Occasionally breeders must rehome their much loved dogs. It’s part of the deal. It’s a hard part, but when done properly it can also be a rewarding experience for everybody involved – especially the dog!
This article is a string of correspondence between me (Fiona) and a prospective new family for two year old blue dachshund Rupert. I thought readers might like to see what is involved with rehoming and the best way to achieve that is some ‘reality blogging’. Namely, here’s the corro string between me and Rupert’s new family. We had phone calls too that aren’t included, but the written words give you the gist of what happens.Thank you Bec for permission to publish our private correspondence. I hope DA readers enjoy it.
Hi it’s Bec from Darwin, I’ve worked out how to use the twitter account and I see Daisy is having puppies, awesome 🙂
Is Rupert for sale?
Yessimo! I’ll get you a video of him.
Sorry so slow. Crazy busy with pups off getting desexed too!
But under control.
Bec I’ve put a You Tube of Rupert up, but I am thinking it might be best if u could meet him first, which is pretty impossible.
I’m open to your thoughts though.
Here’s the link
Thank you, I’ll check it out now 🙂
Hi Fiona, we have all checked out Rupert and we have fallen in love with him. My parents in Dubai even checked him out. When you get a chance can you please give me a call. Ta Bec
He is a gentle boy and will be a bit shy until he gets to know u.
I know u guys will give him the loveliest home.
Transport to Darwin will be around $280 as he needs a bigger hire crate.
If u decide to go ahead, I’ll get him desexed and he can come to you on Sat August 25 if that sounds okay.
That gives him a few weeks to be fully recovered from his operation to come.
Talk tomorrow – he’s yours if u want to proceed.
Rupert has had his op and will live in our house from now on.
He’s so sweet but shy of strangers; little love.
Vet said he was really nervous about getting the canula.
So he’ll be unsure when he gets to u guys, but he is so gentle and will just need cuddles and reassurance.
Your doggy will be great too cos he is well used to doggy friends.
Asleep on my knees at the mo – Rupert, that is (not me!).
The little darling, I hope he recovers well and forgets quickly about the vet trip! Do they stay in pain for long? Thanks for loving him better! We can’t wait for him to arrive.
No…he’s not in pain. He’s on 24 hour long acting pain relief.
Ten days stitches out.
We’ll keep him still indoors for a few days to make sure he doesn’t get too much swelling from running about. 🙂
Ok that’s great, he looks so sleepy. Thanks again 🙂
How is precious rupie today? 🙂
Rupie boy is doing great. Such a sweetie.
Stayed with me all day in a bed by my desk.
Then back around the house.
He ran about heaps this arvo and I had to discourage him! Don’t want too much swelling.
All in all he’s doing fabbo.
That’s great news! Thanks Fiona!
Hi Fiona, silly question for you, how does Rupert go on a collar and leash? Or would you recommend a harness for walks?
Chain choker collar with a lead is wot we use.
Also called a check-chain.
Safe and simple as stays on lead and slips over head.
He’ll have a normal collar on when he arrives too.
Just checking! We use a chain for Holly (my lab) when we go walking too . If you can’t tell we are very excited for the arrival of Rupert!
It’s just lovely u r so exited! And us too!
He’s healing very nicely and I don’t think he has noticed the desexing.
He’s a happy boy. Sensible and gentle too.
We like the check chains. I find them very safe because a collar can be slipped if a dog gets a fright, but a check chain can’t be.
Yes I agree with the chain idea too. Home is ready for Rupert and his custom doggy door arrives soon, he is slightly spoilt.
I’ll tell him.
Hi Fiona, can I pay for Rupert today? Is there any chance he can come to us earlier? 🙂 Pretty please!!
Yes indeedy there is!
He is doing great.
Can you receive him this Friday ?
Yes we certainly can! Can you tell me the remaining balance to be paid and I’ll transfer it and email you receipt of payment.
Transport to Darwin is $380 thru Dogtainers who we always use. I am sorry I thought it was less than that.
That’s with the big hire crate he has to have (well next size up from a puppy sized crate).
Next – wait for it – can u collect him at half past midnight Friday night? The traffic should be good then (!!!).
I am advised that Darwin has the trickiest flights in the whole country and I believe them!
Rupert is $650, less any deposit plus the $380 for the carrier that we will pay . So $1030 less any deposit.
Let me know what you think.
Have just paid for Rupert the jet-setter! Please find attached receipt for Rupert!!
