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Aussie Screen Gems

September 21, 2012

In the 1950’s through the 1970’s, Jay Sisler’s Aussies performed amazing feats and

were stars of  both the big and little screens. Today, we can see them on YouTube!

Cookie & Bear-Bear are ready to watch “Stubs”!

Jay Sisler was a rodeo star, animal trainer, and owner of two Aussie celebrity dogs, Stub and Shorty, as well as the popular Queen, and several others.  His popular dogs starred in The Disney movie  “Stub: The Best Cowdog in the West” (1973) and appeared in “Cow Dog” (1956) and Run, Appaloosa, Run (1967). 

If you visit YouTube and search for “Jay Sisler” several reels of vintage Aussie home movies will list, including “Jay Sisler Home Movies Part 1 & Part 2” and “Jay Sisler and his Aussies.”  Take five minutes to take a look – they are priceless!  You will be amazed as you watch these performing pooches jump rope (one turns the handle too!), walk upright, twirl, dance, stand on their heads, walk on their front legs, balance and stand on a bar, leapfrog over one another, ride a see-saw, jump through hoops, and of course, herd a myriad of animals.

Cookie has put “Stub” in our family’s Netflix cue, and looks forward to watching and giving you her review!

Warm & Fuzzy’s, Diana

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Why we got an Aussie…

June 2, 2012

It all began at the Westminster Dog Show earlier this year. 

Atticus meets his first Aussie at the Westminster Dog Show

I attended the show with my husband Brian and son Atticus.  Prior to the main judging events in the arena (which are televised each year) there was a Bench Show, where attendees have the opportunity to meet the many, many dogs attending the show and to chat with their breeders.  Atticus and I had the chance to spend some time at the Bench Show.  By the time we got there it was around dinnertime, and a lot of the dogs were asleep in their crates – they had been at the show since early that morning.  We were wandering around, thoroughly enjoying ourselves, when we encountered this magical creature pictured above.  He was absolutely beautiful as you can see, and was showing no signs whatsoever of fatigue unlike most of his canine colleagues around him.  In fact, he was happily posing for pictures with various groups of children waiting for their turn with him.  I watched as he positioned his head just so in between the faces of two kids while their Mom snapped a picture.  This dog was a star, with the most incredible blue “ghost” eyes.  He was also incredibly sweet to Atticus when he approached him, despite his very long day.  I fell in love on the spot.  I turned to the breeder and said to her “This is one special dog!”  She in turn nodded, grinned and replied that he certainly was.  I asked her for the name of the breed – it was quite noisy and I half heard her, so I left the show thinking the dog we met was an Australian Cattle Dog.  But after some further research I figured out it was an Australian Shepherd Dog that had made such a strong impression upon me.  I just couldn’t get that dog out of my head.   That fateful encounter is what started our quest to find just the right family dog for us – and ultimately led us to Cookie.  Warm & Fuzzys & have a great weekend, Diana