Terra the Australian Shepherd

Totally Terra

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Breed: Australian Shepherd

Age: 9 years

Color: Tri-Split face Blue Merle

Name Meaning: Earth

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Birthday: March 29th, 2011

Color: Tri Split face Blue Merle

Name Meaning: “Earth” in Latin; named after the Teen Titans character Terra

Nicknames: Tiara, Tiramisu, Ter, Taro, TaroBean

Favorite Toys: Stuffed toys, Tug Ropes, Frisbees, Balloons

Favorite Foods: Sojos Simply Lamb Treats, Rawhides, RedBarn canned food, Bully Sticks, Nylabone Healthy Edibles, Cow Hooves

Favorite Activities: Learning Tricks, Agility, Chase, Tug, Keep-a-way, herding, running, biking

Dislikes: Water being sprayed at her face (Terra does not like hose-chasing!)

Titles:

NTD (Novice Trick Dog)
ITD (Intermediate Trick Dog)
CGC (Canine Good Citizen)

Publications:

  • 2013 Online Gallery of the Bark-Smiling Dogs
  • 2015 Fido Friendly Magazine’s TongueOut Calendar Cover

Achievements:

Background:

Terra joined our family as a puppy around 8 weeks old. She came from JailHouse Aussies. Her Dam was Scarlet and her Sire was Justin.

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Terra and her littermates-she’s the second pup from the left
My brother wanted a dog and liked the look of the Australian Shepherd. We met the breeder in Tombstone to meet the pups. She was slated as “Pet Quality,” but came from working lines. There were two girls left-one named Tara and the other named Bella. My brother chose the one named Tara. He named her Ash, because she became part of our family during the Monument Fire. We had had to evacuate our house and he said her coat color looked like ashes.
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I got to interact with Ash a little bit as a puppy, but then only saw her every four or five months since Bella and I had to go back to Flagstaff for school. She was quite the energetic puppy with flashing sharp teeth!

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One of the handful of puppy pictures I took of Ash
Without interaction from her person or much training, my grandma relegated her to an outside dog-she put a blanket outside for Ash to sleep on. If it was too cold then she slept in a crate by herself in the playroom.

With little interaction, rules, and direction, this super cute little ball of fuzz became quite the out of control terror.
She destroyed and chewed many things out of boredom and lack of exercise, stole food from people’s plates in their hands, snatched food off the counters, harassed and chased our cats, treated people like play toys (she would run by and jump up and hard nip the person as she went by-playfully in her mind), had extreme resource guarding (guarding a person’s plate from dogs sitting next to her, or food even behind closed doors and from the other side of a large room), she did not respect other dogs’ signals and any correction from another dog could escalate into a fight from her end, and she wasn’t potty trained (as soon as she would come in the house, she would pee on the carpets). She chased, killed, and ingested small animals-lizards and birds. She didn’t know her given name “Ash;” she thought her name was a kissy-noise and only responded to that.
Her hair had never been groomed and was severely matted behind the ears. The first time I brushed her I almost resorted to cutting off the matted ear hair, though managed to brush it out without doing so.
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The next time I saw Ash full grown

Almost at her wit’s end and having suffered multiple bruises from the pup’s inappropriate behavior, my grandma was going to re-home Ash and find a ranch for her to live on. My brother said he wanted her, although he couldn’t take her to college with him since he would be living on campus-I said I’d take her until after he graduated. So she came to Flagstaff with Bella and me in the Fall of 2012.

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Terra and Bella with our wonderful first foster girl Annie

She joined Bella and me on our adventures-from camping to walks in the forest to Yappy Hours and fostering. She joined us in learning tricks, our photo taking, studio training, practicing Agility with a local club, and a little Frisbee.

Training was intermittent-especially after Kronos joined the family in the Winter of that same year Terra came up to Flagstaff with Bella and me. And yet Terra has come so far. She has had her first professional photo shoot and traveled across the country with me for BlogPaws in Tennessee. She’s achieved her Canine Good Citizen and Advanced Trick Dog Titles. She’s attended Kyra Sundance’s Do More With Your Dog Trick Training Workshop and loves working for food-she is extremely food driven and will work with anyone who has food.

Terra is a sassy, high prey drive, high energy, bossy, independent girl although she loves giving people kisses.

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A few extra puppy pictures from my brother:
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