Sorry for the radio silence lately, but my life has been consumed with raising our new fur child. If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen lots of Scout, our 3 month old blue heeler. Dave and I picked her up in the boonies of Ramona, California and immediately fell in love!
If you aren't familiar with Australian cattle dogs (which most people don't seem to be -- we gets lots of "What is that?!" on our walks), they were originally developed by crossbreeding Collies with Dingos, and later with Dalmatians and Kelpies. They're one of the top 10 smartest dogs. I've grown up with some smart dogs in my life (my first childhood dogs were a Rottweiler and a doberman, and of course my current Rottweiler, Frankie -- who lives at my parents' place if anyone is concerned where she went, haha), but there is nothing like a cattle dog. I'm starting to understand fellow owners' obsession with the breed. I might be turning into a bit of a crazy dog lady. But training and spending my days with her has been so rewarding. They're not kidding when they say these dogs are smart. Within a week of having her, she already mastered sit / down / stay / come / shake / leave it / bring it / drop it / crate / and every command I really need her to know. This breed is notoriously known for being "velcro dogs", so you can be sure she follows me everywhere, sits at my feet while I work in the office, cuddles on the couch while we watch movies, and constantly looks up at me for approval and guidance. It's uncanny how much she understands and how well we're able to communicate with each other throughout the day.
I'm so looking forward to the journey this dog is going to take us on in the years to come.