Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted August 11, 2015
My husband got Rex as a young dog (a couple of years old) and though his previous owner had been unkind to him, he proved himself to be a fantastic cattle (and sheep) dog. My husband trained him. He was always eager to please and took directions well. He made rounding up livestock a breeze! His only fault was that he was reluctant to come if he thought he was in trouble—usually if my husband was yelling to get him to round up an errant sheep. We believe this was due to his past treatment from his previous owner—he equated yelling with abuse.
Rex was never phased by the cats and never chased the chickens. He loved playing with our Staffy who was a few years younger than him.
He lived to an old age, and though in his later years he started to lose his hearing, he was still full of energy and willing to work right up until his last year of life. It was a sad loss for our family when he passed away, though we knew, due to his old age, it was coming. Our Staffy (his best mate) had died only a week prior (to cancer). We buried them together under an old gum tree on our property.