Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: In the barn whenever possible.
One of the reasons I considered a ACD is because my fiance's best friend has two of them and they are always so sweet and laid back. A friend of mine has one, and most recently a friend of ours aquired one. Here's how.
He's a farmer/rancher (our friend) and he saw this blue heeler on the side of the road. Thinking it belonged to a hunter, he didn't stop to mess with him. A week goes by and the dog is still there in the same spot! So he finally decides that this dog must have been brought out into the country and just dropped off. He takes the dog home, feeds him, bathes him, and gives him a home and two weeks later, this dog is as loyal as they come. The guy didn't want a dog but it seems the dog chose him, so he took the blue heeler (that he named Toby) to the vet, got his shots, and now the dog goes everywhere with him.
I feel sad and happy for Toby all at the same time. Sad because he had some real crappy ownders to drop him off in the middle of nowhere and because he was so loyal, he wasn't going to leave that spot no matter what. Just sure his owners were going to come back for him. And happy that he's been given a second chance, with a wonderful guy that will provide him a wonderful new home. And happy that Toby had enough heart left over to give humans a second chance too. I'm just in awe each time I see Toby.
Anyways...just wanted to share his story.
"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." -Ralph Waldo Emerson