The funniest thing happened! My dad was looking at old photos of his Blue Heeler named Snowy that he got for his birthday almost 17 years ago, and he thinks we look like twins!
He says I’m going to be a lot bigger though since I’m half Maremma, but he reckons I’ll be a good dog just like she was! 🐾
My mum thinks it’s really cool and crazy that we look so similar since she had no idea when she brought me home.
Coincidence aside!! I’m gonna be the bestest doggo ever for my new family!
Farm Fun Fact:
When we adopted Mabel as a pup the name she had been given was Patience. The irony of how much patience we would all need for her still cracks us up. Luckily big sister Delilah loves her enough to allow her to be such a pest. 😂
"There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." -Aldo
Precisely how I feel about my lil' wild pupper since the moment she entered my life a year ago. Pretty sure she feels the same about her wanderlust loving Mama. Happy Gotcha Day Pippa.
I adore you and am excited for another year of adventures together!! 🐾🦊🥾Mama loves you ❤
Essa é minha humana, e essa foto foi no dia em que eu vim morar com ela! Eu tinha quase 60 dias e era uma bolinha! ♥️🐶
This is my human, and this photo was the day I came to live with her! I was almost 60 days old and it was a ball! ♥️🐶 #blueheelerbrasil#blueheelerslove#blueheeler
Since adopting Scout, I’ve been told both to take training “at her own pace” and to push her.
At times, it’s felt like these ideas are in direct opposition to each other.
Okay, she isn’t really comfortable doing this and I don’t want to be unfair, so I can’t ask her to do it… but okay, she also won’t grow if I don’t challenge her a bit, so I DO need to ask her to do it… so okay, where the hell do I draw this line of what I do and don’t ask for?
Looking at it on paper, it seems obvious: Provide incremental challenges. Don’t push too far too fast, but don’t avoid the issues entirely. Find that middle ground!
In practice, though, it’s often not so clear.
How much stress is too much? When does providing a “challenge” become forcing her into something she’s not ready for?
And really, why can’t she just speak English to tell me precisely how she’s feeling?
I care a lot about Scout’s mindset. As much as I want her to be a respectful ambassador of her species, I want even more for her to feel genuinely comfortable during our day-to-day activities.
But that comfort won't just come out of nowhere.
There’s a difference between asking her to be uncomfortable while we work through something that will make our lives better versus just forcing her into a lifestyle she truly won’t enjoy.
If we avoided all discomfort, we'd quickly limit our world.
For example, she needed to work through the discomfort of seeing other dogs so we can enjoy being in public together — but I still don’t expect her to tolerate the discomfort of strange dogs getting in her face.
At the end of the day, I know dogs aren't kids, but I can't help but think of my own parents.
They pushed me to grow. They challenged me to do things I wasn't comfortable with. But they also never expected me to "change" just like that.
I needed to function in public, to order my own food, to push past my shyness in some situations I'd rather have avoided entirely. But I also didn't need to strike up a conversation with every stranger on the street. Right?
I don't think I'll ever feel like I know the exact "right" balance — but I think this dog and I are figuring it out together.
Keep protesting. Keep rioting. Keep fighting back. If we stop and quiet down, they have won. Nothing will change if we do not MAKE it change. If you don’t support these protests then you are in support of officers murdering black people. Sorry you’ve been inconvenienced for a week, try generations of slavery, discrimination, hate. If you cannot empathize with the cause you are disgusting. BLM!!!
I signed up for an online course with SpiritDog Training and taught Gentleman the hand touch. He loves going out on the long lead and has been listening so well!
Gentleman is a 3 year old Cattle Dog looking for a very specific home. He is a very smart boy and knows all of his basic commands. He needs lots of daily physical and mental stimulation. Gentleman is crate and treadmill trained and sleeps through the night. His favorite activity is running next to you on a bike to help make exercise easier for you! He is looking for an outdoor-active, adult-only and pet-only home. He must go to a home with a fenced yard so he can keep up with his frisbee skills! He prefers chilling outside and even assists with yard work ;) He is affectionate and loves belly rubs. Gentleman will thrive in a patient, calm and structured home. #vaonjorg#gentleman#smartypants#adoptdontshop#rescuedogsofinstagram#fosterssavelives#austrailiancattledog#cattledog#blueheeler#training
Wild flowers. Wild hearts. 🤍
Beauty surrounds us. Beauty is in every book page or every cup of coffee. Beauty isn’t about body shape or weight. It isn’t about your freckles or your scars or the gap between your teeth. Beauty isn’t a look. It’s a feeling. The feeling you had when you heard your significant others voice for the first time. The feeling of laughter after you cried so hard you had lost your breath. Beauty is in the adventures the book pages take you on. It’s watching a baby wrap their hand around their moms finger for the first time. Beauty is in absolutely everything.
It’s a ladies only, no doggo camping weekend this weekend. I’m meeting up with some girlfriends for our annual trip and in order to feel okay about it we made some rules- separate cars, tents, and food (aka separate everything) and that we would leave all the dogs at home to eliminate any potential of transmission between us.
I can’t wait to see and spend some quality time with them! I’m sure the boys will all have a blast at home and then Sunday after I get back, we will plant our garden! I love me a weekend that’s filled with all the good things 😍 #tooktheadventurepup