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!