Likes: Other Dogs, going to Doggie Day Care with mom, Training other pups.
Pet-Peeves: Being left alone, the vacuum, or any loud noises.
Favorite Toy: Jolly Ball, Tennis Balls, flat basketball, and my frogs.
Favorite Food: Fish, Taste of the Wild, and Treats.
Favorite Walk: Aiken State Park Nature Trail in S.C. and Riverwalk in Augusta, Ga.
Best Tricks: I know sit, down, stay, wait, leave it, come, shake, hi five, ten, up, off, through, over, I can count to 3, speak, Roll, Spin, Circle, Wave Hello, and learning...I am a CGC as of 8/15/07. Jump through arms, sit pretty,dead dog,zig zag...
Arrival Story: Cheyanne, my fur mom is from Aiken and Guss, my fur dad is from Texas. The owners were not aware of leathal whites and double merle problems when breeding two merles. Needless to say they were clueless about Aussie's. Luckily there were only two of the 10 of us who had this problem. I was not one. Well, I stayed in Aiken, with my mommy and her owner. My human mom came to see me everyday. Human mom was supposed to take three of us home with her. We got really sick. Wasn't Parvo. Wasn't because of the merle to merle. We got into some roundup without anyone knowing. My two sissys died. :( Human mom took me to the dogter and I went home with my humom forever.
Bio: My DOB is Nov. 23, 2005
Forums Motto: Outta my way, or I\'ll jump over you!!
I would like to nominate my mom, Marleina, for Dogs Best Friend. My mom has never owned a dog that had "papers". She has always managed to adopt the pets in her life. Mom has always wanted to work with animals since she was 8 years old. When she was in her teenage years, she volunteered work in horse stables, the animal shelter, and baby sat other peoples pets. Her career with animals started 3-4 years ago when she started working at a boarding kennel. She meet so many people and learned so much. Recently, mom was laid off from that job, but she did not let it get her down. She has been actively involved in a rescue organization called Aussie Rescue and Placement Helpline, where she fosters dogs until they find their forever home and even transports some of them to a new home. Mom also donates her time by manning booths set up at different events to earn money and spread knowledge about Australian Shepherds. Mom has became active at our local SPCA where she spends time with the doggies there, learning their personalities, training them to walk nicely on a leash, giving them exercise, and of course lots of TLC. Mommy also helps a lady that she calls her mentor. She helps this lady during her training classes. She gives doggie parents tips and advise on how to help teach their pups to behave. I help them to by showing them how to do it. But this is about my mommy not me. Mom does as much as she can to help as many as she can. Mom has even stopped the car to pick up stray dogs and find their owners. If she can't find their owners, she finds them forever homes. She will always hold a special place in her heart for any and all the animals that may wonder in.
My mom is not only my best friend, she is a hero in my eyes.
My name is Sugar Kisses. Most just call me Sugar. I was born November 23, 2005. Unfornately the people who breed my parents had no idea about Australian Shepherds and the harm it could do by breeding a Merle to a Merle. My mother is a red Merle Aussie who belonged to my humans mother. My father is a blue Merle Aussie belongs to my humans step brother. As I said before they did not do any research on breeding dogs, risk, benefits, concerns, etc. especially the fact that Merle to Merle breeding can result in deaf and/or blind puppies. I had 9 brothers and sisters. Two were still born. Twin black Tris. Two were born lethal whites. Lethal whites are the ones that were born mostly white with very little color pigmentation, which causes the deaf/blind problems. Thankfully I was not one of them. I remember living outdoors in a fenced in area, and had a storage shop as shelter. The shop had lots of things for us pups to get into. I also remember my human coming to see me very often, along with two others that she had chose to take when we were old enough. One day my mothers human called my human saying that the puppies were sick. My human rush to us to find out what was going on. They thought that it might be parvo, so my human made her mom go get things like pedialyte, Gatorade, a few syringe's. My human was very upset because it seemed that only the three girls she had choosing were the ones who were sick. My human forced fluids in our bodies for three days, only to had my two sisters not make it. I finally started drinking water own my own, after hours of my human coaxing me to do so. I wasn't able to go home with her just yet, so I had to say at the place I was born. A couple of days later it was discovered that we sicklings had got into a bottle of round up in that shop area. My human rushed to get charcoal tablets and other medicines for a person called the Vet. As I had been told by my human, " take this medicine it will make you feel better" it did. I was getting healthy again, so my human decided to take me to her home. Boy was I not happy about leaving my brothers behind. I was allowed indoors, something I was not used to, so... you guessed it, I peed in the house. It only took my human 3 days to potty train me. I was never put in that jail cell they call a crate. I became a really happy and healthy 6 month old puppy. By this time I had a new brother, but he was much smaller, a Chewawa or something(Chihuahua). My human started working at some place and came home smelling like other dogs. I just had to ask her to take me with her. She said first I'd have to have some basic good manners and get spayed. Hummm, I'm not sure what that meant, but I was all for it, if that meant I could go with her to her work. So we did take a class and we practiced very hard at home for six weeks. I started my very first heat cycle at eight months old. I graduated from my class. After that I was spayed. Did you know that we you wake up you have no earthly idea where you are. I was scared. But soon enough my human came to rescue me. I then was allowed to go to my humans work. Oh boy, it is so much fun. There were lots of other doggies to play with, and a pool in the summer and toys and people and more doggies. I love this thing called Doggie Day Care. I got to go with my human everyday. Well I never knew that playing with others could cause so much trouble. I began to cough, and cough. My human took me to the dogter and we found out that I had contracted Kennel Cough, although I had already received the vaccine. My kennel Cough turned into pneumonia in my right lung. After a very long 3 months the antibiotics and treatments finally started working. I was able to return to work with my human in the winter time. I had bunches of fun in the cool weather. As spring and summer started coming around the corner, I started to cough again. Oh no, my human became so worried that first night, she didn't sleep, just kept watching me. The next morning, I found myself at the dogter again. Thank goodness! I heard my human say. I did not have pneumonia. Instead I have allergies. My human helps me control them by giving me a Benadryl with each meal, and we have some things inside that help clean the air I breath.
Now that I am healthy I have since became my humans best dog ever. I am a demo dog in my humans mentor classes. I help teach young dogs how to behave nicely. I am starting competition in Rally-O and Obedience. I have the best tricks a dog can do. I have 3 brothers, a sister, a cat and a ferret.
This is my story of how I was adopted, and the wonderful life that I live. I am a very healthy and happy Aussie and I owe it all to my human.
Thanks Mom, I Love You- Sugar Kisses