Posts tagged with ‘Australian Shepherd’

We had a blast at the farm yesterday. The paddle boarding looked like a ton of fun!

Prick-eared Australian Shepherd, Dixie, working cattle.

Prick-eared Australian Shepherd, Dixie, working cattle.

This working line Australian Shepherd is just gorgeous.

This working line Australian Shepherd is just gorgeous.

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!