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Dog risks life to help another dog – video from Chile

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Penny Pasta is home!

“Pasta” as she was known by in our house is home at last!

A wonderful family came to meet Penny Pasta and the kids were so cute with Penny I can’t even describe it. Penny was drawn to the boys so easily and lay on the floor belly up next to one of the boys [...]

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Ok, I feel like a Blog Hog, but…

One more thing about Rusty. Are you bored yet?

Rusty has become my official (ok, not so official, but official in my house) service dog. He has two important jobs. OK, maybe more than two.

1. He must retrieve the remote control when it’s dropped and return it to the mommy quickly. Ditto with the water [...]

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Agility’s Fun!

On Friday of last week, Abby and I went to agility class again. I had managed to work one-on-one with Abby two or three times last week, and she really seemed to enjoy doing it. (Whether that’s due to her fondness for work, her pleasure at spending more time with me, or her love of [...]

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All creatures great and small

I know this isn’t really about shelties, but in a way it is.

Yesterday was a sad day for us. Our super friendly rooster “Cayenne” had to be put down yesterday. Yes, we did pay for an office visit to the vets for a chicken and yes, we would have treated him [...]

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Abby Starts Training

More accurately, Jim has started training Abby. Sort of. Trying, at least.

Some of you know that I had the first Obedience Trial Champion (Merlin, a/k/a Astolat’s Myrddin Emrys) in the Rocky Mountain area of the USA. I am also an AKC obedience judge (emeritus…meaning "effectively retired"). So you’d think that I might know a tad [...]

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Soccer Sheltie Extraodinaire…Leo!

You will not believe the phenomenal soccer playing skills of this Sheltie, Leo, who’s the son of a wonderful couple who have also adopted Sheltie-girl Murphy from us, after fostering her for quite some time.  I’ve seen lots of Shelties that I thought were good at playing with a ball and even playing soccer but [...]

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Food. It comes.

You know what superstitious behavior is, don’t you? For me, it’s channel surfing past the USA Network channel on satellite every night because 10 years ago they used to have good late night movies…I keep expecting, against all evidence to the contrary, that I’ll find a good movie “tonight”.

For our dogs, it’s a little more [...]

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More about Alex

You may be starting to wonder “Doesn’t this guy ever get around to Shelties?” since this is my second blog entry on Alex, the African Grey parrot. But there’s a common thread in the topic of Shelties and the topic of Alex: intelligence. One of the reasons I love Shelties so much is that [...]