A few weeks after losing our beloved dog Holly to cancer, we decided to look for a new friend for Dale, and gave dog adoption a try. Dale really missed Holly and spent every day sad and moping. The girls wanted a puppy, as they had never had one. We started looking for a good, mixed breed puppy, but didn’t have much luck. While researching online, Wayne discovered that the local animal shelter had a dog available for adoption that looked interesting – Archer, a one year old male Queensland Heeler, who was supposed to be good with kids and friendly.
I went to the animal shelter with the kids to visit Archer, and we brought along a list of characteristics that we hoped to find in our ideal new pet: no jumping or barking as we walked by, no jumping on or pushing over the children, must play well with other dogs, cows, and cats, and must not be afraid of people. To our surprise, Archer passed all the initial tests! We adopted Archer, brought him home, and saw that he had potential. He loves Dale and like any younger dog is driving him crazy with all of his puppy energy.
Dale is now running the property like he used to with Holly. Archer is very good with the girls and other dogs, and loves car rides. He is learning to leave the cows alone, but the cats haven’t been so lucky. Perhaps Archer is trying to herd them, or maybe he just wants to play, but since he has been here our 5 cats have been hard to find. If anyone knows how to stop dogs from chasing cats, we would love to hear about it! We hope that you can come up and visit Archer and enjoy the paradise that he lives in.