|hi, i have a three-year-old blue heeler that i got from an ad in the newspaper that said "free to good home" neutered male blue heeler. he had been living in a garage, if you can imagine this great ball of energy living in a garage! his owner, who had him since a pup, moved to a house where he could not keep Max inside, so he put him in the garage. he was there for about six months by the time we rescued him. poor darling. well i had read a little about the breed when i saw the ad in the paper, before i went to get him. i decided if he did not seem aggressive in any way, i would go ahead and get him. a previous person had taken him and then brought him back after two days. not a good recommendation. said it was because he knocked their small children down, which i have no doubt was absolutely true. when we went to rescue Max, his whole body was wagging with happiness and excitement, so we took him. Max is a wild man! my gosh. he is also the most loyal and protective dog i have ever met. all he wants to do is make me happy. he's my baby. i will admit, that even after six months, he's still somewhat of a nightmare, but because of his incredible love for me, i can't tell you how much i adore him. he has every trait listed on this page and more. he's a very naughty boy at times, but i realize he can't help it. he really needs something to do most of the time. and i comply! i work at home, so he almost never has long periods where he is alone. when i have had to leave him alone for a few hours, he has not destroyed anything. Max is incredibly smart and he listens pretty well to me. he seldom chews on anything except his toys, although that was not the case when we first brought him home. he still nips and bites heels and hands, but he's much better than he was. also has a problem jumping up on people when they first arrive, also doing better in that regard. all in all, he has calmed down considerably after only six months, and i know he is on the way to being the best dog i've ever had. i've become a bit obsessed with the breed and read everything i can find on them. i post his pics on websites. i'm really addicted to ACDs. we live in the city and have a fenced yard, but when Max is in the yard, he just wants to lay by the gate until he gets to get out (unless i'm in the yard with him). he would much rather just be by my side doing whatever i am doing. he's my angel. i seldom walk him on a leash, as he just wants to run and i don't run that fast! so i take him to the dog park at least once a day, sometimes more. sometimes we stay a couple of hours and sometimes only 30 minutes. in addition, there is a park one block from here and i take him there at least once, usually twice a day, and just let him go (when no one else is in the park). sometimes we walk up there after dark and i just let him run. Max loves chasing bunnies, squirrels, cars (yikes!), and anything that moves. he absolutely adores water and i cannot wait to get him to the lake this summer. there is a stream at our dog park and Max likes to swim to the deepest part and just basks in the water. he truly loves it. i am going to set up a pool in the backyard for him this summer also. he doesn't seem too crazy about other dogs, at least not ones that jump circles around him. they annoy him. it's so funny to me that the world's most annoying dog (Max) is annoyed by other obnoxious dogs. i guess he's enough for himself! anyway, he has displayed all of the problems on this page, and more, but by making him a priority and giving him as much time as i can, and tons of exercise, and tons of LOVE, he has made great strides. did i mention that i take him everywhere with me? well everywhere i can. Max is my boy, and since my daughter is 19 now and son is 15, Max has become my child :). good luck to all people with heelers. they are the best, most loyal breed, and worth every effort. i understand that some people feel they should only be used for what they were originally bred, well what i have to tell those people is... if you have a cattle ranch and acres upon acres, perhaps you should rescue some cattle dogs. there are hundreds across the country being put down because there are not enough people who want these dogs. i say, if there are city people or even apartment dwellers who can rescue a dog, and give it proper care, including exercise, then do it!! and the naysayers be darned! also want to say, i would never buy a dog from a breeder, but will always rescue. there's just too many good dogs out there, desperate for a loving home. G'day mates!