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EDITED:HE'S HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
He's amazing! He cried for the first 10 - 20 minutes, then settled in. He slept most of the way as you'll see in the pix! He also chewed on some toys. He didn't pee in his crate, but once he started going in circles and crying, then pooped - I swear he was telling me to pull over!<br><br>
He ran right up to the kids and started wagging his tail and weaving between their legs. He's a real 'velcro dog' just like I read ACDs could be - he's stuck to my leg all the time so far!<br><br>
I learned that he stayed in the breeder's bedroom for the first four days, she tube fed him because he was the runt and couldn't get to the teat himself. Then he rallied and has been a voracious nurser/eater. He's definitely a squirt compared to his litter mates but has a great attitude and is so spunky!<br><br>
Okay, I'll hush now! Here is the real reason you're looking at this post:<br><br><a href="http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AZOWrFo1ZOGgJ&notag=1" target="_blank">Pictures of Thorn - Home At Last!</a><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">Do I have everything???<br>
Here's what I've got:<br>
Canidae All Life Stages food, food bowls<br>
Crate w/bed and attached water bowl<br>
kong toys<br>
Innova biscuits<br>
nylabone (but I'd like an alternative if anyone has any ideas)<br>
Small and large collars, leads<br>
ID tag<br>
Vet appointment set up for Monday (must have within 5 days of pickup for health guarantee to be valid)<br>
various sturdy toys<br><br><br>
If there is anything you think I need let me know!<br><br>
What should I take with me when I go to pick him up?</span><br><br><br>
I'm so excited, I have to share this with somebody! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">:<br><br>
I'm driving 10 hours in one day to pick Thorn up from the breeder next Saturday, and the breeder just sent this photo:<br><a href="http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AZOWrFo1ZOGfb&notag=1" target="_blank">Thorn on May 28th</a>.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb">
 

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oh my goodness, he is cute as can be!
 

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Oh my! He is totally adorable! He does look like he's no stranger to trouble though...lol
 

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Oh. My.<br>
Now I have seen some CUTE dogs, but ohmahgawd! That pup is CUTE! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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He is crazy cute! Saturday--so exciting! Bet you can't believe it's finally almost time to get him!
 

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He's SO CUTE! I'm amazed to see the changes in his coloring as he's gotten older. I had no idea that the blue's started out white?! Do all ACD's start out white?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
Yes, all ACDs are born white - they do have their dark patches already in place, though; their fur changes to blue or red by around 6 weeks.<br><br>
One of the forebears of the ACD was the Dalmation - that's presumably where this trait orignates!
 

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Yes, all ACDs are born white - they do have their dark patches already in place, though; their fur changes to blue or red by around 6 weeks.<br><br>
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COOL! I learned something new today, thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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LOL! My thoughts exactly! He is too adorable though. I can smell the puppy breath from here.<br><br>
Enlighten me though... what is an ACD?
 

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Australian Cattle Dog <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Oooooooh! I have never seen one of those!
 

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FYI - <span style="font-size:xx-small;">aren't I a wealth of useless knowledge today?</span> - the Dalmation was added to make the ACD more friendly to horses, and less likely to nip at them or attempt to herd them! Bull Terriers and Highland sheepdogs (an old style apparently no longer around?) also contributed their fair share - but by far, the most dominant predecessor was the <a href="http://www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au/Animals--Plants/Australia/Australian-Bushwalk/Dingo/" target="_blank">Dingo</a>!<br><br>
Many other breeds played a small role in ACD development, as well as specific dogs, like one who was reknowned for his herding ability - he was "Bentley's dog" and the white mark down the center of most ACD's forehead is called a "Bentley mark." Apparently everyone with a female ACD bred his bitch to this dog! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Another cool fact about ACDs is that the oldest dog was an ACD - I think he lived to be 30, and was still working at 27. This was one reason why I chose this breed - longevity and good general health. It's also why I chose a breeder who tests for genetic diseases and hip displasia!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> is that enough outta me??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><br><i>If anyone knows anything about the old style Highland shepherds, they were merle I think? please, enlighten me!!!</i>
 

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Very cute! Congrats!!!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> Hiredhand Thorn Tree <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat">
 

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Oh my, what a cutie! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I hope he's just as sweet in person as he is cute in pictures <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> .
 

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Do I have everything???<br>
Here's what I've got:<br>
Canidae All Life Stages food, food bowls<br>
Crate w/bed and attached water bowl<br>
kong toys<br>
Innova biscuits<br>
nylabone (but I'd like an alternative if anyone has any ideas)<br>
Small and large collars, leads<br>
ID tag<br>
Vet appointment set up for Monday (must have within 5 days of pickup for health guarantee to be valid)<br>
various sturdy toys<br><br><br>
If there is anything you think I need let me know!<br><br>
What should I take with me when I go to pick him up?
 
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