The Australian shepherd is a breed of a herding dog that was developed on ranches in western North America. Despite its name, the breed, commonly known as an Aussie, did not originate in Australia and is American. They acquired their name because some of these dogs were used to herd Australian sheep. The breed rose gradually in popularity with the boom of western riding after World War I. They became known to the general public through rodeos, horse shows, and through Disney movies made for television.
For many years, Aussies have been valued by stockmen for their versatility and trainability. They have a similar look to the popular English Shepard and Border Collie breeds. While they continue to work as stockdogs and compete in herding trials, the breed has earned recognition in other roles due to their trainability and eagerness to please, and are highly regarded for their skills in obedience. Like all working breeds. It often excels at dog sports such as dog agility. They are also highly successful search and rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, guide, service, and therapy dogs.
An Australian shepherd enjoys working, whether it is learning and practicing tricks, competing in dog agility, or engaging in any physically and mentally involving activity. They are kind, loving, and devoted to those they know. They are very loyal to their owners, and are rewarding dogs if treated well. Because the breed was developed to serve on the ranch, a job which includes being protective of its property, it is inclined to bark warnings about neighborhood activity, However, it is not inclined toward obsessive barking.
The Aussie is intelligent, learns quickly, and loves to play. This means that a bored, neglected, unexercised Aussie may invent its own games, activities. Aussies also do best with plenty of human companionship: they are often called "Velcro Dogs" for their strong desire to always be near their owners and for their tendency to form intense, devoted bonds with select people.
The Australian shepherd has a reputation as a highly intelligent and versatile dog with a range of working styles. A good working Aussie is quick, thoughtful, and easy going. The ability for the breed to adapt to the situation and think for itself makes it an excellent all-around worker. For this reason the Aussie are often chosen to work unusual livestock such as ducks, geese, as well as goats and cattle.
The dogs thrive in rural, ranch like conditions. The Australian shepherd is a high-spirited dog. Teaching them tricks keeps them focused and happy, which also keeps their minds working. The breed also has great stamina and loves water sports and can live in a variety of terrain. That's why they are a popular pick.
Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act
120 Stat. 2652 Public Law 109-374--Nov.27, 2006
Public Law109-374 109th Congress.
To provide the Department of Justice the necessary authority to apprehend, prosecute, and convict individuals committing animal enterprise terror.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act."
SECTION 2. INCLUSION ECONOMIC DAMAGE TO ENTERPRISES AND THREATS OF DEATH AND SERIOUS BODILY INJURY TO ASSOCIATED PERSONS.
"(a) In General.--- Section 43 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows;
"43 FORCE, VIOLENCE, AND THREATS INVOLVING ANIMAL ENTERPRISES
"(a) OFFENSE.--- WHOEVER TRAVELS IN INTERSTATE OR FOREIGN COMMERCE, OR USES OR FOREIGN COMMERCE---
"(1) for the purpose of damaging or interfering; and
"(2) in connection with such purpose---
"(a) intentionally damages or causes the loss of any real or personal property ( including animals or records ) used by animal enterprise, or any real or personal property of a person or entity having a connection to, relationship with, or transactions with an animal enterprise;
"(B) intentionally places a person in reasonable fear of death of, or serious bodily injury to that person, a member of the immediate family ( as defined in section 115 ) of person, or spouse or intimate partner of that person by course of conduct involving threats, acts of vandalism, property damage, criminal trespass, harassment, or intimidation; or
"(C) conspires or attempts to do so;
shall be punished as provided for a violation of subsection ( b )
( 1 ) PENALTIES--- The punishment for a violate of section (a) or an attempt or conspiracy to violate subsection (a)
( 3 ) a find under this title or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both if---
"(A) the offense results in economic damage exceeding 100,000 or
"(b) the offense results in substantial bodily injury to another individual;
(4) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more then 20 years or both if---
"(A) the offence results in serious boily injury to anoher individual; or
"(B) the offence results in economic damage exceeding 1,000,000 and
"(5) imprisonment for like or any terms of years, a fine under this title or both, If the offense results in death of another individual.