FTC Affiliate Disclosure—Many of the products and services we advertise and recommend on this site provide us with an affiliate commission for referrals and we use affiliate links in banner ads and text links throughout this site, including on this page. What is an affiliate link? For more information see our Disclosure, Privacy Policy, and Terms of Use.
Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care
Guide To Australian Shepherd Training and Care

"Bandit" Has Stolen Our Hearts

by Pamela Breit
(San Mateo, CA, USA)

Bandit asking

Bandit asking "really"

I wasn't planning to get a puppy, but my 16 year old cat had passed away, and my step daughter's Aussies had puppies that were ready to be adopted. I took one look and fell in love... and my husband and I planned to take "Bandit" home the next week...

I did not know much about Australian Shepherds, but began researching right away... potty training was a snap, he pretty much taught himself... never used a puppy pad, just an old rug just outside of his kennel a couple of times...

Bandit loves ice cubes, puppy training and treats... chasing toys and sometimes balls, chewing hooves and rawhides, the occasional slipper, and going to the puppy park to play with other dogs. Since we live in a town house, we frequent the "puppy park" where Bandit is admired by lots of friends for his "remarkable good looks". We kept the tail, decided not to dock it... which means we sometimes get the question "is he an Australian Shepherd?", from those who are confused by his short fluffy tail.

Agility training I'm sure is in our future... I'll wait until he is around a year old for that I think... In the meantime we'll keep up our other obedience classes. Who knew a dog could bring so much joy. Bandit truly has stolen our hearts...

Comments for "Bandit" Has Stolen Our Hearts

Click here to add your own comments

Aww
by: Ashley

That is an awesome story!

Bandit's tail...
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the nice comments...! We love Bandit's silly tail...

He is so adorable!
by: Meg

I love your Aussie!! Mine still has his tail too! I get the same question at the dog park all the time!!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Reader's Aussies.

Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com icon

Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Have Dog Training Questions?

Check out these introductory dog training videos...

I want my dog to listen and come every time I call!

I want my dog to stop barking at everything.

I want my dog to walk nicely and calmly on the leash.

I want my dog to stop being aggressive.

I want some help training my new puppy.