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On December 9th 2013 at 6 AM in the morning in So Cal at our ranch I was out with my Australian Shepherds, Bailey and Cooper, and saw what I thought was a coyote. All I could see was a shadow of this figure and it was coming closer.
We had a female Coyote that had lost its mate earlier in the year and took to following us around the ranch on our early morning work out. She followed about 50 yards back and wanted to connect but her nature would not allow it, nor for that matter would Bailey or Cooper have invited this action either. So I thought for just a moment, she has now decided to connect.
Here's another photo of Abigail where you can see that she may be an Australian Shepherd cross; perhaps with a Husky (?)
This is going to be interesting (so I thought) until I could make out now what I thought was a Husky due to the ears and then as she approached I could make out the blue merle coating and no tail. There was an usual dance between the ranch dogs and the new dog and every one seemed to get along.
She was very shy and in fact still is. She was the 55th dog that has been dropped off at our place in the past 20 years and we have taken care of each and every one by finding homes for them in one way or another.
So this is how Abigail (Abby) came to be at our place. She was so pretty and such a lovely animal we decided to keep her and we have enjoyed every moment with her. She has turned out to be one of the best at agility, Frisbee and sheep herding. It goes a little bit against our Aussie only policy but this one we had to make an exception. We love her dearly.
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One of the hardest things we have to go through is when our beloved Aussies leave for the "Rainbow Bridge." Here you can create a memorial page with photos and share how much your Aussie meant to you.
Here we have a lot of information about training your Aussie including housetraining, crate training, obdience training, socialization, clicker training, behavior problems and more...
Australian Shepherds excel at agility competitions. In this section we feature information about agility training for dogs, agility equipment and getting started in dog agility traing with your Aussie.
Getting a puppy or adopting an older Aussie? It is important that you read this before getting this breed of dog.
I always like to encourage people to seriously consider getting their Aussie from a rescue. There are so many wonderful dogs in desperate need of a loving home like yours. Remember to always get your dog from a rescue or a reputable breeder and never from a "back-yard breeder" or pet store. Here you will fin listings of Rescue Organizations and of Aussies in need of rescue
All breeders are not created equal. Every aspect of your Aussie is directly related to the care that goes into their breeding. Find out what separates the reputable from not-so-reputable. Choosing a breeder is one of the most important decisions you will make to ensure that your puppy is the right match for you, your family and your lifestyle.
Find breeders in your area. Our directory features breeders from around the world. If you are a breeder and would like to add your name to our listings click here for more info.
If you are looking for a puppy this page features breeders in our directory that have puppies available. We only accept listings from breeders in our directory.
Of course, once you get your puppy you are going to have to come up with the perfect name. Our "Favorite Puppy Names" page with give you lots of inspiration and help you decide.
You will also want to know how to care for your puppy. This article by Aussie breeder, Ann Calmes, will get you on the right track with great puppy care tips to get you started.
How To Introduce A Puppy To An Older Dog. You are not just introducing them to each other but to the home and all of the dynamics that entails.
Homemade dog food, commercial dog food, raw dog food diet, food allergies, Wysong dog food, the best bully sticks and recipes you can try at home are covered in our dog nutrition section.
Basic dog grooming topics are covered including brushing, cleaning ears and eyes, maintaining teeth, bathing and dog grooming equipment including the FURminator.
In our health section you can find information about hereditary diseases, viruses, bacteria, worms and parasites. Also has articles about dog skin problems, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting and more.
Sometimes you don't want to pay for a complete office visit to your vet—you just need to get a question answered. Here you can ask a veterinarian about your dog health problem, 24/7. It's done online so you can get your questions answered quickly and with this program you don't pay until you accept the answer.
Often it's something we don't want to think about until it's too late and we are facing a huge veterinary bill. Get the info you need and decide if getting health insurance for your dog is somthing you need to do.
Dog bites are a serious issue. Find out about dog bite prevention, first aid and treatment, infections from dog bites, lawsuits and insurance.
Our Photo of Month showcases the best photos sent in by readers. On this page you will also find the previous winners. Depending on your internet connection this page may take a bit longer to load for you because of the many photos. If you have great photos of your Aussie you would like to send in you can get more info about submitting your photo(s) here.
This section features a wide variety of articles many of which have been contributed by our readers. Just some of the topics covered include dog games and activities, Frisbee dog sport, therapy dog traing, puppy socialization and more. Check out this page to see which topics are of interest to you.
If you are looking for the Breed Standard or info about Aussie colors and markings this is the place. This section also covers the difference between Australian Shepherds and Miniature Aussies which are considered to be separate breeds.
An overview of the history behind the development of the breed. (It did not originate in Australia though.)
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Anton Hout | Editor, Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com