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    I saw a dog at the dog park, that was not quite barking, but pointing to the moon and showing quite some excitement, when the moon was a pale bit in the afternoon sky.

    Has anyone else see this? I was going to get some video but dog and human left.

    I mean I have seen dogs chase aeroplanes and howl at pianos, and I know they are supposed to howl and bark at the full moon at night, but in the _daytime_?

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    Not something I've ever seen!

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    hmmm..OK.Nor I. It took me a while to work out why this dog was looking up and standing. I thought it must be a balloon or something, but the moon was all that was there.
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    I've never heard of a dog barking at the moon...
    Wolves, yeah... but dogs? never heard of it!
    I remember once i met a little kid and she tried to convince me that her dog had wolf in it cause it howled at the moon

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    HAH! You know technically she was right! .

    The really funny bit about this was that it was in the middle of the day.

    I call my Tess MadDog as well. Dodge looks a hoot. Love the second from the left, having a word at the camera!

    Koda looks like a really beautiful, sweet tempered dog. Does the Auzie Shepherd have BC in it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldNick View Post
    HAH! You know technically she was right! .

    The really funny bit about this was that it was in the middle of the day.

    I call my Tess MadDog as well. Dodge looks a hoot. Love the second from the left, having a word at the camera!

    Koda looks like a really beautiful, sweet tempered dog. Does the Auzie Shepherd have BC in it?
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    hehe, dodge is a real nutcase at times gotta love her!

    And Koda is really sweet tempered with the family he's a real sook! But he's very nervous of strangers.
    I'm not sure whether you're asking whether Koda is a cross with a BC or whether Aussies have BC somewhere in their history
    Koda is a pure Australian Shepherd
    And i'm not sure whether there is specifically Border collie in their history, but it does sound likely, along with a few other collie type dogs.

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    I think your photos capture the personality really well. Nice shots indeed.

    Yeah I was asking if there was BC ancestry in the Oz Shepherd. Looks like it.That's where the sookiness probably came from. BCs are very gentle and can be a bit timid.

    OK.Wow! I was just looking at a bit of their history. Wikipedia says they are American () in origin and DNA shows they were bred from an American wild dog.

    "However, scientific evidence has shown that the breed has lineage from American Dogs that originally came over the Bering Land Bridge."

    A bit of a look around shows that it's a bit vague.Lots of ancestry from lots of places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldNick View Post
    I think your photos capture the personality really well. Nice shots indeed.

    Yeah I was asking if there was BC ancestry in the Oz Shepherd. Looks like it.That's where the sookiness probably came from. BCs are very gentle and can be a bit timid.

    OK.Wow! I was just looking at a bit of their history. Wikipedia says they are American () in origin and DNA shows they were bred from an American wild dog.

    "However, scientific evidence has shown that the breed has lineage from American Dogs that originally came over the Bering Land Bridge."

    A bit of a look around shows that it's a bit vague.Lots of ancestry from lots of places.
    Yeah its true, they are american
    As far as i am aware, the very first "australian shepherds" were from europe. They were then taken on ships to America via Australia (so thats where the name comes from) and it was in america that they started to breed them with other dogs to eventually produce the Aussie. It really is a bit of a mystery in a way. So many different views on where they came from, one thing for sure though is that they are definitely not Australian
    I read that when they were originally developing the breed they wanted to make them exclusively merle. But they soon discovered that two merle dogs mated together produced blind and deaf pups... the deadly merle as they call it!

    BC's are gorgeous dogs, i used to own one 8 years ago.
    I definitely reckon that as far as sookyness goes, Aussies are much more sooky than BC's. They really are a one person/family dog, and are quite aloof with most other people. But with most aussies, once they warm up to a stranger its like a long lost friend

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    Thanks for that info. I had picked up some of it, but it was getting a bit "spaghetti".
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    I have met a dog like that before. She would sit and stare at ANY lights. The moon in the sky during the day. The lights in a room. Car headlights. Strips of sunlight. I believe it was mainly to do with the fact that when she was younger her owners would play with a laser pointer with her. Dogs can get OBSESSED with catching the light because they never can ... if that makes sense.

    So perhaps if you see this dog again maybe ask the owners about laser pointers.
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