Hi everyone, my name is Gus


Howdy there, my name is Gus!

When I was surrendered to Lort Smith I underwent a vet exam. They wanted to do x-rays of my hips and stifles as I looked a little uncomfortable when I was walking. Unfortunately I was a bit overweight, and as it is a high risk placing a dog of my breed under anesthetic, this meant that I had to go into foster care and shed a few kilos before I could have this x-rays carried out.

My weight loss journey was successful and I lost nearly four kilos! X-rays were carried out and the orthopedic vet discovered that I have bad right knee and significant hip dysplasia. The good news is that I am not in any pain and do not require any surgery.

I did however get a stern talking to about my weight and the importance of remaining healthy. If not, my hips and joints will deteriorate further. My adopters would be encouraged to place me on a special diet that helps with joint and bone care.

My foster carer described me as a playful chap who had to have my two walks a day plus dedicated playtime and enrichment toys.

My new adopters must commit to taking me to obedience training to improve my manners. I was not exposed to many dogs in my previous home, so I can be a tad naughty towards other dogs. For this reason I will need a strong and confident handler to teach me how to behave appropriately.

My ideal home would be to live inside with my human companions, with someone who is home often or can take me to work with them. I am not able to be rehomed with other animals or little ones.

At this time, I will be a foster with a view to adopt, so the Kennels staff at Lort Smith can help my new carer with some of the behaviour modification work that I require. I will be adopted out with a full disclaimer which the team can discuss with you.

If you think I sound like I could be the perfect fit for you, please call the Adoption Hub on 9321 7240.

Adopting an animal

Adopting an animal is a rewarding experience that will last a lifetime.  But before you adopt a pet please take some time to consider the commitment you are about to make. Sometimes the excitement of pet ownership can overshadow factors that should be considered before adoption.

Adopting a shelter pet is a lifelong decision that will have a major impact to your normal, everyday life.  Please remember that a cat or dog can live for up to 20 years and they will rely only on you for their wellbeing for their entire life.

  • Do I have time to exercise the dog every day?
  • Do I have time for puppy pre-school and time to socialise a puppy?
  • Do I have at least an hour every day to spend with my cat?
  • Do I have time for obedience training?
  • If renting, does the landlord permit pets?
  • Is the backyard big enough and is the fencing secure?
  • Does the whole family want a pet?
  • Will the pet be allowed inside?
  • Will I have to move interstate or overseas in the foreseeable future?
  • Will I have to move to another rental property where the landlord may not allow pets.

Pets are a lifelong monetary commitment, you will need to factor in:

  • Weekly animal food bills and necessities
  • Yearly council registration
  • Monthly medications like heart worm/intestinal worm and flea treatments
  • Annual vet visits for vaccinations and check ups
  • Unexpected vet bills due to accidents or medical conditions
  • Ongoing grooming
  • Boarding fees for human holidays
  • Enrichment like training, toys etc