Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

My Saving Grace

by LeAnna
(South Dakota, USA)

My saving grace!

My saving grace!

I first fell in love with Aussies when I was about 13 years old. I worked as a ranch hand outside of town and they had a beautiful red merle male named Hank. From the first time I met Hank and saw the way we worked and how loving he was I knew I wanted an Aussie for my self.

I got into high school and got a Aussie/Lab cross from the shelter that I named Dodger. He was such a goof. He was blue merle with big ears and short lab fur. I ended up not having him from very long we my dad and brother where working on the water pipe in the kennel they left the gate open and him an our mally desided to go for a run. He was only 9 months old when he was hit by a car. I was so mad and upset that I really didnt think I would get another dog for quite some time.

After I graduated from high shool I joined to Navy and was stationed in Norfolk VA. I had a house out in town and loved my job as Navy police officer but something was missing. I was looking through the classifields one day when I saw an add that said "13 week Aussie pups for sale". So I gave the breeder a call and found out she had 3 boys left. I wanted a female but thought I would at least take a look and see. There where 2 red merle boys and 1 black tri.

The smallest of the bunch was one of the red merle boys that she had named BOB because he was the first born and was born behind the barn. When I saw "BOB" I knew then and there that he was the one for me. I gave the lady and money and brought my new puppy, now know as Jerzy, Home. I spent every minute of every day with Jerzy when I got home from work. we ran, played, and went to the beach together all the time.

When Jerzy was about 6 months old my work had been getting steadaly worst and I was getting more and more deprested. I had to move out of our house and back on base where I couldnt have him with me everyday because he had to be boarded off base. This brought me down even more. I worked more and more and had less time with my baby and at that point I hit rock bottem. I was finally able to get another place off base so I could bring him home again but the damage to myself was already done.

When I brought him home at first nothing changed, I didnt want to do anything anymore because I didnt think I was worth anything and I always got mad at everything. I didnt deserve him. I had started looking for a new home for Jerzy. But every day that I came home from work he greeted me like I was his whole world. He stayed by my side the nights that I cryed myself to sleep after my ex left me for another women and always had a smile on his face.

Because of him I was able to pull myself together because I knew he desirved better. He saved me from myself in so many ways I will never be able to repay him. In june of 08 I was out of the navy and able to come back home to South Dakota. Jerzy by my side. We live on a ranch now and he has lots of work to do that he loves every minute of. It is the best that I can do for the man that safed my life. I know have two Aussies. Jerzy (who is 3) and Bailey my lil girl (who is 9 weeks).

Aussies have become my life because I was saved by one. To me my Aussies are a gift from god sent to protect us from ourselves. Thats was GOD spelled backwards is DOG. There is truely no greater companion then an Aussie. They are my guardian angels because without them I would not be here today.

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