My Best Friend; GoGo Yubari the Australian Shepherd

GoGo Yubari The Australian Shepherd

I found my best friend!

Meet my best friend, GoGo Yubari, the blue eye, blue merle, standard, Australian Shepherd. She was a Christmas gift to me two years ago and is the best gift I've ever received! She's appears to be just a little smaller than your standard Australian Shepherd. She stands approximately 18 inches at the withers and weighs in around 45lbs. I don't keep up with exact measurements as she is not a show dog. She's only here to be my buddy. And for those wondering yes, she is fixed!

This is the GREATEST dog ever! She will be turning two years old this November 2011. It is amazing how in tune she is with me at such a young age. I love this dog! She loves everyone we love. She gets along with all dogs of all ages and sizes. She even gets along with my cats! GoGo and one of my cats have a strange way of playing. Usually, my female cat, Gia starts with her and grabs GoGo's feet from under the bed and hides behind the bed skirt. It's hilarious! [But after a few minutes can get quite annoying]

The reason why I wrote this particular hub is because I wanted to show everyone how much aussie's change as they grow. When I was researching the breed I only found one webpage that showed a time line of Australian Shepherds growing during the first year. As you see GoGo's colors changed so much as she grew. She had more merle color on her when she first came home and has darkened over time. Her eye was always blue but lightened up to the icy blue color it is today. The other eye was green and eventually changed to an amber brown color. I love that she doesn't have perfect 'show' markings. She is beautiful! I plan to get another one in a few years and will again go for the one no one wants so I can have another perfect pooch!

Hope you all enjoy the photos!

Baby GoGo! I swear she looked like a little bear cub for the first couple of months.

5 weeks. She is the bottom middle with the big black spot on her back.
5 weeks. She is the bottom middle with the big black spot on her back.
6 weeks & coming home for the first time
6 weeks & coming home for the first time
7 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
8 weeks
GoGo and Mookie. Mookie is a 16lb Lhasa Apso to give you an idea of her size at this time.
GoGo and Mookie. Mookie is a 16lb Lhasa Apso to give you an idea of her size at this time.
9 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks and goofy as ever
10 weeks and goofy as ever
11 weeks
11 weeks
11 weeks giving her Gia kisses
11 weeks giving her Gia kisses

If you ever think about getting one...

Aussie's are a brilliant breed, very sweet, loyal, and can be the best companion in the world at its best. But a neglected or bored Australian Shepherd could be a disaster. I would strongly recommend you research the breed. I researched for over a year and worked with dogs for a year before I acquired mine. I also researched a lot of breeders and spoke with them as well. Sometimes breeders can be misleading in their ads as well as over the phone. Do your research!! I cannot stress that enough there are so many abusive breeders out there it is ridiculous. Not to mention some of the prices these people try to charge. While I was looking I could not believe some of the prices these people were charge. There were aussie's for sale in the $2000's! A lot of breeders will boast they only have one litter a year but the internet shows otherwise. Some of the nicest and honest sounding people had multiple ads throughout the year with a new litter each time. Breeding should not be a business!!

Remember: RESEARCH! RESEARCH! RESEARCH!



Growing Growing Growing!

12 weeks and first time in the snow. She was eating it.
12 weeks and first time in the snow. She was eating it.
12 weeks close up. Her blue eye is completely changed to the icy color her other eye is still changing at this time. I think it was around 4-6 months before the eye stayed the amber brown color.
12 weeks close up. Her blue eye is completely changed to the icy color her other eye is still changing at this time. I think it was around 4-6 months before the eye stayed the amber brown color.
3 months GoGo & Mookie are the same size now.
3 months GoGo & Mookie are the same size now.
4 months and becoming a Frisbee dog!
4 months and becoming a Frisbee dog!
4 months GoGo with her best friend, me.
4 months GoGo with her best friend, me.
5 months and starting to get bold
5 months and starting to get bold
6 months
6 months
7 months
7 months
9 months and waving Hi!
9 months and waving Hi!
10 months
10 months

Wondering about her name?

Sometimes when people ask me what my dog's name is I tell them, "GoGo Yubari." Some respond with, "Wow! That awesome or cool." Others look at me cross-eyed and are like, "Where or How did you come up with that?"

For those of you who already know I applaud you for being Quentin Tarantino fans. Her name come's from Mr. Tarantino's, "Kill Bill Volume 1." GoGo Yubari is basically O-Ren Ishii's body guard. Even though O-Ren Ishii was a villain or bad guy in this movie I still liked how she kicked ass. GoGo Yubari was pretty bad ass in the movie wearing her school girl outfit and looking innocent. GoGo Yubari was the youngest of O-Ren's associates and an awesomely skilled fighter for her age. She was one of my favorite characters in the movie. My pooch, GoGo is the youngest in our household and acts as my 'body guard.' GoGo has lived up to her namesake. By that I mean she is so cute and innocent acting and is very sweet! But, if you try to do something to any of us she will back you up and put you in your place really quick!

They say patience is a virtue...

Well they were right!

