Posts tagged with ‘Australian Shepherd’

Some of you might remember Motley, my Australian Shepherd. I went through a difficult time a couple of years ago and gave Motley up to a new home. Her owner has since become a good friend and we’ve kept in touch through Facebook ever since Motley went to live in her new home. Motley’s first family gave her to me as, “free to good home.” I could never figure out why because Motley was always the best dog. She has the sweetest disposition, is eager to please, loves to play, and is overall one of the greatest dogs I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.
However, I always questioned Motley’s origin. Her original family said they purchased her from a breeder in North Carolina, but they never gave me any more information than that. Today I received a message on Facebook from Motley’s original owner and what I learned is not very surprising. Motley came from a puppy mill.
Here’s the news article. A North Carolina man just had over 50 Australian Shepherds seized from his property. Some of them are in a local rescue. I’m tempted to go look at them. The videos and pictures I’ve seen so far remind me of Motley. They look like her, with their strange head shapes and unusual coats. I always suspected that Motley was a poorly bred Australian Shepherd (obviously she’s not from any reputable breeders I know of). People always questioned if she was really an Australian Shepherd. I figured she must have come from a backyard breeder. Nothing else could explain her oddly shaped head, unusual coat, and her intact tail.
I’m really not surprised that she came from a mill, but it’s really sad. Her original owners said that when they went to pick up Motley as a puppy, the dogs on the property all looked very healthy and were kept indoors. To me, it sounds like the man got into breeding but started keeping too many puppies and before long he was overrun with dogs that he couldn’t properly care for. A lot can change in just four years.
Anyway, I just wanted to share the news with you guys. The mystery behind Motley has finally been solved. She did indeed come from a backyard breeder. 

Some of you might remember Motley, my Australian Shepherd. I went through a difficult time a couple of years ago and gave Motley up to a new home. Her owner has since become a good friend and we’ve kept in touch through Facebook ever since Motley went to live in her new home. Motley’s first family gave her to me as, “free to good home.” I could never figure out why because Motley was always the best dog. She has the sweetest disposition, is eager to please, loves to play, and is overall one of the greatest dogs I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.

However, I always questioned Motley’s origin. Her original family said they purchased her from a breeder in North Carolina, but they never gave me any more information than that. Today I received a message on Facebook from Motley’s original owner and what I learned is not very surprising. Motley came from a puppy mill.

Here’s the news article. A North Carolina man just had over 50 Australian Shepherds seized from his property. Some of them are in a local rescue. I’m tempted to go look at them. The videos and pictures I’ve seen so far remind me of Motley. They look like her, with their strange head shapes and unusual coats. I always suspected that Motley was a poorly bred Australian Shepherd (obviously she’s not from any reputable breeders I know of). People always questioned if she was really an Australian Shepherd. I figured she must have come from a backyard breeder. Nothing else could explain her oddly shaped head, unusual coat, and her intact tail.

I’m really not surprised that she came from a mill, but it’s really sad. Her original owners said that when they went to pick up Motley as a puppy, the dogs on the property all looked very healthy and were kept indoors. To me, it sounds like the man got into breeding but started keeping too many puppies and before long he was overrun with dogs that he couldn’t properly care for. A lot can change in just four years.

Anyway, I just wanted to share the news with you guys. The mystery behind Motley has finally been solved. She did indeed come from a backyard breeder. 

Here are some of our new four legged pals from the Hampton Roads K-9 Adventures meetup group! Rex the Rhodesian mix, Maya the Aussie, Sophie the Collie, Hunter the Vizsla, and Pepper the Pit Bull!

Here are some pictures of one of the couples who goes herding out at the farm with their Corgi and Aussie!

These are my friends’ dogs who go herding out at the farm. From first to last, there is…

Ohren the German Shepherd mix (his name is the German word for “ears”), Cait the Rough Collie, Foxy the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Sally the Rough Collie, Carmen the Border Collie, Layla the German Shepherd, Strider the German Shepherd, and Rusty the Australian Shepherd. And soon you’ll see a cattle dog in the mix!

Pictures from the farm today. We spent about 5 hours on the farm today, herding and doing some farm chores. It was a ton of fun, and Sam and I made lots of progress today! I managed to walk around the field with the goats without Sam diving in and causing an explosion, which is her favorite part about herding. Sam is a lot like me; impatient and easily stressed. But we worked through to the end and did some very good things!

A few pictures from today’s herding sessions. An Australian Shepherd named Rusty and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Foxy. This was my first time meeting this couple. I enjoyed watching their dogs!

Here a few more pictures from the herding clinic I went to yesterday. There’s an Australian Shepherd working sheep in a field, and then three Border Collies working sheep in the round pen.

Helo and Brandi had a blast chasing each other in the backyard this morning. This is the only way I can get Brandi to go potty. Otherwise she stands on the front porch and stares at me.

My next dog may end up being a huge investment…

If I’m going to get a purebred dog, it must come from an exceptional breeder. One who does all the necessary health screenings, and has titled parents (since I’m looking into working lines). I still have yet to decide on the breed (between Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, or Border Collie - I’ve totally ruled out Kelpies, Collies, etc.). I’m really leaning towards Aussie. I would love an ACD, as it has been a dream of mine to someday have my own purebred ACD, but I fear another headstrong dog is not what Sam and Helo need right now. I’ve never really been a big Border Collie fan but I have recently fallen in love with a few BC’s and I absolutely, hands down, love their working style from what I’ve seen thus far.

I’ve been looking for Aussie breeders in the West, where there are more working lines to choose from, but I can already see that I will be putting a lot into this investment. Most of the Australian Shepherd puppies I’ve come across so far have been a grand or more, and that doesn’t include travel or shipping expenses. But I also have to remind myself that most of the Aussies I’ve found online are bred for show or sport. I’m not looking for a show Aussie, even though I really do fancy their thick coats… I want to wait until the herding clinic in January (since I will have the opportunity to observe other breeds working at top performance) before I ask my instructor for breeder recommendations. 

Hey everyone, meet Brandi! This is Motley’s little sister who is staying with us for a couple of weeks. Brandi is such a sweet girl. I’m excited to have her spend Christmas with us!

Hey everyone, meet Brandi! This is Motley’s little sister who is staying with us for a couple of weeks. Brandi is such a sweet girl. I’m excited to have her spend Christmas with us!