We have a new addition to the family – an Australian Cattle Dog named Ryder!

Ryder smiling.

Ryder smiling.

Chase and I had been thinking about getting a dog for quite some time. After our recent black bear visitation we actively began to look for a medium-sized dog who not only would be a great companion, but also a working dog who could help guard the chickens and whose presence could deter other animals. We finally determined that the Australian Cattle Dog (ACD) or an ACD mix would really fit our lifestyle the best.

After my cat of 18 years passed away in March I knew that I could not get another feline for a while. But both Chase and I missed animal companionship, and that sent me to the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association, where I found Ryder.

Ryder at work with the guys.

Ryder at work with the guys.

He is three and a half years old and has been a wonderful dog: protective, playful, loving, active, and hilarious. We are so happy to have him in our lives and in our tiny house.


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