Posted 12-01-2004 at 15:23:59
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I got a puppy. My sisters were uncharacteristically mum, and someone suggested I wait a year before getting a puppy. But I got him.
Now can I brag? He is the best puppy! Well, except for my last Australian Cattle Dog, she was the best ever. But Indigo is such a good boy. He was completely housebroken within the first two weeks. He is only 12.5 weeks old now, sits on command, fetches balls & other things thrown, and brings them right to me. He is super sweet, and gorgeous. He does chew like crazy though with sharp puppy teeth, and is teething but that is to be expected. He is learning not to bite, and the boys are learning not to play like puppies with him. They adore him, and likewise. When we walk in remote areas where I can take the puppy off leash, he keeps strict tabs on my boys and gets upset if the boys get too far ahead. He darts from them to me and back, keeping tabs. If they get out of sight he gets upset.
I was advised to crate train him. Oh well, that just is not my style. I tried one night but I could not let him cry it out any more than I could let my kids cry it out when they were babies. Wimp that I am. He sleeps on an ottoman next to the bed, like a side-car, same level as the bed, right on the other side of my son. He stays there all night, although he does sneak a bit sometimes to cuddle next to son. Generally he stays off the bed, though. He doesn't have to go out at night any more, thank goodness.
I am so thrilled with this dog! I still have not figured out how to post photos. I found lots of references to his father, Bendigo Ch. Six Gun Justice, on the net but no photos. He has nice double mask, black and tan markings, frosty blue coat. He looks a lot like these boys:
|Donna from Mo ||
Posted 12-01-2004 at 15:44:36
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When I look at those pictures, I can sure tell my mongrel, Mandy, has a big proportion of Cattle Dog in her. She's been a bit of a pain in Cliff's backside with her rowdy ways, but I enjoy her. She's past the chewing stage now. My main problem with her is that when there's something really interesting in her view, she becomes deaf to my calling her. I can't let her run loose, she runs straight to the neighbors. I try to take her out to the pasture every day so she can run off some of that excess energy, and that helps.