Thomas' mother (Sammy) had been lost/dumped and in December 2006 was living at the bottom of our farmlet, stealing our chook eggs for food (we had been blaming a resident brown snake for the thefts). Our closest neighbours had seen her hanging around our horse stables when they drove past. They came over a few days before Christmas and asked if we had noticed her, but we hadn't. They said that she had been around for a week or so, playing with their female dogs. So we went to find her, and on Xmas Eve, we found her.
Being the holiday season, we didn't think we would have any luck finding a new home for Sammy, and the Pound was out of the question. After a day or two we discovered that she had been badly treated; she would cower if we picked up a string or rope. So we decided that we wouldn't try to find her original home. Instead, we decided that she was so nice and friendly, we would adopt her. She was the first dog for our family.
In the New Year a trip to the Vet was arranged, and that was when we found out that she was pregnant. Somehow there seemed no option but that she be allowed to deliver the pups, and in February eight healthy puppies arrived.
Sammy was about a year old and our Vet told us that she was about 95% Kelpie with maybe something else in her, like Lab. She is quiet (usually), calm, intelligent, loving and loyal, and has had cattle dog training.
We have no idea who the father of the puppies is. The pups were either black & white like Thomas, or back with a tiny bit of white like his sister Elisabeth. The Vet said there might have been two fathers involved, or only one. He did believe though that the father was a Border Collie.
We kept Thomas & Elisabeth and found loving homes for the others. However, in November that year Raja was returned to us. His family were having problems controlling him, and they had moved to a property that wasn't really suited for a big-ish dog. We took him back and started looking for another home for him. But it was so close to Xmas, and we were being very picky about who he went to, that we still had him with us in the New Year. By that time we had fallen in love with him all over again, and he became ours. We have no problem controlling him; he is an absolute delight, very affectionate, and Thomas' pal. Ironic really, because when they were born Nan was going to keep Raja for herself, but then Thomas was born and she realised that Thomas was her dog. Now she has both of them!
The following pages contain a photo of each of Thomas' siblings, together with a brief description of their personalities.
Written by Thomas' Nan & Pop.