Saturday, October 25, 2008

Dog Days

A student asked for a post on dogs, so I decided to do one about my favorite type of dog, the Australian Shepherd.

I have an eight-year-old "Aussie" named Luka. She's the best dog I've ever owned, and I've owned a few. She came to us from a breeder in Buffalo, MN. When we went to pick her out, the breeders introduced us to Luka's parents. The dogs proceeded to put on quite an impressive display of herding, moving a bunch of horses from the stables out to the driveway, around some trees and back into the barn.

While we've never trained Luka specifically, she shows signs of this herding instinct with our three kids, walking behind and around them as if to keep them all in one place!

Luka's two biggest loves in life are playing "catch" and chasing squirrels. When she was a puppy we would take her outside and roll frisbees to her. Before long she was leaping and catching like an NFL wide receiver! Each morning, still, the first thing she does when we let her outside is to 'secure the perimeter' of the yard by sending any squirrels scurrying to the nearest tree.

Aussies are known for their loyalty, intelligence and trainability. I would highly recommend one to anyone looking for a great family pet!

Learn more about Australian Shepherds here!


Anonymous said...

My dog Daphne would probaly get along with Luka because she loves chasing squirrels and playing fetch!


Anonymous said...

thats a good article!


Anonymous said...

My dog LOVES to play catch. At my cabin my dad and i will thow the frisdy and my dog will almost TACKLE ME!!!


P.S. that dog is cute

Anonymous said...

is that photo of that dog your picture? It is really cute


Josie said...

My dog Miles (Boston terrier) loves playing catch for about 10-15 minutes but then he gets tired

Anonymous said...

my dog Daisy loves to play 'fetch'
but she won't give back the toy!
if it's on the ground it's her's!!

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