Share the Love of Adopted Dogs

Find out why adopted dogs make amazing pets and how you can let the world know.

Despite Australians warming to the idea of adopting pets, with 70 percent of surveyed dog owners considering it as an option, only 11 percent actually source their pets from rescue organisations.

The PEDIGREE Adoption Drive is shining a new light on these forgotten pooches, asking adopted dog owners to show the world their dog is a much loved family member, encouraging others to consider it, by displaying a free “My Family” style car sticker on their cars.  Stickers are available for free at IGA super-stores and online.

Recent research reveals some interesting attitudes about dog adoption; with 25 percent of Aussies thinking of adopted dogs as difficult to train and 35 percent believing them to be ‘sad’.

However, owners of adopted pets, such as Emma Mills from Victoria, feel passionately about sharing  the benefits and joys of rescuing a dog and demystifying these misconceptions.

Emma and her family spoke to LifeStyle about her gorgeous adopted Blue Heeler Rocky (pictured below) - also known as Rockstar or Boofhead.

How has the rescue dog become part of the family?

It feels like Rocky has always been part of our family.  We initially thought we would foster, but from the moment we picked him up he was part of our family, it was like he had always belonged with us.

Describe the best things Rocky has bought to your life

Rocky has added another dimension to our family and has opened up a whole new network of friends, through PetRescue. He is smart and playful, active and inquisitive, very different from the spaniels I have always had.  I am active and Rocky keeps me company when I go running and keeps me safe (even though he would lick you to death rather than do anything else).  He has made the whole family more active! He plays with my daughters, which even extends to being dressed up as a bride or a princess. He has taught all of us what the true meaning of compassion is, to open up your home and heart to an animal that has not had a very good life and to see him thrive over the last six months has been an amazing gift he has given us.

Does Rocky have any funny or cute traits?

Many! He leads with his head, when he wants a pat, that’s why we call him Boofhead. He likes to lay on the kids beds at reading time; I am convinced he can understand the story. He loves to sit on the couch and watch the footy with his dad. When you try and put his haulti on Rocky rolls over on the floor for a belly rub, makes fitting his lead harder, but he achieves his objectives, to get a belly rub and to go on walk! He gets on the couch and beds via stealth methods, believing that you cannot see him as he is so quiet and gentile…NOT! 

Any other thoughts about Rocky?

He is the best dog anyone could ask for. He goes from strength to strength each day. When we look at Rocky, all we want for him is to have the life he deserves and should always have had! We want Rocky to feel loved and secure for the rest of his life. 

 For more information on making an adopted dog part of your family, visit 


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Posted by Rick12Report
Of the 4 pup's in the lead photo, puppy 2nd from left, is he /she available?
Spitting image of our Timmy who has just passed on, could be his twin.
Let me know where I can find this pup....Rick.
Posted by Margaret668Report
I just had to comment on this article. My family have not so long ago had to put our much loved adopted dog to sleep (for want of a better word). We were blessed with his companionship for 12.5 yrs. I was having treatment for breast cancer when we adopted him, and even as a 4-6 mth old pup he would be kind and affectionate, taking to sleep under my bed when I was feeling yucky after chemo. He was great companion to my daughter who was 10 when we got him,they played together and he was a great dog. He did the usual pup things, like dig and chew things, but we took him to puppy classes, taught him to be social. He was a cattle dog/kelpie cross, smart as a whip and didn't bark much. he loved walkies which was a great incentive for us all to go walkies!
Losing him has left all of our family with a great sense of loss. My husband misses his silent mate, who was always quick with a lick and a grin, only requiring a good walk and a feed.
Adopting a dog or cat (we had one before the dog for 14 yrs), is so fulfilling. BUT like all animals they require commitment, loving, training and work on the owners part. They are not for a fashion accessory, or to guard the house and left in the yard with no attention. Everything you give a pet will be given back to you 10 fold from your animal.