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Country Dog Adapting To The City
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Country Dog Adapting to The City

Hello everyone, I am Darlene and I have been a dog owner for the last six years. I know, for some people that does seem like a short time. But to be honest, I use to be a cat person.

My first experience as a dog owner did not have a happy ending because I did not know how to properly care for her, and unfortunately, had to give her up. It was a hard decision but I think it was the best for the both of us.

After this bad experience, I started researching, talking with vets, and decided to give it another try. I then researched on the breed I wanted and found a home in the local area that was selling puppies of this breed. I went over to look at them and instantly fell in love with my Luna. It has been a bit rough, but we are virtually inseparable. And now I couldn’t imagine my life with out her. But after a couple years, I had to make a life altering decision. We needed to move and I found an affordable place in the city. My vet told me I was crazy for moving to the city with my (now 5 year old) Australian Cattle Dog, Luna. She told me the dog would be depressed, develop behavior issues, and gain weight from not being able to have "proper exercise", because I didn't socialize her (because I wanted a guard dog) I can't take her on walks. But I couldn't image living without her a gave it a try. And guess what.....I proved my vet WRONG!!

Luna has adapted beautifully to the city. The only major issue I have with her is she chases the neighbors cat off the porch. But even with that, since I own a cat also, I didn't think she would hurt it. She wants to play with it. And once in a while she scares the mail lady when she hears the mailbox open.

As far as exercise, she gets plenty. We play keep away, she runs up and down the stairs, she runs circles around the table, and she has NEVER destroyed or chewed up anything, unless it was given to her to do so. She also goes on brief treks out to the back yard to sniff around and relieve herself, and again to chase away the neighbors cat. She is not very overweight either, maybe only a couple pounds.

So you see, when someone tells me that I am making the wrong decision, and I know I'm not, I will prove them wrong every time.


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