Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Attended conferences / shows
California, United States
Posted September 27, 2015
We met Shasta about a month after she was born. She and her sister were the only ones left of a litter of adorably captivating blue heelers. We met her with hesitation, having dealt recently with a bad rescue dog experience that left us a bit upset and reluctant to move on to a new dog. But we drove home that day with a new joyful spirit in the car, nervous though she was, and our family fell in love with her immediately.
Cattle dogs are, by nature, a bit shy and standoffish; so training Shasta and socializing her was a process that required a great deal of patience. Our large backyard, her exposure to neighbors' and friends' canine pals, and even her encounters with the younger children next door created a perfect environment for her to grow up in. It challenged her socially, but her progress encouraged us.
Today, she gets along very well with our friends. "Strangers" take her some time to warm up to, but this makes us feel safe with her in our home.
Shasta is playful and energetic, though easily overheated, which makes our pool all the more useful! I couldn't ask for a better, smarter, more lovable dog than a blue heeler, and Shasta is perhaps the best of the breed.