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  • Forum open just in time to introduce STORY!

    We have a lovely new dog, adopted from the humane society sixteen days ago. I'm already in love and I can't imagine how we lived without her!

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...&id=1058283407

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...&id=1058283407

    Here are a couple of links to some facebook photos of Story, a two year-old Australian Cattle Dog, enjoying soccer in the snow. She loves to go out and help me milk the goats, and has passed muster as a barn dog by going to the boarding barn with me and behaving appropriately around my gelding. She is incredibly biddable and responsive, always at my side, great with my kids, cats, chickens, goats and horse, and a delight for my seven year-old Australian Shepherd, Paisley, to have around. She even goes to work with me, where she's wowed my co-workers.

    Funny thing - and horse-related - about this adoption:

    Story was listed with a sister, with whom she had been surrendered. I met them both and applied to adopt just one, but the shelter staff had hoped to adopt them out together. They finally decided to place her with me, and her sister Sydney was placed a few days later. Unbeknownst to me, the adopters turned out to be the people who own my horse's paddock buddy! I've never met them, but our two geldings have been turned out together for a while now and since we own sister dogs I'm thinking it's about time we meet for a "family reunion!" Our BM thinks it's very funny.
    My ears hear a symphony of two mules, trains, and rain. The best is always yet to come, that's what they explained to me. —Bob Dylan

    Fenway Bartholomule ♥ Arrietty G. Teaspoon Brays Of Our Lives

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    I've met a few Australian Cattle Dogs, or crosses, and loved them - they seem to have more of an 'off' button, something that is often missing in a Border Collie (ok, ok, I know others love their Border Collies). Both are supremely intelligent and intuitive.
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    • #3
      We used to train border collies and in cattle herding trials you would rarely see another bred.
      When someone had any kind of a heeler, they seemed to be the ones with the hard to train off button and by far harder to train in general, less biddable than most bc's.
      Heelers were bred to be independent workers, really.

      I still think red heelers are my favorite of all dogs, just am too allergic to them to even be able to be in the same small space with them.

      Story looks like such a handsome dog.

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      • #4
        We've owned 6 Border Collies, all out of trial dogs from Canada. I love Border
        Collies, but am glad we don't have them here as we have 50 sheep on one side of our property, cattle in the back, and goats on the other . Two years ago we adopted a 5 month old puppy who looks like a cream and gold German Shepherd. Imagine our surprise when the vet told us Cooper is an Australian Cattle Dog mix. I must say while he has a lot of energy, he was born trained. He comes no matter what, has become daddy to our peke puppy, and is has a wonderful personality. The head shot of Story looks exactly like Cooper minus the red coloring.
        I still miss my Border Collies, though.

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          Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
          I've met a few Australian Cattle Dogs, or crosses, and loved them - they seem to have more of an 'off' button, something that is often missing in a Border Collie (ok, ok, I know others love their Border Collies). Both are supremely intelligent and intuitive.
          I haven't had a BC (though I've known a few) but I do currently have both an Aussie and an ACD. The difference to me between these two (I know, small sample size may invalidate study results) seems to be that the ACD is all business - get the job done, get it done right, then relax when the day is through - whereas the Aussie seems to be constantly hyperalert but at the same time unable to truly focus.
          My ears hear a symphony of two mules, trains, and rain. The best is always yet to come, that's what they explained to me. —Bob Dylan

          Fenway Bartholomule ♥ Arrietty G. Teaspoon Brays Of Our Lives

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            Our neighbour - an 80 year old Swedish lady - had Max, a border collie. Several times we would go to town and see Max was out, herding the chickens. We would have to stop and get him inside or the chickens would have still been circling when we got home - that or dead from exhaution. That dog was obsessed.
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            • #7
              I found a heeler mix when I was leaving the barn just the other week! We are already in love with her-- we call her Hazel.

              She has tried to nip at horses' heels so I read the other thread with interest.

              Here she is-- what do you guys think she's crossed with?
              http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...2&id=807228069
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                Here is a pic of mine! She has an amazing sense of humor and loves her balls. She will play non stop and often amuses herself by throwing her own balls or sticks

                http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/e...odiemaddy1.jpg
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                • #9
                  Your girl is beautiful. How lucky she is that you rescued her. I live with 4 ACD's. They make life interesting ;0) Incredible dogs if you spend the time with them. I've had them for 10 years doing showing/herding/agility you name it they do it.

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                  • #10
                    You ned pooch is SOOOO freakin cute!!! I want to steal her!!!!!

                    Is your other dog a lethal white? Just curious as I have one too..
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by eventchic33 View Post
                      Here is a pic of mine! She has an amazing sense of humor and loves her balls. She will play non stop and often amuses herself by throwing her own balls or sticks

                      http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/e...odiemaddy1.jpg
                      The link is password protected, so it won't let me see it.
                      Try copying it from another page?

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                        Youtube video of Story.
                        My ears hear a symphony of two mules, trains, and rain. The best is always yet to come, that's what they explained to me. —Bob Dylan

                        Fenway Bartholomule ♥ Arrietty G. Teaspoon Brays Of Our Lives

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                        • #13
                          I LOVE her! She is adorable!

                          I've got a blue ACD girl name Meggie, or Meglet (variation of Piglet) depending on the time of year and how deep the body of water is ...hehehe. She's a wonderful dog, by far one of the most athletic dogs I've ever had, kind, fast, and smartsmartsmart.

                          Good luck with your little Story, give her a scritch for me.

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