24 March 2012
Stelly and I - our first day
It’s been a long journey to find our Boston Terrier puppy.
Mr BTR and I have been together 6 years and we’ve spent most of that time traveling and renting our home. We finally purchased our first home just before Christmas, 1.5 years after returning home from our working holiday in Canada (where Mr BTR’s origins lie) and were finally able to get the puppy we had wanted for so long.
As you may have read from my previous post, there were many hurdles and heartbreak before we finally found our pup.
People told us we were crazy not only to drive that far to get a puppy but to pay the expensive price for a Boston Terrier pup in Australia (a rare breed here).
We were told many things (usually in a condescending way) including arguments such as:
- “That’s a ridiculous price to pay for a dog”
- “You should get a rescue dog – the pounds are full of them”
- “You realise that a puppy is like having a baby don’t you?”
- “You should be putting that money towards a wedding”
- “You should be buying a boat, not a dog”
- “You can forget traveling now”
- “What’s wrong with [insert person’s breed of choice] dogs?”
- “You’ve got a mortgage now and shouldn’t be spending that money plus the ongoing costs”
- “It’s just a bloody dog”
The last point really sums up all of the arguments.
If you’re telling me that a Boston Terrier is just a dog then you just don’t get it.
The real argument is that if it’s not a Boston Terrier, it’s just a dog. Right?
That’s why I created Boston Terriers Rock, because I wanted to create an online community where to share experiences with people who get it and I know you’d like to do the same.
So I could spend all day explaining why the Boston Terrier was the only breed for us and about the 12+ months we spent researching the breed to make sure she would suit our lifestyle, personalities and be a good family dog (for when we need that).
But this story has a happy ending after a journey including 2348km (1459 miles) of driving, 3 days of travel, 2 Australian states and the adoption of Stelly – our beautiful little Boston pup.
(Full image gallery at the end of the post)
Day 1 – An Early Rise To Start Our Journey
NSW South Coast – Crescent Head – South West Rocks – Iluka – Ballina
Dawn breaks a few hours into our adventure
It was a very early 3:30am when the alarm went off after a night without much sleep but we were determined to hit the road as early as possible to beat the Sydney traffic and have time to stop and enjoy the beaches of the NSW coast on the first leg of our road trip.
We made great time and managed to get past Newcastle just as dawn was breaking – we’d escaped rush hour.
We made a quick pit stop in Taree and then continued up the coast until we reached the scenic route just past Port Macquarie, stopping to marvel at the beaches of Crescent Head and South West Rocks. There’s also a pic in the gallery below of a really cool little cafe that we unfortunately couldn’t taste test as they only accepted cash.
We hit the road again and made a quick stop for lunch in a strange little town called Macksville and then we powered up the coast, past the Big Banana to a very quiet little coastal town Iluka on the Clarence River for a little beach fishing.
We didn’t catch anything but managed to get a little sun burnt in the 45mins we were there. It was beautiful though.
Last stop on day 1 was Mr BTR’s parents home in Ballina in Northern NSW where we caught up and prepared for another early start.
Day 2 – Adoption Day
Ballina – Ipswich (QLD) – Kingscliff (NSW) – Byron Bay – Ballina
Stelly's first beach experience
Another early start at 5:00am and again a rather sleepless night as we were both so excited to be picking up our pup.
We hit the road and set off for Queensland so we could meet Stelly as early as possible.
We arrived at the breeders home at around 8:00am after a 3 hour drive and were greeted at the door by the breeder with a much smaller than expected Stelly in her arms.
Our voices immediately went up an octave with all of our “oh she’s so beautiful” etc comments but, she really was the cutest little thing I’d ever seen and we were both immediately smitten with her.
The breeder was lovely and chatted with us for a while but I must admit I don’t think I heard much of it as I couldn’t keep my eyes off Stelly.
We were told that Stelly was the smallest in the litter but that didn’t stop her bossing her brothers and sisters around and she was proving that by winning a tug of war with her brother over a pair of thongs (of the shoe kind).
Finally we put Stelly into her travel crate and got back on the road. She only whimpered for about 20 seconds and then went to sleep until we arrived in Kingscliff.
Kingscliff took my breath away. It’s a smallish coastal town which I prefer over the main tourist spots and the beaches are incredible, the pics below really don’t do it justice but it was the perfect place to introduce Stelly to our beach lifestyle.
We then headed off to Byron Bay. to grab some lunch. Byron Bay is home to stunning beaches, a lighthouse on the most easterly point of Australia and a surfer town with a hippie vibe.
Unfortunately Stelly wasn’t too fond on Byron Bay and was scared of all the people so we got back in the car and went to the next coastal town in Lennox Head to grab a bite before heading back to Ballina.
Day 3 – Chillin in Ballina and Bonding With Stelly
Breaking rule #1
Day 3 was spent relaxing, visiting the local farmers market (where Stelly was a hit) watching movie and tonnes of cuddles and bonding with Stelly.
We were both so amazing by how much love this little pup has to give and how well behaved she is.
Stelly slept in our room and didn’t make a sound all night. We broke rule number 1 immediately that morning and had her curl up at our legs in bed whilst we all went back to sleep.
Day 4 – Driving Stelly Home
Ballina – Coffs Harbour – Port Macquarie – Home
Stelly's finally home - her favourite spot in the sun
Another early morning departure at 5:30am but this time we were bringing our precious little pup home.
Stelly was fine with the drive for the first couple of hours but then just before Coffs Harbour she was car sick. We felt terrible for her and incredibly guilty for taking her on such a long drive but she was fine after that.
The weather was not so great and we stopped in Port Macquarie to stretch our legs at the beach and have some fun with Stelly. Just as we were leaving the rain started.
We continued for the long stretch home and were so excited when after over 11 hours we had made it.
She seemed comfortable right away, sniffing out her new home and finding her new favourite spots to nap.
It was the most amazing feeling to have her in our new home that we had worked so hard for. She truly makes us feel like we are a family now.
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What’s The Story Behind Your Boston Terrier Search?
I know we aren’t the only crazy ones out there so let us know in the comments what experiences you had in your search for a Boston Terrier.
Did you come across opinionated people like we did?
Did you travel a crazy distance?
Was it just the incredible feeling you got from adopting your puppy?
Please share below.