Unofficial Tasman Pound Dog's Website

THEN and NOW stories

Pound dogs are just ordinary mutts who've suffered a sudden major change in their life - lost, abandoned, surrendered, rescued from evil - but most dogs are very resilient and adaptable. We want to show as many stories of how they have resettled into a new home, family and community as possible. Like all things in life, not everything always works out, and this page only includes the happy stories, but most stories are happy and many are still coming! If you have an ex Pound dog, and you'd like us to add them to this page please send a photo and a sentence or two.

As the Pound Manager John Bergman says Pound Dogs R Gr8 M8!

Asha

At the Pound (2014):

We don't have any pictures of Asha at the Pound as when she arrived the Pound was packed and under quarantine. Asha, was a very lucky girl, not only to have survived this terrible time at the Pound, but then to be chosen by the ARK and adopted by the ARK's dog trainer.

Asha is an example of how a Pound dog can have no future at all, but this can change in a few seconds, if some-one sees them and chooses them.

At home (2018):

4 years now! Found wandering at about 9 months then onto the ark program. I adopted her when she graduated. She is a sweet natured dog and now has a job with me visiting schools and helping to teach kids how to interact around dogs they don’t know.

Bingo (was called Tonto)

At the Pound (2017):

Tonto was a bright, inquisitive young fellow who loved to follow you around and make friends with everybody. He wasn't in the Pound long (we don't have a photo) before he rode off into the sunset with his new Lone Rangers.

At home (2018):

Our boy Bingo (previously Tonto) is now learning to be a farm dog. After adopting him he lived with us on our town section but we found it was not stimulating enough for him so decided he would be happier on our farm with the other working dogs and he's loving it! He goes in the tractor every morning with my dad to feed out to the cows and is great company. He loves going on long walks, playing with our other dogs and especially his squeaky toys. Bingo has been a great addition to the family.

Bobby (was called Rollo)

At the Pound (2017):

Rollo was probably only around 6 months old when he arrived at the Pound and what we remember about Rollo is how clever he was. He was originally rehomed to a family with young children, but he came back because he was a lot to handle and this was when he was young! Luckily, he only stayed in the Pound for the one night as out of the blue, a lady rang up looking for a dog and after meeting him she knew Rollo would suit.

At home (2018):

Rollo/Bobby is now around one and a half years old, he loves his family and he’s still full of fun. We see Bobby all around the place, at the beach, going for walks and even at the Nayland Pool Dog swim. He’s very well socialised with people, kids and other dogs, which is especially important when a dog is Bobby’s size, he’s huge.

Bobby is still very clever, his family tell me how they threw food out for the birds in the garden one morning and the next morning there was Bobby waiting with the birds for food!

Dougy

At the Pound:

At home:

The Pound rescued Dougy from a shed where he’d been locked up, without food or water, for several days following his escape from his earlier home. He was thin, lacked muscle tone, and was nervous and anxious, often with his tail tucked tightly between his hind legs.

From the Pound, Dougy went into quiet foster home for some TLC - he never left. Two years on, now four years old, he is “quite a different dog” and has proven to be everything his family want and expect in a dog. “He is Intelligent, trainable, and especially good around the horses he now shares his life with.” After a lot of consistent training, healthy diet, exercise/outings and love he’s proven to be a fabulous family pet. “He is a well mannered and good natured dog who is no problem to have around.”

He displays his soft and gentle side, lapping the attention with tail wagging, when the very young kids gather around him for a ‘patting session’ on their way to school. To the other extreme he can be extremely fast (the greyhound side of him), powerful and funny when he expresses joy by doing puppy runs.

His owner says, “People often say to me, while out walking, that he looks like he’d be a high energy dog, but he’s not, he’s actually a couch potato and very laid back.” Dougy has found his forever home where he continues to develop into the dog he was born to be.

Frazer (was called Ernie)

At the Pound (2015):

At home (2018):

Our Labx was named Ernie by the Tasman Pound and was videoed because he ate so fast!!! Has slowed down now! He was found tangled up in old mans beard by Frazers orchard so we renamed him Frazer. Our pound hound has given us so much fun and joy.

