6 weeks ago or so I got this girl. Her name is KC, but I call her fuzzy butt enough that she will answer to that.
She is an australian cattle dog, also known as a blue heeler. The woman who was giving her up was going through a divorce and could not take her to the new apartment. She is 3.
She is the sweetest thing and very well trained. Although she is crate trained I don’t usually crate her, but even so the food on the coffee table is *always *still there when I get home. She does not beg for human food and at Thanksgiving mom was astounded that she didn’t even enter the dining room while we were eating.
She does almost everything she is told, almost instantly. But she *will *take her time laying down if she is told to go lay down. She’ll do it, but she is slow to do so.
I also am having trouble breaking her of the licking habit. She loves to lick people, especially me. She is getting better, but if I am cuddling with her she will start to get a little antsy. You see her tongue start coming out a little, then more, then she has to start licking.
She is a chubby little thing, but we now run together and hopefully she will lose some weight. (If only I could get he to poop *before *we start running. It really breaks my stride if I have to stop and clean up after her in the middle of a run.) She is 40 lbs right now.
They say that ACDs are one-person dogs and this is true with her - she is definitely my dog. She rarely lets me out of her sight and when my sister tried to walk her she went for about the length of the yard, realized I wasn’t there and dug her heals in. I work from home and when my co-worker from the UK comes in he works here too. He tries to get her to go play ball - one of her very favorite things - but when she sees I’m not coming, she’ll go stand by the door looking forlorn.
Although I am glad she is well trained, I worry a little that she might have been abused. She is afraid of the oddest things. She cowers away from the brush. She’ll let me brush her if I insist, but she puts her ears down and looks all miserable. She also does not like to play chase. She’ll run from me, but she isn’t having fun like other dogs do, she seems genuinely afraid. She also hates to have a pic taken and I have to wrestle with her a little to get her to sit still for one. (You can tell in the link that she was not thrilled.)
OTOH, she is not afraid of most other things. She’ll ignore the roomba until it is pushing against her. She’ll lay at my feet and I have to move the chair carefully because she won’t even flinch until it is right on top of her.
She almost never barks. One or two barks when someone comes to the door and she is done. However, a few weeks ago I got a little excited on the phone and raised my voice and so she growled and barked some too. She didn’t know what I was upset about, but she had my back.
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