Escape-artist dog finds new occupation at nursing home
Honey the kelpie will now become a therapy dog at the Bellorana aged care home (nursing home) in Bellingen, New South Wales, after her continual escapes resulted in her owner, Justin Brow, receiving nearly $4,000 in council fines from the local ranger.
Mr Brow tried to dog-proof his backyard by putting up extra wire barriers and corrugated iron and pouring cement along the fence line, but Honey kept finding new ways to get out.
“She’s the canine equivalent of Houdini. And my yard is like Fort Knox,” he said in an interview with the ABC.
It led to Mr Brow being issued with dozens of fines that forced him to set up a payment plan with the council in an effort to pay them off.
A fresh start
There has been some good news for the Houdini-like canine, with a plan now in place for Bellorana to take in Honey as an official therapy dog.
“She has a really sweet energy and I think as a therapy dog that’s perfect,” Mr Brow said.
Honey has already spent some time at the facility, which is run by the not-for-profit Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution, to a positive response.
“The doctor told me there had been one guy who had a stroke and couldn’t use his hands, and when Honey turned up he started patting her totally normally.”