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Age: 6 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Echo

Echie, Wiggle Worm, Squirm Bug

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Quick Bio:

July 7th 2010

Playing with her big sister Chloe

Dogs that bark at me

Favorite Toy:
Chloe's mooo cow

Favorite Food:
Don't know yet, only get to each puppy food:(

Favorite Walk:
In the mountains

Best Tricks:
Laying flat on my belly then catapulting into the air onto Chloe

Arrival Story:
Ever since the attempted adoption of the rescue aussie last December, my husband and I put thoughts of a second dog on the backburner for a while. However, the past couple of months we began to give it more thought. We knew Chloe loved playing with "most" other dogs... like dogs that didn't want to eat her or push her around... so we decided that this time, as much as we would like to help a rescue, we thought it would be better to get a pup. We had often talked about a Rott or Dobe as our second dog, but because of size of the dog, and because we just love the aussies so much, we decided that would be our second dog. So the search began. I first contacted the breeder who we purchased Nikkita from. They were not breeding anymore. Then I contacted the breeder were we got Chloe. They would not have any litters until possibly the end of the year, but they were not certain. After those two avenues led to dead ends, we went the avenue from which we found Chloe... It took about two weeks, but there she was... our beautiful little aussie. Her ad name was "Gypsy" and she was an adorable 7 week old blue merle female. From first look I knew she was meant to be with our family. I immediately contacted the owner and through several emails, we finally worked out the details and the pup was going to be ours. But first and foremost was the name change. Gypsy reminded me too much of a friend's horse so that name just wouldn't do. After much thought and deliberation, the name "Echo" was chosen. Her registered name is "Echo of the Black Knight" after her daddy who is a very handsome black tri. Now onto the next to get her to us. We thought it was a hoof to get Chloe from South Carolina. This little girl lives in Beach City, Texas! Yep, you heard me right, Texas! Well, I am absolutely terrified of flying animals because of the horrible things I've seen and heard over the years, but honestly, this is the best way that was recommended by both the breeder and my vet. Well, if my vet recommended it, then it can't be all that bad. The breeder was so wonderful in working with the airline and setting everything up. Friday couldn't come fast enough for me to pick up our little girl, but it finally arrived. I was sitting by the baggage claim patiently waiting for the flight to arrive when the carousel started beeping and the luggage started coming through. I went to the door and within a couple of minutes, here she came, our beautiful little Echo. She looked so tiny in the crate and she barked as soon as she saw me. She was like, "let me out of here!" And as soon as we were out of the terminal, that is exactly what I did and our little Echo was in my arms giving me lots of kisses:) And that is how our Echo came into our lives.

Echo was born on July 7, 2010. She should have been born on the 4th of July because she is a firecracker! She hales from the big state of Texas, but she's not a cowdog at heart. She's a beach girl and loves the water and was swimming at the age of 8 weeks. A future dock diver? She has a lot of ball drive and has an aunt who's a title flyball dog, so a possible flyballer as well. Her daddy is a handsome black tri and her mom a beautiful blue merle. Echo is very intellegent and is willing to please. She loves her big sister Chloe and mimicks everything she does. Including taking away every toy that Chloe picks up!

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Echo of the Black Knight

I've Been On Dogster Since:
September 15th 2010 More than 6 years!

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Echo's Adventures

My adventures...or lack thereof

July 25th 2014 5:26 am
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Last week was pretty uneventful, including our weekend at the cabin. We did get to swim Wednesday and Thursday which was great! Friday we headed to the cabin and mom and dad cut the grass as usual Friday evening and I just hung out on the patio. We did sit outside that evening around the fire pit cause it was a beautiful night. I stood guard at the corner of the cabin again just in case those black snakes tried to come back, but we haven’t seen them in a while. I also had to keep tabs on Gizmo because she has now taken to going back and forth between the front porch and patio and mom said it’s my job to be sure she doesn’t go any further. I’m on it!

