CLEO was locked in the Casino Dog Pound for more than a month when our sister paper, the Express Examiner visited her at the end of December.

She was an energetic Arab bull-cross pup, unwanted by her owners.

She was featured in the paper and in a video on Facebook.

Cleo needed a forever home and she has found it with Darryl Hancock and his two old dogs, Sheba and Zac.

"I was born and bred in a farmhouse and we always had dogs," Mr Hancock said.

He saw Cleo in the paper and liked the breed.

"I know bull Arabs are good watchdogs," he said. "And we've had a few break-ins round here."

He first met Cleo at the pound.

"You look in their eyes and you know if they are a good dog or not," he said.

With Cleo, it would have been difficult for her to sit still long enough to be able to look into her eyes.

Mr Hancock liked what he saw and brought Cleo home to meet 15-year-old Zac and Sheba, who has severe arthritis.

His backyard in Casino has plenty of space for Cleo to chase the ball.

"She has settled in real good," Mr Hancock said.

"The three dogs still have the boss fights."

Mr Hancock used a remote control electric collar that emits a beep, to teach Cleo to stay outside and to make sure she didn't jump the low fence.

She has been desexed and had one ride in his car.

"She wouldn't sit in the back seat, she had to sit in the front," he said.

Cleo is still lively and Mr Hancock has had to teach her not to attack his pet cockatiels - who sit on his head to sleep.

"I had to hold Cleo by the collar and tell her no."

A happy ending for Cleo.



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