Arrival Story: We'd been looking for an australian shepherd (in all the wrong places) for a long time when my mom started to work at a kennel. It came up in a casual conversation some time that she was looking for an aussie.
The owner and manager both suggested that my mom check with the Parkland Veterinary Office, as they were bound to know someone. Lo and behold, that was our veterinary office.
So, after school we drove over and asked if they knew anyone. They gave us two names and we called the first one on there- Joan. As luck would have it, she had a litter due in about two weeks and since she didn't normally have people ask for puppies beforehand, we would get first pick.
So, the pups were born and there were only two in the litter. They were both male. They were both blue merles. They were only different in that one was light and one was dark- a minimal merle/split.
I deffinately wanted the split but I met Indy and, at 2 weeks old, he changed my mind. I was sure I wanted the light one. Now to convince my family. It was a chore but we finally decided to bring Indy home instead.
Bio: Indigo is a male blue merle Australian Shepherd. He was born on Pi Day of 2006. Pi day is in the 3rd month (March) on the fourteenth day. 3.14, which is pi calculated to two decimals. We're a bunch of nerds around here. ;D
Indigo is a weird spin-off from a show/working strain crossed with an entirely working dog. His mother was nearly Border Collie in type, but she had all her papers in order. His father was the one who looked like a proper Aussie but had nothing in writing.
The result of that cross was Indigo- he lacks a proper, thick, fuzzy Aussie outer coat, and is small like his mother. His markings are nearly identical to his fathers but for the grey/white eye and a smaller about of tan (though not by much). His ears are great, when he holds them properly (which, unfortunately, isn't often) and he has nice proportions with odd conformation.
His gait is stilted because, for whatever reason, he will not bend his rear legs if he can avoid it. We had him vet-checked and there's apparently nothing wrong; Indy's just lazy. Additionally, he has the faulty pink-and-black snow nose.
I have seen websites claiming dogs with his colouration are pattern whites... and I would like to say: Uh, no. xD Indigo's not got an Irish Spotting gene in effect, only minus modifiers. Minus modifiers act to remove pigment. White toes on Labradors and Dobes are often the result of minus modifiers acting on an otherwise self colored animal which lacks any white spotting genes. If a spotting pattern is present, such as the Irish spotting pattern in most collie breeds, any minus modifiers present will enhance its effect and may be responsible for collars and blazes exceeding their boundaries.