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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mini Auzzies

What can I say. We love 'em. Australian Shepherds are the lightening, the thunder, oh heck, the whole storm. They gallop through life with the exuberance of straight wind with tornadoes on the side. They are loving, smart and loyal.

This is Sophie, our first mini-Auzzie. A bundle of go-getter wrapped in affection.
She absolutely loved playing with soccer balls. My husband and I exercised her by throwing a ball back and forth between us. Just before we moved to the farm Sophie was run over and killed by a speeding car while we were visiting our son. Totally broke my heart.

As it so happened the same breeder we purchased Sophie from had a litter ready to go the very next week. So, we bought Sophie's sister, Cassie.

Cassiopeia Star "Cassie" at seven weeks old. She was a totally different personality than Sophie. Sophie was outgoing, a real people person. Cassie was very shy but still loving and adorable.

Cassie loves to ride on the tractor with FarmBoy Gary.

And, she loves cats. She has "nursed" two litters of kittens; loving and bathing them just like their mom AND she even made milk!

Ever since we moved to the farm we've wanted to raise Auzzies, but all our attempts with Cassie have ended in disappointment. So we decided to try to find another one to adopt. We searched far and wide and just couldn't find a match so we just quit looking. Then out of the blue a friend had one they were looking for a home for. An acquaintance of theirs had to move and couldn't keep it so it was up for adoption. A little tri-colored female, 14 months old. (Sophie and Cassie were both tri-colored).

When we went to have a look at her, we fell in love so Mollie moved to the farm.

Mollie fit right in. She and Cassie get into an occasional power struggle but all in all they get along.

Mollie has learned that cats have "sticker" feet and is learning not to chase chickens or goats.

This week we picked up our third puppy from our breeder--a little tri-colored male. He is not related to Cassie or Mollie so we have renewed hopes for a breeding program. Both Cassie and the new pup have merles in their lines so we can have both tri and merle puppies. I told FarmBoy Gary he could name the males....so he put out the word on his fb page for names. THANKS GUYS! Lots of good suggestions. And the winner is Tobias, or Toby for short. Now we have Cassie, Mollie and Toby.

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