G’Day, Mate! Introducing VIP PET: Rutland Manor Cobberdog, Ruby!


The next time you are in Sydney (think Breaker Dundee Sydney, not Hillsborough County, Florida, Sydney), drive 280-miles west, over the Blue Mountains. Take a right when you reach Bogolong Springs. Then, and only then, will you find 65 acres of “heaven on earth for dogs”, Rutlands Manor, home of the Rutlands Australian Cobberdog.

Leave it to Karen Bell, VIP Realtor and Top Producer, to investigate, research and find the perfect companion animal, the Australian Cobberdog. This meticulously bred dog, is, indeed, a wonderful “cobber,” the Australian term for friend or companion. They are excellent assistance or therapy dogs since Cobberdogs are gentle and focused on their humans. Ruby is a splendid example, as she is intuitive and establishes direct eye contact easily. This breed is fun loving, naturally athletic and highly intelligent. Karen Bell can tell you all the secrets to training these dogs as she has much experience with them. Her beloved Lilly was her first Rutlands Cobberdog, who lived with her on our beautiful islands for 15 years. After Lily crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2019, Karen reached out to Beverly, founder of Rutlands Manor, to adopt again. Ruby was born in January 2020. And what happened in early 2020? COVID! Ruby’s arrival was delayed for 1 ½ years so she stayed in Australia and had a litter of 14 puppies!  And like many of us, Ruby has retired to Sanibel where she now enjoys “Six O’clock Swills” (Aussie for “Happy Hour”) at the pool, with her mates. She even encourages Karen to jump in and join the fun! And when they are not frolicking in the water, you might find Karen and Ruby out on a Sanibel “safari” in search of bunnies, lizards, and iguanas! No worries, just looking!  Wildlife is never in any danger when gentle Ruby is on her walkabout!   There may be 7 places in the world named Sydney, but there is only one Sanibel Ruby Cobberdog!  Truly one of a kind!

The Bell Team and Lilly

Should you decide to make the islands of Sanibel and Captiva your home too, contact Karen Bell. Karen understands the draw to our islands. She came to visit on spring break in 1979 and never moved back to Kentucky. She will bring the same attention to detail, skill and enthusiasm she is known for, to help you find your one of a kind home!   Make this bit of paradise yours and Karen and Ruby will treat you to a “Six O’clock Swill” anytime!


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