Amber of Stoughton had been looking for an Australian Shepherd and had an instant connection when she saw Mia’s picture on the breeder’s website. Mia is a red tri (like her mom) and Amber relates that she “was the ‘calm one,’ who would watch and then participate with her brothers and sisters.” The connection became even stronger when Amber discovered that Mia was born on the same date as her cousin. The cousin was like a brother to Amber and lost his life on his 24th birthday. Since Amber’s horse died the day before picking up Mia from the breeder, the puppy became her own therapy dog right away.
Amber and Mia hope to work with children in some capacity as a therapy dog team.
In addition to Mia’s therapy dog skills, she is a champion dock jumper, acts as team mascot at softball games, plays fetch, and enjoys “just swimming around.”
Thinking Mia needed a friend Nellie, an Australian Cattle Dog/Border Collie mix was added to the family. Amber said that Nellie is the one that played the most with Mia at Lucky Mutts Rescue, so that clinched that deal. Nellie is 2 years old now and Mia is 3-1/2 years old.