Friends of RSPCA foster carer Ole Sandbaek is caring for Gismo and Angel and their three puppies Astro, Celeste and Star.
Friends of RSPCA foster carer Ole Sandbaek is caring for Gismo and Angel and their three puppies Astro, Celeste and Star. Mike Richards

Puppy love grows with patter of tiny paws

AGAINST the odds, star-crossed lovers Angel and Gismo have sealed their five-year relationship with a special delivery - three sets of puppy paws.

One week after being surrendered to the Friends of RSPCA Gladstone, Shih Tzu Maltese cross Angel gave birth to Astro, Star and Celeste.

Now Angel and Gismo are the love dogs of foster carer Ole Sandbaek.

He is also caring for two of his own dogs, three dogs for adoption and the puppies.

"The other dogs know not to go in to the laundry (where the puppies are) - only Angel and Gismo can go there," Mr Sandbaek said of Angel's protective manner.

Mr Sandbaek became a foster carer in April.

"I went and had a look at an adoption day and ended up coming home with a little puppy," he said.

He said the toughest part of the gig was letting the dogs go.

"You love them and get to care for them, but at the end of the day we get to save the dog's life and get to find them a home. That's the giving part," he said.

Dog foster care coordinator Nicole Allison said it was likely the dogs had been used for breeding. 

"We actually thought the puppies came quite early because she wasn't showing," she said.

"She looks like she's had a litter before.

"Unless you are a registered breeder, it's very important to get dogs desexed, because this is the main cause of why dogs end up in the pound and the rescue centre."

A dog adoption day will be held on Sunday at 17 Albert Rd, from 9am to noon.