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Working dogs charm TV vet

By Country News

Deniliquin’s Peri Chappell had a special visitor recently — veterinarian and television personality Chris Brown.

Dr Brown visited the farm, between Deniliquin and Conargo, with a camera crew from Network Ten’s The Living Room to share the story of what Herd2Homes does.

Ms Chappell, who founded Herd2Homes with Jennie Dryden, of Wyee on the NSW Central Coast, said Dr Brown was great to work with.

‘‘He (Dr Brown) asked about what we do for the dogs and also about how the drought has affected farmers in the region,’’ she said.

‘‘He was right into the working dogs and what it took to foster them.

‘‘He was a lovely bloke and just so easy to talk to. He even stayed for dinner on the Friday night. I honestly didn’t realise how big of a celebrity he was until I saw the reactions on a photo that we posted on Facebook.’’

Herd2Homes rescues working dog breeds such as border collies, Australian cattle dogs, kelpies, koolies and crossbreeds.

Since it was established three years ago, it has rescued more than 1600 dogs and has worked with pounds, shelters and the RSPCA.

The adoption process includes a questionnaire, phone interview, yard check and adoption fee to cover vet expenses.

The dogs rescued go through a rigorous health and regulation process before they are put up for adoption.

Ms Chappell has also been helping those in need during the drought, making the journey across central-west NSW to help more than 100 farmers and 300 working dogs.

She travelled to Coonamble, Carinda, Albert, Tooraweenah, Dubbo, Forbes, Bathurst, Armidale, Manila, Tamworth, Wallabadah, Murrurrundi and Denman for the ‘H2H drought dogs drive’.

‘‘We’ve had numerous dogs and pups surrendered due to the drought,’’ she said.

‘‘There have been some dogs sent to the pound and others straight to us.

‘‘We’ve helped wherever we can, whether it be organising food donations, worming or anything the farmers need to take care of their working dogs.’’

■To adopt a dog or for more information, visit: www.herd2homes.com.au/

■The episode of The Living Room that will feature the story on Herd2Homes will be aired on November 30.

—Jamie Lowe