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  • LET THE LONG JOURNEY BEGIN!     17 December 2019

    I have just paid PetAir the deposit required to secure their services. The first booking available in K.L is 17 March, but that allows enough time to complete the export requirements, vaccinations, and tests necessary for Nathan to be exported from the Philippines.

    Hopefully Nathan will arrive home in time to enjoy Spring in New Zealand.

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  • AMAZING NEWS     15 December 2019

    Good news/bad news? An amazingly supportive and generous person has agreed to loan me all the money required to make sure Nathan gets home to NZ. I'm sure you realize repaying this loan will be difficult on my very modest income,so I'm continuing this page and future donations will be added to the $1425 already given, then used to reduce the loan once Nathan is back home with us, hopefully by around August 2020.

    Please continue to support Nathan and I, every $1 donated reduces the loan burden that I must repay.

    I'll post updates regularly, hopefully Nathan can begin his long journey home before 18 January 2020, the date Che, CB, and Skylar begin their journey to join me at our Far North home in NZ.

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  • NEW CLOSING DATE     19 November 2019

    Hi there,

    I want to make a final effort to raise the remainder of the funds needed. A generous pledge already made is conditional on the remaining balance of $7000 being donated by the new closing date.

    As my family's visas to live in NZ have been approved we need to begin the process of relocating Nathan as soon as possible.

    Please can we all reach out to any individual or organisation that can possibly donate generously and by doing so ensure the best future life for Nathan.

    Best wishes,


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  • RETURN TO NZ     6 October 2019

    I arrived back in NZ about 3 weeks ago, mainly because increasing pain in my arthritic hip was affecting my mobility and required treatment in NZ. Leaving Nathan and my family behind was heart wrenching.

    I hope I can be more effective in promoting Nathans cause from NZ as I can personally approach people and organisations rather than solely relying on emails.

    Meanwhile my wife, Che, is ensuring Nathan continues to receive the love and attention he needs, and her video clips show a happy and energetic Nathan enthusiastically enjoying life.

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  • CONTACT     8 August 2019

    I have now contacted all the newspapers in NZ asking them to help by informing their readers of our fund raising to bring Nathan home to NZ. Next task is to contact all the main NZ magazines.

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  • NATHAN "GUARDING THE GOAL"     5 August 2019

    Nathan, Dixie and I enjoying playing together shortly before I traveled to the Philippines.

    Most of my furniture etc is already removed as the property will soon be tenanted.

    Hoping Nathan will be reunited with us in this beautiful environment around June 2020.

    Please give generously so this is achieved.

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  • MOVING HOUSE     25 July 2019

    We have been very busy transferring to our new house and now Nathan is in a much happier place where he has a much larger area to roam in and isn't tied up. He is also out of sight from people who might be tempted to steal or poison him ( yes, that also happens ). He is such a loving and trusting boy, nothing seems to faze him and he never complains. The hair he lost is slowly growing back, but now we must inspect him for ticks daily as they abound at this time of year, and use Frontline + to combat them. I appreciate your suggestions and encouragement and intend to contact further media people who may publicize our cause. Any further suggestions would be very welcome.

    Kind Regards,

    Graeme, Nathan, and family.

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  • NATHAN'S BOYS     1 July 2019
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    My stepson CB (pink shirt) and his cousin JP are great pals with Nathan. They slowly became confident around him, not easy for children who have been taught to avoid dogs because being bitten can be fatal if the dog carries rabies. They occasionally enjoy walking with Nathan and they also swim together.

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  • NATHAN HAVING FUN     13 June 2019

    Sorry about the amateur video, I'll do better in future.

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  • Puzzle "who is the stupidest"     9 June 2019
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    I didn't realize the puzzle in my previous update didn't

    include the question "who is the stupidest?".

    There's no "right" answer but my vote goes to 1 who is happily leaving his fate in the hands of someone else.

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    Thank you all for your ideas about promoting Nathans situation. great motivation which I'm acting on after a time when I felt anxious and despondent. We had a health scare with Nathan when he quite suddenly lost hair, mostly from his legs and ears (he looked pretty shabby). After a google search seemed to identify the cause we purchased medication on line (no vets around here) and the hair has begun to grow back. I'l take some photos when he looks his handsome self again!

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    Hi everyone, The question constantly on my mind is " How can people donate if they haven't heard about our situation?" If you know of ways to promote our page please let me know. I have contacted NZ media, organisations, and companies with limited success, and can only keep trying, not easy from overseas. Thank you for your support, Graeme and Nathan.

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  • IS NATHAN EXCEPTIONAL???     15 May 2019
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    I realized I haven't said much about Nathan. I've had companion dogs all my life, each different and special in their own way. In my opinion Nathan IS exceptional. When living at Takahue Nathan had freedom to enjoy my lifestyle block unrestrained, here we must keep him confined to protect him from the busy highway a few metres away. He seems to understand, never complains, and at least he can enjoy watching all the wonders of local life here! He is a friend to everyone, human, cat or dog he meets on his daily walks and understands NEVER to walk on the road, therefore having him on a lead is unnecessary. Thank you all for your help toward achieving our goal to return Nathan home to NZ.

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  • HAVING FUN     2 May 2019
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    Nathan enjoying his two favourite activities, swimming and retrieving. Hard to believe that when I adopted him he had never experienced the beach and was frightened by tiny wavelets. This beach is a 30 minute drive from our home in Barobo-we travel there by tricycle which is a motorbike with a sidecar ! (see gallery for "activity" photo)

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  • FIRST STAGE ACHIEVED     25 April 2019
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    Thanks to your support we can already fund the first stage of Nathan's journey. This is a 3 hour road trip from our Barobo home to the nearest regional airport at Butuan. The flight from there to Manila takes about an hour. At Manila an export agent will ensure all Nathans vet checks and documents are in order and check him in for his flight to K.L. Of course this won't actually happen until DECEMBER 2019, I'm just letting you know how your donations will help. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

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