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A Personal Introduction to a McNab Dog

Updated on April 30, 2014
Earl the McNab
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Meet Earl.

Now, I know what you're thinking: "Wow, what a ridiculously handsome dog. What is he?"

Earl is a McNab -- sometimes referred to as a "McNab Border Collie," or a "McNab Stock Dog." Around here, we have other names for him, such as "our little boy," and "Early Pearly," and an assortment of pet names so sweet and doting that I would blush to admit them. We love our Earl.

Most people haven't heard of a McNab. Those who have still might not be able to identify them when they see them; they might guess a Border Collie cross or, (gasp!), a mutt. We like it that way: whenever a breed becomes popular, they are at risk of several hazards. They might become overbred by unscrupulous breeders, without concern for quality or the animal's welfare. They might be purchased by people who will keep them in a home or environment for which a particular breed is very ill-suited. Perhaps they'll be bred for breed "type" to the extent that they'll be inbred, line-bred, and ultimately deformed in a relentless quest for overly exaggerated "typey" features.

We're happy that the McNab is a well-kept secret. On the other hand, I love our McNab and want to share a little bit about this amazing dog with you. The best way I can do that is to introduce you to Earl.


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An Independent Thinker

About three years ago, my future husband and I spent a week on a cattle drive in New Mexico. I admired one of the cattle dogs along the way and asked the cowboy who owned her to call me if she ever had pups. She was a Border Collie, and was an extraordinary dog -- smart, athletic, and capable. With our three dogs getting on in years, it was a good time to introduce a puppy.

Serendipity intervened. The day after we arrived home, my husband was outside cleaning up the horse trailer from the trip. He came in and called out to me: "You have a visitor!" He said it was a cowboy who knew me, and mentioned his name. Delighted to know an old friend had stopped by, and hurried out to visit.

My friend, Mark, told me he was delivering puppies in the area, and thought he'd just stop to say hello. We chatted in the shade of the barn for a bit, and he tipped his hat and said he'd better head back to the ranch. I finally couldn't resist asking, "Can I see those puppies?" He took us to the puppy box in the bed of his truck and opened it to reveal three black and white imps. They were cute -- as puppies always are. One was a female; one had a mid-length coat; and one was a short-haired male.

I'd never heard of a McNab, I must confess. Mark explained they were bred for working cattle, not sheep, and were more independent. He said that if you showed them their job, they'd figure out exactly how to do it, rather than being blindly obedient. He pointed out that they don't slink down low, as border collies do, and that they work out wider, away from the animal, rather than getting in real close. I like big dogs, so perhaps that's why Mark told me they'd mature at about 80 pounds.

I asked him what he was asking for them, and then turned to my beloved with my most beseeching eyes. "Can we?" Without hesitation, he said, "Let me get a check. Do I write it for one, or all three?" (Is it any wonder I married this man?) I held up the short-haired little boy and said, "This one!"

That's how Earl arrived. Other than being a mid-size dog who matured at 50 pounds, Mark was right about everything else. Earl is definitely an independent thinker, and it was comical to watch my husband calling out to him, "Earl! Don't process -- just come!" during training sessions. Earl is scary-smart, and figures most things out long before we even think about training him. For the most part, he trains himself. Sometimes, he trains us, too.


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Smart, Sensitive, and Tireless.

McNabs are not only smart dogs, but they're extremely sensitive, too. They're the sort of dog that'll do their best to please you, and will crumple like a used tissue if you raise your voice. Earl was so sensitive as a puppy that I couldn't use the word "no," around him, even in a soft, gentle tone; he knew what it meant, and it devastated him. If I said "no," he'd think it meant "never," and sometimes I only wanted it to mean, "Not right now." He couldn't differentiate. Early in his time with us, he was at the barn with me and I casually said, "No, Earl," to him when he got into a stall. I didn't want him to get stepped on. From that day forward, he believed he wasn't allowed at the barn.

Earl is noise-sensitive, too. He doesn't like clicking, or snapping, or clanging noises. Wind and thunder send him hiding in "his" closet. McNabs aren't for noisy households or for people with anger management issues. They require owners who understand that these dogs are doing their damnedest to be great dogs.

McNabs, like their Border Collie cousins, are highly energetic. This can easily translate to neuroses if they are confined and not given the constant, daily work they require. They aren't meant to be chained, or kenneled, or kept in a tiny apartment while you're at work all day. They need space to run at full tilt and to be active even in the house. Please don't try to make a McNab into a poodle or a Shih Tzu. It would be an act of cruelty upon this active, busy, work-oriented dog. Besides, they shed 24/7/365, and they will ruin your couch.

We don't have cattle (yet). Because Earl doesn't have a herd to round up and chase and sort, we spend hours a day keeping him busy. He plays tug of war with the other dogs, goes running once or twice a day with my husband, and accompanies me on most of my trips around town. Most of all, he plays ball -- literally, for sometimes hours a day. Not only must my husband throw the ball for numerous sessions daily, but every visitor to the ranch must throw the ball. Earl also plays the hose game, chases lizards, and goes hiking and walking with me.

