever reason.

And so the idea of Working Dogs Retirement Foundation popped in.

It is a non profit private foundation with the aim to save any hard working dog from the 'faith' of being disposed of at the end of the working life without the 'luxury' of peace and rest for the rest of their life rather than a 'bullet between their eyes' or a 'green dream' as "appreciation" for the hard work they've done rain and hail day in day out 24/7 until and ailment or a break strikes.

The foundation will assist with medical treatments and initially will assist with relocating to new retirement homes until enough land is purchased to establish retirement home for these dogs.

The Working Dog Retirement Farm will carry small number of sheep and stock for the more active dogs to keep working at  much slower pace if required and enough space for the ones like Moss that decide that work is for the younger ones.

Any donations towards Working Dogs Retirement Foundations are welcome.

BSB 037 012 Account 35 2619 Name: Working dogs retirment foundation

These donations are not tax deductible, however a receipt can be provided on request.