Just a small selection of the many 'happily ever after' tails we have been a part of. If you have an adopted SABBR boofa, we love to hear updates and happily accept photos of your beautiful babes loving life in their forever homes!
Maddie had been in our rehabilitation program for many years slowly learning to overcome her awful start in life. Her first few years were spent being severely abused before she escaped to live a life on the street, constantly on the run for her own safety.
Maddie's past left her extremely frightened and timid of people. When she first arrived into care, she was in a catatonic state making no eye contact and standing completely frozen in fear shaking. Maddie spent her first few days hiding underneath beds despite her carer trying to coax her out. When she finally did emerge, she had gained weight and it became obvious she was about to become a mother. Maddie's Reindeer pups all found homes of their own yet Maddie still waited for the perfect home to arrive.
Maddie's curiosity and confidence grew when with other dogs so she was placed in a foster home where should could grow these skills while working with the fantastic team at Kalmpets Animal Behaviour Centre. Through the hard work and persistence of her amazing foster carers, Maddie made huge progress and we were overjoyed to receive this lovely message from her phenomenal carer, Fiona who decided she just couldn't part with Maddie.
We were thrilled when our gorgeous Golden Oldie Kizmet finally found her forever home at the tender age of 14!! Surrendered to SABBR almost two years before, she was often overlooked by adopters due to her age but Kizzy's family describe how she stole their hearts and temporary foster care quickly turned into a forever home;
"Today we officially adopted Kizmet and made her a part of our family. The night she ran through the door I knew I had fallen in love. I don't understand how this beautiful girl has been in and out of the kennels and foster homes for years now, but I think it was just meant to be, she was waiting for us to come along.
What was meant to only be two days has now turned into a retirement home for MY old girl and I'm so blessed that we get to spend her last years with her and spoil her rotten. Her Christmas wish has come true."
Thank you Bianca and family for welcoming our sweet girl into your hearts and seeing that age is never a barrier to finding your perfect family companion.
Willow & Domino
The love story of the most unlikely couple... Domino & Willow.
Domino was a last minute save from the pound and Willow was surrendered heavily pregnant. Both did not get along with other dogs until they met in our kennels and surprised everyone by becoming best friends.
They had been in our kennels for about 12 months side by side, often going for their walks at the same time and fell in love. They tried to dig into each other’s kennels numerous times just to spend time with one another and we couldn't stand to break their unlikely bond as they were so happy together.
Darren and Shiobahn approached SABBR after losing their beloved little man of 15 years and wanted to help one of our boofas in need. We jumped at the chance to place our two long term kennel babes into a home and it was love at first sight for all involved.
Darren says "We have had lots of trying times along the way, as is the case raising any kids, but as they got to know us and we got to know them we worked together as a family to overcome their fears and develop their trust. After a quick 9 months of us being together these kids have definitely made themselves at home and stolen a part of our hearts (and many shoes). I guess we failed as a foster family because we have now formally adopted these two and given them a family they can call their own."
Darren and Shiobahn continue to help our kennel babes by volunteering to walk them every weekend.
We love this story of Jewel. It just shows how a boofa can really blossom with love, patience and understanding.
Jessica says "My boyfriend and I were in search to fill the hole that we had from coming home to an empty house. We both loved Bull Terriers and happened to come across a photo of Jewel. We had a phone interview and we were made aware that Jewel had an array of issues such as anxiety, underweight, a fear of men and didn't get along with other dogs. We questioned ourselves but still hiked it up to kennels to meet her!
Mark and Jewel just clicked and she was just a ball of energy and joy! Such a happy little girl even in her circumstances. We talked and talked the whole way home and decided that we would foster her so if things didn't work out we could at least increase her chances of finding a home. Well we foster failed and Jewel is a part of our family. She no longer suffers anxiety, is friends with other dogs and even has weekly play dates!!!
Jewel rules the house, has her own couch and loves her cuddles! Jewel has already been down south on our little trips away and we wouldn't have it any other way! She's literally our child she comes everywhere with us!"
Favvy was another lovely girl surrendered to SABBR while heavily pregnant. Favvy's labour was not easy and she was rushed to the emergency vet with a life threatening condition. Favvy recovered and raised her pups until they were all adopted. Then it was Favvy's time as told by Amanda.
