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Old 07-15-2014, 10:17 AM
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New from Austin TX

Good morning!

My name is Lori and I'm a new member to the forum.

I have 2 dogs: 13 year old Smooth Coat Tri-Color Collie "Lacey" and 6 month old Lab/Jack Russell Mix (we think) named "LuLu".

We love to walk and hike and go to the dog park. LuLu has even taking a liking to bike-jogging. I had to find a better way to get a lot of exercise in for LuLu and the bike-jogging seems to do the trick.

I got Lacey from a lady who bread Great Pyrenees dogs who had done a "breeder trade" for one of her puppies for a collie puppy. Her GP female, however, did not take a liking to another female dog around, and attacked her leaving a scar above her eye. To this lady, Lacey was now useless, as she could not be shown. I bought her for a song and she has been a wonderful family dog for 13 years. She knows a few commands like sit, down, and shake. She will come when called. Her personality is so easy going that I never took her to formal training. She's always been a joy to have around. I did do some agility training with her, but while she liked the agility obstacles, she was always nervous around other dogs (frequent whining), so I did not continue with it.

Lacey has started to slow down though, and can't really go on hikes over 2 miles. I love to camp and hike! I got LuLu from the pound with the hopes of her loving to hike as much as I do. So far - So good!

LuLu and I are in basic training now. She can sit, down, stand, come when called, and "pick it up", so far. I had spine surgery 6 months ago, so teaching her to pick items up from the ground and give them to me is a big help!

Here's LuLu:



Here's Lacey:

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Old 07-15-2014, 10:50 AM
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Hi and welcome, your dogs are so cute. I also have a Lulu and a Jaxi.
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Hello and welcome to you all, love the photo's.
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Welcome, neighbor!
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Hi and welcome from another Texan!
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Wow.. we discovered the flirt pole today! I pity the next squirrel who gets in my yard because I'm pretty sure LuLu will win!!!

I got one of those plush toys with no stuffing in them, it had a loop on the head, and a squeaker in the tail and head as well. I tied that to a long cotton cord rope and tied the rope to a piece of PVC pipe I had in the garage. I stuck an elbow fitting on the end to keep the rope from sliding off.

I took LuLu out in the yard and she INSTANTLY took to chasing the toy around and around at lightening speed. I'd let her catch it occasionally, and change directions occasionally. She was even flying through the air to catch it.

When we came back in I had to help her cool down with a therapy ice pack to lay on! She drank a good bit and laid on the tile but after 15 min was still panting heavily, so I helped her cool down with the ice pack. Now she's napping beside me.

Maybe this will help he be settled down for companion training tonight!
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Flirt poles are life savers.
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Update! We had a DNA test done on Lulu (Wisdom Panel 2.0) and believe it or not there is no JRT in her at all! At least not in detectable levels.

She is
1/4 Australian Cattle Dog
1/8 Border Collie
1/8 Whippet
1/2 Mutt

I see the cattle dog only in her personality. She is definitely a herder, nips at heels, and guards her people and things. She needs a job. Boredom is her enemy. If i value my furniture, hands and sanity, she needs long walks, some time to run and chase, and some training on a daily basis. She is happiest while camping and hiking.

Her shape is closest to the Whippet (although not as severe), and I googled Border Collie Whippet Mixes and I definitely see the resemblance there. I learned that this mix of sight hounds and non-sight working dogs is known as a Lurcher. Not a breed, but a type of dog. Basically a working dog with lightening speed!

Her prey drive is out of this world. I never knew dogs had THAT kind of prey drive. In the past I've had Irish Setters, Huskies, and Collies. This is certainly a different kind of dog!

Luckily I was already prepared for a high energy dog that needs lots of exercise and stimulation. My objective was to get a dog that could run or hike up to 8 miles in a day but not be over 40 pounds. Unfortunately for me, she can run or hike 8 miles EVERY DAY and sadly, I can not!

All three breeds are great at Agility, so I think that is our next direction!

One thing though, I think the Border Collie grand-parent was defective. This dog has no interest in fetching balls or catching Frisbees what-so-ever! She will, however, chew the fuzz off or EAT the entire Frisbee in 5 min or less. She only wants to catch it ONCE. Why keep catching it over and over when you can kill it the first time? lol
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