She continued to breed from both bitches litter after litter without
giving them a break.
It’s a small world when it comes to Border collie breeding, other
Border collie breeders saw the advertisements and contacted me they
know my dogs, after breeding coloured border collies since 1967
people can pick my bloodlines.
I tried to talk to the woman several times begging her to give them
a twelve month or more rest. But to her, the only rest they got was
in-between heats never resting them whilst actually in season.
I offered to purchase them back from her but she ended up yelling
and talking nonsense and her son was yelling in the background, he
had a record of violence as well as on a cruelty record.
She would advertise them on several websites, and because she lives
in Condobolin area she offered a drop off point in Glebe in Sydney,
on a certain date after people had paid her the deposit.
She even went to Sydney to do the microchip course and she was able
to microchip all the puppies herself.
I also do Pet Rescue and have a friend doing the microchip course in
Sydney, she was also a Pet Rescue member doing the course and said
she saw the woman who had several puppies with her at the time and
she told my friend she did breed an occasional litter.
After the woman let her membership with Dogs NSW run out they could
not fine her, as by that time she was also cross breeding the girls
with Poodles, advertising the puppies as “Bordoodles”. She was
asking $1500 - $2000 per pup.
They were not registered of course as any dog or pup with the word
“oodle” on the end of it was just a money making back yard breeder.
Poodles also have their share of health issues
I spoke to a few people in the area but none wanted anything to do
with her or her son.
One person begged me to try to get the dogs back as they were being
bred to death. People emailed her asking was she interested in
selling any of her breeding bitches, but she had no intension of
retiring them till they were seven.
Another local contacted me saying she had just joined one of the
bitches again but now to the male Poodles, they were to afraid to
say anything because of the repercussion of what her son may do as
he was described as mad and dangerous. I had also spoken to
Condobolin police and they said the same.
For two years I kept hearing and seeing advertisements on the
internet of her pups she had got extra Poodles, to cross breed with
the Border collie she purchased from me. Some of the pups were quite
ordinary looking so she reduced the price.
Many nights I could not sleep as I lay worrying about them, then
after receiving another call from someone in the area I knew I had
to do something.
The only way I had a chance of getting the girls back was to offer
her an enormous sum of money.
I sought legal advice, drafted up a letter and offered her $12,000
for the return of the dogs, or else take Civil action, but doing it
through a solicitor.
My calculations had to offer such a large amount because in around
fifteen to eighteen months she could breed that amount from the two
girls even though the litters were getting smaller, due to
We drew up a letter signed by a solicitor and was finally sent to
After a few weeks my solicitor informed me she had accepted my
Surprisingly, she then rang me and asked me would I take 2 extra
Border collie bitches that she had just purchased from a puppy
farmer and would I find them new homes.
She had actually purchased three more border collies from another
puppy farmer that came from Cobram. The puppy farmer had apparently
had been told by council to cut back their dogs, some of those were
transported elsewhere north of Sydney and they were advertised for
The two she asked me to take to rehome was a blue and black/white
I was very surprised when she asked me to take the two extra dogs
but she told me she was giving it all up and would sign whatever I
wanted of her.
I asked would she be prepared to sign a Statutory Declaration that
she would no longer breed any more dogs on her premises for the
purpose of selling puppies and it be signed by JP. She readily
agreed but asked that she wanted to sell 3 pups she currently had
from a Bordoodle (Border collie X poodle) mated back to a Poodle but
she would never breed any more after this for the purpose of selling
them. I was happy with that. She only wanted to keep 2 male border
collies, one of the ones she had purchased from the other puppy
farmer from Cobram and a male she bred from one of my chocolate girl
to the stud male Border collie.
The red stud male Border collie who I had recommended to her in the
beginning was shot by a neighbour as it went into their paddock and
chased the sheep.
She was very fond of that male dog, just like she was the chocolate
bitch of mine.
Unfortunately it seems the red girl was leading the male dog into
the neighbours paddock. The neighbour saw a dog and shot it
The neighbour took it back to her and her son and they were most
upset and said they should have shot the female, as she was the one
who led the male into his paddock.
It was all very sad, and when she purchased the other three from the
other puppy farmer which was less than a week earlier and saw how
extremely timid and how frightened the two females were, also after
loosing her red boy who had been shot a few months earlier she had a
change of heart and asked me would I take the two females as well
and re-home them.
I am so glad she had a
change of heart and then gladly took the other two timid girls as
These two bitches a blue and a black/white had just been used
breeding. They had never had any affection just been badly treated.
You could not put your hand to them, they would cower back and they
They would cower right down and my heart just bled for them. The
blue girl now called Crystal had her ear ripped possibly by another
dog and there was a great tear in it and the tip had folded back
instead of forward. I can only imagine the pain and fear this poor
girl was in when it was not attended to by human, but had to heal
itself. She was even more terrified of men.
The dogs were not even given a name except Gunshot and Winchester
was on the m/c details. How cruel is that. Data on the dogs had
never been entered at that time
Although the woman who had my two girls, I know she was not physical
cruel to them, and they had them inside and outside though they were
also tied up at times, but she did keep their vaccinations and
worming up to date. They were in good condition when I got them back
which I was grateful for. I did notice that if you raised your voice
they would also coward with tails between their legs, you need not
necessarily raise you voice to them but they were still nervous. I
do not blame this onto the woman who bought them but most likely on
her son from what I had been told
The other two who came from the Cobram puppy farm was a very sad
story. They had been very badly treated,
A close friend of mine did the exchange of the dogs and got them
back in a meeting at West Wyalong. Everything was signed and documented,
and the all transfers were made and signed, the Stat. Dec. was
signed and witnessed by JP in West Wyalong in the courthouse. The
two from the puppy farm were surrendered to Arajoel Rescue
I was finally relieved it was all done and at last this once
previous greedy breeder had now relented and I had peace of mind.
It was a huge price to pay including legal fees, of $500 and it was
not something I wanted to do or could afford especially when I think
of so may other needy things the money could have gone towards, not
to mention my own medical and health issues I had which cost four
times that amount.
But this was my priority as everyone has their priorities so this
was my choice. Also the money had been earned by my dogs so it
seemed only right to use it now to help them
My two border collies now known as Penny and Rose now are in
Wollongong have the most wonderful home they go to the beach live a
life of luxury. Rose will not leave her new mum, she was starving
for affection and sleeps right beside her new mums bed and is like a
shadow to her. Both are still slightly timid
Penny has now also changed and loves life especially on the beach
she is full of life and wants to play and chase the ball when thrown
into the sea, she will dive in after the ball even if it sinks. Rose
also has a half sibling at this new wonderful home who was also bred
by myself and they love to play together. Rose is also more timid if
you raise your voice she cowards she is just a very soft little
girl. She was in season when I got her back but naturally not
joined, she will be desexed now she is finished her heat, and in her
new home. Penny was immediately desexed.
The other two very timid frightened girls Crystal and Velvet were
both desexed two days after I got them. The vet said one was about
10 days pregnant. This would not have been the doing of the woman who
had my two, but where they previously came from.
We could not fix the tear on Crystal’s ear it had happened to long
ago, it will forever be a reminder of the terrible life she once
Several months later the woman contacted me again and asked would I take one more dog which she had originally decided to keep, He was a stunning b/w boy who had been used for stud, she said she would only keep the one dog for herself a border collie x poodle and could I also find him a good home. I knew then for sure she no longer wanted to breed She could have easily sold this dog for good money for a stud dog to another puppy farmer, but was more concerned about his welfare. He went to a wonderful home with a lady in Victoria who already had a rescue and just lives for her dogs. Geordie is now also a very happy handsome boy.