For the owner with a lot of property and plenty of time to spend trying to keep up with a busy McNab, they're astonishingly good dogs. They don't want to roam; they know where home is, and they come when they're called. They are sociable if kept with other dogs, but shy with new dogs. They also have some primitive-dog traits -- Earl has a fetish for rolling in stinky things, and few things delight him like a fresh mound of manure. This is where the "hose game," comes in. Few dogs have baths as often as Earl does. Fortunately, Earl sheds so frequently that his coat is clean and shiny at all times -- we often joke that he turns over a new coat daily.



A snuggly McNab
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A Multi-Faceted Dog.

If you research McNabs, you'll find a lot of people who rave about them as uncannily good stock dogs. Their brains and independence have earned them a fine reputation among ranchers. You'll also learn that they're named after a California rancher named Alexander McNab, who brought stock from Scotland in the 1800's to develop exactly the line of cattle dogs he needed for his rugged terrain and wily cattle. You won't find anything in most breed books about them, though, and they're not even a footnote in the AKC standards book. I hope it stays that way.

What you won't read, though, is the sweet nature of McNabs. You might never know how strongly attuned a McNab is to the others in the household. Earl makes his "morning rounds," every day -- he waits for my old black Lab to awaken, and then leaps off the bed and gives him kisses. He gives a similar greeting to my small-but-feisty warrior princess, a Papillon, and -- last but not least -- he gives me my morning kisses, too. He likes to snuggle up against me so I can barely move, and rest his head on my legs. He loves his stuffed toys, and brings one or more to bed every night, so he can sleep touching them.


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A Special Dog for Special People.

McNabs aren't for everyone. Not everyone deserves a McNab, actually. Those who are lucky enough to be owned by one are special people. They understand that dogs have excellent hearing, and don't need to be yelled at in order to hear. They accept that these physically-tough dogs are keenly sensitive, and can easily become fearful. They realize that these are active and energetic pups who need frequent and regular high-speed activity, and that it is cruel to spend dozens of years breeding an animal to be very good at specific things, and then try to fit them into a lifestyle in which those attributes aren't welcome or encouraged.

Anyone who is fortunate enough to have a McNab in their life should also know that McNabs are Ivermectin-sensitive dogs. This means that they often suffer serious side effects if given the remedy and preventative parasite control, Ivermectin. The most popular heart-worm drug is Ivermectin based, so make sure you discuss Ivermectin sensitivity with your veterinarian before administering.

McNabs are unique and interesting dogs. As unexpected as Earl's arrival was in our lives, he has been the perfect dog for us. Rarely does a day go by that he doesn't invent a new antic, or adopt an odd new habit. He's always thinking. We're so fortunate that he's found his way into our lives.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      this is one of the very BEST hubs I have read in a very long time. It held my interest from beginning to end. I love that Earl sleeps with toys nearby so he can touch them not unlike my grandbaby does. You have so beautifully characterized this creature that if I were to ever have one I would know what to expect in advance. Voted up and ++++Sending Angels your way. :) ps

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Oh, Pstraubie, thank you so very much for your VERY kind words! I truly appreciate them. That is a lovely welcome to HubPages! (And thank you for the Angels, which I will share with Earl.)

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Very enjoyable introduction to a breed I'd not heard of. I can absolutely see why you're hooked on him. He sounds tremendous and looks lovely too.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much, Nettlemere. What would we do without our dogs to make our lives full?

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I like your comment about "not everyone deserves a McNab, actually". From reading your excellent hub I can tell why you care so much for this great dog!

      Voted up and shared.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Many thanks for your kind comment, DrMark -- it's greatly appreciated! Yes, Earl is certainly our much-loved little boy. I'm really looking forward to reading your dog-related hubs -- they look wonderful!

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      frauna 4 years ago

      Fantastic hub! Now I'm in love with Earl too! He chose his human well!

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you, Frauna -- Earl sends wags!

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      Toni Brock 4 years ago

      AWESOME story! Thank you so very much for sharing your story with us. My little female Mcnabs' name is Ellie. I love her so very much. I would love to find another female just like her.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Toni, thank you for your comment, and for visiting my hub about Earl! They are absolutely amazing dogs, aren't they? We love all our dogs, but Earl brings an energy and spirit to our furry family that is irreplaceable. I'm so glad to hear from another person who is owned by a McNab!

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      Bob B. 4 years ago

      You were writing about Earl, but you were also writing about Sook, my six year old McNab "puppy." I must have said out loud, "YES!" a couple dozen times while reading your hub. For Sook as well as for Earl, apparently, verbal commands don't work well and are usually not necessary. When it's time for Sook to pee, I simply pick up his leash and hold the loop waist high. He stands on two feet, puts his head in and out we go. I found I had a parallel for most every trait you gave for Earl, which I had assumed were unique to Sook, but are apparently breed related. Except Sook doesn't shed, he radiates dog hair :-)

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      It is SO good to hear from another McNab-owned person, Bob B.! I'm glad you recognized Sook in Earl's description. They're such an extraordinary breed, and so very intuitive. Earl's "latest thing" is "protecting" my big black Lab when I Dremel his nails. Earl stretches out right across Argos' legs, all the while making that sweet, curly-lipped face at me, clearly trying to save him from the nail trimming.

