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Would an Australian Shepherd Be a Good Dog Breed for You

australian shepherdsI’ve been getting a lot of emails and comments lately on these two posts  Five Facts You Need to Know Before Choosing an Australian Shepherd and Bringing Home an Australian Shepherd Puppy: What You Need to Know.

There are many wonderful people out there who think their lives might be enriched by sharing their lives with an Aussie, and they’re asking my opinion.

So who would make a good match for an Aussie and vice vera?

I’m going to try to be as kind and direct as I know how to be. Give yourself 1 point for each YES answer.

  1. Have you previously owned and SUCCESSFULLY trained at least two dogs prior to […]

Supersonic Hearing

Graidy is 14ish now. He sleeps the sleep of the dead most of the day. That is, unless he hears a twig snap outside anywhere within a mile radius of the house.

Case in point. Out of a sound sleep, Graidy leaps up, rushes outside and commences barking. I go to check on what it is–because I know he doesn’t bark at nothing. It takes me a while to spot what woke him up…

There is a doe hiding in some trees.

snowy yard

How the heck does he do that?!

Even though dogs can perceive frequencies almost twice that of human ears and they can also hear sounds approximately four times […]

By | 2017-02-15T09:48:12+00:00 February 17th, 2017|.My Dogs and Me|0 Comments

Animals in Research–Make a Difference With a Single Click

I just received this alarming news. Please help us get the animal use data restored. Don’t let the already slippery slope we’re on get any slipperier.

science research dog

 

In a shocking move, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has just—without warning—deleted its current information pertaining to the use of animals in research from its website.

As part of what it calls online “updates,” APHIS has removed “inspection reports, regulatory correspondence, research facility annual reports, and enforcement records that have not received final adjudication.” It also notes that moving forward, it will “redact, as necessary, the lists of licensees and registrants under the Animal Welfare Act.”

Also now missing from the website is […]

By | 2017-02-05T09:57:38+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Dogs in General|0 Comments

Fourteen-ish

We got Graidy through a BC rescue outfit, so we don’t know his birthday. But they thought he was around 10 months when we got him, which would put him at around 14 years old now. He’s still going strong.
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By | 2016-12-14T11:49:19+00:00 December 14th, 2016|.My Dogs and Me|0 Comments