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					The Bendigo Miner, Thursday, August 7, 2008                                                                                                                                                    3

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Puppy love at first sight                                                                                                                                          Diggings
                                                                                                                                                                Wesley Hill worth a visit
                                                                                                                                                                  WHILE moving rapidly from
                                                                                                                                                                markets into mainstream shop-
By AMY CLYNE                                                                                                                                                    ping, Castlemaine’s emerging
                                                                                                                                                                sustainable living and organics
ASSISTANCE dog Bentley has spent a                                                                                                                              sectors still use the more laid-
little more than a month in his new                                                                                                                             back atmosphere of Saturday
foster home but is already a part of the                                                                                                                        mornings at Wesley Hill to
family.                                                                                                                                                         showcase local goods and ser-
                                                                                                                                                                vices.
  Aside from his schooling at Righteous                                                                                                                           The gold-inspired town sup-
Pups, Bentley is kept busy with the three                                                                                                                       ports a number of alternative
young girls fighting for his attention at the                                                                                                                   shopping experiences, offering
Maud household in White Hills.                                                                                                                                  eco-friendly and ethical living
                                                                                                                                                                options for householders and
  Unfortunately, unlike Bentley, six of his                                                                                                                     businesses, as well as fresh pro-
canine companions are without foster                                                                                                                            duce and products manufac-
families.                                                                                                                                                       tured from regional organic
                                                                                                                                                                growers and distributors.
  Righteous Pups spokeswoman Jenny
Atkins said new foster homes are eagerly                                                                                                                          Shire looks at services
being sought for the litter of 12-week-old
pups.                                                                                                                                                             CAMPASPE Shire is review-
                                                                                                                                                                ing future uses of the Rochester
  ‘‘We rely heavily on our volunteers to                                                                                                                        Customer Service Centre.
keep us going,’’ she said.                                                                                                                                        Central Ward councillor Mur-
  ‘‘We’re looking for homes for six dogs at                                                                                                                     ray McDonald said the issue
                                                                                                                                                                had been raised with the Roch-
the moment but are always looking for                                                                                                                           ester District Planning Group
ongoing support.’’                                                                                                                                              at its meeting last month.
  She said that as puppies were at school                                                                                                                         ‘‘In undertaking this review,
for five days a week the program was                                                                                                                            the council has affirmed its
accommodating for people who had work                                                                                                                           commitment to retaining the
                                                                                                                                                                existing service centre and li-
commitments.
                                                                                                                                                                brary in the town,’’ Cr McDon-
  ‘‘They’re not locked into having a dog                                                                                                                        ald said.
full time. We also have temporary care                                                                                                                            ‘‘This review is all about what
available if people want to go on holi-                                                                                                                         services could be co-located to
days.’’                                                                                                                                                         develop the various council-
                                                                                                                                                                owned facilities in Rochester,’’
  Puppies stay in foster care for 18                                                                                                                            he said.
months, which Ms Atkins said was a great                                                                                                                          People with suggestions or
chance for families to give owning a pet a                                                                                                                      feedback are asked to contact
try.                                                                                                                                                            the shire by August 29.
  Once they have finished their training,                                                                                                                         Horses show strength
dogs are paired with an autistic child to
provide assistance in everything from                                                                                                                             THE Heathcote Clydesdale
physical therapy to alerting parents of a                                                                                                                       Driving and Information day
                                                                                                                                                                will be held at the town’s show-
seizure.                                                                                                                                                        grounds this Sunday.
  ‘‘The home life is so important, espec-                                                                                                                         The annual event will stage
ially if they have kids,’’ she said.                                                                                                                            open and novice classes, single
                                                                                                                                                                horse pair and novelty events, a
  ‘‘That’s what they will be dealing with                                                                                                                       junior driving program, demon-
once they are trained and it’s good for the                                                                                                                     strations, a trading stall and
kids as well as the pups.’’                                                                                                                                     more.
                                                                                                                                                                  There will also be a display of
  Bentley’s foster family would certainly
                                                                                                                                                                restored engines, cars, tractors
agree.                                                                                                                                                          and trucks by the Central Vic-
  ‘‘He’s just so gorgeous and he’s spoilt                                                                                                                       torian Restorers’ Group.
rotten,’’ said Lisa Maud.                                                                                                                                         The day kicks off at 10am at
                                                                                                                                                                the Heathcote Showgrounds.
  ‘‘There are fights to see who can have                                                                                                                        Admission is free. For details,
him the most.’’                                         SMITTEN: Montanna Maud enjoys pampering 14-week-old Bentley.   Picture: ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN               phone 5433 6243.
  Five-year-old animal lover Montanna
lets ‘Benny’ sleep in her bed and likes to
parade him around in a white cot.

  ‘‘He has to put up with quite a lot.
Montanna loves him although he gets
quite exhausted because she’s training
him all day,’’ Ms Maud said.

  ‘‘We’ve got three healthy girls so it’s nice
to think we’re helping out someone less
fortunate.’’

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