Liddy is an Australian Cattle Dog / Australian Shepard mix. When she joined us, we were told she was two years old.
Cattle Dogs, also known as Blue Heelers, or Queensland Heelers were bred to help move the Australian cattle herds across the sub-continent. They are smart, tough and hard workers. You can find out more details at the American Kennel Club (AKC) and wikipedia
Liddy came to us in May of 2013 and quickly let us know that if we weren’t going to give her a job, she was going to make one. We found a trainer at PawsAbilities, in Fife, WA where we were educated in the ways of the Heeler, and dog training in general (its not really about training the dog.)
Liddy is registered with the AKC as Liddy II CGC. The CGC title is short for Canine Good Citizen.
Liddy is also registered with Therapy Dogs International (TDI). We enjoy visiting with kids at a number of schools in our community, and with assisted living facilities.
Dave originally hired her to walk him. She forced him to get up from behind his desk and go walk every day. Still does. Her duties have grown to include notifying him when alarms are beeping in the kitchen, or June is calling from the other side of a shop. These Signal Dog Services are growing as Liddy and Dave identify more ways she can be of assistance.
Liddy lies in the sun as it filters through the stained glass in our front door. What is it that fascinates this puppy’s mind?
Liddy pitches in and helps where she can.
End of another adventure, Liddy lies on the floor of the train as we ride home.
Liddy patiently sits while I frame a shot of Mt Shasta on a clear, cloudless morning. Not one of my better shots. I didn’t think to pop a flash to fill in her dark features against the bright background.
Kitsap County finished a major rehabilitation of the south end of Clear Creek Park in March – They closed the park for almost a year while the creek was restored from the ditch that it had become into a more natural area. We really enjoy the result and look forward to the changes that are yet to come as the restored plant life takes hold. Meanwhile, Liddy had to have a closer look at the sign.
Another North Wet Moment. Today we wandered out to Ravensdale, WA where we took a quick walk through a Natural Reserve managed by King County. Liddy enjoyed the moment.
Liddy patiently waits for me to go for our walk. Doesn’t matter that it’s raining. She just loves to explore the outdoors.
Liddy is waiting for the next train to arrive at Elbe, home of the Mt Rainier Railroad.
Liddy poses for the camera before turning to chase through the pasture behind her