Job Title: Chief Adventure Dog/Chief of Snake Deterence Squad
Where Allie Came From:
Allie was adopted from the Humane Society of the White Mountains. She was brought in as a stray (ironically on the same day that we moved into our desert house.) Because of her friendly nature she was a favorite with the shelter staff. However, because she was all black, no one wanted to adopt her. She was at the shelter for three months before we adopted her.
Our old cattledog, Carpark, was dying from rectal cancer. We’d only lived in our desert house for a few weeks when we got the news. We thought the diarrhea was from the stress of moving at the age of 15. Sadly it wasn’t. I fed him hamburger and rice every day and we had him on pain pills. He loved exploring around the house and eating was still his favorite daily activity, but mainly he wanted to stay inside and sleep in the bedroom. It was so sad to see my husband’s adventure companion falling so ill. Carpark had canoed many a white-water river and run uncountable miles beside a mountain bike. But all good dogs must leave one day.
We wanted another cattledog because of their physical agility and their loyalty. However, not all are good with kids. Having a four year old and a six year old can be a challenge with some cattledogs. So we started searching and networking. A couple days after the vet helped Carpark pass in our bedroom (he died in my lap eating ice cream) we heard about a black dog that might be cattledog or kelpie. She loved kids and would likely make a great outdoor adventure dog.
Allie was so scared when the volunteer drove her to our home. And when my husband tried taking her on her first bike ride she ran away and hid under his truck. However, with lots of love, encouragement, and treats Allie turned into the best adventure dog ever. Recently she went on a 14 mile bike ride in the morning summer heat then that evening we had to search her out somewhere in the desert. Her second snake bite was, fortunately, a dry bite, so she was able to run the last 3 miles of the 10 mile event. (Her first bite was NOT a dry bite. She could barely walk. Fortunately it happened on our driveway so I had her at the vet in 20 minutes.)
Allie is the dog we would clone, if we believed in the ethics of that. She is friendly, endearing, and great on an adventure. We took her with us to Colorado and she didn’t complain once about being cooped in a car. Of course, 24 hours after her snake bite she complained about being locked in the house until her final blood tests came back. I just couldn’t get her to understand that bleeding to death was a possibility if she got hurt so soon after a snake bite.