Rescue groups try to match the right dog with the right person or family, but it isn’t always easy. Sometimes a prospective parent chooses based solely on looks which can end in disaster. Sometimes the decision is based on size, which can also easily end in disaster if the thought is that a small dog will be less obtrusive or need less exercise. And because rescue dogs are often mixed breeds, it is not always clear just by looking at them whether they are going to have some typically herding, working or toy dog characteristics.
But Scooter clearly had some Heeler, or Australian Cattle Dog in him and Judy McCarthy, the Rescue and Adoption Coordinator for Austin Dog Alliance, knew he wasn’t going to be a dog for every family. Heelers, like most herding breeds, are high energy dogs requiring exercise, both physical and mental. Though very easy to train, they can be intense and require a dog savvy person or serious behavior problems can develop. The AKC’s Breed Photo Of The Month is an Australian Cattle Dog, by the way.
Fortunately, the knowledgable folks at Austin Dog Alliance found a perfect home for him - a dog savvy, semi-retired man with a good throwing arm. In short order Scooter mastered the Frisbee. But not satisfied with a simple catch and retrieve , he added his own little flourish and style. His signature flip is very entertaining and he is a flippin’ fool for the Frisbee!