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Picture of Shelby, a female Australian Shepherd

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"Me & Mom!"

Home:Clayton,, IN  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 9 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

Christmas 2013

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"Christmas 2013"

Christmas in the barn 2013

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"Christmas in the barn 2013"

Christmas in the barn 2013

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"Christmas in the barn 2013"

2013-Ready for a sled ride

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"2013-Ready for a sled ride"


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"Let's go for a ride as soon as you get the windshield off!"

My dog family-2011 Christmas in the barn.

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"My dog family-2011 Christmas in the barn."

Does this hat make my face look fat? (2011)

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"Does this hat make my face look fat? (2011)"

2011 Christmas time in the barn

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"2011 Christmas time in the barn"

Pretty Christmas package? (2011)

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"Pretty Christmas package? (2011)"

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:

August 1st 2007

Shelby loves going for walks in the fields, & watching the horses in the field.

Sharing toys with her Weimaraner sister

Favorite Toy:
Tennis ball & /or pink soft-sided frisbie

Favorite Food:
Ice cream & doggie treats

Favorite Walk:
In the fields

Best Tricks:
Hi-five, rolls over, sit, sit-stay, sit-stay-come, leave it, bring it, down, down-stay & go 'round, weaving thru my legs, & back up. Currently taking agility classes.

Arrival Story:
Shelby is my 3rd Aussie. I went 2 yrs after I put my last Aussie down. When my friend had a litter & called for me to come see them - I was "hooked". Who can resist such a cute little puppy? But I had missed not having my faithful companion so I was seriously thinking about getting a dog. The timing just seemed right & that's how Shelby came into my life. :-)

Forums Motto:
Shelby-the little tornado!

I've Been On Dogster Since:
July 20th 2008 More than 8 years!

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Nov 5th.

We Say Good-Bye

August 24th 2014 3:16 pm
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Wow! What happened to our wonderful summer. This past week has been awful! It was been so hot & humid. I had to go to the vet yesterday for my annual allergy shot. I was itching & biting my feet like crazy. The vet told Mom it was exactly one year to the day that I got my shot last year. I have to take 2 pills a day as well. But it is so worth it as I am not itching any more. While we were at the vet's office there was a horse a lady had brought in to have a tooth pulled. Well, this horse was refusing to get in the trailer to go back home. The office lady told Mom they had been trying for 4 hrs to get the horse back in the trailer...& it was very hot out so everyone trying to help was drenched in sweat! Mom thought about letting me try to help load the horse, but decided against it as this horse was a mustang & not that well trained. Mom was afraid it might kick me so she wouldn't let me help. Plus Aunt Nila was with us & she didn't think it would be a good idea either. Hmmmm...........I bet I could have got that horse in the trailer if Mom would have let me tried!!

Last Fri was a very sad day for us all. Our vet was out to remove a sarcoid from Dad's horse's face. While he was there, Mom asked him about our hound dog, Louie. The vet agreed it would be the best thing for Louie. Oh no!! Mom took me & Wren to the kennel but we knew something was going to happen. Afterwards & even the next day me & Wren looked everywhere for Louie. Louie raised me & I wanted to know where he was!!! Mom wrote the eulogy below for Louie & posted it to FB as most all of her horse friends knew Louie & loved him for the gentle nature that he was. We miss him terribly. RIP.

