Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler)

Available for adoption!


5 March 2016 Update:
Nooka is now 1 year old and still such a love and really likes playing.  He likes other dogs, but also enjoys his people. Due to abuse and being beaten in the head, Nooka has some neurological issues. He suffers from either Sensory or Psychic seizures.  Sensory seizures cause hallucinations. Psychic seizures affect how he feels, thinks, and experiences things.  In Nooka he becomes very fearful.  As stated before, Nooka does not have the normal seizure activity (spasms), he goes into a barking/grumbling episode and looks totally scared to death.  Also, we feel issues with his eye sight are due to neurological issues as well.  He can see, but his sight isn’t right.  Nooka is on Phenobarbital for the seizure-type activity and this has helped him a great deal.  Pheno is relatively cheap at a pharmacy. He is also on Benadryl to ease his anxiety, which when hightened causes the seizures.  You can get Benadryl equivalents at WalMart, Costco, Sam’s Club and very cheap.  We are using The Benadryl-type because it is cheaper than Diazepam (Valium).
Nooka would do best in a home with someone there most or all the time.  He would also do best with a doggie door and fenced yard to have access when he is alone.  In his foster home, he has been doing much better with having access to the outside when the foster is gone.

22 Jan 2016 Update: Nooka is now 11 months old and is currently being treated for possible seizure-type activity. He doesn’t have the normal tremor seizures, but he will go into a barking/grumbling episode where his body stiffens and he lifts his head upwards and looks totally scared to death. We are working on getting the right levels of phenobarbital to help him. His barking/grumbling episodes have improved greatly from when he first arrived. The main thing is that an adopter understands that his grumbling/barking isn’t threatening, but thinking it’s some type of tool he is using to cope with his disability/anxiety.  Even though I have not been able to get his eyes checked internally (needs to be sedated due to extreme head shyness), we are thinking the issue with them could most likely be neurological, from genetics or from abuse (meaning the neurological issues, like the seizure-type activity, are also from abuse). The neurologist feels he came from a bad situation and may have been beat in the head. We are looking at possibly getting an MRI done to see if it shows any damage and to hopefully give us some answers. 

Nooka can see but his sight is not right. His pupils do not react much to light and he will not see a treat dropped in front of him while he is sitting and looking at you. 

As I’ve said before, he really is a good dog. He will be a great companion for someone, he likes to play and go for walks. Out in public he is great.  He has been great at events and not gone into his episodes at all.

Original Posting: Nooka is a beautiful, very sweet 8 month old Australian Cattle Dog. He is a good boy in the house and fairly good on walks. Nooka is a smart boy and already knows SIT. He is housebroken, but being young, can’t hold it for over 8 hours just yet. He would do best with a fenced-in yard to run around in. He would be a great playmate for another dog. He HATES a crate, but a crate is not needed since he does well when left to roam free in the house. 

About Me

  • Sex Male (neutered)
  • Size Medium (45 lbs)
  • Age Young Adult
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Good with other dogs? Yes
Good with cats? No
Good with children? Yes


Currently fostered in Pennsylvania. (Transport is available)

Health Info

  • Vision Vision impaired
  • Health Notes
    Nooka suffers from seizure-type activity due to being abused and beaten in the head.
Older children only

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