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        12-22-2012, 11:37 AM
      #11
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    Good luck w/your new puppy! That is a mix of two high energy breeds, but didn't you say the bf hikes? Merry Christmas!
    We both hike, plus she's going to be my agility dog. Cash has hip problems and is VERY dog reactive, otherwise he would be an absolutely perfect agility dog. Fast as heck, can turn on a dime and has a powerful jump (can jump into the back seat of my BF's truck, which is almost 4 feet off the ground, from a dead standstill and make it look effortless). We're thinking Abby might end up bigger than Cash, but she's already displaying her speed and agility running after Cash in the yard.

    Brought Abby and Cash to work with me when the BF dropped me off for work this morning (they went home with him). First time Abby has ever been on a leash and it was hilarious. She acted like an wild horse, bucking and rearing and pulling. She got to meet all the guys at work and explore a little bit. Even the toughest of the guys was fawning over her and saying how adorable she is. I'm trying to take her as many places as possible to socialize her and get her used to different situations. I also want her to become as good in the car as Cash is (he is the best traveling dog I have ever had). We're taking them to the feed store after I get off work so I can check out bridles for Aires and maybe get Cash a new bed.
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        12-24-2012, 03:07 PM
      #12
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    So just a little Abby update. I have pics, but they'll have to wait until I go to work where I'll have internet access for my laptop.

    This little girl has completely come out of her shell. We bought her a little plush sea turtle toy and she LOVES it. We'll throw it and Cash will go get it, then Abby will go steal it from him and "hide" under the coffee table so he can't steal it back. Abby desperately wants to play with Cosmo (the cat), but he's still being a jerk to her. She adored my eight-year-old son who is here for Christmas.

    As far as training...she hasn't had an accident inside since Friday. She now knows her name, comes when called, knows "inside" and "out/outside" and has almost got "sit." Now if we can just get her to walk on a leash. Lol
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        12-25-2012, 08:38 AM
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    Green Broke
    Glad she's doing so well. Yes, the leash thing is hard, but oh, so necessary.Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
         
        12-26-2012, 02:15 PM
      #14
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    Christmas was a HUGE day for Abby! She got to go to my parents' house with Cash and learn the patrol ropes for their five acres. She met my mom's 12lbs maltipoo, DD, and my sister's grumpy, toothless chihuahua, Lola. She met my brother's four boys (ages 5, 7, 10 and 14), plus the nine adults there for Christmas (my parents, my sister and her husband, my brother and his wife, my niece and her boyfriend, and my nephew). She spent most of the day inside with 14 people, then met my uncle and his family, and some friends of the family (parents and five kids ages 13 to 25) in the evening. She had one tiny accident inside. She adored the kids and was absolutely fearless with all the noisy toys, including my son's drum set and my nephew's huge RC monster truck. Everyone loved her, even my dad, who claims to not be a fan of animals (it was his idea to let her inside in the first place).

    The only "negative" was when I went to give Cash and Abby a piece of ham each (we always give the dogs small bits of leftovers at big meals). Cash took his like the gentleman he is, but Abby got overexcited and her bottom canine punctured my thumb to the bone. To make matters worse, she tried to get the ham away with her tooth still lodged in my thumb, so it ripped a little bit. Needless to say, I bled a bit. Lol
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        12-27-2012, 12:56 PM
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    Green Broke
    Ouch! Hope it heals quickly. I'll bet she slept well after all that excitement.
         
        12-27-2012, 09:07 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Hello Abby!
    What a beautiful girl. Aussies and border collies are both very intelligent breeds. You are definitely going to have fun with her! :)
         
        12-29-2012, 01:24 PM
      #17
    Trained
    She's SUPER smart. This morning when I was making breakfast, she was playing with Cosmo (our cat) and Cosmo kept going in the kitchen. Cosmo is allowed the kitchen, as long as he doesn't get on the counter, but we don't allow the dogs in the kitchen. Even when Cosmo was tormenting her by laying right inside the kitchen, Abby wouldn't come in the kitchen.
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