|Barked: Thu Jul 19, '12 7:05pm PST |
|My son, Boohbah, is an Australian Koolie and he is hands down the most amazing creature I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I raised him from a baby (1 week) when his momma died prematurely. He is a blue Koolie with one blue eye and one brown eye. We can not breed him with another blue murrel because they usually have puppies that come out blind and deaf. He is absolutely beautiful. They are a lot of work, but worth it.
A few things though. I have come to realize he will never be used to small children. They scare him and when approached he barks, so I try to steer clear. He also needs and likes a lot of exercise. I live about a five minute walk from the beach and I take him twice a day so he can run and chase the birds. They are finnicky eaters, and he sticks to one favorite food.....mighty dog. But he also likes to eat people food including apples, grapes, popsicles and icecream.
And yes, he is particularly attached to me, even though he was raised by both myself and my significant other. I don't tell her but I know if he had to choose, it would be me. Because he was bottle fed by me, he also likes to nurse on my fingers, like a baby would a pacifier. At two, he still loves it and I can't bring myself to tell him no.
He is a really good listener. I don't even have to tell him something in a commanding voice and he knows exactly what I am saying. He is also a great companion when I am sick or sad. He knows my moods better than anyone.
The most important thing about the Koolie is that, if you think for any reason you might at some point not be able to handle a dog with tons of energy, and if for any reason you think you might get tired of a Koolie eating your shoes (by accident) or his pee pads (by accident) or your wall (maybe by accident), then don't get one. They will give you a run for your money and I have known a lot of Koolie owners who have wanted to give up. DON'T. If you give that dog up to a shelter or another person, he will wait for you for the rest of his life.
Good luck in your search. I hope I was helpful.
Happy Koolie Owner
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