Today, I decided to start sharing my life as a dog online. I'm a 6-year-old McNab. If you haven't heard of McNabs before, it's a relatively new breed. A little more than 100 years ago, John McNab crossed Queensland Healers with Border Collies. He wanted dogs that were better suited to herding cows and horses in the California foothills. So, like my ancestors, I have shorter hair. And, I herd by jumping up and nipping a cow's nose rather than nipping at its heels. That's how I get the cow moving without getting myself kicked.
My people named me Ripley, after Sigourney Weaver in Alien. At the time, they didn't know that I was a shy dog, with nowhere near the level of courage the real Ripley had. They love me anyway and I've overcome a lot of my early puppyhood fears.
As it is with dogs, I don't care much about looks. But, I'm told my long fluffy tail is one of my best features. It's also been said I have a very long tongue that offsets my tail. Who knows?
I've got a lot of stories to tell but those will have to come later. Right now, it's time to patrol the neighborhood and keep the streets safe on my daily walk.