Meet Rufous – Brother to Harry Dog!

“ Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.” ~  Marc Brown

A little over a week ago I mentioned in a blog post that we had just begun to think about getting a new baby brother or sister for Harry Dog, who has been mourning the loss of Bert.

Only a few hours later my friend Monique posted some pictures to my Facebook page of a young red cattle dog pup who had just been rescued that very day and who was in need of a forever home. It wasn’t the kind of thing that Monique would normally do, but she felt compelled to share.

I took one look at that puppy’s face and knew we had to try to bring him home. I immediately contacted Janine who was fostering the pup and who had posted the pictures, and then Sharon who runs Australian Cattle Dog Rescue. Many messages and phone calls later and it all looked like this dog could be ours. Just as soon as he had been vet checked and desexed.

On Monday we finally brought him home. I’m still not well, currently treating the tummy bug we picked up from our last overseas trip and now dealing with a resurgence of the nasty antibiotic-resistant superbug urinary tract infection I’d hoped that I’d actually beaten. I was too unwell to travel, so our friend Carly went with Harry and Ben on a nearly five-hour drive (and then back again in the same day!) to meet this rescue pup and see if he could be a good fit for our family. Of course he was! So now we have Rufous at home with us, and he is just a delight.

He loves cuddles and being close to everyone, and he’s simply the best of mates with Harry. They run around like mad things and then collapse in a heap together and nap.

Rufous even went on his very first cafe outing yesterday morning and was very well-behaved and happy!

It’s wonderful to have a puppy at home, and even better is the smile on Harry’s face. He hasn’t stopped smiling since we found him a new brother. ❤

27 thoughts on “Meet Rufous – Brother to Harry Dog!

  1. Omg he’s beautiful! How lucky is he to have found the best family for him! Harry looks sooo happy…
    YAY 😍💕🐶🐶

  2. He looks smaller now compared to Harry than in the original photo – cos he is !. Those new boots will have to be hung up near the rafters !! Lovely to have everyone happy again xxx

  3. 🎉Welcome Rufous! You couldn’t of found a better family! I’m so happy for you all. Get well beautiful Nicole. Lots of love.💐🐶❤️

  4. I am sooooooo happy for you Nicole! I know how much your beautiful four legged boys mean to you and Rufous looks adorable.

    So great for Harry dog to have a good mate again too!

  5. My heart is breaking …what an angel he is …Rufous love it …big sloppy kiss my Oscar my old solider ❤️🐾🐾🐾
    Cherryx

  6. You’re one lucky pup lil Rufous. Enjoy getting to know your little fur baby Nicole 🐶 Sending you ‘feel better soon’ wishes from across the globe xx

  7. oh oh oh… what a beautiful face and what a beautiful story !! Well done Ben and Nicole- adopt dont shop is always always better ! Sending you much love and hoping you get better soon soon soon.

  8. Oh Bless. What a soul he has behind those big brown eyes. Harry and he will be formidable together and at loving you and Ben and I am sure that Nurse Bert will smile fondly at the 2 larrikans and instil them with a certain knowing at times that will be just magical. Thank goodness for our fur children. Welcome Rufous !!!

  9. Dearest Nicole,

    Rufous is absolutely adorable… Keep us posted on what all he is up to.. : D

    Lots of love,

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