The Anatomy of an Aussie Rescue

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Anyone who knows me knows perfectly well that I have enough dogs. A gracious PLENTY of dogs. A dog for every member of my family! Ask my dogs … they all want to be the only dog. Do I need more dogs? No. The answer is no.

But for whatever reason, I am compelled, time and again, to look at this particular FB page, Urgent Dogs of Columbus County Animal Shelter, NC. I think it has something to do with moving there as a 16 year-old after breeding/showing/training and rescuing dogs where I grew up in Va. Beach, Va. I remember vividly that one of the first things I did after moving to Columbus County was to withdraw an entire litter of six week old non-socialized puppies out from beneath a tobacco warehouse with an opened can of cat food, and attempting to find homes for them. The lack of recognition of dogs as our companions and fellow travelers on this planet in that county was stunning to me at that time, and while things have improved immeasurably since then (they USED to toss all the dogs to be destroyed in a cement box and back the tailpipe of a truck up to it and they’ve NOW progressed to the sometimes equally inhumane heartstick) … there is still a long way to go. To be commended are the staff and the volunteers who all work tirelessly to save the dogs that get brought in, to bring them to the attention of appropriate rescues and to in general do all they can on the behalf of these voiceless, innocent and beautiful creatures.

So it was that it came to my attention that this particular dog was about to die. This is the photo that was posted on her behalf:

Maggie first

and, as you can see, when compared to the first photo, it hardly does her justice.

I have not posted on this blog in a long time, and I thought it might be neat to follow this dog’s progress from shelter to adoption. I have named her Maggie (for her coat is very black, shiny and healthy and reminds me of a Raven or Magpie). It is my guess that she is approximately a year in age, possibly a bit younger. She is friendly and confident and completely untrained. She is smart. She has been here in my home just over twenty-four hours, and in that time she’s learned to use the dog door (on her own), to sit, to “kennel” (go into the crate) and to mind her manners around the other dogs when treats are being handed out. She has had one accident this far in the house and has gone potty outside many times (she likes the cooked chicken breast treat she gets for going potty outside!). She settles well, has a great off switch and a strong play drive. She retrieves stuffed animals and loves to cavort about in the manner of all young animals simply because she FEELS so good. She already is a great blessing to me, and my current goal is to see how much I can teach her before she leaves me for her forever home.

A few more photos, taken within the hour of her arrival:

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Red Dog Run

Beautiful Risk

This is the beginning of my favorite time of the year, weatherwise. Not only is it now cold, but all the little biting insects that live in the fields are either dead or dormant, and I can again run the dogs to my heart’s content. Late this afternoon I took the red dogs out, Risk, Emo and Weed … three generations. (Emo is Weed’s mother, and Risk his his grandmother on his sire’s side.) We had a blast.

I'm coming, Mother!

Weed is a good boy. He’s a tough puppy … but an obedient one. I’ve done a good job combining reward and compulsion with him (aka, using a long line at the right times) and when I call him, he spins on a dime and comes running.

Emo swimming

All of my dogs love to swim, and they don’t seem to care how cold the water is. Weed is just starting to figure out about the water. He fell in a few weeks ago in a different pond, and I had to haul him out by the collar because the bank was steep, so he’s not quite sure this is an endeavor he wants to embark upon.

Looks like fun, but ....

Testing the water

Follow the leader

I predict it will not be too long before he’s swimming with the best of them.

Keeping up

After all, he’s all about keeping up with the big dogs.

Mmmm ... smells good!

Because they know how to find everything good!

Weed's taped ears

PS … if you thought Weed’s ears looked funny in the pictures above, you’d be right. I have them taped. I’m not much of a fashion queen, but there are two things that seem “right” to me, and one is to tuck one’s jeans INTO one’s boots, and the other is to have forward falling Aussie ears if possible. Hence the tape. If I keep them taped for the majority of the time he is teething (which is now) he’ll have beautiful ears for the rest of his life. And he doesn’t even notice that they are taped.

And don’t you like his fancy camo duct tape?

Introducing ….

Apropos Illegal to Sell aka "Weed"

There’s been a new little man lurking (well, not exactly lurking, it’s been more like he’s laying claim to the place) around here for the past couple of weeks. He is an Emo puppy by my son’s dog Locke (RiskxItty) and he has utterly captured my heart. Not only is he handsome, but he is smart, confident and a ton of fun.