Saturday we went for a few walks and did get to go swimmy for a short period under the small bridge we go passed on one of our walks. It was nice to cool off cause it was pretty hot, especially after being at the property early. Which btw is really flat! They still need to flatten it a little bit further out, but mom and dad staked out all the buildings and I was in the house:) Well, not really, but I was inside the stakes that represent our future house:) Mom did take us for a nice walk through the woods and I’m glad I get to walk cause I can check things out, but I do miss my Kubota rides. Ever since mom got that Fitbit thing she wears on her wrist, places we use to drive the Kubota we now walk. I know it’s better for our health, but come on mom, a ride every now and though won’t hurt...please! Saturday night we just hung out inside cause it rained. Sunday was pretty much the same as usual. We hung out for a while then packed up and headed home in the evening.

This week we went for a visit to Manor Care Tuesday evening and everyone was happy to see us. I even got to show off for a couple new people on the third floor. Yes, I know, I’m such a ham:) I have search training on Sunday and mom said it is supposed to be hot which I’m not thrilled about, but mom has plenty of fans and bought a swamp cooler for me to wear to help keep me cool too. Other than that, I don’t think I have anything else happening. I’m hoping we get to swim this week since we are home and it is supposed to be hot all week. I’m sure we will cause mom is good about that since she knows how much we love it!

Oh yeah, I did forget that dad’s chair broke last week and he said it was all my fault, but honestly I don’t buy it. Mom and dad have recliners and Chloe and I like to lay under them when they have them up. Mom says we’re acting on instinct and we think we’re in our “caves”. In fact, before mom puts her chair down she’ll say “out of the cave” and we know that means to get out from under the chair. Well, dad refuses to do that cause he said he shouldn’t have to say it and we shouldn’t be stupid enough to be under there in the first place. Well, last week he put his chair down and yes, I was under it. Fortunately for me I didn’t get hurt, but dad’s chair sure did. It was leaning to the side really bad and it wouldn’t close too good. Dad said I broke it, but I think it was a long time coming cause he’s up and down a lot and it wore things down and it just so happened that the time I’m under it the stupid thing broke. Mom defended me and she let’s dad in her chair til his is fixed and makes sure to keep an eye out and tells dad to let her know before he puts down the chair so it doesn’t happen again. Dad says it’s my fault so I’ll say sorry, but really it wasn’t.

Well, that’s about all I have for now. I don’t know when this will get posted cause Dogster is having so many issues lately, but hopefully they get them fixed soon and we can all get back to having some Dogster adventures for all to see!


We feelin' HOT! HOT! HOT!

July 14th 2014 8:41 am
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HOT! HOT! HOT! That about sums up how my weekend was. It was so hot that we spent most of it in the cabin in the AC and that stinks! I like being outside, but when it’s so hot, we really can’t enjoy things. Poor mom and dad had a lot of grass to cut so they had to be outside Friday when we got there and most of Saturday. Mom cut part of Clair and Velma’s place since Clair has been at the hospital with Velma every day and can’t get it done. I did hang with mom for a while Saturday, but then dad took us dogs with him to the property and we got to be in the AC in the truck which was nice. Oh yeah, you should see the property. They finally have the excavation done and it’s as flat as a football field. If it wasn’t so dang hot outside, I would have had fun chasing Chloe all over the place! Maybe next weekend it won’t be as hot and we can play there for a while. No worrying about holes or tripping on corn stalks:) We did get to go to the swimmy hole for a little later in the afternoon and I enjoyed that a lot.
Sunday morning we went for a walk in the woods before the temps got too high and that was fun, but we didn’t see any critters for me to chase:( I guess they were all already hiding in their shaded places trying to keep cool as the day got hotter. I’ll sure be happy when this hot spell is over that is fur sure! Other than the walk, we didn’t do much cause it was so hot and we headed home around 4pm and just chilled some more after we got home.
Mom said we don’t have any visits this week, so she’ll try to let us swim as much as possible as long as no storms. That’s been the major problem and why we don’t get to swim. Til mom gets home in the evenings, all the storms come and then we’re stuck in the house:( Paws crossed that they hold off until we get to swim and rain later at night.
Well, that’s about all I have for now. Mom still wants to post pix, but Dogster isn’t working right so as soon as they get things squared away, look for our pix from NC. Have a good one!


