ADOPTED: Diesel (Protege #0183) 1.5 Year Old Blue Merle Male Australian Shepherd Iowa

Let me introduce myself. My name is Diesel (Protege #0183) and I am almost 1-1/2 years old. I am a medium energy, neutered blue merle Australian Shepherd. My sister and I came into Protege after a sad time: my human mom died of cancer and my dad couldn’t keep us any longer.

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I am about 64 pounds of loving. My foster mom says that I need to lose a few pounds, though, and we are working on that. I am a happy-go-lucky guy and am what you would call a velcro dog. I will either be right by your side or within eye’s reach. I love my people and don’t want them to be too far away from me. I would really enjoy snuggling up next to you on the sofa if you’ll let me, but will settle for lying on the floor next to your feet. At night I would also love to snuggle up in bed next to you and I will be really glad to help keep you warm! If you are a person who works out at home, I will be right by your side like a sideline cheerleader throughout your routine. My favorite part is if you are on the floor, so that I can try to sneak in an occasional kiss.

When I first came to the rescue, my foster mom had to push and shove me into the crate. I really didn’t want to go in there; but after a couple of days of that, I decided to make life easier on both of us, so now I will go right into the crate when she asks me. I am completely housebroken. I am only crated when my foster mom is gone for long periods of time. I know the commands sit and shake and am learning down.

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I love meeting people. My foster mom laughs at me because my butt wiggles and my little tail wags like crazy when I see people. We went to Petco recently, and I loved seeing all the people. I enjoy playing with my foster brother. I would prefer to wrestle with him but he doesn’t like to do that, so we settle for playing tug. I love to run and play in the snow and run along the fence line with the neighbor dogs. I do get along well with other dogs. I will bark at them but I’m just saying hi and talking to them.

My foster mom laughs at me when she sees me watching TV. Yes it is true, I do like to watch a little bit of TV, especially when there are animals on there. Sometimes I’ll stand up in front of the TV to watch it and when the animals leave the screen I look behind the TV to see if they went back there. I haven’t found them yet.

To give you an idea of what great dogs my sister Harley and I are, the foster family who was keeping sis, adopted her after just a few days! They knew an awesome dog when they saw one; I am just as cool as she is!

I am up to date on my shots, and currently on heartworm and flea/tick preventatives. I am being fostered near Iowa City, Iowa. If you might be interested in learning more about me, please email Jayne at

While we welcome your questions about this dog, all adopters are required to complete a Protege Adoption Application before being considered to adopt a Protege dog; our adoption fee is $200.

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