Miniature Australian Shepherd

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.”

 

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.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 2)

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“It’s also easier to start the day with a lot of excitement.

The dogs are always eager to see me.

I am really emotionally bonded with Earl because it took so long to earn his trust.

At first he was very skittish and then apathetic, but there came a time, a few months in, that I noticed his tail would wag and he would start this happy howl when I came.

That’s a great feeling.”

Chewie, the Border Collie/Mini Australian Shepherd lifesaver (part 3)

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“The most joyous moment I can think of, was the first time I brought her home.

I realized that with Chewie, I am not alone; that we are going to go places together.

She acts as a service dog.

I clean houses and I bring her to work with me.

She picks an area in the apartment, out of the way and stays there the entire time I am working.

She trusts me, and knows that I will come and get her when I am done.

Chewie has changed my life in that I am able to cope with every day life better than before I got her.”

Chewie, the Border Collie/mini Australian Shepherd, lifesaver (part 2)

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“Chewie helped me through a tough time.

I was depressed and she helped me get out of the house whether I wanted to or not.

Walking a dog 3 or 4 times a day gives me clarity.  It makes me feel like whatever is troubling me is going to be okay.

The routine gives me something to do, and my focus is on something other than myself.

Chewie knows when I am unhappy.

She gets very upset if I am crying, so I try not to cry in front of her.

If she feels that I am sad or upset, she won’t leave my side.”

Chewie, the Border Collie/Aussie lifesaver (part 1)

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“I was lonely and felt that I didn’t have any life in me.

My psychiatrist told me to get a dog.

That was 7 years ago.

While I was on vacation I saw a Border Collie that I liked a lot and I thought, this is the kind of dog I want.

I went on the internet and searched and found a breeder in New Jersey.

I waited a few months for Chewie to be born, and then another few months to take him home.

We both felt like we belonged together from the moment I brought her home.”