Ranch Dog

One of our dogs is an Aussie, or Australian Shepherd to be more formal.   I was told she is from a line of working dogs, not the more fluffy show dog type that I often see.   She is busy busy busy.   It's just a shame we don't have animals that need to be tended or herded.   When she was a puppy, she was a lunatic.   No other word for it.   I wasn't sure I could be her only companion so I brought home another puppy.   He is an Aussie/Golden cross.   He is much calmer and has to endure being the target of her natural herding instincts.   She is smarter than any dog I've ever had.   You might fool her once but you will NEVER fool her twice.   She anticipates, strategizes, keep track of every one and every thing, and tries to stay a step ahead of the pack at all times.   But she will collapse into a sweet submissive dog for attention and petting, hoping you will stay there with her all day.   When she wants attention, she will bump your leg with her pointy nose.   Over and over and over, until you reach down and pet her.   Loving and loyal forever.


Erik came into our lives and nicknamed her The Bullet.   As with herding dogs, she can go from your side, head out to the back of the property, turn and make it back to your side....lickety split.   She is loyal to us and to our property.   She barks too much but does her best to keep critters and garbage trucks away from our place.   She smiles.   The groomers love her because of her sweet nature...and her smile.   And now she has taken up howling.   When the donkeys holler out, she howls along with them.   


This is our sweet and busy girl.   We love her very much.



Comments

A Quiet Corner said…
I've always admired Australian Shepherds for the work they want to do and yours is a beauty!...:)JP
What a beautiful looking Australian Shepherd.. she is a beauty..
I love dogs.. I have 4 of them. all so faithfull.
great photos. Thank you Denise.
have a great day.
val
love the pictures, now you just need about 5 sheep, LOL.
Mark said…
She's a cutie alright!
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TexWisGirl said…
she is wonderful! and beautiful! :)
Love her bright, intelligent eyes and her very shiny coat of hair. Was she just back from the groomer?

So much nicer having a smart dog than a lazy dumb one... IMHO..
CountryDew said…
What a pretty dog.
Lynne said…
Gorgeous face has SHE . . .
Karen said…
BEAUTIFUL girl....
Nancy Claeys said…
Lovely girl and these dogs are so intelligent.
Vickie said…
Hey there! Just ran across your blog today and saw your dog. AND your beautiful pictures of California. I have a little farm, and an Aussie/Collie mix. She wants to herd my chickens. She's attached to me at the knee. I guess she's trying to herd me, too. But like your dog, my Gypsy is the sweetest dog in the world.

We just visited California for the first time last fall. I absolutely LOVED it - it was gorgeous!

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