The Fury

C-Me Fury and the Mire of Tara STDcd CD GS-O RS-E JS-E DNA-VP

“The Fury
Slash V Skipa Star, STDs x WTCH C-Me Amandas Purdy Red Murial RTDcs

DOB 29.1.2003 / ASCA #E126072
OFA AS-21383G32F-PI, CERF cleared 10/25/2005
17″, 26# – She is not a mini.

Powerful worker, courage, heart, extremely biddable, hits heads and heels, quiet, thoughtful, works wide.

After over twelve years in the breed, and waiting and researching for the right time and the right dog, the Fury fell right into my lap. I knew I wanted a red merle bitch. I knew I wanted a dog with working lines, I wanted her biddable, I wanted her positive, I wanted her energetic. When I wrote to Terry Martin of Slash V aussies with this tall order, she said I might be asking a little much – but I get what I want.

The Fury is all of these things and more. She is gentle with children, ducks, and kittens but tough on cattle, and possesses what I’d consider to be way above the norm in intelligence. Incredibly responsive and driven, if she wasn’t in my novice hands, she could have been a top agility or working dog. Though she is small, she is powerful, athletic, and lithe. When you ask her to do something, she says, “I’ll try. I’ll try real hard!”

She and I were really successful without trying to hard in agility. I’m working on her ATCh simply because I started trialing her daughter, but agility is not my big thing. Fury, however, loves it, and pretty much anything that lets her be a fast, agile, smart teammate. She is awesome at frisbee. She taught herself to slingshot outrun after learning how to do it on stock – who am I to argue? We finished up her CD (she has one leg but, as always, my handling DQ’d her – here’s a video of that run) at 13.5 years of age! I’m really proud to have qualified with her in MVA in 2007 with limited training experience. She’s just that kind of dog. If she had a more motivated handler, she could have been a finals contender in any performance event – but everyone says that, huh?

She was mostly retired from stockdog work until a year ago and has been working sheep and ducks pretty regularly.  She’s still super fun to train and learns something new every few weeks when I figure out what to teach her. Her main job is bringing in the chickens and fetching their eggs, being my running and mountain bike adventure pal, and is head snuggler at the Horowitz estate. She was my first introduction to “old school” temperament Aussie and, unfortunately, because of my lack of knowledge in the early ears I had her in how not to treat a reserved and protective dog, not a lot of people see her as she is because she is not friendly to strangers.

She’s remarkably fit and active in her old age – recently blew her knee practicing on sheep and bounced back from her surgery within a few weeks to full recovery. Most people think she’s a puppy if I don’t tell her how old she is or they look at her tennis ball mouth (aka, the teeth are worn). She has been quite a gift to me for her longevity, health, and ability and I’m glad she’s contributed to the genepool of the Aussie. Unfortunately she’s gotten a bit deaf so more competition is probably out of our abilities, but we had a good time and she’s still pushing me to entertain and train her daily.

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