"Loving Staffys I read and learnt about fostering. I decided this was our solution. We could get me company whilst not completely committing to ‘forever’ and helping a pup in the process. Within the week of sending my details I was contacted to collect a Mum who's puppies had all been rehomed and was in need of an ‘inbetween’ house before she could go to her forever home.
The entire way i was wondering what this puppy would be like. When i saw her little face jumping up to meet me, my heart melted. She was beautiful! You could tell she loved people and she had the greatest smile. We took our first selfie in the car and i couldnt wait to take her home. Here is that first selfie we took (big smiles all round).
As soon as I got home my boyfriend couldn't believe how beautiful she was. We let her sniff around and our love affair began. We had to keep reminding ourselves she had a family already lined up so we were just looking after her for a short time but already she was changing our lives. Every day I would come home and she would run laps up and down the hallway with excitement and we would hit the park.
As if it were fate Favvy didn't show her best behaviour on her meet and luckily for us she was bow up for adoption… Without hesitation or even question. We adopted her!!!
Favvy is an amazing girl. She is smiley, happy, loves dogs, food, cuddles, me and my boyfriend. She is a lover!! Everyday i get home she is waiting for me at the gate and the race is on. She races around back into the doggy door, up the hallway and straight out the front door, skids to a hault mid yard, runs back and jumps up, tail wagging wildly. We catch up with kisses and cuddles and get ready for our walk to the park. Down in the park everyone knows Favvy. She likes to meet all the dogs and all the people and everyone loves her. Shes a big ball of happiness.
I can't imagine my life without her. We were so lucky to have been matched with her and I could not imagine life without her.
Favvy can be cheeky… and rules the roost… But coming home to her and having that companion to follow you around life is the greatest feeling in the world."
The story of little baby Tricky as told by Steph.
"When Tricky came to me as a 7 week old puppy, she was lifeless. I picked her up and raced her to Swan Vets for them to perform lifesaving surgery. Tricky had a bone stuck in her oesophagus that had been there for 5 days. She was misdiagnosed days earlier as having pneumonia and sent home, this mistake almost cost her her life. The team at Swan Vet worked tirelessly to retrieve the bone and give Tricky the best care possible.
The next day we brought her home and started our road to recovery but after just a few hours, she was rushed back. The infection in her body was just too strong for her to fight on her own. After 2 days of touch and go, MANY tear filled conversations with the SABBR committee, Tricky came home again.
Many sleepless nights and stinky puppy pads latter, Tricky was a bouncy normal puppy. The scaring in her throat caused a very sensitive gag reaction making it hard to stomach any lumpy foods, but eventually we got there.
We trained, we played, we loved and we cried with our baby Tricky. After many weeks, it was time for Tricky to find her forever family. Tricky is now a very happy pup that lives with her 3 skin brothers and sisters, guinea pig friends and gets to run along the beach almost daily.
This pup holds a special place in my heart, and always will. Thank you SABBR for giving her the best fighting chance at life!"
Ohlin was a case of severe neglect. This is his story as told by Lisa "We had always wanted to foster. When I started volunteering for SABBR it became even more clear. I helped in an administrative capacity as we had our temperamental rescue Luna who was particular with other canine friends.
Then one day this gorgeous, mangey, neglected pup was emailed to SABBR. He was located right around the corner from us and we decided to jump in and offer temporary care. At the time we could only offer 2 weeks but this would allow the pup to leave the Vet whilst SABBR found something more long term.
We were nervous and excited. Many thoughts were buzzing through our minds when we picked him up. We picked him up and I cried when I first saw him. Here was a beautiful puppy - his health clearly wasn't the best. He was missing fur, was underweight and had a large scab on his head. The vet nurses put him into my arms and I wept. How do they end up like this?
Wrapt in my arms we left and as went drove home decided he would be named Ohlin. The first few days were stressful - introducing Luna to Ohlin was something to new to us. The concern over what we doing and whether we were doing it correctly was on our minds.
