by MaryPat Scorzetti
(Drexel Hill, PA)
It started with Oprah... and a show about pet adoption... that led to a search about different breeds of dogs and their characteristics. My daughters fell in love with the sweet picture of a Mini Aussie Shepherd and I was intrigued by its wonderful talents. A few phone calls and discussions with breeders and a family decision was made to add a Mini Aussie to our family.
We headed to Altoona, PA to pick-up a female, black-tri puppy. We spent the four and a half hour drive debating names and decided to name her after an actress on a favorite television show named Bitty. When we arrived, our pup and her siblings were napping after a hard afternoon of playing. As my husband approached the pen, our little girl popped open her eyes and rolled on her back for a belly rub. Love at first sight! She proceeded to bound around the yard while the others snoozed. She was a very happy, hoppy puppy.
After almost six months getting to know each other, ours is a love story in progress. We all spent time with a trainer learning how to help Bitty to be her best self and what we need to do to make her happy. She then trained us to enjoy long walks, romps in the park and little puppy kisses when she needs to go outside. I am amazed by Bitty's intelligence and how quickly she learns.
We hope to train Bitty to participate in Agility with our youngest daughter. She's showing all the signs of a true competitor.
As someone who never had a dog, I am so glad we decided upon the Mini Aussie Shepherd breed. They are loving, funny, smart and devoted.
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