Blondy and Nala’s Story

This is a little story about where our beautiful poochies came from and how they got where they did!

Before The Dog Protection Society

Blondy was born along with his brother, Harry and sister, Honey to Mum, Daisy somewhere North of Auckland. They were all found under a house that was going to be demolished. At that time, Blondy was named Herne due to his little hernia under his belly. It was at this time they were all taken to The Dog Protection Society in Albany (known fondly in our house as “Uncle Graham’s) J

This is Blondy back then in 2004.



Nala was approximately one when she was arrested on Queen Street for petty crimes with her then best friends (youth offenders). She looked so tough with her big studded collar and got sent straight to the pound. The kind ladies at the pound quickly realized what a sweetie she was a recommended that she not get put down, but that she got whisked away to Uncle Grahams!


Adoption Time!


Alex found Blondy online and thought he was super cute! His adoption date was sometime in early 2005. Blondy’s birthday was approximately November 2004 and he was just 3 months old when he found his forever home.

Blondy was a very nervous wee pup and every strange sound was terrifying for him. But over time he got more and more brave although he still barks loudly at things like lawn mowers!!

Blondy was put down as a lab x but he loves herding things and working. He had so much energy that up until recently (he is nearly 11 years old now) he needed at least 2 hours exercise per day!! We think he might be a Huntaway X (he also has a very loud voice)! He is a beautiful soul who loves human company and lots of runs. Up until a couple of years ago, he would run very long distances with Alex and Paul. He is great company on long training runs and loves his home in Queenstown. He has a big backyard and spends all day patrolling like a security guard! He loves being outside – even in the snow!

Blondy is still a big, strong, fit and healthy boy. We are so lucky to have him!



Alex felt Blondy was lonely so I decided to go back to Graham and find a wee mate for Blondy. They brought Nala into the yard with Blondy and they got along straight away. They have been best friends ever since.

Nala was also a little nervous when she first came home. She would cower if you came towards her too quickly and she didn’t let you touch her under belly or legs. But she got more and more confident and is now a happy little dog.

Nala is an absolute Princess! She loves nothing more than cuddles on the sofa (which of course is not allowed…. But who can resist that)!! She makes lots of contented deep breathing and sighing noises when she’s happy. Nala has never got rid of her need to scrounge and we have to be very careful not to leave food where she can get it!! She is also a master with her mouth and can scalp a tennis ball in about 3 minutes!

The below picture is Nala in her usual cuddle position with my husband Paul and another of someone feeling sheepish!




Now Nala is slowing down quite a lot as she is almost 11 years old but she is still happy. We are so lucky to have her J


We got two beautiful companions from The Dog Protection Society – thanks guys! x