I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.

For me they are the role model for being alive.

~ Gilda Radner

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

This blue dog isn't so blue anymore....

But she still needs a home.

Miss Mickey is a female Australian Cattle Dog. She is small for the breed — just under 25 lbs. She is 6 years old, and, over the past few months, she has been through quite an ordeal.

On March 13, Miss Mickey was a stray who ran into a busy street and was hit by a car. The accident was witnessed by a good Samaritan who, along with the help of 3 Philadelphia Police officers, took her to a local SPCA where she was stabilized and treated for a week. Miss Mickey’s owner never came forward to claim her; instead hundreds of supporters rushed to her aid, donating over $4000 to fund her care. Those donations paid for 2 surgeries to repair her pelvis with plates and screws on each side, plus physical therapy to help her build her overall strength. Today she is healthy and full of life; so Miss Mickey is ready for the next chapter of her journey — finding her forever family.

Miss Mickey has very few impairments from her accident. She walks, trots, runs, goes up and down stairs, even jumps up onto furniture. She can even catch a Frisbee. She loves to play with her foster brothers. Her foster sister... not so much — she is an alpha female. We think Miss Mickey would like to have a doggie brother in her forever home. Because of her previous injuries, we would like her brother to be around her size or smaller.

Miss Mickey is up-to-date on all her shots and has been spayed. She is being fostered in Langhorne, PA — just outside Philadelphia. If you would like to see video of Miss Mickey in action, check out her Dogster page at http://www.dogster.com/dogs/1004251. For more information, please contact Miss Mickey’s foster mom at missmickey@acdra.org.

you can read more about Mickey and those who helped here: http://www.ohmidog.com/2009/08/19/helping-mans-best-phriend-in-philly/

or find other Austalian Cattle dogs in need of a home, closer to your area, here: http://www.cattledog.com/rescue/contacts.html

Before adopting an ACD one should make sure their lifestyle is suited to ACD ownership. Australian Cattle Dogs (ACDs) are intense, very loyal and intelligent companions. They tend to be very wary and reserved with strangers and can be very protective and territorial if they feel that their person or family is being threatened. Along with their intelligence, they can also certainly be described as hardheaded and stubborn. They are one of the most intelligent breeds around and when a Cattle Dog puts his/her mind to doing something, you’d better bet that they will do it to the very best of their ability. Most will want to be active and busy most, if not all, of the time. When young they have two modes, 100 miles per hour and asleep. This energy has to be directed somewhere or you will quickly end up with problems. A bored ACD will find ways to entertain himself, usually doing something you won't like, such as redecorating your house, rearranging your yard, etc. There is an old adage, “A tired Cattle Dog is a Good Cattle Dog”. Take this saying to heart.


T said...

She sure is pretty. What a terrible start at life, but I am sure she will find that perfect family.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Oh yes!

Khwite the looker!

And to think, she's reasonably near to ME here in Pawsylvania!

I didn't realise the breed write up for ACD and SH's were the same ;-)

Paws khrossed she finds the great furever home she deserves!


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We sure hope that there is a great forever home in the near future for Miss Mickey. Mom sure knows all those facts about heelers..he he
She says 90 to nothing most of the time..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

tula said...

Hi Miss Mickey- you deserve the best home filled with bones, belly rubs and sticks! good idea posting something about cattle doggies.. i know one, uhm named Norwood-- ummm he has soo much energy he gets a little berzerko:) and goofy!

big kisses,


Oh I so wish I could get her. She is so pretty and I have a feeling we'd get along. norwood


STumpy... that's not to say you are not prettier. I mean that goes without saying.. remember?

Life With Dogs said...

If I only has the space - our pack could keep any dog tired and content! :)


Hi Stumpy
It's like the tropics here today. I don't know how you handle the heat. I'm positioned in front of the fan... thinking of u.

Dog_geek said...

Poor Miss Mickey - I hope that she finds a great forever home! Mr. Geek has always wanted a cattle dog, and there have been a few in rescue that we've thought about. (Actually, now that I think about it, the two ACDs in rescue were the ones that the rescue never bothered to answer my email or phone messages.)