Herding My Humans

My New Life

November 30th 2011 8:50 am
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G'day! My name is Moo, and I am an Australian Cattle Dog, a Red Heeler. I'm not sure why my name is Moo, but that's what people call me. It may be because I am a cattle dog, or it may be because I have a cowlick on my backside. I am your typical redhead; sassy, fun, everybody's friend. Earlier this year, I was lost in the city. There wasn't much room to run around in, and I had to eat whatever I found in the streets. I somehow broke my tail, but I don't care to talk about that.

Some nice people picked me up and took me to a place where lots of dogs and cats lived. I was in a small cage and let out to exercise, but it was rough not being able to run and play whenever I wanted. It was so noisy in there, and not all of the dogs and cats were friendly. A lot of people came to visit, but not many paid attention to me. One family took me home for a couple months, but they brought me back to the place with all the dogs and cats. They didn't say why, but I'm sure my excitement in having a family again might have been too much for them. Could I help it that I was happy to be out of that place??

A couple months later, a lady came to see me. She said she saw my picture on Petfinder, whatever that is. The people who worked with me let her take me out into the yard and we walked around and she played with me a little. She asked me to sit and stay, and I couldn't help but be a little proud I already knew what that meant! I was so excited someone wanted to play with me, my tail was wagging a mile a minute! I wanted to tell her thank you, and I jumped up on her to give her a hug, but she didn't want one. I will give her a hug whether she wants one or not!! She needs to know how thankful I am!

After that, she never let me out of her sight. She signed some papers and then she told me to say goodbye to the people working there. I would miss them, but I was too happy to be leaving the cages and all the noise. The lady opened the back of her big vehicle. It was huge, and I wasn't too sure about it. She wanted me to get in there, but it reminded me of the cage too much. I didn't want to go back to another cage!! Even if it did have nice blankets and a bone waiting for me! Finally, one of the men who worked with me had to pick me up and put me in the back. They closed the door, and at first I tried to get out. I was afraid the lady was taking me to another cage. But the big vehicle started moving, and after a while the movements put me to sleep. I slept for a long time.

When I woke up, we were far away from any place I've ever been. The lady soon stopped the vehicle in a park, and a man came to see me. The lady opened the back window and let the man pet me and talk to me. He seemed really friendly. They talked for a bit and I wanted to get out and try to hug both of them, but they wouldn't let me out of the back of the vehicle. Soon, the lady closed the window and we left the park. I didn't know where we were going, but we didn't go as far as we went before.

The lady stopped the vehicle next to a house, and she let me out of the back of the vehicle. She had me on a leash, and we went into the house. She let me go and I was able to explore the house. It had so many interesting smells!!! It had yummy food for me, too! Then the lady showed me the yard and let me play in it! That night, the man from the park showed up and played with me!! I was so happy, I kept trying to hug them, but sometimes they didn't want to hug. I can't understand it, but I guess humans don't like hugging as much as I do. Oh well, I will never stop trying, and if they don't like it, then I will hug them until they do like it!

It wasn't long before I made these humans my own. I sleep in their room at night, I make sure they get their exercise, and I taste all their food to make sure it's just right for them. I try to make sure they get plenty of love and cuddle time, and I do everything with them. They live near a big forest and a river, and I would take them swimming when it was warm enough. We also go walking a lot and the man takes me hiking in the mountains. He also loves to run with me, so I make sure he stays in step and I run with him sometimes. He also took me in the woods with him and we would sleep out there! He brought something for him to sleep in, and would let me in there, but I prefered to sleep outside. You never know what was in those woods, and I didn't want anything to get him! I kept an eye out all night long!

The lady didn't go hiking with us very much this year. Her belly was big like she was carrying puppies all summer. Sure enough, a month after they brought me home, the lady brought home a human puppy. He would cry all night and she feeds him a lot. At first, I didn't want to get too close to the baby. I know mommies can be protective of their puppies, and I didn't want to upset the lady. But, I would watch her and the human puppy day and night. I would follow them into the puppy's room and watch them play. When the human puppy was a little older, I thought maybe the lady wouldn't mind if I tried to get to know him. I would sniff him to get to know his smell, and eventually I started kissing him. When he plays on the floor, I stay next to him to make sure nothing happens to him. He is now my human too, after all.

They have another human puppy who is bigger, but he isn't around all the time. I love to play with that puppy, he is old enough to play rough with me! He is a special friend of mine, whenever he is here I sleep with him instead of the man and lady. But he feels the same way about hugs as the others do. But that's no matter, I will still try to hug him all the time! How else am I supposed to show him I'm thankful for him playing with me??

So, this is my new life with my new humans. I love them all very much, and I am so thankful for the home they have given me! It is hard to tell them where to go, though. I try but they don't always listen! I have heard about herding cats, don't try that one! But herding humans is a completely different story! Instead of herding them, they try to tell me where to go and what to do! Most of the time, I will obey them, just to keep the peace. But I have to let them know that I am the herder, not them!! They don't like it, but soon they'll learn this is for their own good.

I love my life! I can't wait to tell you about all of our adventures together!

 
 

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