Last summer we decided to get a dog - the kids were a good age, we go camping every weekend, etc...
So we started the research, and kind of set our sights on an Australian Shepherd. I didn't want to rush into anything, so I slowly but surely started checking out various breeders with the hope of finding a puppy.
Well, life doesn't always go according to plan and we ended up adopting a rescue lab mix (shepherd/golden?) puppy who had a very bad start to life.
So there we were. We now had a very lively Lab mix pup, no Australian Shepherd. Great.
Well, time moves on and our pup is a very big 8 month old girl now - tall and slim and around 65 lbs or so.
And I got to thinking - she needs a brother! I don't know about others and their higher-energy dogs who want to play and love everyone to bits (dogs, humans, cats, gophers, you name it) within a mile - but I think she'd thrive with another dog to be a buddy.
A short while later an email newsletter came through from one of the breeders - I had forgotten to opt out of the list. Well, they had a male red tri Australian Shepherd (which was our fav. color choice!) who had just turned a year old for sale. He was the pick of the litter when he was born in the hopes of joining her breeding program. But - he simply grew too big. She breeds mini Aussies (I think they're 14"-17" ?), and genetics being as it is sometimes, this guy grew to standard height (22") from two mini parents. So for that reason they decided to sell him.
It was pretty much love at first sight. He's a very handsome fellow, has all shots, is microchipped, loves other animals, great off leash, great recall, etc...... And the best part? No housetraining a puppy again!! Yippee!! I can understand many wanting a puppy - I mean - who can resist the cutest thing in the world?? But I like my sleep now.
Now for sure we'll be getting into agility soon. We go pick him up at the end of March after his final vaccinations and neutering and whatnot. His name is Gusto, but I think we're going to simply call him Gus.
Anyone else have an Aussie? Or experience in agility?
Oh the excitement!!