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10/5/09 6:00 P

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MONKEYBARS1, welcome to the team! I'm so sorry for your loss of Max, he sounded like a wonderful fur-baby. Glad to hear you & Zayda found each other.

I have to giggle about Dodge! I could just imagine him doing that.

KANESMOM2, my Oreo sounds a lot like your Gypsy. So eager to please and wanting to learn new things, I couldn't imagine ever having a fur-baby who didn't want to learn or wasn't as active as she is.





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10/5/09 4:16 P

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Thanks for wonderful support! Smart dogs can be a distinct challenge for sure. Our 18 year old short haired collie is, lets say, blonde. He is a wonderful dog, dumb as a post. When we lost Max, my husband at first said that we really didn't need another herding dog, as we had Dodge. I laughed and said Dodge only followed Max around. I never forgot one day the cattle broke out, and my Husband standing on the step saying "go Dodge, bring them in". Dodge, lovely lovely dog, just laid there, and stared up at my husband adoringly. Never moved. That's when we started to look for another heeler.
Poor Dodge, we love him to death, and he is adoring. But yes, intellectually challenged.

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10/5/09 2:11 P

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Monkeybars1: So sorry to hear about your Max; what a terrible thing to have to go through! We had a Max (a Belgian Sheepdog) for 14 years and he was the sweetest dog in the world. I'm glad that you found a dog to help you deal with Max's passing.

Kanesmom: Wow, what a challenge you have there! Those herding dogs are too dang smart sometimes, but trust me, it's better to have one of them than a dog that's shall we say... limited intellectually? Been there and done that. We now have a 2 year old Belgian Tervuren that has done everything we've asked of her so far. She's a bit of a goof, but we just figure she's slow to mature and we've got time!

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9/29/09 9:08 A

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You are most welcome. emoticon

Gypsy came to us absolutely terrified of a lead line, rope, leash, you name it. She had obviously been very mistreated by one. To this day, she is still a bit skittish, but getting better. To put her in the truck to ride was an absolute nightmare. Same thing, you would put her in (inside) and before you were completely in she had come over you and was gone. Now, she jumps in any open door and is happy to ride. Big improvement there.

You are so right, they are not for everyone, but priceless for others. Jobs are needed for sure, to expend their boundless energy and heeling drive. She heels us playfully and loves us with no end. Heeling the horses is out, as my 'lead horse' Mustang is quicker and smarter than our precious Gypsy and won't tolerate the heeling process.

So she has formed her own job. At the kennel and groom shop, (we board and groom at the farm), her official job is to meet and greet, play with the daycare kids (4 legged), walk along with any that require leash walking, rather than free turn out in the yard, and to heel anybody that she thinks is not behaving appropriately on lead.

I tell her, "Come on Gypsy, let's go to work" and she heads straight for work. She has to check everyone along the way, to make sure that all is well in her world. (Horses where they should be, goats and calf, too). She LOVES to go "to work".

In the house, if we must leave her unattended, she MUST be in her crate, for everyones own good. She is on comforter number 6 in my son's room (where her crate is), pillow number 4,two corners of the box springs, and a pair of brand new jeans.

Funniest part of one of the pillow/comforter casualties was my son was asleep and she (SNEAKY GIRL) made it up on his bed and ate the stuffing out of both ends of the pillow that his lead was laying on! He woke up and the only stuffing left was that that was underneath his head and his comforter was in shreds, on top of him. ( He is 17).

She has an enormous Great Dane sized wire crate/kennel. She has learned to bump the bottom latch with her nose and get it to work loose, so now it is clipped when in there. We had to remove the plastic tray, and she would tap dance on it and my son couldn't sleep, plus she had begun to nibble it quite heavily. So, the smarty pants has learned how to "walk" her crate with no tray in it, so it is now secured to the wall and floor. She is SMART and our destructo queen. As long as she has a chew bone in her kennel, she tends to stay out of trouble. She goes through 1 whole pressed retreiver roll per day, in her kennel (rest of the time she is out on the farm, keeping us straight).

She keeps the goats in line and the calf, as well as out other house dogs that live with her. We won't even talk about cats..............she thinks they are four legged 'scat' toys to chase and are working on that with her, right now.

She was a stray that was picked up by animal control, carrying her hip and limping pretty badly.

Now, she runs and leaps, heels with no boundaries (in her mind) and is a true love. Not many would put up with her, but we love her and continue with behavior modification therapy and lots of love.

She is making great strides and has gone from the fearful hurt girl that we adopted to "Miss Thang" status of being large and (she thinks) in charge.
She sleeps with us, and we couldn't imagine being without her.

She is high maintenance in the keeping up with her deptartment, but she is so willing to learn and eager to please that everything is worth while.

Thank you for sharing Max' memory with us and glad to have another Heeler Mom on board. I think most here have BC's and Collies.


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9/28/09 8:43 P

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As difficult as it was to loose Max, I have to be thankful for the years of service,love and devotion he showed to me. We had gotten Max because he was an abused and sad puppy. He turned out to be a great dog. He loved with no boundries. I loved him to, and he taught me a great deal. I can think of no better dogs with cattle than a heeler.
Zayda is proving herself to be a formidable dog. I watched her today as she moved my calves into the right field at the right time, without my asking. She just knew. For sure heelers are not dogs for everyone, and they are a breed that must have a job.
Thanks for your comment, it makes me realize how lucky I am.

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9/28/09 2:49 P

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Wow, what a heartwrenching story, Monkeybars1. Welcome to our group, we are glad to have you. We also have an adopted Heeler girl, Gypsy, who has come with plenty of her own baggage, but we are helping her unpack it, one day at a time.


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9/28/09 1:27 P

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I just wanted to introduce myself to the group. I live on a 300 acre farm, cattle, horses, pigs and chickens in Northern Canada. I have 18 year old short haired collie(Dodge), a 3 year old red merle mini aussie(Zeb)and my newest addition a blue heeler female, 1 year old named Zayda. We got Zayda after losing my blue heeler male named Max last year. He was an amazing dog, and gave his life for me. I will be forever grateful. He spotted several calves that had wandered out on the ice, and without a thought went after them. When I tried to come out to help, he body blocked me a couple of times, not allowing me out on the ice. Then he would race back and try to get the calves in. Both calves got to shore, but the ice gave way under Max, and he was swept away. I couldn't reach him without going through the ice myself. It was awful. One minute he was there, then he was gone.
I had a really hard time even looking at photos of him for a long time. My husband said we needed another cattle dog, and I couldn't bear to even look at another heeler at the time. Somehow, we ended up looking through an Aussie rescue, and there was Zayda. She was about 7 months old, and in city. Never been on a farm, and when I did consent to look at her, she licked and licked. (which I hate) But there was a connection. She needed me, and home she came. It is a lot of work. (but at least she is house broke) and she comes with some baggage. She is turning out to be a fantastic dog. She sleeps next to me, and never leaves my side at home. She loves Zeb to death. (he had a terrible time when Max died, he was his pal) Zeb is happy to have another high energy dog to play with, and Dodge is just plain happy not to have some young whipper snappers to bother him.

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