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Mia the Australian Shepherd ~ Project Dogalogue

Dog: Mia
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Age: 4 years
Human: Ayla
Her Motto in Life: Love the humans, eat the snacks, wiggle the butt.

Blue Merle Australian Shepherd Mia was photographed by dog photographer Kerry Martin for Project Dogalogue.

Describe Mia’s breed paw-sonality? What makes her so special?

Aussie’s are definitely known for their ‘wiggle butts’ and excitable personality. Mia’s bum will often overtake her head when she’s excited and she ends up whacking herself in the face with her own tail.

Mia is definitely one for the people, she loves nothing more than being with her humans and doing whatever she can to hear us say “good girl”. She’s a testament to the loyalty of the breed.

Australian Shepherd Mia is photographed with her people on a silvertone background in the Puppy Tales studio for Project Dogalogue.

Is this the first time you’ve had an Australian Shepherd or do you have a longer history with the breed?

Mia is our first Australian Shepherd. I wanted a Cavoodle and my partner wanted a German Shepherd. Somehow the Australian Shepherd became our breed of choice, and we fell in love with Mia as soon as we saw her.

What’s life like with an Australian Shepherd?

Life with Mia is never boring, she will wake you up with kisses and a squeaky ball of a morning. She’s super excited when she realises her humans aren’t going to work and will snuggle into bed with you.

Mia will play all day every day and she definitely keeps us on our toes. She’s definitely smarter than us at times. Mia will greet you at the door when you arrive home with a big hello and a toy in her mouth! She’s a sucker for a snack; you can’t get away with eating food without sharing with her.

Australian Shepherd Mia posing on a grey background for her studio pet photography session for Project Dogalogue.

What was different from your expectations of an Australian Shepherd, once you had Mia?

We didn’t really have any expectations. Not having an Aussie before, we went into the adventure with an open mind. We thought she would be similar to a Border Collie but she is definitely a breed of her own.

Is Mia like most other Australian Shepherds or does she have some unique traits?

Mia’s definitely got her own quirks, but she does live up to the ‘wiggle butt’ name.

Australian Shepherd Mia was photographed waving in her photo shoot for Project Dogalogue.

What do you love most about being a pet parent to an Australian Shepherd?

No matter what we give to Mia, whether it’s our time, treats or toys, she just gives it back 110% with snuggles, loyalty, obedience and laughs. Life is never boring with Mia, you can’t be sad when she’s around.

What’s not so paw-fect about an Australian Shepherd?

ALL OF THE HAIR!!! We knew we were getting a dog that would shed, but we weren’t aware of just how much she would shed. We feel like we go through a lint roller each week. We tell our guests that she emits ‘fibres of love’!

Australian Shepherd Mia and her people were photographed by dog photographer Kerry Martin for Project Dogalogue. Here they are wearing matching colourful socks - including some for Mia the dog!

What things should others be aware of before getting an Australian Shepherd?

They need lots of love and attention, they want nothing more than to please you and they feed off your praise. They need lots of activity, especially if you value your furniture and don’t want it getting chewed!

What’s your first memory of Mia and how did you feel?

I picked Mia up from the airport in Darwin on a Friday afternoon and took her home. My partner had a work function that night and wasn’t home so I got to spend the first afternoon with her all to myself and was so smitten with this fluffy little puppy that followed me around the house all afternoon. For my partner, his first memory is being woken up the next morning to a puppy licking his face. He still says it’s the best hangover cure!

Australian Shepherd Mia was photographed in the Puppy Tales Studio in Melbourne by dog photographer Kerry Martin. Here she is eating her favourite special treat McDonald chicken nuggets!

Are there any events, communities or groups that are especially wonderful for Australian Shepherds?

We participated in Obedience training when we were living in Albury/Wodonga. The Kennel Club there provided great training and resources to help Mia and I work together as a team.

Australian Shepherd Mia posing on a grey background for her studio pet photography session for Project Dogalogue. If you have a dog you should register them for this project too!

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Kerry is 'Top Dog' here at Puppy Tales. With her own adored dogs, she completely gets that your four legged furry buddy is absolutely part of the family. That they sleep on the bed, that you want to take them everywhere, that you plan holidays so they’re included & that their presence makes your life incredible.

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