Sassy Sue wows the bark park visitors with her catching and retrieving.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Rin Tin Tin

The original Rin-Tin-Tin still has a line of descendants.

Rin-Tin-Tin has his own website, but does he have his own blog?

His story is quite interesting and worth reading.

Most people see the German Shepherd in Sassy. Her head is very much German Shepherd, but her body is more like an Australian Cattle Dog. She seems to have the herding instincts and intelligence of both breeds, and a very high IQ. Her foster parent Betty thinks Sassy is one of the smartest dogs she has ever known.

Sassy is not the shy, one-person dog I expected of a Cattle Dog, and she is not intimidating, as some German Shepherds are.

She learns the first time but has her own ideas about things. When I send her outside, she stops twice to see if I am including her with the other dogs (two Shelties). The message is clear - "There must be a mistake."

Treasure can be clever too. I was absolutely certain I had all three dogs locked outside. She could have stayed hidden in the bathroom, but she hopped on the bed, grinning, very pleased with herself. That is a Sheltie trait - outsmarting the human and gloating about it.

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