Dave Greensmith of River 94.9 with his newly adopted cattle dog-cross pooch Beetle.
Dave Greensmith of River 94.9 with his newly adopted cattle dog-cross pooch Beetle.

Dog laps up new status with Dave

IPSWICH radio announcer Dave Greensmith has a new “lady” in his life after officially adopting abandoned cattle dog-cross Beetle.

Beetle was part of the University of Queensland (UQ) Pets-for-Life-Adoption program, which matches animals with new families after the pets have been behaviour-trained and de-sexed.

UQ Clinical Studies Centre manager Rebekah Scotney said staff were keen to see the animals, who are sourced from pounds in Logan, find permanent, stable homes with loving new owners.

One half of the River 94.9 breakfast team, Mr Greensmith said Beetle had captured his heart after appearing in The Queensland Times on November 17.

“I thought she would be the perfect dog for what I wanted,” Mr Greensmith said.

“I thought having a puppy would be a bit full on; I thought it would be good to get a dog who was a little bit older.

“It is also good I was able to help a little dog who has had a tough start in life.”

Since taking the little dog home last Monday, the Brassall resident said Beetle's life had drastically changed for the better.

“She has gone from being unwanted and living in the slums to having three beds and two bowls,” Mr Greensmith said.

“My partner thinks we should call her Cinderella.”

Mr Greensmith said Beetle had started to settle in and display more of her personality.

“She is boisterous and very curious,” Mr Greensmith said.

More information on the adoption program visit www.uq.edu.au/vetschool/ adopt-a-pet).



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