Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Crew Member!

Tessa on watch!

WELCOME TESSA!!!  Our new crew member and family member!

Tessa is an Australian Cattle Dog born October 6, 2015 to a breeder in Georgia (Hired Hand Kennel).  She has been a treat to have aboard.

ACDs, or Blue Heelers, are extremely loyal, friendly and energetic.  We waited until we had quit our jobs and moved to San Diego where we knew we'd be stationary for a period of time so we could have enough time to build our new family and acclimate ourselves to boat life with Tessa.  She's been fantastic and has been on a couple of sails already and shows every sign of being an astute sailor.

Here's an overview of the breed.

The Australian Cattle Dog, also known as the Australian Heeler, Hall's Heeler, Queensland Heeler and Blue Heeler, is a courageous, tireless, robust, compact working dog. The dog is agile, well-muscled, powerful and determined .  The Australian Cattle Dog is a loyal, brave, hardworking. One of the most intelligent breeds, it is not the kind of dog to lie around the living room all day or live happily in the backyard with only a 15-minute walk. It needs much more exercise than that and something to occupy its mind daily or it will become bored. It needs action in its life and will do best with a job. This alert dog is excellent in the obedience ring and will excel in agility and herding trials. Can be obedience trained to a very high level. Firm training starting when the dog is a puppy and a lot of daily leadership, along with daily mental and physical exercise will produce a wonderful and happy pet. Protective, it makes an excellent guard dog. It is absolutely loyal and obedient to its master. It is sometimes suspicious of people and dogs it doesn’t know. Teach your Australian Cattle Dog that you are alpha and you will be rewarded.  Well balanced Cattle dogs are good and trustworthy with children. Some will nip at people's heels in an attempt to herd them; an owner needs to tell the dog this is not acceptable behavior.  Australian Cattle Dogs are very easy to train.  Problems can and WILL arise with meek owners and/or owners who do not provide the proper amount and type of exercise. This breed does best with a job to do. 

Here's a bunch of pictures from her first month on SeaGlub:

She wasn't too sure about her new life vest on Christmas, but she's grown accustomed to it on recent sails

First ride in Monica's Monte Carlo!

Favorite sleeping position

Tessa loves making friends

.....and more friends

Of she shops at West Marine - she lives on a boat!

And who doesn't love chasing around little white golf balls?

And maybe the most famous ACD, at least in Hollywood terms, "Dog"