NC Trip

July 10th 2014 8:59 am
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Well, we returned from my first vacation and it was quite an experience. Mom said she felt bad cause there really wasn’t anything too exciting for us, but I didn’t mind and enjoyed just going to different places even if we didn’t do much at those places. I’m not going to go into major blow by blow detail and just give you the summary of each stop.

We left on Saturday, June 28, and had a the VERY long drive to North Carolina. We left in the middle of the night (3am) I had no clue what was up cause we never did this before, but mom had our beds in the backseat of the truck so I just curled up and slept most of the way. We did stop several times at rest stops and it was nice to stretch our legs and get drinks. I wasn’t thrilled that I had to stay on my leash, but it was nice visiting with all the people who wanted to see us. We did have one stop in West Virginia that mom let us off leash to play a while cause there was a huge area and no people around. It was a much needed break. We finally arrived in Hendersonville, NC in the afternoon and it was a really nice place. We had the entire downstairs of a big house and a yard, two decks, a gazebo and a swim spa, but no doggies allowed in swin spa:( We relaxed for a couple hours then went to Joann and Pratt’s place to visit. They have a farm with two horses and lots of room to run. They are really nice and really liked us. Apparently they use to have an Aussie many years ago and haven’t had a dog since, but by the time we left, they were talking about getting another one cause they loved us so much!

We were in Hendersonville for 3 days. During that time we spent a lot of time at Joann and Pratts and met a lot of people. They were all really nice, but there were these two twin boys, Josh and Jacob who pushed both Chloe and I to our limit. At first we had a great time playing and I even did some search and rescue training with them (which by the way mom said I did pretty good at), but then after a while they would not give us a break! I would hide behind a chair and Josh would always find me. He did this thing where he’d hold his breath and I didn’t like it at all. I tried to tell him a couple of times, but when he kept doing it, I finally pushed him with my nose and he stopped. Jacob wasn’t too bad and did leave us alone when his parents told him too. Other than that, we enjoyed our visit there a lot. We even helped Joann with the horses and went for a walk in the vineyard which is beside their farm. One day we went to Doug and Marcia’s house and we met their German Shepherd, Mojo. Mom was all worried about me being mean, when in fact it was Chloe who acted up. Yeah, you heard me right Chloe. We were all in shock at her behavior. Mojo didn’t so anything to us, but Chloe went ballistic on him and was snarling, growling and barking like I’ve never seen her. I went over to her to be sure she wasn’t possessed or something, but she was fine with me. Mom thinks she acted that was cause she had two bad experiences with Shepherds and unfortunately Mojo got the pent up wrath of Chloe. The last day in Hendersonville we went to Main Street which was really fun. We got to go in a pet store and pick out our own treats. I mean we literally reached in and picked out our goodies:) We also got ice cream and even went into an antique store, can you believe that?!?! Mom was very nervous that we would bump into something and break it, but we were on our best behavior and it was fun going into stores that we never were allowed back home. NC is very pet friendly and there were not many places we weren’t allowed to go. Oh yeah, we went to the railroad station too and it was VERY hot that time so we were only out for a few minutes, but it was cool to see where Nanny Waple use to play when she was a kid. Mom took some pix from Hendersonville so look for her to post them.

