I have always liked Aussie's and was lucky enough to acquire one from a farm where I worked 14 years ago. She was a great dog and the best family dog we ever had. When we moved to our own farm several years ago I decided to get another Aussie and figured our old girl might enjoy the company of another Aussie. In entered Baxter Blue the most adorable pup and what a cracker jack he was. He was smart as a whip, just like our other Aussie and the two of them became the best of play buddies.
I decided to try agility with Baxter as he had lots of energy and really liked doing different things for me. So, we started training and all was going well until he developed epilepsy and our whole world changed overnight. It was really hard at the initial onset as I had no idea what to expect or how we'd get his seizures under control. So, Baxter and I just took each day one-by-one.
I read alot about epilepsy and spent alot of time going back and forth to the vet. I learned alot and continued to train Baxter as best I could. The drugs he takes have side effects and limit his ability to compete in agility, but I continue to let him play with some of the agility equipment and make it so he doesn't injure himself. He is such a trooper and loves anything we do together.
We've always known he was a special pup, but I never knew just how much until recently. I had Baxter to see a neurologist and while there another client came into the lobby. This person had just put their dog to sleep. Baxter went right up to him and looked him square in the face with the most gentle expression. He got so close to him I thought he might climb right into his lap. The gentlemen simply wrapped his arms around Baxter and gave him this big hug. And my Baxter just set there so silent and quiet accepting this stranger. I had never seen anything like that. It was amazing and even the vet couldn't believe what he had seen. It was like Baxter knew exactly what this person needed, one gigantic Aussie hug. That gentlemen left the office feeling much better thanks to Baxter. Sometimes it just amazes me how intuitive this boy can be.
I'm happy to report that Baxter is now 6 years old and doing well on his meds. He has slowed down quite a bit, but is one of the most amazing dogs I've ever owned. I don't think Baxter has met a person yet that he didn't win over with his Aussie lovin'. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful dog in my life.