Miniature Australian Shepherd

Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling mutt (part 5)

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“Ginkgo loves people and dogs, except for young children and babies.

I am preparing for our trip by putting together a medical kit for her as well as myself.

I am working on my safety skills, learning boat repair, and becoming a better navigator.

The reason for the trip is to make a documentary film about by travels and see the world before settling down.”

Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling mutt (part 4)

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“Ginkgo is my furry best friend.

I like her better than a lot of humans.

She has a great spirit, she’s intuitive– she has an acute sense of her surroundings.

Ginkgo is a great judge of character.

When she meets someone she doesn’t like she barks.

I trust her.”

Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling dog (part 3)

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“This happened two and a half years ago.

Ginkgo became more clingy, but I think she made a full recovery.

She doesn’t seem to be afraid of cars anymore.

We relocated to New York last year and she has been fine, although she doesn’t like the street and sidewalk vents, as well as the noise.

When we approach a vent on the street she puts the breaks on and I have to carry her until she feels safe.

Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling mutt (part 2)

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We plan to set sail in a year and a half.

One of the toughest times since having Ginkgo was when I was living in L.A. and working  a lot.

I left her with a sitter, and one day she ran after me and was hit by a car.

I was afraid she died.

I thought she had internal damage, but she was okay.

I sat in the middle of the road crying and yelling, Grandma, in Italian.

She severed a few toes, but the vet reattached them.”

 

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.”