Australian Cattle Dog
DoB: January 1, 2013 (estimated)
ISSUES: Bit of separation anxiety, an ok traveler, albeit a little worried or restless.
A large fenced acreage would be Dusty's ideal home.
Dusty is very happy to hang out in her yard, with or without other dogs for company. She is not very happy if she has to be crated. She will vocally suffer through it but she would much rather be your sidekick.
So far, she is a very nice, polite little girl who loves to be around people & is happy doing whatever you're doing. The worst things we've noticed is that she a bit of a "snuffler" (nose in everything) when loose in the house & she has "checked out" the garbage bags when we are not looking. She's vewy, vewy quiet & sneaky when doing that. Otherwise, she seems to readily accept her new environment.
Dusty was owner surrendered, albeit unhappily. From the information given, Dusty is the perfect dog & companion.
She is good with kids, cats, chickens, livestock, likes toys, likes treats & is very good at chasing off predators & unwanted yard pests. However, the problem is, she chases them well beyond the boundaries of her territory. This often meant she was "at large" & the neighbors were tired of her being in their yards so Bylaw officers were called on a regular basis. It was that or, according to Alberta laws, they could have shot her if they thought their livestock was at risk.
She may not be the perfect navigator, like so many ACDs are, as she was in a serious car crash as a puppy. The original, elderly owners never came out of the hospital & their daughter kept Dusty on their cattle operation for a year but then had to rehome her. Her recent family spent a lot of time making driving trips a positive experience.