There were numerous calls to the SABBR team looking for advice and reassurance - it was fantastic to have the support we needed on call. You second guess everything but thank fully we had the support of the SABBR team who answered every call, every text and they provided us with the advice we needed and reassurance that we were doing well. For this support we will always be grateful.
After a few nervous days, Luna and Ohlin were eventually able to be left alone together. Then suddenly Ohlin got sick - vomiting, diarrhea and we knew something wasn't right. One call to SABBR and they advised us to take him straight to Swan vet. It didn't take long for the wonderful team at Swan to identify that Ohlin had Parvo!. A devastating blow as his immune system was already so low. He was covered in mange and clearly a victim of neglect.
Ohlin spent 5 days at Swan Vet and we would have lost him if we did not have the advice from SABBR. It was quite an emotional time - we were supposed to foster Ohlin back to health - ready for long term foster and adoption yet there he was fighting for life at Swan. We were overwhelmed by the support we received from all the SABBR family and supporters during this period - every message, comments on his pictures/updates was appreciated.
When we got the call that Ohlin was ready to come home we realised that Ohlin was meant to be with us. Almost three years on and we still can't believe how lucky we are to have this beautiful, affectionate, sensitive babe. Ohlin is the epitome of a boofa - gorgeous, affectionate and he loves people."
*Ohlin and Luna have since welcomed another rescue sister Suki
Akas leg was amputated when he was younger due to a vet bandaging a broken leg too tightly. Aka was surrendered as his family no longer had the time for him. This is his story as told by Haidee.
"I got a call to see if I could take a 3 legged Miniature Bull Terrier. I jumped at the chance to take another bull breed and a 3 legged one at that! When the foster carer brought him over to my place I saw an extremely enthusiastic, snorty, strong and quite hyper dog.
I think it took me about a week to fall completely head over heels in love with this little man. He was so affectionate, both with myself and my partner at the time, absolutely loved kids and was great with other dogs.About two weeks in, some friends of friends decided that would like to try adopting Aka, unfortunately their dog didn't agree and it didn't work out.
During the drive back from picking up Aka, my partner and were talking to Aka and then as we were stopped at a set of lights, looked at each other and had the exact same thought. ‘We can’t let him go to someone else, we have to keep him’. We both said almost the exact same thing at the same time and that pretty much sealed the deal. We loved this little character. Even my mum, who had always thought Bull Terriers were aggressive, ugly dogs. He’s now her “grand-son”, haha!
Aka is the absolute love of my life. He’s getting on, now being 9 years old and he’s got osteo-arthritis and dry eye, which are under control. I occasionally suffer from symptoms of a mental illness and without my “Akkie” I don’t know how I’d get through those days. He’s been with me through the painful breakdown of the relationship with his “dad” and other not so pleasant things and never ever fails to cheer me up. He’ll come and lie down next to me (or sometimes on me, haha), give me a big smooch and bury his head in my neck.
Had I not starting fostering for SABBR and been supported so well the whole way, I may never have known such love. I am eternally grateful to everyone from SABBR, as well as the other wonderful people I’ve met through being involved in rescue. They have the hugest hearts and never give up on animals that need love and care. The sacrifices people involved in rescue make are incredible. And all done for the love of our animals.
Foster or adopt, trust me, you will never look back."
Dex's Mum "Squeak" shares her story on how she came to adopt from SABBR:
"I came across Dexter's profile on a rescue website and knew I had to meet him. The serial killer name, the oversized ears and the quirky face all just screamed out to me. I took over foster care of him from a lovely lady named Sharon, with the intent to adopt. We bonded instantly. He is a bull in a china shop and very stubborn, but an absolute crack up. Never a dull moment with Dex.
Funnily enough, his enormous ears are completely superfluous, as he was born deaf. Poor guy had been hand-balled around several homes with people not knowing how to control a deaf dog, and as a result he came with quite a few issues which have drastically improved.
You know how they call depression the Black Dog? Well, the Black Dog had been biting me particularly hard until Dexter entered my life and pulled me out of that funk. He's my White Dog - the antidote to my metal health issues - and I love him dearly. I've even chosen my first house based on the yard's suitability to Dexter.
Stay tuned for we're surely going to have some wild adventures in the years to come".