I have had an Aussie in my life for the better part of thirty or so years. They were of the standard variety and my first was Coon Dog because he had the black patches over both eyes. That dog could herd cattle and track wild animals and he could always find me no matter how hard I tried to hide. He was always with me when I was horse back, no matter how many miles a day.
I didn’t see or know about the mini’s until about six years ago when I went to Oregon to a horse show and ended up staying at the stall managers house because I was too early and the fair grounds wasn’t open yet. We went to the barn in the morning to feed and she had a barn stall full of mini aussie puppies. It was love at first sight and I brought Fender home, of coarse I picked the one who grew bigger than both of her parents. No matter what size she is, she is a great dog, so good tempered and kind. She has never met a stranger. She is also a hunter and teaches her children to hunt. Her name is Fender because Barb and Randy needed a Dually Fender for their Ford truck and my husband owns a truck wrecking yard, so we traded.
The miniatures fit right in with family life, don’t take up much room and have everything the standard size has to offer only in a smaller package. Since getting Fender, I have become a small hobby breeder but the more I am around these wonderfully smart dogs the more I want to show them, do agility with them, and maybe even fly ball. They are so agile, and beautiful all in one little package.
I believe that temperament should be the first attribute that you breed for in any animal, then correct conformation, good bone structure, and good hair coats. I think we should always be striving to improve the breed and try to represent the breed according to the breed standard.
My dogs are mainly ranch/family dogs that have the run of our 24 acre ranch during the day and some have the run of the house at night. The dogs that don’t come in the house are kenneled before dark because of the coyotes and then turned loose by 7am. All my puppies are born in my house, and handled daily from birth. They are well socialized when they go to their new homes.
All of my puppies get age appropriate vaccinations, and are wormed every two weeks up until they leave here. They all get their toenails trimmed weekly so they won’t be afraid of getting it done in their new home. They are socialized with older dogs and my mini dachshunds too. Everyone who comes is required to play with puppies. They get used to loud voices, loud noises like the vacuum cleaner, TV, and music.
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~ Favorite Quotes ~
"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket
and then give him only two of them."
"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will be not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe, we are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made."
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole”
"My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am."