Itzy, yesterday.



  1. Petra says:

    What happened to the paws?

  2. Miko says:

    What a cutie! I love her eyes and ears. But yeah, what happened to her front paws?

  3. Karen says:

    She had her dew claws removed. If a dog works in brush (as cattle dogs do), the dew claws often get caught in the brush and ripped. Much more painful than removal.

  4. Petra says:

    Thanks for the explanation. I knew a Beagle once who had to have these thingies removed, even without being a working dog. Said Beagle was simple a stupid dog. But cute.

  5. Miko says:

    What kind of dog is she? The more I get to know about dogs, the more I like them. (Especially compared to certain selfish cats, who complain if I forget to switch on their electric heating pads.)

  6. Karen says:

    She’s mostly Queensland Heeler. There’s something else mixed in, but no one knows what. Heelers are bred to work cattle. The breed is originally Australian.

  7. Petra says:

    “Heeler.” 🙂

    I just know how they work the cattle.

    (Two cows straggling behind the herd. Says the one cow to the other: “Oi, mate, watch yer heels, there comes the yippy nipper again.”)

  8. Karen says:

    Well, you’re exactly right. Cowboy, their 13 year old heeler, worked cattle when Nicole was in college and lived on a ranch. The house where she lived was on a section of the ranch where the young bulls were kept. Anytime Cowboy got near those bulls, he tried to herd them into a circle. He got kicked more than once. He never seemed to get hurt, though. It’s just instinct with them to herd. He even herds people and other dogs.

  9. Miko says:

    Oh, you mean like the sheepdogs of NZ? Let me tell you, they are the smartest dogs in the world!

  10. Karen says:

    In NZ, do they use border collies? Border collies and Australian shepherds are extremely smart dogs. Heelers have never been noted for intelligence, but more for tenacity.

  11. Miko says:

    Yes, border collies (traditionally black and white, which is why I love black and white animals so much, such as zebras, pandas, and certain cats!). They are really smart indeed. I always enjoyed watching the sheep dog trials on TV every Sunday.

  12. Karen says:

    Those are rarely shown here, and I love them too. I wish I could see them. It is such a treat to watch a border collie herd and to see the interplay between owner and dog. I especially love that slinking movement border collies make. That’s when it seems to me that we can really see that dogs are descended from wolves. How amazing that they have learned to control the predator instinct and guard the very thing they would normally eat.

  13. Miko says:

    I also love the whistles of the farmer to his dog. People almost never whistle in Japan, as it is regarded as vulgar and/or unlucky. I’ve never met a Japanese child who could whistle.

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