Breeder’s thoughts about his puppies’ way into life with his or her owner:
Of course, life should be pleasant. In no way the puppy should be bored and become a nuisance.
The fictive future owners must give him a task, according to his tremendous abilities and high intelligence. Nevertheless the owner’s sofa must be co-owned from puppyhood on.
Churchill’s ideas about “sport is murdering” are in no case valid for his future life. The partner of his life shall love long walks, sweat causing activities, be eager to spend endless week-ends on shows or training grounds.
Would it not be wonderful, if the puppy with all his instincts could choose his future owners? Certainly his instinct is wiser than all of our human thinking.
I am showing two very different ways of life.
In the end both – breeder and future owner are convinced: this dog is happy!
Gwen Shepperson’s Australian Cattle Dogs from KS-Ranch in Wyoming,USA are working companions of the Sheppersons.
“One of our herding Australian Cattle dogs is Sophie:
Sophie was actually given to me–a friend of a friend could not keep her due to a divorce, and I agreed to take her knowing only that she was 3 yrs old, red and was good with children. She turned out to be an Australian import with a nice pedigree and with an outstanding amount of natural ability–she had never seen a cow until I got her, and she worked as though she had been doing it all her life! She has a fabulous temperament and is now 9 years old, retired from hard work but I still take her to work on easy days so she still feels important. Otherwise, she is always at my side :)”.
CeCe deserves more credit than I can give her
We were moving cows to calving pastures that got trucked home from the winter farm pastures today, the cows were cranky, it was dirty cold, snowing to beat hell and she never quit smiling and being positive. There have been a lot of times I have seriously wondered why I kept her, but today I think I finally realized why…she is teaching me to enjoy our job, even on the days when it’s not the most enjoyable. Thanks CeCe
Show dog CH KS Ranch Cowboy Up or Sit In the Pickup, aka Waylon becomes a hard worker
“I have her brother “Waylon” here now as well.He was raised as a puppy, then went to a show home–he was happy, liked showing, but once he had his title and was no longer traveling to shows, he became very bored and needed much more in his life to keep him busy. B/c his owner travels very much for her job with AKC, I agreed to take him back. When he got here, he was so happy to have lots of freedom and exercise, but he was very different from my dogs, even his sister CeCe. You see, he went away to a home that did not require him to think through situations or use his instincts/mental skills very much. He was well socialized but had no idea how to interact with other dogs at liberty. His life had been about basic functions–eat, poop, pant, and stacking for show, that’s about it. It took him many months to learn how to think like a working dog, even though his natural instincts were very good. In fact, he is still learning!
AUS/US CH Turrella Blue Sky, our guest for love duties
Their sire AUS/US CH Turrella Blue Sky, was here for the summer when I bred him to Sophie. He had never seen a cow in his life and at age 7, he went right to work with my dogs as though he was doing it all his life, and he LOVED IT!This is Turrella Blue Sky working here at the ranch.
Gwen’s conclusion about the nowadays ACD’s capability to work:
Here in the US I think the trend has been, that there are a lot of very small, lighter boned, weedy dogs, with narrow jaw/heads. Too big is not good either, they cannot travel very long, don’t have enough endurance to work.
Gwen:”Our dogs work very hard, in extreme heat or cold, many many miles–they get kicked, get sore feet, sometimes get teeth knocked out, sometimes worse injuries. Some people would think their life is torture or not as nice as the life of a city dog. Not every dog, even every ACD, is suited to the life we live, just like not every person is”!
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