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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

My Amazing Aussies

by Daniella Lambert
(Kanab, Utah)

Lady Earth aka Earthie Girl is 7 years old red merle Aussie. I adopted her more than 5 years ago from Northern California non-kill shelter after I learned that they were planning to euthanize her. She was in the shelter for approximately 7 months and wasn't doing there very well.

They said she would try to nip at people both workers and visitors. She even got adopted out and returned a week later. I have instantly fell in love with her and adopted her. My husband then absolutely didn't want her around and forced me to choose between her or him and of course I chose my amazing Aussie. She is the best thing that happened in my life, she's simply amazing.

Almost a year ago I "rescued" a Mini Aussie in Wyoming. His owner was a drunk and went to jail after multiple DUIs and I offered to take care of Sebastien (I re-named him from Strider), who is 3 years old now, until his owner gets out of jail, but then his owner didn't want him anymore, had no money and got evicted so I kept Sebastien. He is a wonderful little boy. I taught him how to walk on a leash in public, socialize him as he only went outside to potty with his old owner. And Lady Earth taught him how to swim and enjoy water.

Then I met Sebastien's breeder who informed me of her new Mini Aussies litter and that one of the pups was lethal white and she was going have him euthanized. I couldn't bare that and ask her to keep the puppy until he was ready to eat on his own. I picked up little Phoenix when he was 7 weeks old.

He is a little marvel. Just turned 9 months old. He is totally deaf and partially blind. But that doesn't stop him from having fun and being a dog. He loves water and is a good swimmer. He also loves to go along with me and two other Aussies mountain biking. He has lots of energy in him.

Phoenix is Sebastien's half brother, they had same mother. We traveled from Wyoming to Vermont and now we are heading to Southern Utah. I'll be working at the best friends sanctuary (Dogtown) and they will be going to work with me everyday.

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love mine too
by: tom

nice reading your story. i also have a deaf aussie and she is my best friend, and amazing. i am considering adding another deaf/blind aussie to our fur family. emmy is the star pupil in her obedience classes, and we are going to start agility training soon. with julie daniels. glad to hear that you will be able to take your dogs to work. i am a retired firefighter, and am looking for part time work at a day care /boarding/training facility just so i can take emmy to work with me. she goes everywhere with me. too bad more people are not willing to adopt a deaf/blind dog, they dont know what they are missing. anyway im rambling now keep up the good work helping these wonderful dogs.

Nice Aussies!
by: Anonymous

Nice post about your dogs! I love the fact that you even adopt rather than go to breeders. And speaking of adoption, pls check out this Facebook application that aims in tying up fun with some feel-good cause in saving shelter dogs, Save a Dog at

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