In December 2010, I had just had to put my 12 year old corgi to sleep. My partner and I were devastated. We weren’t looking to get another dog so soon but our other dog Shadow was pining terribly. I started looking at different sites and one day came across Denise’s page. Scrolling down i saw lots of lovely little dogs, but I didn’t want a little dog, I wanted a medium size dog. I kept looking and landed up a group of the most gorgeous puppies you will ever meet (of course I could be biased here). I read their bio and rushed in to show my partner who agreed they were so cute. We agreed to ring Denise and find out a little bit more and meet them.
Needless to say we organised a day to meet the puppies. Their breed said Maltese x Pug. To me they looked all staffy and I had wanted a staffy for the longest time. I cuddled a couple of the puppies and when my partner came into the room, one little puppy came straight to her. My partner picked her up and immediately the puppy bit her on the chin. This was our girl.
Just a bit of background about these puppies. Mum Wendy was found wandering the streets of Western Sydney heavily pregnant. She was microchipped but it was registered to a pet store who had no record of who had bought her. She was taken to the pound and under Duty of Care was placed with Denise to have her puppies. Now Wendy was only a tiny little thing as Maltese x Pugs are, but she delivered 6 strapping healthy puppies by caesarian section. We later found out by DNA test that daddy was an English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
So back to our puppy. We named her Khatam after a favourite former patient of my partner’s. She was a little live wire who soon started growing and growing. Our other dog who had been lonely was initially quite resistant to this little whipper snapper but took it in her stride and they would spend many hours munching on grass in the backyard together.
Fast forward 4 years to now. Khatam is a big healthy girl of 19kg who is the biggest sook you’ve ever met. She loves nothing more than to sit on my lap when I’m watching TV and sleep on the bed at night. She is a very sensitive soul and loves to rest her head on my feet when i am working. She also has another staffy sister now whom she plays with all day. Her nickname is boofy because she thinks she is a 3kg chihuahua and bowls you over with excitement every time she sees you.
I wouldn’t be without my boofy and thank Denise everyday for doing what she does, because without her I wouldn’t have found my staffy baby