Illy

Ilhan came to us in November 2011 from Wentworth Pound, another early rescue by the Drought Dogs Program. We couldn’t believe how fabulous these dogs were. He was identified by the Mildura vet as a ‘bullion’, a term we heard a lot then that seemed to refer to ‘pigging’ dogs that were a mix of predominantly staffy, ridgeback, sometimes mastiff and a bit of everything. The bullions we got always seemed to be brown or brindle.

His adopter has written a lovely spiel below.

"We changed his name to Illy when we got him as we though it suited him better. Illy is quite simply the best dog I could ever ask for. He works with me and helps me train and desensitise nervous, anxious, excited and reactive dogs. He helps with classes and is a calming influence on all dogs that meet him. He is loved by everyone who meets him and has helped me over the years with many things though my work as a dog trainer and behaviourist.

In his younger years when we lived in Melbourne he and I used to do assessments for the Lort Smith Pals program, making sure other dogs were suitable to go into care homes or hospitals.

He has been a wise and patient mentor to many a puppy and foster dog passing through and even now at the age of 12 he still makes a great running buddy (although he is slowing down bit). He has always been a quiet boy and still shows an underlying anxiety which I believe was a result of his time before he came in to the care of Victorian Dog Rescue. Sometimes if the kids have friends round or we have visitors staying for the weekend he likes to go and hide in my walk in wardrobe for a sleep as it makes him feel safe. Although the other dogs aren’t allowed in the bedroom, Illy has a special blanket in the wardrobe and that’s where he sleeps at night. He like to be close to me at all times.

All in all he has had a great life so far and is in great condition for his now older years. I’ve included some photos from this morning when he my other dog Djindi came and worked with a reactive dog with me and then had a little run around after as a reward. He is now sleeping on my feet as I type.

I tell him that he must live to 16 as I can’t live without him. We also got a dna test done on him which was fascinating! No staffy at all. 25% cattle dog, some fox terrier, Rhodesian Ridgeback, miniature bullterrier, kelpie, a bit of Lab, and random working mixes. So a real Heinz 57 varieties!

I can’t even begin to tell how grateful I am to have Illy in my life. I have other dogs and of course I love them all, but Illy is truly my dogs, and one in a million. I know everyone says it but he really is the best dog in the world."

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