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Photo: Nodie Hrenchir

My Aussie's name is Maybel. She is 5 years old and is the love of my life. This picture is from this summer on the Yellowstone River. It was evening time and we had just launched our drift boat on the water and decided to pull over for a doggie potty break and some exercise. Maybel loves to swim and fetch sticks in the water so of course I had to share this one. She's a large female (64 pounds) and is the best companion I could ever ask for.

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Owner: Claudio Pisani, Photo: Dennis Mifsud

I am from Mosta, Malta, which is a small (tiny) island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, south Europe. This photo was on a taken on a dog trek for the small number of Aussies here, and it was close to the sea. Neo, who is a male red tri, was one year four months when the photo was taken. Needless to say, he went to swim with his harness and all, as he can't resist getting wet. Every puddle is an opportunity, so the sea…

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Owner: Lucie Kašíková, Photo: Jiří Zapletal

This is my Australian Shepherd, André, at 15 months old. He is a real geyser of energy and is always in a good mood. He is my first dog and is definitely my big dream come true. This photo was taken during a walk in autumn in a beautiful place called Wallachia.

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Mark Brownton

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.

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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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Leslie Smith

This is Alexio my four year old happy go lucky  Aussie from Kailua Hawaii.  He loves to go on  hikes and loves to swim and herd the waves. At home he's content to chew his favorite squeaky ball and frolic with Max our cat and Bella our Maltese.

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Andrea Brown

Xenia is a 3 year old tri Australian Shepherd who lives in Valdosta, Georgia, USA. Xenia loves all living creatures. After we moved about a year ago and discovered there was a herd of goats just across the field from us Xenia adopted these goats as her own herd. Every day we must visit them and she loves sitting near the gate for hours. Xenia is quick to tell them to stop fighting and when one wanders away she will call them back to the herd. After noting that the goats were not being well cared for we began bringing goat food and fresh water to them. Xenia lets me know at the exact same time every day that we need to go on our walk to feed her herd. Xenia's favorite goat "Gazelle" just had babies. Even though Gazelle is very friendly with Xenia (touching noses), her babies are still shy and stand back away from them fence. Xenia lays by the fence as still as possible. She keeps her eyes on the babies but turns her head when they look so not to make eye contact because she knows it scares them. After 3 weeks the babies are getting closer and the male is curious. Today, he stuck his head through the fence to sniff Xenia. I missed that shot but I just Love how Xenia displays the Aussie patience!

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Todd Wynia

Our Aussie Jasper lives with us in Gilbert, AZ, a suburb of Phoenix.  We often hike along the Salt River, about ½ hour from our home where he finds treasure that gives him the zoomies. It's so much fun to witness the joy that a simple piece of bark or stick can bring him.  I'm pretty sure he's the most loved dog in the Phoenix area.

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