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My Dogs and Me

Kiera, Graidy, Wink and Me

So You Think You Want An Aussie?

Much has been said and written about the energy and athleticism of Aussies. And how they are not dogs for everyone. Yet it amazes me how many people with no previous Aussie experience choose not to hear this and get one because they like the looks.

This is our 3-month-old Aussie on a typical middle-of-the-night potty break, after a day full of activities, running, and playing with our other two dogs.

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Arrow Emmett Shanley

Australian shepherd puppy

This girl has been waiting for this dog for more than a decade. She has wanted her own Aussie, really, since Kiera died. And she has been unwavering in that wish.

I have tried tempting her with other animals. And while she deeply loved them, they were not her Aussie. So, she waited and waited. And we looked and looked. And it never worked out.

She had pretty much given up. Life got complicated. There’s never a … Read More

Dog Neutered and Freaked Out Wearing a Cone? Use a Doggie Diaper Instead.

cavalier in doggie diaperRiley is home from neutering surgery and we were told to have him wear a cone so that he can’t lick himself. Even though we got a soft, flexible cone, it made it hard for him to see. And that made him feel nervous and scared. He stayed frozen on the spot. No amount of coaxing or reassuring helped.

The cone lasted 5 minutes. Andrew went and got a washable female doggie diaper one size larger than Riley needed (so … Read More

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