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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

What a Gift!

by Amanda
(Regina, Sask, Canada)

Toby and Rae

Toby and Rae

Well I have been a Aussie owner and lover since Dec 19th 2000. I was given my first Aussie 10 years ago for my birthday. Toby the white face Aussie (Debarge should've been a cowboy... There is a line in the song "stealing young girls hearts" and that he did) I first met Toby in June of 2000 he was a 8 week old puppy at the time. I know that from the moment I met him my heart belonged to him. At the time I was 13 and it was all I could do to convince my parents I needed that dog. December of that year his breeder and my parents gave me a gift I will never forget. We lost Toby in February of 2009 to cancer but he will not be forgotten he was the first of many Aussies I have owned, co-owned and handled. I thought I'd share my favorite picture of Toby and Rae from a summer 4 years ago.

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I had one Aussie, his name was Luke, when he turned 2 he started to get epilepsy. He died 3 years later from it. He was only 6. I loved him so much, and I'm thinking of getting another, but honestly, I'm a bit nervous about going through that again. You wrote that you have had several, and handled some as well. Am I to understand that epilepsy IS NOT a dna trait of the Aussie's then? I ask, because I have done some research, and many that I have read, have suffered from it. Can you enlighten me?

A true gift!
by: Marie

I've said for years that Aussies are God's gift to humans. A gift that touches your heart like not other, teaches you love like for no other animal.
Reading you story brought me to tears. They are with us for such a short time and teach us so very much.
I have two blue merle that are 6 months old now and just 'full of it'. Zoli and Mya, sisters and, as all Aussies, just smart as a whip. As a senior citizen, they really keep me going and I'm loving it.
Thanks for sharing your story.


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