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Today it is with a heavy heart that I post a few pictures of our beloved hound-dog, Louie. As I reflect back on his life, I recall the beginning when he was a stray wandering up & down our road. Fred couldn’t stand it any longer, & picked up this homeless hound. Even though we did not have a dog at the time, I objected, not wanting this big spotted dog that looked like a beagle on steroids! Well, that was 11 yrs ago & Louie (as he became known) has lived in our barn ever since. AND what a great dog he turned out to be!
Dear Louie: In your younger years, you went on every camping trip with us. Your gentle nature made you many friends & recipient of lots of yummy leftovers from fellow campers. I recall putting you in the Halloween Parade at Midwest dressed as a ‘Harley Dude’. You were so sure the ‘Harley duds’ would help you ‘pick up chicks’ at the festivities. It never mattered what I wanted to do with you or dress you up in, you were always fine with it. Everyone saw a different breed in you. But to us, you were just our “ole Louie”. You raised my Aussie puppy, whom we thought was a growth on your ear the first year of her life. Then came the very high energy Weimaraner, which you tried your best to keep up with but decided it better to just sit back & watch. You’ve been a bed warmer in the winter for our barn cat as you both snuggled in your insulted dog box under the stair way in the barn. As the years grayed your face & stiffened your bones, you were content to stay home during camping outings to watch over the barn. And even now though your legs have grown too weak to carry you & your tired eyes can barely see, we struggle with this decision to set your spirit free to run the fields of Heaven, where I’m sure we’ll meet again.
Today as we walk you to the Rainbow Bridge, we can see the devotion & unconditional love in your eyes telling us you had a good life & knew how much you were loved. Farewell our dear & loyal friend


Tomorrow Will Not Be Good

August 14th 2014 3:38 am
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You know I mentioned earlier that our old hound dog, Louie, was not doing very well & the vet was coming out. Well, he 'rallied' a bit after that & seemed to be feeling much better. Mom post-poned calling the vet. But for the last week or so Louie has refused to eat. Mom sometimes gets him to eat just a small amount but he just doesn't seem interested. He has lost a lot of weight. (Now mind you, he was quite a bit over-weight) The vet is coming out tomorrow to remove a sarcoid from Dad's horse's face so Mom said last night "it's time" for sure now. (sob! sob!) Last night I tried very hard to get Louie to play chase with us but he just wouldn't get up. Mom finally had to scold me to stop pestering him. When Mom was trying to coax him to eat a little bit I knew things were serious so I just sat on the settee & watched. I didn't bother him anymore. I am so sad because we all love Louie, he's such a gentle guy. I am not sure Wren realizes what's about to happen as she was flittering around as usual but I knew something was going on.

Mom & Dad are getting a new furnace & the man was out to check things out last night. He was a very nice man & wanted to see us dogs before he left. We were out in the barn while he was inside the house but Mom let us out to meet him. He played with us. Me & Wren really liked him. He was a real dog person. Mom was amazed that I liked him as I am usually very cautious around strangers. He even had treats in his car for dogs. Can you believe a furnace man has treats in his car for dogs??? Seriously. Cool!

Well that's about it for now. I am dreading tomorrow for sure.
Hope all my dog pals have a good weekend & stay safe...........Shelby


Thank you Dogster for making me Diary Dog of the day.

August 10th 2014 2:32 pm
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Thank you dogster for making me diary dog. My Mom has been bad & behind in keeping my diary up. She promises to do better but work & the horses keep her pretty busy.

Friday, I had to go to the groomers for another hair cut. I still have these silly little pink bows in my hair. My Aunt Nila said the pink bows do NOT match my personality at all. I have to agree with her. I am a cowgirl......not a prissy little princess! Mom needs to get them out of my hair!

Well, this was a rather boring weekend. It was cloudy & rained on & off both days. Mom & Dad worked in the yard on Sat. so we had to hang out in the barn.

Today, I got to go shopping with Mom & Dad at Rural King. We stopped & picked up my Aunt Nila. Aunt Nila tried to interest me in some new toys but everything she picked out was "baby" toys. I am a big girl now & don't play with those kinds of toys anymore. Now a ball.........that interests me. But Mom said no more balls because I have a whole shelf full in the barn of different colored balls. When Dad plays ball with me he always tells me to get the pink one. If I pick out a yellow or blue tennis ball, he makes me look again until I bring him the pink one. I can tell which one is pink now so it doesn't take me so long to find it. :-)

While we were out, Dad wanted to go look at a hay elevator so we ended up there. I got out with everyone & looked at all the equipment but it was kinda boring. I was hoping Dad might stop for ice cream on the way home but instead everyone just got coffee to go. :-( Uck!

The rest of the day was just spent hanging out in the barn. Kinda of a wasted weekend. Maybe next weekend we can go camping.

Hope my doggie pals had a more exciting weekend than I did......Shelby

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