australian shepherds

Flora, the mix (part Jack Russell Terrier, part herding Cattle Dog), (she said part 3)

“Flora can be aggressive and I keep my eyes on her when we go out.

She’s small but no lap dog.

She is very independent and very territorial.

She’s got two close dog friends, but those are the only dogs she likes to socialize with.  When other dogs get too close, she bares her teeth and warns them off.

Flora is good with people, especially my family–she is affectionate with my kids.

One of the advantages of having a family dog is that my children have learned a sense of responsibility.

They understand that she is a living, breathing being that needs feeding, walking and attention.

We are all glad to have her.”

Flora, the herding mix, (part Jack Russell, part Herding Cattle Dog) (she said, part 2)

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“Flora had every imaginable health problem.

She had worms, ear mites, fleas and anything else you can imagine.

Getting her was an expensive proposition, but Flora

is part of the family and we are all very attached.

We have had her for nine years.

She is a high maintenance dog.

She needs a lot of exercise and is very excitable.

When we have people over, it’s hard to get her to settle down.

She is also a hunter.

Once she got a bird in the dog park, which I couldn’t believe.

She was stalking it and before I could intervene she caught it.”

 

 

Flora, the herding mix (part Jack Russell, part Australian Herding Dog) (she said, part 1)

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“I had dogs before I had kids.

When my kids wanted a dog, even though I knew better, I capitulated.

I knew that I would be the one taking care of her, even though my kids swore up and down they would.

We went on the North Shore Animal League website and saw Flora.

She was only three months old and was really cute.

It turned out that she was in Arkansas.

My kids insisted she was meant to be our dog, so we flew her from Arkansas to NY.”

Lola, the Corgi, Border Collie, Australian Shepherd mix (he said, part 3)

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“My son was watching tv and feeding her raisins.

We had to rush her to the vet because my girlfriend and I knew it was dangerous.

The vet had to induce vomiting and put her on fluids for hydration.

We now have a list of food on the refrigerator, and the kids learned a valuable lesson.

One of the ways Lola has changed my life is that I feel more grounded.

In a divorce situation it’s strange having children come and go (for both the parents and the kids), and having Lola all the time has helped smooth out the waves.

One more thing– I recommend adopting and supporting your local shelter.”

Lola, the Corgi, Border Collie, Australian Shepherd mix he said, part 2)

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“One of the difficulties I’ve been dealing with since getting Lola, is my ongoing divorce from my children’s mother.

It can be therapeutic to get out in the park with my dog and see her play and recognize what’s important in life, instead of focus on negative things.

It’s hard to pinpoint one great moment since having Lola.

She loves my kids and they interact really well together.

In addition to playing with Lola, they also help with the walking responsibility.

The kids learned the hard way not to give her people food.”

 

Lola, the Corgi, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie mix (he said, part 1)

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“I saw the adoption truck and went inside and spotted her.”

We had been talking about getting a dog for a while.

It might not have been the right time, but the truck was at Columbus Circle and it was Father’s Day.

I went inside the truck while my kids were shopping in the Columbus Center Mall with my girlfriend.

I picker her out and didn’t tell my family which dog I wanted.

I asked them to to inside and pick a dog.

None of them picked Lola, so I sent them back in, gently guiding them to Lola.

I think the excitement of getting a dog and the crowded truck got in the way of seeing Lola.”

Lola, the Corgi, Border Collie, Australian Shepherd mix (she said, part 2)

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“The best thing about Lola is her companionship and loyalty to our family.

Lola has some cattle dog in her so she treats the kids like they are her herd.

First thing in the morning when the kids wake up she is watching them.  As soon as she hears them stir, she is in their room checking that everything is under control.

By the same token, at the end of the day after the kids are in bed, her work is done and she is back under our bed.

One of the hardest parts of having a dog is worrying about her when she gets sick.

She gets sick more frequently than we would have hoped.

Lola eats everything she can off the sidewalk, things that fall on the floor and anything she can get in her mouth.”

 

Lola, the Corgi, Border Collie, Australian Shepherd mix (part 3, she said)

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“Lola has so much energy, I wish had more time in the day to let her fun free.

The kids are too young to walk her but they try to look after her.  They love to feed her, giver her treats and play with her and her toys.

She keeps everyone grounded and happy in the family.

I’ve never had a dog before and I didn’t know that I could love a dog so deeply.

Very simply put, she’s my best friend.”

 

Lola, The Corgi, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie mix (part 1, she said)

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“My boyfriend and I had been discussing getting a dog and I took his kids into a store at Columbus Circle to buy him a Father’s Day present.

While we were shopping, he found the North Shore Animal League Adoption Truck.

He called me and said, you need to come out here as soon as you’re done because I want to show you something.

That something was Lola.

We all walked into the truck and there was lots of encouragement from the kids to get a dog.

It was a fairly impulsive buy.

That was a year ago, Father’s Day.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 3)

fullsizerender-11“The only limitation of this job is that it is very physically demanding.

I try shoe inserts, take ibuprofen as needed, and am aware of my posture and try to walk as efficiently as possible.

The concrete is hard on the body.  I walk between 7-9 hours a day.

Another downside of the job is the weather– extreme heat, rain and cold can be difficult.

Whenever I am coming to work, riding on the train, I take the first 15 minutes to meditate.

I meditate on the word emptiness.  I try to mimic their openness.

I try to just enjoy where we are in that moment.”