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August 12, 2012

PET OF THE WEEK: Rebecca doesn’t need cattle to herd, just a new home

By ELLEN HARGLE | Special to the Index

Spend some time to get to know “Rebecca,” this week’s Pet of the Week, and you will see her beautiful personality emerge.

She was found sitting on a porch in the northwest part of town and is ready for a new “leash” on life.

She is an non-spayed female Australian cattle dog (red heeler) mix, about 18 months old and weighing in at around 40 pounds. Her coat has a gorgeous mixture of rusty-red, dark brown and black hair.

In the 1800s, Australians began crossing dingo-blue merle collies to dalmatians and black-and-tan kelpies. The result was a dog identical in type and build to the dingo, only with a thicker build and peculiar markings with the traits of an excellent worker.

Initially, Rebecca is reserved with people she does not know and naturally cautious in new situations. Within a short time and with a few treats, she is happy, affectionate and playful and will offer her paw for a handshake. She’ll bond strongly to new owners. The Australian Cattle Dog can be the friendliest of companions however it is quick to respond to the emotions of its owners, and will defend them without waiting for a command.

Rebecca would make a good companion for older, considerate children, but her nature makes her likely to herd people by trying to nip at their heels, particularly younger children who run and squeal. She would be happiest with a physically active family with a large, secure fenced-in yard to run and play in.

She is intelligent and, if she’s provided a consistent, structured and varied program, she would train easily to commands. However, this breed cannot be treated harshly. The Australian cattle dog requires a little grooming – an occasional brushing to keep her coat clean and odor-free.

To adopt Rebecca or any of numerous dogs, kittens and cats, call the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter at (940) 328-7752. The cost of adoption includes spaying and a rabies shot.

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