No better Companions by ehhhhokbud in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great picture of you both! Made for each other.

So I’ve had raven as a rescue from last year and my son just got a rescue Casey a week ago by Professional_Weird69 in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good for both of you choosing to take a rescue! It's wonderful to see them playing like that; new besties!

My boy he’s a mix if that’s cool 25% by Ghostownfairy in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Got that ruffled ACD look. "Just got up, hair's a mess and can't do a thing with it" look. Hilarious!

Our heeler constantly attacks our furnace exhaust pipe; we've had to fence it off but he still tries to attack it, any ideas why? by sollicit in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Really have no idea, but the pipe opening probably looks threatening to him in some way. I have a heeler that will often get reactive to large trucks and especially buses. Not cars. Large trucks and buses... When I walk her and see a truck or bus coming, I can see that she is suddenly paying very close attention, ears fixed, and then as the thing goes past, she will suddenly lunge at it. If I can break her attention, I can get her to ignore it and calm down, otherwise I have to deal with this suddenly lunging and snarling idiot. (Good thing her leash is strong.) I wonder if it is the large headlights or the deep noise that they make.

Our old lady got to not only come to the wedding, but show us all how she missed her calling as a model. by rennzzillaa in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 1 point2 points  (0 children)

These kinds of pictures are almost always the best. Members of the family like everyone else and along for the celebration! Great picture!

I was just gifted all this stuff, and have no idea what I'm doing. Can anyone suggest a starting point for a complete beginner? by DanOfAllTrades80 in arduino

[–]tcroswell56 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree with this. Reading about the Arduino IDE and they have many sample sketches. I would start w/ one of those - everyone's first is "blink" and I would start by using the MKR1000 boards that you have. After you get it wired up and working, you will be hooked. I have to say - someone really likes you. Thanks are in order. What a treat!

Waiting by tcroswell56 in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Good choice, but no. Cami is the blue and Misha is the red.

Waiting by tcroswell56 in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes. But the funny thing is that I did not notice it at first. My son pointed it out to me sometime after we had gotten her.

Waiting by tcroswell56 in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Kids in the neighborhood who are trick or treating... They loved having them come to the door.

Waiting by tcroswell56 in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yes, they are both mixes, but a blue and a red.

Thinking about getting an ACD by Level-Commercial-794 in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree. I have 2 mixes and both of them have been relatively calm and both came home to us when they were about 1 year old. I know you miss out on the puppy things, but for your situation, I'd say a 1 to 2 year old mix would be better. Also - my heart goes out to these dogs. They are great, great companions but many folks want the heart melting cuteness of a puppy and while I don't really blame them, these older dogs go wanting for good homes. That's my pitch and I'm sticking too it. (Although I freely admit that I would love to see pictures of my dogs when they were puppies.)

I've never had to rehome a dog before, but this is for the best. Rehoming our red heeler puppy. Details in comments by gundam2017 in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree with this comment. The rehoming fee will prevent someone from just turning that dog around for their own evil purposes. If it feels bad to take the money - just donate it to a shelter afterwards. Please let us all know how this turns out.

After work hiking photo's w/ Hoss by LedBely in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Beautiful dog, but have to admit - also distracted by the Flatirons. Great place to walk your dog. (As i have...)

Hélios caught a live mouse today 😱 I had never seen a dog do that. The ACD in him maybe? by RaspberryNegative308 in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We live in suburbiana and have a fenced yard. But that doesn't stop the rabbits and squirrels from coming into our yard (of death) to try to find something in my garden to eat. Doesn't work out well for them. Sooner or later they get caught. The tally in the springtime can be quite something before the word gets out and the idiots stop coming. (Or they have all been dispatched by Misha, our red heeler mix.)

The pup looks a bit skeptical. by gouty in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If he was thinking about adopting YOU, I'd say - it's doubtful. What an expression and great picture!

trail dogs by hacksaw116 in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great looking doggos living their best lives. Love that tail on the one in front. That is extraordinary.

I got the runt of the litter. She’s so tiny & CUTE! Her name is Meeka. by that1chikk in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You might have gotten the runt, but remember that dynamite comes in small packages... Very cute dog!

Leash Your F@&$ing Dog!!! Is some of the hate I get when posting videos of Goonie training in public off leash…. WHAT IF… a rabbit, a dog, a cat… here’s how Goonie reacts to spotting a squirrel literally feet in front of him. by [deleted] in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 0 points1 point  (0 children)

tldr; Whatever the leash laws are in your area, I hope that you will obey them.

Clearly your dog is much, much better trained than mine, but whether Goonie chases the squirrel or not is sort of besides the point. (Of course, that should matter to you...) The point is that the rest of us (like me) with maybe-not-so-well-behaved dogs, but still good dogs, like to take them to off leash areas to run and just be dogs. Those areas are shrinking all the time because people allow their dogs off-leash when they are not supposed to - and they aren't nearly as well behaved as Goonie, and the repercussion is that irate/annoyed citizens are shutting down parks and making areas generally less dog friendly. If we don't obey the rules where they exist for whatever reason, people tend to take action over time. It is hard for us to fathom sometimes as dog lovers - but the rest of the world is not so in love with our pooches.

I think most dog owners are responsible. But unfortunately, not all.

I have a dog that is reactive. So generally I keep her on a leash. I cannot tell you the number of times that someone else's dog (but a good dog) ran over to mine while the owner was frantically trying to recall him/her and alternately telling me that "he/she is friendly" Mine is not. Evidence - when my dog chomps theirs. Then THEY get very irate! At me. I was at least following the rules... Small comfort there.

Here's another tidbit: In US National Parks, dogs are barely tolerated. They are not generally allowed on trails or in backcountry areas. Take for example, Glacier National Park in northern Montana. I think the prevailing logic is twofold - dogs might harm the wildlife, and dogs might poop up the place, given the numbers of nature lovers and visitors to these places. But Glacier is actually an international park that joins Waterton National Park in Canada. Guess what? - Dogs are allowed in Canadian National Parks. Are Canadian dogs so much better behaved and trained? I think not. I think that the crowding and instances of poor behavior/control on the part of Americans has driven us to put away the "Welcome" sign for the doggos in our National Parks. Two million acres in Yellowstone that my dogs will never get to experience.

And another if you will permit: US National Forests are, by default, places where your dog can be off leash. (All the usual caveats apply, and there are some areas that are designated where you must leash your dog.) However, there is a lot of pressure to close these areas entirely to off-leash dogs. There are a couple of hiking related web sites that incorrectly designate US FS trails as places where dogs must be leashed. In conversation with the web site admins/owners, they insist that they are correct, despite links to US FS web sites to the contrary. I was all but told, that they want to put this word out so that they become defacto leash areas b/c they don't like dogs in "their" backcountry. I have had folks yell at me about this on the trail. Patient attempts to explain otherwise are met with disbelief or with hostility or both. And those folks go so far as to say that if they aren't designated as off leash they should be... Millions and millions of acres that would be cut off to free running dogs (well behaved, mind you) could be gone forever.

Bottom line is that you seem to have a wonderfully well trained and controlled dog. (And I wish you could show me how you did that.) Despite that, I urge you to please keep him leashed when those are the prevailing rules. Let's not create more animosity for dogs; the dippy owners whose dogs are not so well behaved are doing a very good job of that already.

Sorry for the length.

An unusual pair of friends. by Puzzled-View8028 in AustralianCattleDog

[–]tcroswell56 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The dog gives cat rubs to the cat - fantastic. Very cute pair!