Our next stop was on Tuesday in Mocksville. This was a short stop and I’m glad cause it was VERY hot! It was even hot in the hotel at first. Dad cranked the AC full blast when we got in the room and check out the pix mom will post to see how I was taking advantage of it too. Anyway, we visited with a friend of dad’s who he use to work with. His name was Micah and his wife is Amber and they have 4 kids. But you know what? These kids were so well behaved you didn’t even know they were around. I felt bad cause they really wanted us to play, but it was so hot I couldn’t even handle laying still let alone run around and play. They had a couple dogs (Scout and Tracker), but they didn’t bother us and they have goats and chickens and us dogs seemed to upset them all cause they didn’t know us so we weren’t allowed around them much. Cuz their dogs don’t go in the house, dad didn’t want us in either, but thank goodness mom knows me as well as she does. We were on the porch in the shade, but we’re use to being in AC all day so even in the shade I was having issues. Mom could see I was really stressed and asked if we could come in and lay inside the house on the floor and we were allowed. Unfortunately, I was already overheated and got sick a little, but mom got me outside in time so I didn’t make a mess. After that, we were allowed inside the rest of the visit, but had to be on our very best behavior and believe me, we were!

Wednesday we headed to Belvidere and that drive seemed to take furever, but we finally arrived and got to see our friend Pat. He’s the one who comes to the cabin at least once a year for a visit. It was nice to be in a house with more area, rather than that hotel room. This leg of the trip was nice and relaxing cause we didn’t have to run around with mom and dad everywhere and could just chill at Pat’s. This trip was so hot that honestly, without having a pool or someplace to swim, I was happy staying inside. Mom did take us out after the sun went down and it cooled a little to play ball and frisbee. The most excitement we had of the trip was Thursday night. The hurricane was coming up the coast and although we were 60 miles inland we still had rain and wind. That evening we were watching TV when all of a sudden everyone’s cell phones went off with warnings. The next thing I know, mom was in total meltdown, I mean TOTAL! I never saw mom like I did Thursday night. Apparently there was a tornado in our area and we were in the middle of the flattest place ever with no basement to hide in. Mom made us go into the bathroom with her and we both stayed with her the entire time. At one point mom really freaked out and we went into the bathtub. I’ll admit I was a little nervous cause if you remember we were in a tornado a few years back at a Dock Dog competition, but I didn’t panic like mom. I did know something was up cause I could sense it and when I thought the tornado was right over us I jumped on mom and pushed her down in the tub. We were in the bathtub for what felt like furever, but finally dad came and got us and said all was okay. Thank goodness! That was some excitement for sure and I hope we don’t have to go through that anytime soon. We didn’t get to see any fireworks for July 4th cause of the hurricane:(

Saturday we headed home. We didn’t have to make as many stops cause it wasn’t as far, but still far enough for me. It was a nice trip, but I gotta tell you, I was happy to be home and out of the car! Needless to say, that night I slept in bed all night long and loved every minute of it!

Sunday we had a house full of people. Jan’s family was in from Germany and Emmie wanted to come swimming so there was 5 people. Then of course the entire Waple clan came over too so we had like 16 people at one point. Mom did let us swim for a while, but because I kept trying to bite Emmie’s plastic ball and kept jumping on people in the pool, mom made us stay in the house. I know it was all my fault and I can’t go around jumping on people, but I was just so excited! She did let us back out after some of the people left and we got to swim for a while with mom and dad.

Monday was back to the usual routine. Mom and dad both back to work and us dogs just lazing around the house. The weather is still hot as ever so not much walking right now. Tuesday was another bad storm and we were back in the bathroom with mom. There wasn’t a tornado this time, but mom wasn’t taking any chances just in case.

Last night we went to see our friends at Manor Care and we told them all about our trip. They were happy to hear about our adventures and mom showed them some pix too.

This weekend we’re headed to the mountains and I can’t wait! I really miss the mountains when we’re gone too long. The weather is suppose to be hot again, but at least we have a swimmy hole we can keep cool in:)

So now I’m finally all caught up with my adventures. I hope everyone had a good 4th of July and made it through the hurricane and all the storms!

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