Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Attended conferences / shows, Books
Posted August 2, 2012
I acquired Poddy when I was seven. She was my first dog, although I'd had plenty to do with other family and farm dogs. Poddy was a black and tan Australian terrier. She was a roly-poly pup who grew up to be a sweet, slightly simple and phlegmatic dog. She was my companion for years. She liked to go hunting for rabbits, but she wasn't all that fond of exercise; as she grew older she would start out with me for a walk, then crawl under a bush and snooze until I came back whereupon she would join me as if she'd been there all along. She had good health on the whole, and was easy to feed and groom. Being placid, she didn't need much training. She was afraid of thunder, but that was about all. She died very suddenly of a heart attack when she was ten. The only symptoms were a few coughs the day before. Then she went out for a hunt in the creek (only 200 metres from our house on the farm) and never returned.
I should say this was in the 1960s and '70s, when life with dogs was a bit more casual. Our current dogs, being less biddable, are not allowed out off-leash.