Harvey

At the Pound (2016):

Harvey, was an old darling, he'd had a great life when he was young, lots of love and lots of walks, but his life changed when his young owner met a man. When I first met Harvey he was overyweight with a number of health issues and extemely stressed. Harvey also had an opinion on the world, the universe and his place in it. He had to wait such a long time for his home, but it was worth the wait because Harvey found the right home for him. Harvey has a couple of YouTube videos 1st video and 2nd video.

At home (2018):

Mr Harvey was one of those one in a Gazillion dogs- he loved to be loved by everyone including the cats. At 8pm every night he would go to bed (his bed was in my room) and sleep...once a night he would check around the house then go back to sleep. Every morning was exciting new and always a happy start to the day. I miss him so much and it was such a pleasure to have Harvey as my best mate till the end. I will never meet another dog as kind loyal and giving as Mr Harvey in my life time.

Thank you God for looking after my boy until I see him again.

Hope

At the Pound:

Hope wasn’t at the Pound for very long, Second Chance whipped her out not long after she arrived and took her to a foster home where she stayed. I remember the Rangers talking about her and saying how terrified she was when she arrived at the Pound. They were unsure if she would ever recover. Am so pleased to hear her story!

At home:

Here is our wonderful girl Hope, so damaged when I collected her from the pound that even 2 months after looking after her there was no improvement and she would shiver and shake in rigid terror if we dragged her out of the kennel. We thought she might never get over the abuse and neglect she had experienced. Thank goodness we didn't give up on her, and the hours I spent sitting in her kennel with her while reading my book finally convinced her to trust me. Today she is a very loving and clever family member that we wouldn't be without. People don't always deserve a dog's love but dogs always deserve a second chance.

Indy (was called Teddy)

At the Pound (2014):

Indy arrived at the Pound with her brother and sister. They all looked so different, we would never have known they were siblings. We took all three to the A & P show to try and find them homes, they had a ball and two ended up being adopted straight afterwards. All three (plus 2 more ratbag pups) are in our 'Puppy Pandemonium' video, having heaps of fun.

At home (2018):

Indy (aka Teddy) our Second Chance girl. We’ve had her nearly 4 years now and love her.

Jade

At the Pound (2017):

Jade was picked up for wandering around Motueka, she was at the Pound for a while so we got to know Jade really well. We took Jade all over the place, out to Sinful Coffee to talk to the nice people there and of course on heaps of walks. She waled along the bike tracks and around Richmond and probably other places as well. Because Jade was an older lady, we asked Sue from Dog Almighty to come and assess her. This was great fun for Jade, play and food, and cuddles. Jade loved her cuddles. We all had a lovely time doing Jade's video.

At home (2018):

She’s doing awesome she’s lost a bit of weight but she needed to lol but we love her she’s our baby.

Jools

At the Pound (2015):

Jools was an ex hunting dog, an old man’s best friend who couldn't go with him when he moved into new accommodation. She was at the Pound for four months looking for a home but no-one wanted her. We tried everything, we put two videos up on YouTube First YouTube video and 2nd YouTube video and we advertised her on Trade Me, Facebook and Pet Rescue. Nothing and no-one. Eventually we took her home. Brindle dogs are hard to rehome, and if they’re 6 years old and overweight with a very loud opinion on the world, the universe and everything it’s even harder.

At home (2018):

We took Jools home with us for good over two and a half years ago now. Initially we worried about our old dog and our old cat, we shouldn’t have, Jools loved them both and she looked after and protected them until they passed on. Jools is no angel, driving in the car is just so exciting, trucks are yelled at full blast, and kisses are constant. Balls are all hers and so are sticks, they both have her full attention. Jools has quite a strong prey drive, something we weren’t used to but we manage this and it of course it means we can’t take her everywhere. Jools has heaps of empathy, lots of confidence and she’s there when we need her. Jools not only looks after us, she's also "adopted" our second Tasman Pound rescue dog GWhiz.

GWhiz (was called Jesus)

At the Pound (2016):

GWhiz arrived at the Pound with two mates, the Rangers had picked them up for roaming. They stayed at the Pound for around three months waiting until a decision was made on whether they could be returned home. Eventually it was decided GWHiz could be rehomed, if a suitable home was found.