“You is kind, you is smart, and you is important.” That’s what I tell him every day, and he just loves to hear it.

He was one of the puppies that brought the crumpled wad of paper back on his temperament test, so I’m not surprised to find he already has an active interest in the round orb otherwise known as theĀ BALL!

Emo with Weed, ready to play ball

Emo is teaching him lessons.

Off to check out what Mama is doing!

She races to chase the ball and he goes to check it out, too.

Weed wants the ball, too!

He’s pretty sure from her enthusiasm that this must be something special. He tries to take the ball from her. He hasn’t yet learned he’ll have to retrieve it for himself.

Disappointed and without the ball

He’s young though, just turned ten weeks, and he’ll learn.

Weed's got the ball!

Somehow, I have the feeling that it won’t be long!


PS … this:


is Riley, Weed’s red bi-colored litter-mate. He’s available to an approved home, as is:

Dea at 8 weeks

Dea, his black bi-colored sister, and


Louie, his black tri-colored brother.

If you think you might be interested in one of these three, send me an email for more information, photos and a puppy questionnaire! (



And Then There Were None ….

Which is not a bad thing when you consider that every single puppy is in an exceptional home, living most hopefully, happily ever after.

This is Batman with his new owner, Julie:

Batman and Julie

And please … anyone who has a puppy from me, please send me photos and I will post them here for everyone to see and enjoy!


Visit From Piper

Yesterday Batman, the only puppy still unspoken for (and one of the MOST cool in the whole litter) had his sister Piper come for a brief visit. Batman did not forget he was a Southern gentleman, both host and male to her female, so he pretty much let her rule the day. That Piper is going to be one of those girls who rules the world was pretty much evident for all to see!

Batman and Piper

I've Got You!

Only Because I Let You!

We'll See About That!

Batman Thinks Women are Difficult to Understand

Piper Says, "What's to Understand? I'm the Boss!"

Batman is Going to Think About That for a While

Jack Report

This precious photo of Jack came this morning via text message with this report: “Jack is getting bigger! He is so smart and happy! We love him!”



Roxie With Her New Friend

Splish, now in Virginia, and named the much more beautiful name of Roxanne (Roxie) has a new family and a new friend: a Briard by the name of Kaila. Check out these photos! I don’t think there is much doubt that they’re getting along:

Roxie and Kaila


Roxie and Kaila

Roxie and Kaila

Roxie and Kaila

And Then There Was One ….

Over the weekend, Belle (now Jilly) and Robin left with their new families for the grand adventures that await them. I could not feel better about the people who are to love them:

Belle and Stafford Family

The Staffords are a homeschooling family, so Belle will have company all the day long. Many apologies, Holly and Brian, for the soft focus on this photo … I did not realize it until much later that the lens was not focusing at all. Come back and we’ll do it again!

Robin and the Yourgevidge Family

Robin has gone home to Maryland to play with the Yourgevidge family and her kissing cousin, Bella, who was a puppy from Emo’s litter a couple of years ago. I received a video this morning of the two of them playing that pretty much assures me that this was a match made in heaven!


Batman remains here with us … for now … awaiting his forever home. He is quite the little man, bold and fearless, yet biddable, and he has the run of most of the house and yet has no accidents. He is an amazing young man!

Mother and Son Reunion

We interrupt our regularly scheduled puppy programming to feature a few photos of the Bossies’ sire, Miko, and grandmother, Risk, Miko’s mom. We had a super time playing ball yesterday and I thought I’d share a couple of the better photos!

Risk and Miko


Miko and Risk


Counting Down … Five, Four, Three ….

While I am ever so happy to see these guys go to new homes where I know they are loved and made over and will get the attention they need and deserve, I must confess that part of me misses the mayhem, enthusiastic greetings and puppy breath! These puppies have gone to new homes this weekend:

Jack and the Little Family

Uno (now Boris) with Lauri and Eddie Zayas


Hobbs with Ben and Helen

They will all be missed, but I’m also excited for both the puppies and for their new families! Please send photos!

Left at home still seeking forever homes are:



(Belle is by far the sweetest natured and calmest puppy in the litter.)


Batman with Boris

(Batman just wants to have fun!)

Robin with Jack


(Sweet Robin, always a bridesmaid but not yet a bride aka everyone’s SECOND pick!)

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