Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted January 5, 2015
Jett was a puppy mill breeding animal and so didn't get a good start in life. She was shy with strangers all of her life and always needed special care. That said, she was a wonderful dog and I'd do it all over again, despite her special challenges. She was an honest dog and once she knew what was expected of her, she was very keen to cooperate. Her size seemed to me about perfect for condo living (which we did when I first got her) but she was large enough to have a bit of presence in the world. Kelpie grooming is minimal. I used to joke that I groomed her mostly from the inside out: great food and good supplements gave her black coat a wonderful glossy sheen throughout her life and she only really needed brushing in shedding seasons.
Sadly, Jett passed away at age 13 due to complications from arthritis. I still miss her funny little face and her shadowy ways. I would highly recommend the breed to owners who looking for an active canine companion. The kelpie is no one's idea of a couch potato, but is a great companion for hiking and walking. I still miss my buddy!