Wallaby - the Cattle Dog Pup

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Raised by 228 people in 15 months
Jo O'Connell  VENTURA, CA
Wallaby, the Cattle Dog pup in this photo is just 6 months old. 


The picture was taken when she was 4 months old and just arrived from a friend’s farm in North Dakota. She is a wonderful dog: curious, attentive and very intelligent.

Wallaby lives with us on our 3-acre Australian Native Plants Nursery. She is the nursery “greeter,” and everyone she meets falls in love with her.


We don’t know what happened but this Christmas morning she mysteriously left the grounds and was hit by a car. She was taken to the Humane Society in Ojai  and then transferred to Thousand Oaks Vet Hospital where she was treated until she was moved to Ventura Medical and Surgical Center .

She is there now.


She has lung collapse, a broken pelvis, a broken hip, two broken ribs and a huge laceration in her side flank. It will cost $5000+ stablilize her and fix her lungs along with another $5000+ to put a plate in her pelvis and a screw in her hip.

Time is of the essence. She needs a blood transfusion today and several surgeries next week.

Despite obvious pain, she was so relieved to see me and clearly appreciative of the human support she was getting. She looked at me with a plea for help in her eyes, it broke my heart. 

The good news is the veterinarian says that Wallaby can have a complete recovery and live a full life if we follow the treatment plan.

Please help us save Wallaby. Any amount will help, and if by any chance we receive more than we need, we will gratefully donate any remaining funds to the Humane Society in Ventura County to help other dogs in a similar crisis.

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Update 9
Posted by Jo O'Connell
13 months ago
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Wallaby says thanks everyone!
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Update 8
Posted by Jo O'Connell
13 months ago
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Thank you everyone for all the love and support for Wallaby. We are closing the account and we both hope to see you at our nursery soon.....Jo and Wallaby
Wallaby well on the road to recovery....
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Update 7
Posted by Jo O'Connell
14 months ago
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Wallaby is improving so quickly it is hard to believe that it wasn't even three weeks ago that she was in critical care. We wish to thank EVERYONE for their care and support. She has been through quite a lot and hopefully learned some lessons. On her recent visit to the hospital to have her staples out they told me she went up to all the doctors and technicians to greet them in the clinic. The Veterinarians are amazed at how quickly she has healed. Friends and friends of friends practiced Reiki energy healing on her and I believe this has helped her speedy recovery. She jumped out of the truck yesterday and up on the bed this morning! She went into the clinic an Aussie cattle dog and came out a Green Bay Packers fan! Don't know how that happened.....she is a very happy pup. THANK YOU again...Jo and Wallaby
Wallaby at Home
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Update 6
Posted by Jo O'Connell
15 months ago
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Dear Friends of the Nursery and Wallaby Pup,

First the good news: I was called by the vet this morning and told it was time to bring Wallaby home!

She is finally off intravenous fluids, and they think they have figured out how to manage her pain.

Here's a pic of her just placed in my truck. (That's my 86 year old Mum peeking out from the front seat.)

She can still barely move, so she'll be confined to a crate in my living room for several weeks, in-between bouts outside in a sling for fresh air and trips to the surgery as an outpatient for rehab.

Thank you to everyone who supported us through this difficult time. You collectively contributed more than US $11K towards saving Wallaby's life and the experience has been a deeply humbling one. There is no way I could have done it without you. And more than ever I feel this little dog is well worth it--each day she demonstrates how special she is.

The final hospital bill has landed with a thud: US $14,654.41! Gulp. For this reason I am keeping the GoFundMe page live.

Let's just say any new contributions will not be unwelcome!

The truth is, Wallaby's accident is not the only crisis we've been dealing with lately. A cantankerous neighbor is suing me: Though he has lived next door to us for 25 years, he claims that the pollen from my plants is flaring his allergies and causing him "pain and suffering."

And while his attempt to shut us down is frivolous and unfounded, his action is costing us quite a fair bit.

The good news is that the lawsuit has prompted us to think about opening a new retail space. So we've been looking around and coming up with ideas! Our plan is to continue to grow plants where we are, but the hope is to open a new, improved storefront, with regular hours in the Spring.

The Australian Natives Shop will come with expanded services to our design clients and customers. Watch this space for details!

We'll keep you posted.

With continued appreciation for our community,

Jo, Byron, and everyone at Australian Native Plants.
Going home? Really? :-)
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