Jump to content

Introducing my Aussie Shepherds
Meet the gang of five.


  • Please log in to reply
44 replies to this topic

#1 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:11 PM

I have a thousand other things I should be doing, but Sundays are for procrastinating and putting things off until later.
Instead, I'd rather post pics of my dogs and introduce them to the EB pet loving community.

First cab of the rank (or dog off the couch) is Dusty. She is the longest serving resident here, she is 5 years of age and I've had her since she was 8 weeks old. She was my first show dog, but she turned out to be not good enough to show so now she's a princess. One of my hobbies is photographing groups of dogs and Dusty always gets to come on the photoshoots and be in the group. Dusty is very, very attached to me, and I'm very, very attached to her. She is also my nanna-nap buddy and she's very good in that role too.



This is Ripley, he is mostly my husbands dog but sometimes he acknowledges that I exist (mainly for the food I provide) although we don't always see eye to eye on where he should be sitting. He's a handsome lad though.
Ripley came to us last year after we lost our first Aussie to kidney disease. The people who had him thought we could give him a better life as he's very active and we have plenty of space. He fitted in well with the other dogs and planted himself firmly by my husbands side and they have a bit of a bromance happening (as in, this dog can do no wrong in my husbands eyes, and Ripley always understands this and knows how to align himself for his best advantage). Ripley is mostly obsessed with balls and running. And he can run like the wind. He is 5 years old.



Shae is my rescue dog, she came to us after she'd twice been returned to her breeder because her owners no longer wanted her. She has a home for life with me, I love her to the moon and back. Since I've had her, I've taught her to herd and she has two herding titles to her name. I have also shown her in neuter classes at dog shows and she has some points towards her neuter championship title, but she won't be shown anymore as she finds the atmosphere at a show a bit too stressful. She is the smallest Aussie I've ever seen, and one of the prettiest. She is a gorgeous little muppet and loves carrying toys around in her mouth. She is also a bit of a supermodel and this year, she's featured in an Aussie Shepherd calendar, and is also featured in advertising for a dog crate retailer. Shae is almost 7 years old and I've had her for 2 years.



This is Isaak, he's one of my current show dogs and my most successful one to date. He is 2 1/2, I've had him since he was an 8 week old puppy and he is very, very devoted to me. Isaak defies the description of the intelligent Aussie, he's as dumb as they come but my goodness he makes up for it with his good looks. He's also very sweet natured and such an easy dog to live with.



Our newest resident is Jessica. I wanted another black tri girl to show and I looked high and low for a suitable one. I was expecting to buy an 8 week old puppy but Jessica became available when she was 7 months old, and was offered to me as a show and breeding dog. She has a first class pedigree, a rock solid temperament and she's altogether a simply delightful little Miss. She will be the foundation to my breeding program as she has all the attributes I want to start with. She is 14 months old and we call her Very Naughty Jessica because she's always into something she shouldn't be. And she has more brains than any dog has a right to.




So, these are my lovely ones, they are my pride and joy and my life revolves around each and every one of them.

Please add your own dogs to the thread, I'd love to meet them!







#2 babatjie

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:17 PM

They're so beautiful.

#3 rainycat

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:18 PM

They are gorgeous!

#4 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:20 PM

Gosh they're very good looking dogs!

#5 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:25 PM

Thank you! They are a lovely and very handsome breed and easy to live with. There are lots of breeds I couldn't imagine having 5 of, but 5 Aussies is easy.

#6 Madeline's Mum

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

They are gorgeous! I love Aussie Shephards original.gif

#7 DylJayBen's Mum

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:39 PM

They are beautiful doggies, I think that Dusty is just gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing.


I would put photos of mine up but I don't know how. They just never seem to work.

#8 CharliMarley

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:46 PM

They are absolutely gorgeous and look a bit like border collies. unsure.gif

#9 CharliMarley

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:47 PM

I would send you a photo of my beautiful border collie, but I don't know how to do pictures on E.B. cry1.gif

#10 greypink

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:50 PM

They are all so gorgeous!

#11 Faradaye

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:54 PM

They are gorgeous dogs.  Thanks for sharing.  original.gif

#12 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:10 PM

QUOTE (Winterdanceparty @ 02/12/2012, 01:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They are absolutely gorgeous and look a bit like border collies. unsure.gif



They often get mistaken for border collies, or border collie crosses, or collie crosses, and they do look a bit like them until you see them side by side. Mine are all missing one vital part, none of them have tails and they were all born that way (and that is something I intend to breed for). Aussies are generally larger, squarer and more upright than Borders, and when you see the two breeds working stock, they are nothing alike.
BC's work at a distance, low down and use their gaze to control the stock, as well as quick darting movements to bring errant stock back to the herd. Aussies work in close, upright and use their body movements to keep the flock together.
Both are beautiful breeds!

#13 *Ker*

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:11 PM

From your dogs names, I realised I know you from DOL!

I've admired your crew many times on DOL and I was so sad for you when Benson died.

They are all very gorgeous. I'm a big aussie fan, but afraid the exercise requirements might kill me.


#14 lamarque

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:26 PM

What beautiful dogs!  wub.gif  Thanks for sharing.

#15 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:38 PM

QUOTE (*Ker* @ 02/12/2012, 02:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
From your dogs names, I realised I know you from DOL!

I've admired your crew many times on DOL and I was so sad for you when Benson died.

They are all very gorgeous. I'm a big aussie fan, but afraid the exercise requirements might kill me.



Thank you for your kind words about Benson. He is missed every minute of every day.

