Cattle dogs were bred in Australia to herd cattle on expensive ranches in the outback. Their natural instinct is to nip the heels of the cattle to get them moving. The nipping can be minimised by training at a young age. Australian cattle dogs or Blue Heelers as they are also known are very active and need lots of exercise or a job to do. They are very smart and if not given a job they will find their own job which probably wont be something the owner wants him/ her to do. Cattle dogs are also known to be ‘velcro’ dogs and become very attached to their owners and family and can be very protective.” by Jo
“Charlie aka Charles Brown aka Master Charles will reach double digits this year. Charlie’s unique birthday is 040506 and he has been my baby since he was 10 weeks old . He has always been a bit of a snob and generally prefers human company then other dogs . He also has a unique home situation. Charlie has had two homes most of his life . One with me and one with my ex partners mother ( Colleen ) in Manly . It is strange I admit but it works. Charlie is very much loved at both homes . When Charlie was two, I was looking at purchasing an apartment . Before doing so I discussed the situation with Colleen as I didn’t want him confined to a unit all day by himself and since moving into my unit Charlie has spent half the week with me and half the week with Colleen. He is also a regular at a local doggy day care as I would never leave him home alone all day in my apartment when I’m working . Charlie’s main love in life is the water . He loves the bay run at Drummoyne and takes the first opportunity to dive in the water . He also takes advantage of the dog friendly swimming spots on the northern beaches and is very well known amongst the locals. He looks like a pretty boy but loves nothing better than diving in the water to chase a ball then burying it in the sand. He is also very loyal, as are most of our four legged family members . My father nicked named him shadow years ago as wherever I am , he is of course right behind me . His loyalty, instinct and perhaps jealousy came out when my partner moved in with us early last year . My boyfriend and Charles are now best friends but it was a rocky start . Charles is perfectly house trained and would never relieve himself inside but …. A week or two into my boyfriend living with us Charlie decided to mark his territory by peeing on my boyfriends esky /lunch box ( he is a Tradie) . Shock quickly turned to laughter and a quick trip to Bunnings to buy a new esky. We met Magda at the perfect time for me as it was just a few weeks before I left Oz to spend 12 months in Ireland with my partner and his family. One of the hardest factors about moving away for a year apart from leaving family and friends was of course Charles but I am blessed in knowing he is truely loved at his other home and gets to swim every day. And now after my chance meeting with Magda I have these lovely professional shots of those big brown beautiful eyes ” by Chantelle
“I pulled him (LIttle) out of a pound to foster him but I ended up keeping him.
When he learned that if he brought me dead birds or lizards he found at the park I would give him a treat so he would drop it – now he goes out of his way to find them and bring them to me to exchange for a treat…
Gavin is generally a very laid back, lazy creature and for 2 years we had prepared him for a debut in agility, it just so happened to be at the Hawkesbury Festival where there were hundreds of people watching, Gavin came over the first jump and then turned into a complete maniac which was completely unexpected given his usually personality, zooming around the ring, not going over the right jumps…much to the amusement of the crowd – he had fun, I left somewhat red faced…” by Sacha