We are getting that house! Got a loan and everything. Think we'll be moving this week. :) If not this week, next week!
My family(husband & Kids) got me a gift......a puppy of a breed I never wanted! An australian shepherd puppy. Said it was a christmas gift. I said I didn't want an animal as a christmas gift, so they said she'd be a housewarming gift. How do I get it through their heads I don't like accepting pets as gifts? I do like her. She is a very smart puppy and she will do anything for me. I will probably keep her but CAn anyone tell me much about them? I had a border collie before, and that's the big dog I wanted again. Are aussies good dogs? How about with strangers?
***Edited By: doxielover1 on 1/2/2007 4:45:38 PM*** Reason: **
Congratulations on the house!! With the dog-- I believe attitude is everything. If you REALLY don't want her, do you think you will find time to do for her what she needs? If not, find her another home FAST. If you decide to keep her, it's a great breed but check out the breed on the net to find out if it's the right breed for your lifestyle.
Are they anything like a border collie, or way different? (When I got my first dachshund I hated that breed-now I love them) I have seen a couple aussies, but I've heard they will attack a stranger for no reason. That's the reason I never wanted one. She's 3 months old and has bonded quickly to me. It's not that I don't like the breed because I do. She seems to be very smart and is very obedient. I'm a pretty active person, my dogs get lots of attention. I'm not sure how she'll be with my small dogs though. I never wanted a dog of that breed.....but I have gotten attached and now I love her. But I need to know if they are truly mean with strangers.
***Edited By: doxielover1 on 12/31/2006 7:56:17 PM*** Reason: ***
Aussies aren't the same as healers. They're personality is a lot like a boarder collie. I have a uncle that uses both with his cattle. All his dogs are very sweet and obedient. I have never heard of them attacking strangers for no reason. Maybe a few have that are not socialized and too attached to their owner, but I don't think it's a common thing among the breed.
Wow!!! Terrific news!! Congratulations on the new home!!
My neighbor has two of the most beautiful Aussies I've ever seen.
He used to do one litter a year, this past summer was his last litter and there were too many people in line so I missed my chance!!
They're friendly, well behaved, not over hyper smart as whips, and just big loves. I borrow them from time to time to play with my shepherd, who's decided that our wussy Papillon is not enough playmate for him :)
Please do your research, you might find that your new pup will be a good match.
Glad to hear that. now I don't feel bad for wanting to keep her. I am considering training her really well and using her as my demonstration dog when I start holding dog training classes. I feel more prepared now since I've had a border collie before and she fit in with our lifestyle perfectly. She's a pretty red girl with white on her chest, feet, nose and a spot on her head. The lady who raised her didn't dock her tail(and I'm glad) so she has a white tail tip. I named her Sadie. The house we're gwtting has a fenced in yard, and lots of space. When I move she will of course live inside with us. She already loves the kids too. OMG now I'm blabbering!!!
some are, and some aren't. the ones that have tails when born are normally docked, so you don't see many with tails.
I will get pics as soon as I can. I've got to recharge the digital camera. :) She already knows the dachshunds and others are not supposed to leave when I let them out to play and she seems to have a strong herding instinct. Wow, if she's going to have a personality like my Lizzie did I'm going to love having her!!
***Edited By: doxielover1 on 1/3/2007 1:13:04 PM*** Reason: add
We had one in our puppy class. It was such a beautiful dog! I talked often with the mom while our husbands were doing the training.
She said they are very active dogs but wonderful! It was the only breed she had ever owned and had an adult at home. Mind you this woman was in her mid 60's+ and still felt like she could handle an aussie puppy.
Maybe you could get her into agility training to help burn the energy.
Congrats on your new addition and new home!! How very exciting!!
First of all congratulations on the new additions.
You said you don't want to accept a puppy as a Christmas gift, and how can you make them understand, simple, just don't accept the puppy as a Christmas gift... Kind of rude of them to get you a breed that you haven't got a clue about without asking if you were ready for another dog.
It sounds like you are attached to her now, and that is a good thing...
I only hope that you have taken EVERYTHING into consideration with this puppy and that your new home environment is stable enough for this new addition. Remember, you lost one life when you had to temporarily rehome everyone this last time.
Good luck, I sincerely hope everything works out.
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