Christine Hibbard, CTC, CPDT
I adopted two adult, male Aussies named Conner and Flynn from Australian Shepherd Rescue so now I’m a volunteer. A little over a week ago, I got a call from Seattle Animal Care and Control notifying me that a purebred, female Australian Shepherd puppy had been surrendered. Once the puppy’s hold period was up, I went off to evaluate her and bring her into Aussie Rescue.
I’d love to know the back story on this girl since she’s perfect, never been mistreated that I can see, and perfectly healthy (including negative fecal float). She’s up to date on shots and has a microchip. I’ve named her Maebh (pronounced may + v). This name is from an old Irish name Madb, “the cause of great joy” or “she who intoxicates.” I know she’ll probably end up with a name like Oreo, but I thought I should give her a predictive name… it’s a shot.
We all long for that herding breed puppy with an off switch… whew, and she’s got it. When she’s engaged, she’s working and when she’s not, she’s sacked out at my feet. She’s the perfect puppy at the exact wrong time for me or she’d be mine. I picked her up on Friday, May 15th and here’s what I know about her so far:
She’s been fearless from day one. When the next door neighbor started the lawn mover she shot up off the deck about two feet and when I said “what’s that?”, she whipped around for her treat, and then settled back into her beef rib bone. When I took her to the vet she was playing “what’s that” for treats as cats and dogs came in and out. Like many puppies, she shied away from collar grabs so we’ve been playing “gotcha” with treats.
- She’s crate trained and runs right in if you say “crate up” (better have a stuffed Kong in there with her though, she’s spoiled that way).
- She’s been to several puppy playgroups and her play manners with other puppies couldn’t be more perfect (not shy, wonderful solicitation, and no bullying). She’s also appropriate with adult dogs.
- She loves men, women, and children (the next door neighbor kids taught her to jump rope).
- She is NOT house trained but we’re working on it.
We’re working hard to socialize her to everything in the city; traffic, buses, escalators, elevators, skateboards, bikes, and every type of man, woman, and child imaginable. I introduced her to the UPS man who gave her treats. We followed him back to his truck and when he fired up the engine, she wanted to get in with him! She’s conditioned to the clicker and we’re working on sit, down, stay, wait, go to mat, recall (come when called), and loose leash walking.
If you’re interested in this puppy or know someone who is, please have them fill out an adoption application at Australian Shepherd Rescue. Aussie Rescue requires a veterinary reference, personal references, and a home check. Please help Maebh find her forever home!!
Peg Eves says
I filled out an application at Aussie Rescue. Maybe is in Seattle? She is beautiful.
Christine Hibbard says
We had a real break through this morning. Maebh whined at the door to go outside to go potty (even though she had just been outside 15 minutes ago). She wasn’t finished and she let me know. LOTS of spray cheese for Maebh!!
The Food Lady says
Isn’t that funny? Maeve is what I planned to name to my next girl dog! What a cutie!!
Kathy Blaisdell says
She is so beautiful. I had to put my 12 year old Aussie down two years ago do to health issues. I keep looking and she sounds like a perfect match. I will get the application filled out on my lunch hour.
Oh my goodness she’s precious! I’ve been having horrible puppy fever lately…my Aussie (also a previous ARPH dog) has been pining for a new playmate since our foster lab found her forever home…curse the timing! I hope she finds the perfect home!
Susan Bender says
We are so hoping to adopt her! Haven’t heard anything since last Thursday. Took Maubee to the park on Camano Island today. He needs a girlfriend!
Susan Bender says
DId she ever get adopted? We would have loved to have given her a home, but I guess we weren’t acceptable to the people at the Aussie Rescue. They sure went through a lot of trouble to turn us down. We have just this week adopted our 6th aussie, so we now have 2. It’s a little blue merle girl and we have named her “Tiki”. We look foward to many happy years with her, and giving her a safe and healthy home up here on Camano.
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abused pets says
Good afternoon, I found this blog once, then lost it. Took me forever to come back and find it. I wanted to see what comments you got. Great blog by the way.
I remember my uncle’s Aussie on the first pic above, she’s a very brave and so much intelligent girl but one stormy night she was so scared of thunder and run away..
Vivien Malone says
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