At home (2018):

We took GWhiz home because we’d got to know him so well at the Pound, he was a big, scared, two and a half year old panicky puppy with some funny ways. He loves to snuggle, Jools (our first Tasman Pound rescue dog) has taught him to chase balls, sticks and to yell at anyone who picks up a ball and doesn’t throw it (embarassing on the beach). She’s given him confidence, and he’s taught her what fun it is to play again. GWhiz is such a gentle fellow, on a recent walk he sniffled out a poor drenched kitten near the airport, he then fretted over the kitten until we took her to the SPCA the next morning.

Quinn

At the Pound (2015):

When he came to the Pound we named Quinn after “The Mighty Quin” because he was a large fellow and we thought it would be a good song for his video. Trouble was Quinn wasn’t really very mighty! At the Pound Quinn was looking for love and so we added this song to his video Quinns video .

At home (2018):

We took Quinn home about 3 and half years ago, we already had 4 dogs but thought quinn would fit in just fine and he did, hes a very happy go lucky dog who loves his cuddles and also his bed. He has a cat friend now who he gives lots of cuddles and kisses, sometimes they snuggle in bed together.

Hes a very big goofy part of our family and he has nothing to give but love and affection.

Rosie (was called Bernadette)

At the Pound:

Bernadette arrived at the Pound when it was packed and all kennels were occupied. She was a smallish dog among a lot of big dogs and we were thrilled when she was chosen by the ARK for their programme. Bernadette needed help learning how to live, and the ARK were able to help her. I don’t feel she’d had much socialisation with people before she came to the Pound, a very scared little dog. John Bergman named her Bernadette, our Pound dogs have some unusual names!

At home:

The dog resting on her brothers shoulders is my beautiful Rosie, formerly Bernadette!!!

Saber

At the Pound (2016):

At the Pound, Saber was a mighty jumper, if he was where he didn't want to be, he just jumped the fence to where he did want to be. He was the first dog we came across who could do this, been several since, but the Pound fences are pretty high. I remember when we did Saber's video he had a lot of fun running about with the 'hat' as well as charming all the ladies at Sinful Coffee.

At home (2018):

This is our 4 (ish) year old staffy x Saber, suffering unbearably in his new home with us. Adopted direct from the Pound he's been with our family for 2 years now and he's such a big baby. We love him lots. He's going to star in Antoina Pets Portrait - 101 rescue dogs book too and he's the cover photo on Antonia's Facebook page!.

Stig (was called Taz)

At the Pound (2017):

Taz was a very frightened, scared dog when she arrived at the Pound with her mate Rocky. I remember going in to their run to say hello and Taz hiding behind me up in the back corner. We had an exciting morning not long after their arrival, Taz and Rocky snuck through an open gate and headed for the recycling centre. We had to run down (pies in hand), find them and beg them to come back while John manned the gates. We couldn’t catch Taz, but we grabbed Rocky and she followed.

At home (2018):

Stig has gained more confidence in meeting people and is not the same shy, scared dog that she once was. She now enjoys toys and knows if she brings a tug toy to me we will play a game. Stig loves playing with other dogs, enjoys the beach where I have learned she can run like the wind. Stig likes to have a busy mind, is easy to train and loves to show off her new tricks (she's a meercat in her photo).

Stig goes to daycare in Tahuna once a week and is no problem, her favourite game is chasings. Stig recognises the vehicles of her special human friends and is forever hopeful to have a ride or they will stop and say hello with big cuddles and loving attention. Stig cries if, when walking we go past one of her playmates houses, she does not go in to play. Stig has a little sparrow friend who comes into the lounge everyday and hops around her, she lets him carry on till he chooses to go outside again until the next day.

Stig is very loving and likes nothing better than snuggling up to me for lots of cuddles, she is a constant joy in my life and is perfect for me in every possible way. .

Tui (was called Jazz)

At the Pound (2006):

Jazz came in to the Pound with another dog in 2006. The Pound Manager's daughter took the other dog as it required a bit of care and still has her now. Both dogs were on their last trip and by pure luck John had stopped and asked the owner for directions and the fellow surrendered the dogs to him. Just in the nick of time!!

At home (2018):

Tui came to us at the end of 2006 from John the Pound Manager. She was a pig dog no longer required and around 4 years of age. Tui learnt to be a town dog, was gentle with the kids and cats and a friend to many. She was the most loyal, sweet girl. She had many adventures and was a most loved dog. She passed away this year so lived a long cherished life beyond the pound. We couldn't have asked for a better dog.