It's Time I Told You About Tessa

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Real Estate Sales Representative with RE/MAXCamosun (Chatterton)

Four years ago my wife said, "Our kids are all grown up and gone from the nest. We should get a puppy." I was not very enthusiastic because I was busy with a career in Real Estate and knew how much work a dog can be. Undaunted, my wife said that she would do most of the care for the animal. I knew that she meant what she said. I began to soften.

One day our daughter called and got my wife on the phone. She said, "Mom, you have to see the picture of a little Australian Shepherd puppy on the BuySell.com website. This is what my wfe saw.....

image of puppy  image of puppy

 

Well, who could resist such a cute pet? It turns out that several people were after this little female ball of fur. My wife, being very skillful at making her point, managed to sway the breeder our way. Next thing I knew we were boarding a ferry early one morning, leaving Vancouver Island and heading for the mainland of British Columbia to pick up the pup. When we arrived at the breeder's, the puppy was all over us. Her official purebred name was Cloe.

I was given the honor of renaming her, and there was only one name for such a dog. I had always liked the name Tessa. It just seemed fitting for this dog.

We have found that she has a healthy respect for other dogs, sizing them up quickly, playing with them if they reciprocate in play, but leaving them alone if they are too aggressive with her. Tessa, being a herding dog, demonstrates, at times, her 'alpha' side and does a little playful 'herding'.

image of Tessa

Tessa needs a lot of exercise, so she gets two walks on most days. Her favorite activity is going for runs at the beach or in the woods and running after things:  sticks, balls, and on occasion, squirrels and jack rabbits when whe sees them in the woods. She's never caught one. They are too fast for her, and of course, they can go to places where she cannot. Above is a picture of her playing--stick in mouth--at her favorite place, the beach.

We have had several dogs in our lifetime, but Tessa is the champion of them all when it comes to being just a fun companion. They say that if you have a 50 acre farm and let an Australian Shepherd out on the farm, it will be only a few minutes before the dog will be at the back door wanting to come in and mix with the people. She certainly craves our company. And we crave hers! She's just a lot of fun. Oh, and by the way, you may have noticed, Aussies have no tails.

If you are looking for an attractive, active, highly intelligent canine companion, consider an Australian Shepherd.

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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
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Ted, what cute puppy photos! Tessa is beautiful, you're daughter has a good eye! That's really different about the tail, does her whole hind end wiggle when she's happy?

Mar 12, 2011 05:41 PM #1
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Jon Quist
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Australian Shepherds do prefer to be with their people. They often suffer separation anxiety if left alone. They are happy playing along with their person(s).

Mar 12, 2011 05:53 PM #2
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Ted Tyrrell
RE/MAXCamosun (Chatterton) - Victoria, BC
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Peg, yes, watching her 'wag her tail' is hilarious.

Right on, Jon.

Mar 12, 2011 05:56 PM #3
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Doug Bullwinkel
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Great story.  Thanks for sharing with us.  Beautiful dog.  Aren't you glad you listened to your wife?

Mar 12, 2011 07:28 PM #4
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Dan Edward Phillips
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Hi Ted, great photos and excellent recommendation for a great canine.

Mar 12, 2011 09:59 PM #5
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Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
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Ted, I was wondering about the story of your pup!  She's beauty, and knowing the breed, great personality.  But exercise is key! 

Mar 12, 2011 10:13 PM #6
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Joshua Zargari
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That is a great looking dog...Going on long vacation could be a problem...Unless a family member can watch...

Best of lucks to you!

Mar 12, 2011 11:48 PM #7
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Michele Myers
Prudential Homesale Services Group - Harrisburg, PA
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Great story from a person who truely loves animals.  I am an animal lover, and find it hard to turn away from any of them.  Enjoy your dog!

Mar 13, 2011 01:56 AM #8
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Susan Emo
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And we have another ball of fluff we named Sheila - she is now 8 years old.  The nickname for Aussies is "wiggle butt" .  We also have a rescued Aussie named Kylie

Mar 13, 2011 03:13 PM #9
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Susan Emo
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Ted -  your Tessa is absolutely gorgeous as I've mentioned before.  I wish we didn't live on opposite sides of the country because I think they would be great friends.

Mar 13, 2011 03:15 PM #10
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Hi Ted,

What a cutie!  Dogs really make a house a home.  Thanks for sharing Tessa with us.

Lisa

Mar 14, 2011 02:42 AM #11
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Debra Harbaruk
Re/Max City Realty, Commercial Dr Condos - Vancouver, BC
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Tessa sounds great! Sounds like shes doing a good job of keeping you in shape! Wishing you many more happy walks!

Mar 14, 2011 08:29 AM #12
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Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
Valley Mortgage Grou, Conventional, FHA, VA, mortgages

That's great Ted!  She's beautiful!   We have an aussie too.  And @Susan....we DO call our Rodney WIGGLE BUTT!  lol   I wasn't aware that was an official nick name! 

Mar 14, 2011 10:51 AM #13
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Susan Emo
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Karen -  your Rodney is quite the cutie!!!   I read about them being called "Wiggle Butt" in the Aussie handbook I read prior to getting our Sheila.  I have never met an Aussie who isn't a comical, lovable little monster!

Mar 14, 2011 11:39 AM #14
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Karen Burket
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Yes, Susan...our Rodney is the most loveable trouble maker out there!  I'll have to repost the story of "how he came to us" one day.

Best~
Karen 

Mar 14, 2011 03:07 PM #15
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Karen Burket
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Susan...your Sheila is an absolute cutie patootie!  How could anyone not resist that face? Love it! 

Mar 14, 2011 03:09 PM #16
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Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
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Ted,  Your Tessa was an adorable puppy and a beautiful dog now.  Australian Shepherds have the most amazing eyes.   It's unbelievable how attached you become to them, isn't it?

Mar 17, 2011 03:43 PM #17
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