Let me know when you finalise the details for the jet setter.
This is going to sound bizarre, but what food is Rupert used to having and the portion? I don’t want to stress him out that’s all!
Hi BecHe won’t be fussy. But he’s used to five nights a week raw minced beef (cheapest human grade so it has a high fat level) with a pasta mix of pasta, frozen vegies, chopped bacon, cooked crushed garlic and the tiniest sprinkle of dicalcium phosphate powder plus a bit of dried food mixed in (portion: a handful). Day six he has a quarter of a big marrow bone, and day seven he has dried food alone (half soaked to porridge, other half crunchy and mixed together).Sorry you asked?!HOWEVER…I guarantee he will quickly adapt to whatever Mr Labrador gets. Mr L might guts his tea too, so that might need separation/supervision.CheersFiona
All done! He gets dropped off by me at 3pm this Friday. He then catches Virgin DJ341 at 5pm to Bris.
Then catches Bris – Darwin flight DJ459 and arrives at Darwin at 12.30am (so half past midnight).
He will have his papers and receipt taped to the top of the cage. He comes with his pedigree papers and a desex certificate.
It will be a big new world for him, so I’m expecting him to be shy: he’ll soon be bouncing about, but maybe forewarn the kids he’s going to feel a bit unsure to begin with.
Plus he’s 100% guaranteed. If it doesn’t work out (which I seriously and sincerely doubt) I’ll split the airfare back and refund his purchase price in toto.
All good! I’m taking him to the park on his lead today to get him out and about more.
Thanks Fiona that is awesome!
Where do I collect him from? Is it a different place at the airport?
Yes…Toll building, Lancaster Drive at Darwin Airport. 🙂
Oh yes, I know where to go!
Can you imagine the adventure of getting lost with the kids at the airport at that hour!
I will call you on Saturday to let you know how he went.
Hi Fiona did Rupert catch the plane?!
Battery dead – forgot charger.
Yes he did.
Love him so much; enough to let him go to a wonderful new life, in fact.
Charging at motel soon.
Wake me when u get him,
Been a huge day for him, as four drive to airport, 2hr wait and then trip up.
Expect he’ll be thirsty/hungry.
Hes not a greedy dog though.
Thank you so very much 🙂 I’ll let you know when he comes, alarms have been set for days now!! Can u text me your postal address? I have a little gift for you 🙂
Don’t be silly!!
You’ve paid a lot to have him with u, and have given so much by offering him his future life as a family member.
I reckon he’ll be unsure for a few hours, but he’ll soon adapt.
The blankies in the crate r his.
He’s been trotting about on his lead like an old hand; all around the airport today.
Has he arrived?
He’ll be busting. Despite going for two walks he didn’t wee on either!
Hope he managed to hold off.
Is it creepy there so late?
Poor thing, his plane is running late! Toll told me to come back at 2am, I live only 5 mins away so it’s ok, we go home for a bit! I’ll let u know when he is here 🙂
Fancy them not ringing you. Goodness me.
I guess there’s no one working of course at Dogtainers to let u know.
Well – one of us can go back to sleep now.
And we all thought 12.30 was a bad time! Ain’t nothing on 2am!!
Hopefully he slept on the flight.
Rupert is just perfect! He was a little unsure at toll, he didn’t want to come out of his cage. He’s had breakfast and is trying to show my lab who is boss. The whole family adores him! Thanks again Fiona (I’m going for a nanna nap!)
Just got of the plane in Sydney.
Am sooo glad you all like him.
When he relaxes into things, he’ll do funny little fandango dances around your feet. His way of showing pure happiness.
Cos he is main register pedigree, I’m pretty sure that means u could show him anywhere.
Remember he’s ‘blue & tan’ (not choc).
I am really impressed by his lead behaviour – he’d probably do well in any place.
And today is the pet expo pamper day!
Hope this hasn’t woken you.
Just back from interstate.
Did the kids enjoy the pet pamper day with Rupert?
I hope he’s adjusting okay and you are still happy with him.
Pamper day was great, Rupert got a massage and a mini groom lol we are so very happy, he is such a sweet little soul. I now have a new shadow. Love him to bits!This was rupee hanging out by the pool with my husband!
That’s fantastic! I am thrilled for all of you and it’s a credit to u guys how quickly he has become attached to you all.
Thank you for the lovely pics.
If he hasn’t done his funny happy dance yet, I’m sure he will soon.