Australian Cattle Dog/Border Collie
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Age: 16 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Moximo, Moxin, Moxie Moo Moo, Mutter Putter, Baby Girl, Pupper Doodle, Love Muffin, Smoochie Poochie, Punkin head, Mox, The Moxinator

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-mutt-pound dog-service dog
-dog rescue

July 26th 1999

Sqeaky toys, tennis balls, herding the cats, other dogs, or anything else that moves, belly rubs, agility class, flyball, swimming, getting the mail, car rides

laser pointers, cats having fun, diesle trucks, vaccum cleaners, thunderstorms, mommy leaving for work, opposums, moles and other vermin in HER yard.

Favorite Toy:
A sqeaky fish I have sewn back together many many times, her orange bumper she plays with at the lake, and any tennis ball will do.

Favorite Food:
Pigears, hotdogs, Liverbait, or anything Mommy is eating.

Favorite Walk:
She loves swimming at lake Ray Roberts, and playing fetch in Central park, and it's her special job to go get the mail with her uncle James.

Best Tricks:
whisper, speak, shake, roll over, wave, spin, "find it", and the list goes on. Worlds smartest dog.

Arrival Story:
I had gone to the shelter in Grapevine Tx to pick up baby cottontail rabbits to transport to wildlife rehabilitator. Once at the shelter, I encountered the friendly brown eyes of a scrawny mangey pathetic little dog who crawled onto my lap and into my heart. It was 4:15 pm, July 26, 2000. 45 minutes before her "number was up". It was the best snap decision I ever made. She was undernourished, infested with fleas and nearly hairless, and had just had evidently just had puppies. She was covered in cuts and scars from dog fights. She still has some buckshot in her back leg. She had the kindest big brown eyes I had ever seen. It was love at first sight. We bonded instantly, she is my once in a lifetime dog. Even though many called her "ugly" I saw what a beautiful dog she was inside. She was heartworm possitive. She almost didn't survive treatment. I called her Moxie, hoping a strong name would give her the courage to pull through. It worked! Moxie's first year of life left her with a few quirks, but with patience and love, we worked through them all. Today she is the best dog I could ever have hoped for, my constant companion and dear friend.

Moxie is the worlds best therapy dog. She was born to love people. She knows intuitively when to roughhouse and play with a patient, and when to sit quietly by them, and let them pet her. She excells in everything we do. She loves to swim, run agility, and play flyball. She has two obedience titles, and has very strong herding insticts. If I let her get bored, she herds the cats. They thank me to keep her busy. She is an absolute joy to own and love!

The Groups I'm In:
Perros de Mexico/Mexican Dogs, Ruffdogs, Split Faced Pooches

I've Been On Dogster Since:
June 5th 2005 More than 10 years!

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The Tao of Moxie

How to get what you want in ten easy steps.

February 9th 2007 7:45 pm
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Ever wanted to get your human out of bed, off the couch, off the phone, or worse, the dreaded computer? There are many reasons why we canines would need our personal attendents to get up. We may need to be fed, or let out to potty. We may desire a walk, a cuddle, or a game of fetch. Perhaps you are concerned about your humans cardio vascular health, and want them to move around more, or you are a herding dog and cannot rest until everyone is in the same room. Whatever the reason, you have a message to communicate to your human. But your human doesn't speak dog. Why they refuse to learn dog I will never understand. Afterall, we learned human. "Sit" "Down" "Come" "Go Potty" etc. My human vocabulary is far greater than my humans dog vocabularay, but I digress.

How to get what you want from your human in ten easy steps.

1) Sit and stare. This may seem simple but it is highly effective. For whatever reason, being stared at really disturbes most humans. Even a human deeply involved in something as sinister as "emai" will notice within minutes, that there is a dog staring at them.

2) Rest your head on your human's knee. If they haven't noticed the pitiful puppy eyes yet, this simple gesture is sure to get their attention. This may incite the human to absentmindedly pet you. If this is all you wanted, you can stop here, if not, continue to step three.

3) Bump your humans hand with your cold nose. This indicates to the human that you are wanting an action of some sort. The colder the nose the better.

4) Wiggle. Wag your tail, wag your whole body, do a little dance in place. This gives your pleadings a sense of urgency.

5) Whine a little. Not too much, as humans find this annoying. But sometimes, you have to be annoying to get what you want.

6) Do something cute. At this point its best to do something your human usually asks you to do. Like sit, or lay down, Offer your paw to shake. This is to communicate to the human, " I do what you ask, now I am asking you for something?"

7) By this time you should have your humans full attention. If not, try something new, a trick they don't know you know. Turn a carwheel, or bring them their underwear from the laundry (especially effective if there are other humans in the room)

8) If you human hasn't stirred, up the ante. Bark, whine excessively, bonk them repeatedly with your nose, (Just never, ever, use your teeth. That is deffinate bad dog territory)

9) Now, you have them up, tell them what you want. Dinner? run towards the kitchen . Potty, stand at the back door. Play? Toss a squeaky toy into their lap. Walk? Bring them your leash. If the human doesn't understand the first time, don't give up. They will usually keep guessing until they figure out what you want.

10) Reward your human. Make sure you thank your human for meeting your needs. An extra cuddle, some kisses on the hand, an adoring look, all will do the trick. Remember, when training your human, positive reinforcement is best!

Good luck!


Happy New Year!

January 11th 2007 4:12 pm
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Well happy new year everyone! I hope you had a great howliday season! I did. Mom and I spent a month with Grandmama in Texas. We are going back to Mexico tomorrow.

So Mom wrote all about her new years resolutions in her blog, so I thought I would make some resolutions and write about them here.

This year, I will not chase horses and I will stay off of balconies. I will swim in the lake and run with my friends every chance I get. I will fetch my tennis balls and squeak my toys with joy. I will go outside and go potty when mommy says, even if it's raining. I will love my humans with all the love in my little puppy heart. I will give kisses when they are sad, and I will play with them when they are happy. I will never let food go to waste. I will act as both referee and keeper of the rule book for the cats. I will nap in the sunshine every chance I get. I will live every day to the fullest and live in the moment.

You know, I don't know why you humans have to resolve to do things. With the exception of the not chasing horses part, I do all of those things everyday anyway. Its just part of being a dog.


Foot Loose and Leash Free!

October 18th 2006 8:20 pm
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Finally! After five long months, I mommy is allowed to let me run around like a maniac again! My leg is much better and I am almost my old self again.

Mom says trying to keep me still was like trying to hold back Niagra falls, I don't know what that means, but I sure didn't like being still one bit.

I hope I never break a leg again. (So does Mommy I think)

I'm back in Mexico and loving every minute. Check out my new pictures of me in my mountain home!

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