I just thought I'd drop in here and give a little bit of info on Cara and of course an update.
I have NO idea how my gramma found the litter but she did, Cara does not come from fancy lines but rather two dogs who worked their hearts out everyday on a cattle farm. Her parents were both wonderful examples of aussies in temperament and structure, the old saying form follows function comes to mind. Her mom was a black bi and her dad was a red bi, none of the puppies in her litter were nbt and all of them were docked at two days old (encase anyone is concerned, the dock was done at a vets office by a professional not an at home with a rubberband job). My gramma took me to pick her up at 8 weeks old and after talking with her breeder about what I wanted, she is the puppy that was recommended (fine by me, I'm a sucker for red dogs). We brought her home and she's been an absolute joy since then.
She's a confident, smart, biddable, velcro puppy. I take her out on the 50 ft. long line and while she does get the zoomies most of the time she prefers to stay within five feet from me. One of her favorite games to play is hide and seek (although this can be hard to do with a puppy who wants to follow you everywhere
) So normally it goes something like, throw a toy and get her distracted then run like heck and hide. She is an exceptionally good seeker.
In the last few days she must have gone through a growth spurt because I woke up one morning and she was visibly bigger.
She is an absolute dream though, housebreaking has been super easy for her, recall is going fantastic, and she's picking up on the basics quickly. Right now our biggest issue with her is a tendency to nip heels (to be expected from a puppy from working stock dogs), but she's progressing nicely with a vocal 'interruption' followed by redirecting to a toy and then praise like crazy for her chomping onto the toy. lol
At nine months she'll be going to be instinct tested and assuming everything goes well (which it definitely should based on the herding tendencies she's already showing) she'll be starting training for stockwork at nine months as well.
She really is everything I wanted, she's got a ton of drive but a pretty good 'off switch' for a puppy, she's smart, she's a velcro dog, and in my mind she's just perfect (of course I could possibly be a bit biased there