Millions of companion animals in shelters across America are just waiting for a special home like yours. Animal shelters are like having your very own personal shopper. They can help you select a pet based on your family's needs and/or your lifestyle. Stop by or check them out on-line to find out more: (https://www.mspca.org/adoption/) Whether you are looking for a puppy or a more mature dog, a purebred or a one-of-a-kind mixed breed (my favorite!), your local shelters have the best selection of animals anywhere!
While Gracie and I were perusing through the local shelters on-line the other day, we came across an adorable Cattle Dog named Tyson. Tyson is super cute and we wanted to highlight him today. More about Tyson... Do you know what Cattle Dogs were originally bred for?
A Cattle Dog is a dog that has been bred and trained to gather, herd and drive livestock. Different breeds of Cattle Dogs work cattle in different ways. Some breeds, such as the Australian Cattle Dog, typically nip at the animals heels, therefore they are "heelers". Others like the Border Collie, get in front of the animals and use what is called "eye" to stare down the animals, these are the "headers". The Koolie has been observed to use both these methods and to jump on the backs of their charges. Koolies are therefore said to 'head', 'heel' and 'back'.
Gracie is actually half Labrador and half Australian Shepherd (Aussie). Aussies are "an energetic breed with strong herding and guarding instincts, the Aussie requires daily vigorous exercise. Although sometimes reserved with strangers, they are “people” dogs that want to always be near their families."
Gracie is a devoted, loyal friend and guardian (Aussies are naturally protective). She's affectionate, very lively, agile, attentive, and eager to please with a a sixth sense about what we want. With all this being said, she can also be quite a handful! We are constantly working with her and we are diligent about remaining consistent with her training. Because of her high intelligence level, she excels at whatever we teach her. Sometimes she ends up being too smart for her own good! Raising her has been a challenge and I'm sure it will continue to be for many years. Aussie's tend to remain puppy-like well into the adult years. So we are in for a quite a ride with Gracie!Gracie's Bark is happy to spotlight any dogs in need of a good home. We are very willing to do our part in finding the loving homes these dogs need, it is the least we can do! Email us anytime with requests at GraciesBark@gmail.com.
Gracie has truly been an inspiration to us and we don't know what we would do without her. This is our way of giving back to the pet community for providing us with such a wonderful dog!