The exercise requirements haven't killed me yet. Dusty would be happy as a lamb if she never went for a walk and the rest are all content for me to throw a tennis ball. They aren't a high exercise breed, unless you get one like Ripley (and he's definitely a one-off!) who just doesn't bloody wear out.

I have a new one since I left DOL, my lovely Jessica. She is a sweetheart, and after I got her, I realised she reminds me very much of Benson...not in her looks but in other ways. And lo and behold, when I checked pedigrees, the same dogs that were his grandparents, are her great grandparents. So I feel like I have a bit of my special boy back in her. And I reckon he might have waved a paw and sent her to me.

#16 tres

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:49 PM

Are these dogs best as working dogs or would they make a good family pet dog? Because I just fell in love five times over.



#17 eilca

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:57 PM

What beautiful dogs!  Simply stunning!  And I can see you are clearly talented with your photography.



#18 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:07 PM

QUOTE (tres @ 02/12/2012, 02:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Are these dogs best as working dogs or would they make a good family pet dog? Because I just fell in love five times over.



They make great pets. Despite their name they are an American breed, and they've only been in Australia since the early 1990's. They are still not well known here, but they're getting more popular each year.
Most of the ones bred in this country are bred as pets, show or performance dogs, not as working dogs although some do have a good work ethic.
But if you went to a good breeder, they would match your requirements with the right pup. In all honesty, all five of mine do brilliantly as family pets (and that's what they primarily are), and as long as they are with their people, they aren't terribly demanding of anything too energetic.

#19 librablonde

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:16 PM

Your Aussies are so gorgeous, OP  wub.gif
Like another PP, I always imagine their exercise requirements would kill me and that they're so smart they'd do my taxes and round up the kids at dinner time after popping up to the shops for me  grin.gif  I could happily live in a pack of Aussies  original.gif

#20 tres

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:19 PM

Ok thanks, I've just added another breed to my list of possibles. They are beautiful looking and I'm definitely after a smart dog (I think). There is the quandary of smart and highly trainable = huge potential naughtiness?





#21 caninestorm

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:22 PM

Aussies are the best wink.gif biggrin.gif

Mine is very active but to be honest she just wants to be with us, and if she is, she's happy.

#22 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:22 PM

QUOTE (eilca @ 02/12/2012, 02:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What beautiful dogs!  Simply stunning!  And I can see you are clearly talented with your photography.



Thank you! Photography has been a hobby of mine for many years and dog photography is a breed all of it's own. It takes lots of patience, but the dogs usually get what I'm after eventually. The one of Jess peeping through the tree branches is an example.....I placed her there and gave her a treat. Then I started to take photos and she got down. So I put her back and gave her another treat and then she got the idea and stayed there for me.

I really love doing groups of dogs and I'm building up quite a collection of grouped Aussie photos.

#23 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:27 PM

QUOTE (tres @ 02/12/2012, 03:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ok thanks, I've just added another breed to my list of possibles. They are beautiful looking and I'm definitely after a smart dog (I think). There is the quandary of smart and highly trainable = huge potential naughtiness?



To a degree, although Dusty, Ripley and Shae are all smart, trainable and would rather die than do something wrong. Jessica is smart and naughty, but she's only young. She's not destructive though.....her tricks include opening the back door and letting all of them into the house, opening the gate to the chook pen (when we had chooks) and chasing them. Now we've just discovered she can get into the paddock with our lamb and we're trying to figure out how she's doing it. She just goes in there to see him though, doesn't hurt him or chase him. She is the most stubborn and if I call her and she doesn't want to come, she just doesn't. The others all come when they're called whether they want to or not.

#24 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:30 PM

QUOTE (caninestorm @ 02/12/2012, 03:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Aussies are the best wink.gif biggrin.gif

Mine is very active but to be honest she just wants to be with us, and if she is, she's happy.



Which breeder is she from? Just interested in case she might be related to any of mine.

#25 *Ker*

Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:13 PM

QUOTE (FiveAus @ 02/12/2012, 02:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thank you for your kind words about Benson. He is missed every minute of every day.

The exercise requirements haven't killed me yet. Dusty would be happy as a lamb if she never went for a walk and the rest are all content for me to throw a tennis ball. They aren't a high exercise breed, unless you get one like Ripley (and he's definitely a one-off!) who just doesn't bloody wear out.

I have a new one since I left DOL, my lovely Jessica. She is a sweetheart, and after I got her, I realised she reminds me very much of Benson...not in her looks but in other ways. And lo and behold, when I checked pedigrees, the same dogs that were his grandparents, are her great grandparents. So I feel like I have a bit of my special boy back in her. And I reckon he might have waved a paw and sent her to me.


I didn't actually realise you'd left DOL lol. I don't get on there too much anymore - just the odd occasion.

Sounds like their exercise requirements are on par with the lapphund. On the odd occasion you'll get a manic, really drivey one, but most are lazy. My girl will run around like a flipping loon when I take her to the offleash park, but then she sleeps for two days. A friend of mine (who is in love with my dog) wants her next two dogs to be a lapphund and an Aussie.

I LOVE the Merle ones! Ripley is exceptionally handsome. Why was Shae dumped twice? I don't get people!





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

A mum's tragic battle against inflammatory breast cancer

At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.

The business of babies around the world

Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.

Finding a positive path through IVF

It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Giving strangers the gift of parenthood

A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.

Does morning sickness get better or worse with each child?

Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.

What's so wrong with looking 'mumsy', anyway?

Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss, as it involves toilet talk. But it needs to be talked about.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.