Photo Credit: Norman Brewer
Merlin’s mom, Laura Blatt wrote. “Sleeping with multiple toys is a family behavior. Merlin’s mother, father, and brother do this, according to his dog breeder Kitty who lives next door.”
“Other family traits: big straight-up ears and long long legs. Merlin comes from a distinguished herding background traced back to Scotland. Alas, he doesn’t seem to have gotten that talent.”
The Australian Shepherd Breed
“The Australian Shepherd, a lean, tough ranch dog, is one of those “only in America” stories: a European breed perfected in California by way of Australia. Fixtures on the rodeo circuit, they are closely associated with the cowboy life.” American Kennel Club Website
Don’t buy an Austrailan Shepherd
Why? Because puppy mills breed this popular dog breed. You don’t want a badly bred puppy. You don’t want to get a pup happens to be so ill that he or she dies. This happens more than the dog loving public knows. If more people are informed, they will refuse to buy from anyone but an ethical breeder. What’s an ethical dog breeder? I answer that question in an earlier post, which you can read here, “How Ethical Breeders Save Dogs.”
September 17, 2018 I found eight Austrailian Shepherds available online for adoption. That’s only a single online resource, so check your local animal shelter and dog rescues too.
My mind works great (sometimes).
The other day I had a flash of insight
A Flash of Insight Hit Minus Bells or Fanfare
Once and awhile, an odd impersonal voice speaks. Not aloud. Call it my subconscious narrator or critic. Whoever he is, a confident male sounding pundant, occaisonally I move fast enough to scribble down his kernals of wisdom or wit.
This momentary idea came all of a piece as I dressed a few mornings ago. Now at that moment, I thought, why don’t these flashes come more often? How come I have to write a rough draft and sometimes, a dozen or more revisions before something rolls out clearly?
What did that voice say? What ephiphany?
“I must be a canine because everyday I find myself wanting to snuffle the backdoor to go out.”
Thinking of my Monday Poets group plus the zany shoes, Susan Gunter wears, I offer a look at these shoes. Not much catches my eye in terms of women’s shoes. I blame that on fashion designers, whom like to put women in crippling stillettos. Or highheeled sandals wrapped in clunky frou-frou.
Most of those stylish shoes will not pass my practical need for shoes to walk and run in. I prefer cowgirl boots to heels. I can walk miles in a pair of well-fitting boots. Can’t say the same of any heels I ever wore. As a mother, I encouraged this same attitude in my daughter. If you can’t walk or run in them, do not buy them.
What’s this have to do with dogs? Nothing. Just trying out a link to see what shows up and if it is of interest to you, the reader. I also thought these shoe styles convey an exceptionally attractive jazzy look. Plus my friend, Linda Loveland Reid might like a pair to wear to her modern art lectures.
Big dogs cannot claim all the hoarding instincts.
Some small dogs hoard, too.