Ever since we bought our house we have wanted to get a puppy. The search to find the exact puppy Helen wanted was long and stressful. We wanted to find puppies for sale from a quality cattle dog breeder. We were chasing down a plain face (no mask) female, blue cattle dog. The first one we found ended up being the wrong colour (red) because cattle dogs are born completely white and then become red or blue within the first few weeks, the breeder got mixed up and couldn’t tell the colour. This was a horrible experience, knowing that you don’t have a puppy after 5 weeks and the thought of “giving it up” and hoping that it finds a new family
We found out later from other breeders that this is a rookie mistake, you can easily tell if they are red or blue from birth based on the tint in their skin or colour of their paws apparently. Anyway, the next puppy we found was gorgeous, we went through the entire process again. On the 6th week we were excited about going to see her on the coming weekend a week before we would bring her home. We got an email from the breeder saying that she had lost two of the pups to a snake. Whatever we thought about the process being hard before, just became devastating. You start questioning yourself “Is this telling us we shouldn’t have a puppy” etc.
After a long wait and remaining in contact with the breeders for months, we finally found out that a trusted breeder in north Queensland had a puppy for us. At first it is hard to get attached as you don’t want to be let down again, but as 8 weeks approached it was very exciting. Our cattle dog puppy flew in (to Brisbane) from Nth Qld with a brother from the same litter. She was so tiny, smaller than we expected, but so beautiful. If you want to read more about Tessa, visit her dedicated site to read a Diary of an Australian Cattle Dog.
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