Australian Kelpie
Picture of Wiley, a male Australian Kelpie

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Age: 12 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Wiler, Kelpie boy

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-purebred-pound dog-dog rescue

December 2nd 2004

Walks and agility and sitting in his mommie's lap

Any other dog getting pets instead of him

Favorite Toy:
Furry tug and squeakies

Favorite Food:
Beef and cheese

Favorite Walk:
Anwywhere where he can RUN

Best Tricks:
Roll over/play dead

Arrival Story:
I heard about a kelpie that was in the Humboldt animal shelter on my agility group e-mail list. I drive 5 hours up there to rescue him and possibly foster him for BC rescue. He had passed every part of the temperament test at the shelter except the barrier aggression test, and they were concerned that such a high energy dog would not be easy to place quickly with this behavior issue (and his behavior would deteriorate further while in the shelter). He was such a sweetie and crawled into my arms the first time I saw him. By the time I got home, I was pretty sure he was not just going to be a foster. After fostering several excellent dogs, I got hooked by one.

He competes in NADAC, CPE and USDAA agility. He absolutely loves it. He is a bit bossy with Simon and the cats, but is a sweet, friendly guy who loves everyone. An interesting aside. I just got him evaluated for herding today because he always seems to try and herd the cats and other dogs when he is playing. I know a lot of dogs fail for being too aggressive or just wanting to chase the sheep, and I thought that might happen. But in Wiley's case, he failed because he was a total wuss. He seemed a bit intimidated by the trainer (he usually goes right up to new people) didn't want to leave my side to go with her when in the pen. He was almost scared to even look at the sheep. At one point there was a sign of eye and interest (when the trainer had me following the sheep around and was holding him back on a long line, but as soon as the trainer tried bringing him to her and the sheep again, he shut down completely. So apparently, Wiley is a tofu herding kelpie. He did have a grand time romping with some other herding dogs around the ranch owner's pond after failing his herding assessment. I never would have thought he'd be so soft with real livestock. But it provides some insight on why/how he may have ended up roaming with no owner coming for him. I suspect he was dumped off a ranch, or maybe had been initially placed in a pet home by a breeder and proved too energetic. At least I know he is not inclined to kill livestock or anything. In fact, even the chickens that were in pens at the herding place seemed to make him a bit nervous. Ah well, he is still a fine little fellow is enjoying his agility. And I don't have to feel so guilty for having a working breed of dog in a non ranch environment.

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Another "Is my dog a Kelpie?" thread

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