Animal foster carer Michelle Williams and her partner Paul Sutton of Coal Falls with their new friend Buddha the cattle dog-cross.
Animal foster carer Michelle Williams and her partner Paul Sutton of Coal Falls with their new friend Buddha the cattle dog-cross.

Buddha finds a home

ABOUT a month ago he was unwanted and living by himself in a paddock.

Now Buddha the abandoned cattle dog has found a new home.

Elaine Green, president of animal welfare group Grey’s 4 Pets, said Buddha had been found in a paddock at Winwill, just outside Gatton.

Weighing in at a hefty 45kg – at least 20kg over his ideal weight – the dog was believed to have packed on the kilos thanks to generosity of passers-by and construction workers who had fed him sandwiches and leftovers.

Christened Buddha due to his rotundness, the dog’s friendly nature shone through when his photo appeared in The Queensland Times, scoring him “foster parents” and “adoptive parents”.

Ms Green said with the dog’s new owners in the process of moving house, Buddha had found a temporary home with Coalfalls couple Paul Sutton and Michelle Williams until February.

Ms Williams said with the couple spending half the year travelling and working in remote Queensland indigenous communities, the foster arrangement was perfect.

“We saw him in the paper,” Ms Williams said. “We just love dogs, but just can’t have one full-time.”

While officially retired, she said the couple worked on a contract basis and were about to embark on a project which involved installing public telephones in remote outstations.

With Buddha now on a strict diet of “lite” dog food, Mr Sutton said they planned a fat-busting fitness regime, starting with short walks around the garden.

“We will give him a fair bit of exercise around here and help him trim down,” he said.

He has already lost about 5kg.



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