It is hard to believe I had my mind set on getting a Labrador when we first moved to the country and had space for a dog. Thankful my sister in law brought over Olivia pup who needed a home. She has made us all happy for the past 13 years. She is The Australian Shepherd Olivia Who Makes Us Happy.
Olivia watching the birds fly over head.
Why Consider Australian Shepherds
At first glace she was just a big puff of black and white fur. How could you not love that blue eyed puppy? If you have space to let the Australian Shepherd roam freely and safe she is the perfect dog for you. The time you spend with the animal is crucial for keeping the dog happy and healthy. The Australian Shepherd needs to be a part of your daily life because she is such an intelligent breed. Consider the Australian shepherd because this bred is intelligent and loyal. Because she is so smart she can tell if you are being true. Below are my top reasons to consider Australian Shepherds:
- Easy to work with
- Beautiful color
- Energetic breed and ready to go and do things.
- Always one step ahead of you.
- A bred that will always be by your side. (clingy at times)
Health Puppy Products
Nutramax Cosequin DS Plus with MSM Chewable Tablets
In 2016 Olivia started limping while running and I could tell she seemed to be in pain when getting up. The vet said she had some arthritis in her joints and this was normal for this bred and dog of this age. That is when we introduced Nutramax Cosequin DS Plus with MSM Chewable Tablets into her diet after seeing a commercial. She has been taking this chew daily for about 2 years now and I've seen a huge change in her health. For a 14 year old dog she gets up extremely quick again after taking this product daily. I began to see a change after 3 weeks of taking this product. There are mornings she doesn't want her food.. but I notice she has eaten the chew out of her bowl.
I highly recommend this product and hope you will consider talking to your vet about adding this to your dogs diet.
A Part Of The Family
Out in the garden with mom means paying attention and respecting what is growing.
In the river fishing with the boys
Being in the family sometimes means dress up time.
playing in the treeline with the kids
Many people ask me how does the Australian Shepherd engage with children being a herding dog. If you work with the Australian Shepherd it is super easy to get her break the habit of rounding up the children. Watching the kids play and enclosing her in the daily activities outdoors helped the puppy understand her job was to be a part of the family.
Friendly to The Entire Family
cuddling with Calico Betty
Olivia grew up with the kittens
Olivia was our first dog and at the time we were cat people. She spent her first days sleeping in the kitty bin in the garage. Because she grew up and was directed to be kind to kitties she has always been respectful to the cats on our farm. It wasn’t uncommon to find her cuddling on the front porch with the Calico kitty. When you introduce a new puppy to other members of your family be sure to keep an eye on how they are behaving. The animals may need direction and taught how to respect ones space.
Olivia The Pup Who Makes Us Happy
Below are some of my favorite photos of my dog Olivia.
Happy Puppy waiting for the kids to come play
Olivia always finds a pine cone to tote around with her.
Olivia – pretty teenager
Olivia keeping cool in the shade of summer
Olivia watching the birds fly over head.
About Australian Shepherds
The Australian Shepherd, usually referred to as “Aussie”, is a medium-sized breed of dog that comes from ranches in the Western United States during the 19th century. This bred usually lives 13-15 years if taking care of properly. Aussies have beautiful colors such as Merle, Red Merle, Black, Red tricolor, Black tricolor, Blue Merle, Red. The Australian Shepherds are extremely smart and are healthiest when worked with.
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Happy Puppy Day,
**this post has been edited from a blog post I did back in 2012. I hope the information helps you decide on a bred for your family.