ENERGETIC HOUNDS: Michelle Bainbridge’s dogs, Marley (left) and Vixen, are an ever-present bundle of energy.
ENERGETIC HOUNDS: Michelle Bainbridge’s dogs, Marley (left) and Vixen, are an ever-present bundle of energy. Laura Mckee

Abandoned pup grows into big healthy dog

MICHELLE Bainbridge's pup Marley has come a long way from being stuck in a house fence as an abandoned four-week-old pup.

A year on, Marley is a great guard dog.

"We could hear this squeaky noise and her head was caught in the fence," Mrs Bainbridge said.

"We think someone might have thrown her there because she was full of worms."

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Mrs Bainbridge found Marley on Easter Sunday last year and the family celebrated her birthday on Monday.

The family is unsure of her breed, but everyone loves her all the same.

"Marley is so sweet and a mummy's girl," Mrs Bainbridge said.

"She used to be really jumpy, but she has settled down now."

Mrs Bainbridge's four children are huge fans of her pup.

They also have a seven-month-old great dane cross bull arab cross american bulldog called Vixen.

"Our youngest tries to ride the dogs," Mrs Bainbridge laughed.

"They all wrestle and have a dog pool that everyone jumps in together."

Vixen is certainly a big boy, weighing almost 30kg.

"Vixen doesn't understand how strong she is and thinks she's a little puppy," Mrs Bainbridge said.

"My husband likes to carry her around like a baby."

Mrs Bainbridge said Vixen wasn't the 'sharpest tool in the shed'.

"Vixen is dumb, but you have to love that about her," she laughed.

"We couldn't imagine life without them."

Mrs Bainbridge has her hands full with the energetic dogs and four young children, but enjoys having a large family.

"They are the first dogs we have ever had," she said.

"The dogs eat a lot of food. We go through about eight or nine kilos per week of food."

If you have a pet you'd like to show off, email laura.mckee@gladstoneobserver.com.au.



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