Kiera, Graidy, Wink and Me

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

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

If Only People Paid As Much Attention As Dogs

australian shepherd paying attentionAdmit it. You can’t even move toward your shoes without your dog(s) knowing that you are going out. And whether those shoes are hard-soled or sneakers tell them whether they’re going to get to go with you.

That’s because our dogs really pay attention. They notice every little action we take. Every little facial expression. Every little sigh or laugh. Every little everything. They. Pay. Attention.

And they know exactly what that action, expression, sound means.

I cannot move an inch in my own home without my dogs knowing exactly whether I’m about to leave for a work meeting, or get something to eat, or take them outside, going upstairs to go to […]

By | 2016-10-24T09:56:14+00:00 September 19th, 2016|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|0 Comments

And Then There Were None

I have a dog friend who lives in another part of the country. We try to talk by phone at least once a year.

And how does one get a “dog friend,” you might be thinking.

Back when I first started experiencing dog aggression problems between Kiera and Molly, many years ago now, I researched, joined dog training lists, and read prolifically. In the course of one of my online travels, I met Heidi. She was a PhD Psychologist turned professional Dog and Service Dog Trainer. And she was an immense help to me.

We became friends and stayed in touch over the years. When I first “met” her, she lived with eight dogs and one cat.

Last night, when we talked, I learned […]

By | 2016-10-24T09:56:15+00:00 September 12th, 2016|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|0 Comments