Australian Cattle Dog/Labrador Retriever
Picture of Holly, a female Australian Cattle Dog/Labrador Retriever

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Home:Sandpoint, ID  
Age: 17 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Holly

Hollers, Holly Bear, Little Golden Eyes

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

November 11th 1999

Her family, Holly ADORES her people! Being where ever they are is the best thing.

All other humans(to be regarded with utmost suspicion), other dogs in her face, those evil tree-rat pests known as 'squirrels', housecleaning (why on earth would they let that roaring thing in my house?!)

Favorite Toy:
Tennis balls, towels, tennis balls, kongs, tennis balls, bubbles, TENNIS BALLS!

Favorite Food:
Almost anything! She's a vaccuum. Does not like strawberries, or grapes.

Favorite Walk:
Any hike in the mountains is the best. Trips to the river are fun too!

Best Tricks:
Holly heels beautifully (or at least, she did once upon a time!). But even though she hasn't practiced in years, whenever I ask her to work she blooms with enthusiasm. Very flashy, loves to please, a HUGE smile on her face!

Arrival Story:
My sister's blue heeler bitch had a fling with the hunky field-bred Chocolate Lab next door and before I knew it I had a little black fire ball in my life! Holly was my first dog to raise and train, I was such a lucky girl to grow up with her! ********************************** **** Holly currently lives with my parents.

Holly is such a goofy girl. Always happy, life's so fun! Holly keeps our house full of laughter with her endless joy and enthusiasm. Rain or shine, she has a smile on her face! I wish she would tell me her secret... She is a whip-smart, high energy little dog who is a blast to train! Intense is the word to describe her. We have so much fun working together! Holly is always ready for Action! She has even ran in distance races with me, but Holly's great love is a vigorous game of Fetch! So much as mention the word 'ball' and she will be all over the house, hunting for her tennis ball. If you don't throw it for her fast enough she will toss it up in your face! However, once the day's work is done and all tennis balls have been carefully hidden from her, this dog really knows how to relax. The floor is not good enough. Nope, Holly requires pillows, blankets, and (when no one is looking) a couch. If you even happen to leave your coat on the floor, she will curl up on it instead of the carpet. Truly a creature of comfort... Holly has been a blessing to our family. She is the most affectionate, devoted companion I could ask for. Unfortunately she has the double misfortune of no early socialization and a very very aggressive mother. Her attitude towards all 'non-family' humans is at best ignoring them and at worst a terrified barking explosion. All dogs are regarded as the enemy. This has unfortunately put severe limitations on a dog which could otherwise have had the brightest future. With much remedial training she is now manageable, but never truly comfortable around strangers. PLEASE socialize your puppies! ********************************** ***** Holly is 10 and she's showing her age now. Her little muzzle is so grey! She can't work as hard as she used to and she stiffens up a bit after a long day, but she still approaches everything in life with the same intensity. Maybe she can only retrieve the tennis ball for a few minutes now, but she still moves just as fast in that short time as she ever did as a young dog! Bless you Holly, for your enthusiasm for life. I hope some things never change.

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