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Meet Kamm

After some 18 months Kamm has finally found his new home on acreage with another ex DCH Collie Rough.

Kamm is a very kind hearted 6 year old (approx.) rough collie who's spent much of his first 5 years feeling lonely in a backyard, having limited access to affection, walks and social play. He came into care with DCH over a year ago suffering anxiety type issues. He had no idea how to ask for or receive pats and cuddles. He would run away barking totally unsure why he was inside a house or where he was. With caring hands he was given time to calm and settle into a routine with several other rough collies where he learnt to trust humans again. He is a totally lovely boy who gets a long fabulously with other dogs of all shapes and sizes, with cats or birds he isn't fazed by either.

Following this success his rehabilitation continued when he moved to a carer in the Hills District of Sydney where he currently lives with a family of 5 (3 children) another collie and 2 guinea pigs. When he first arrived (due to his isolation in his first years) he was highly tuned to cues we gave off when readying for leaving the house. He does not like spending excessive amounts of time in the yard, (understandably) and therefore when he heard the sounds of keys, cars or door latches he jumped up in anticipation of being put out. He would then find a spot in the house to hide from being asked to go into the yard. Over the months he's been with us he has learnt that we don't punish him with being sent out, we let him stay in or go out whenever he likes. He gets walked at least twice a day (which is LOVES). Most importantly he's come to trust us. We still insist on the normal boundaries, sit, wait, come, OK and he is happy to please. He's a smart boy who just requires some gentle handling, consistency, and love. He's very easy to travel in the car and jumps up with anticipation of going somewhere exciting etc.

We have a bustling household, lots of comings and goings, deliveries, cars etc and even now Kamm does tend to shy away at strangers, particularly men. With my kids friends he was the same on first meeting but after that he accepts them all when they come into the house. He likes to keep his distance from new people and providing they don't crowd him too soon he comes around. I doubt this will be a trait that will change now. He does bark when strangers come to the door but with guidance he stops. Barking itself is not a bad thing, especially if it warns you of intruders, but I don't allow it for everyday activities so he has learned to look to me for direction in this regard and you'd need to take that lead also. He is playful in short measures, happy in companionship rather than boisterous play with puppies.

Kamm needs someone who can spend lots of time with him during all hours of the day as he needs company. A family who are retired or work from home or have one parent not working etc will be considered. A doggie friend would be great as long as it's not a dominant relationship for him.

He is located at Glenhaven in Sydney and is not available for interstate adoption. A property inspection is required before the adoption process is completed

Kamm was adopted on 02 June 2013 after 2 months in foster care

  • Rough Collie
  • male
  • 01 March 2006
  • $400
  • 26 March 2013
  • 02 June 2013

Animals in our Care

These animals have been rescued from various pounds and shelters by volunteer Foster Carers who provide the animal with a safe haven until they can be permanently rehomed. They are located throughout Sydney, Australia.

Please note that descriptions of breed, age and size are given in good faith and are based on assessment of the animal's features, together with veterinary opinion. We cannot guarantee the age and breed of any animal listed.

All dogs and cats listed come desexed, vaccinated, wormed, microchipped and heartworm tested.

Also have a look at our Dogs in Care pages for more dogs available for adoption.

Last updated: 26 March 2013