We humans want instant results ALL of the time. We have become spoiled with all the technology these days that we expect everything to be instant. Humans need to get back to practicing patience and learning over time. A dog is not a computer! You can not insert a training chip in it and expect it to be the perfect dog. If you don't have patience or time don't get a dog.

There were a lot of bumpy roads with GoGo. There were many a sleepless night when she first came home.[no exaggeration, puppies are just like newborns!] There were many no's, aahh's, uh-uh's, stop, down, and offs before we got where we are today. If you want a perfect pooch you have to put in the effort!


GoGo turns 1

Happy 1st Birthday to GoGo Yubari!
Happy 1st Birthday to GoGo Yubari!
1 year
1 year

Happy First Birthday to GoGo

GoGo turned one year old on November 18, 2011. She shares the same birthday as my youngest son. I couldn't take away from his birthday but following his cake and happy birthday song I had to do something for her. So I bought an old fashion cake doughnut and put a tablespoon of peanut butter in the center to hold the candle and sang to her too. I'm pretty sure I'll do the same this year on her birthday. She loved it!

1 year+ Pics over 2011

Frisbee time!
Frisbee time!
Snow time!
Snow time!
Dogloo
Dogloo
I got spayed.. Not a happy camper!
I got spayed.. Not a happy camper!
GoGo loves the water. She especially likes when we do long trails that involve crossing little streams like this one.
GoGo loves the water. She especially likes when we do long trails that involve crossing little streams like this one.
Wet happy doggie!
Wet happy doggie!

Hope everyone has enjoyed the pictures!

Thanks everyone for taking the time to view my pictures of my favorite pooch!

Feel free to leave comments or stories about your favorite Australian friend. I love to hear about other Australian Shepherds and their crazy antics.

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S G Hupp 5 years ago from United States

Loved the photos! We have two Aussies and there is just really nothing like them. I've had many different breeds of dogs in my life and without a doubt, the Aussies are the most intelligent, trainable, interactive, all around best family dog ever. I agree that people need to do their research though--not only about the breed itself but about the breeder as well if they're getting a puppy.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

She is so cute. Enjoyed reading about your dog. I love dogs. I have never thought of looking into this breed. Good hub


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

Thank you for the comments! I love dogs too! This is my favorite breed of them all!


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Hui (蕙) 5 years ago

What a great gift!


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vicki goodwin 5 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

I love her name and I love her breed. My two Aussies are so intelligent and so lovable. Beau is a black tri and Arrow is a red Tri. I love Gog Yubari's eyes, The blue is such a unique color. Thank you for sharing this information and especially the pictures. This breed is so amazing they really deserve the praise they receive. I really enjoyed all the pictures, but maybe my favorite is her sitting in the ice cave. It was beautiful!


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

Thanks for reading my hub! I saw your aussie's too they are beautiful!


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Wow! Great pictures of your sweet friend. Glad to have read all your wonderful experiences. You re awesome!


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

Thank you for reading my story ubanichijioke! Glad you enjoy the photos as well! She is my bestie! I love sharing her with the world.


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weestro 5 years ago from Virginia

Wow, great hub with great pics, I especially like the last one! Voted Up across the board!


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

Thanks, weestro! I am glad you enjoyed reading about my bestie. She's wonderful. I really appreciate you taking the time and voting! Thanks again!


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I can tell you really love your dog! Gos bless you! Love the photo's. Voted-Up! Stay intouch...


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

Yes, yes I do! She's like my daughter. My boys are teens and never home much anymore. They have school activities and their friends. She kind of fills that void for me. She's my remedy when I feel down or am mad. She calms me and knows how to get me back in my happy spirits.

Thanks for reading drpastorcarlotta!


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Shawn Scarborough 5 years ago from The Lone Star State

I really enjoyed reading this hub. Some great photos too.


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Brett Winn 5 years ago from US

It's always nice to meet another Aussie lover! I especially like the last photo ... that is personality galore!


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

Yes, it is Brett. My GoGo is FULL of personality. I swear she thinks she's a human, and I'm sure you can relate. In a few years I plan to add another aussie to my pack. I can't wait. They're like Pringles.. Once you have one, you have to have another. And I do! Thanks for checking out my gallery.


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craftybegonia 5 years ago from Southwestern, United States

We have two Australian Shepherds, merled also, golden eyes. They are a boy and girl team, and are fast as greased lightning, smarter than smart and bent on mischief and fun. Very loving dogs. Your baby is really cute. I loved your Hub! Voted up.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Oh, I love aussies. He's beautiful!


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stylezink 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Author

Thanks for reading guys! Aussies are awesome!


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lenamariee 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

Beautiful dog!!! She reminds me of an Australian Shepherd I used to have who recently passed away, she was a blue merle also. I believe these are the best dogs ever.


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thoughtsbysylar 3 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

Aussies really are wonderful dogs! I have a 6 month old Blue Merle, she too was not the "breed standard" with her markings. (too much white around the face) But we weren't looking for a show dog, just a lovable companion and we sure lucked out with her. I've never had such a wonderful dog, we are starting to think about getting another one, I'd love to add a Red Merle Aussie to our family!

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