      I can just picture your Sook leashing himself -- just imagine what these dogs could do if they had thumbs.

      Best wishes to you and Sook!

      MJ

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      Christy 4 years ago

      I liked your story about earl. My McNab, Cassie, or aka shed monster isn't like Earl, at most times. She was trained in agility so she has to be kept inside when we are at work or she will jump our 7ft fence to play with kids. She's not other dog friendly but loves people. She loves her rope toys and likes to bite feet and her bed when she wants to play. She's mostly crazy when it comes to playing fetch and want to train her to be a dock diver since she doesn't like frisbees like her champion cousin does.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      That's interesting, Christy! I can easily imagine a McNab being athletic enough to go over a 7 foot wall -- they're Superdogs, aren't they? Earl loved rope toys, too, but I had to take them away because he enjoyed shredding them and I was concerned about him ingesting the fibers. He used to shake them violently (like he does with his stuffed toys) and hit himself in the sides with them. It hurt my ribs just watching (and laughing!) Does Cassie enjoy water? Earl loves to play the hose game but won't jump into the play pool or puddles -- he likes moving water, not standing water.

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      Bob B. 4 years ago

      Your hub has let me know that my zillions of "Sook Stories" are really McNab (including Earl!) stories. In your page one photo of Earl, each ear is doing something different. I think of Sook as having "individually steerable" ears. Looks like Earl does, too. To help with the physical activity (besides running with me and retrieving thrown (with atlattle) balls, I hide Sook's daily rawhide chew somewhere in the house and he can spend up to a minute or more tearing around in hunt/chase mode, then to his rug in front of the fireplace for a snack. He loves this and it lets him use his doggy mind & skills. He doesn't stare intensely like our Border Collie did, but he does watch us and listen. Good for the ego.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Bob B., I love the phrase "individually steerable" ears! That's SO McNab. We're always using the phrase, "One Ear Up!" as a sort of slogan. The ears are very expressive. I'll be writing another McNab article here soon, because there are so many wonderful stories I couldn't fit in above -- and I'm enjoying hearing from other McNabsters so very much.

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      Darin 4 years ago

      I have two of them and your story describes Valley and Baloo to a tee

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am envious of you for having two wonderful McNabs, Darin! Hopefully we will soon add another to our "pack." Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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      Bob B. 4 years ago

      You write so well. I am awaiting the next episode/chapter of McNabisms. I hope you see fit to expand to a book. McNabs and your insights from your experiences with Earl resonate with me and I expect they will with others. I think you might enjoy some of my Sookisms. I have listed 20 of them and will put them in short (2 or 3 sentences) stubs. For instance, after we brought one-year-old Sook home from the shelter, I often would look around for him, then call him, then, still not seeing him, look around behind me, first turning one way then the other. No Sook. Then I'd turn and take a step and almost fall over him. As herders of cattle, McNabs must be sneaky or they would get kicked. I solved the problem by putting rattley dog tags on him so I could at least hear him. Since we replaced the carpeting with hardwood floors, his claw-clatter gives away his position. And his tight turns at speed on the hardwood are fun to see.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you, Bob! The "All New Adventures of Earl the McNab" are in the making. I look forward to reading more of Sook, too -- I can relate to the click-click of claws on hardwood. Earl goes on a "mission" every midnight -- down the hall, click-click-click -- and then back at a trot, after having resolved whatever he was off to do. When he races around the corners on the wood floors, he's like a cartoon character -- he stays in one place, but his paws keep moving in a blur of motion!

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      Sylvia Mahoney 4 years ago

      I'm waiting for mine to be born (any day now). What, in your opinion is the best way to introduce them to a horse?

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Congratulations, Sylvia! How exciting that you have a McNab on the way!

      If I were to do it all over again, for my own peace of mind I'd hand-carry Earl or keep him leashed, exposing him only to my calmer horses, until he was old enough to get out of their way on his own; then I'd very, very gently call him away if he got in a dangerous spot. I had a couple of not-very-trustworthy mares at the time and was worried about him getting kicked, so I likely scared him off by saying, "No!" where a simple recall or "careful!" would have worked. Earl is finally hanging around the barn again, but it has taken a lot of time and positive enforcement to get him comfortable there. Keep in mind that I worry more than the normal person who has dogs around their horses. I am not brave when it comes to the chance of my dogs getting injured. I should have trusted Earl's innate horse-sense better.

      I had no idea when I first got a McNab that they are so attuned to owner emotions and inflections, especially since I'm a very quiet person who is gentle with my dogs. I have a wonderful black Lab who is quite the opposite of Earl; absolutely fearless to the point where you can't call him away from the young horses, which he adores, and in my Lab's mind, "No," is just an opinion. It was quite a switch to then have a highly sensitive McNab to whom "no," is a devastating word!

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      Bob B. 4 years ago

      A little over a month ago I switched my McNab, Sook, to a salmon-based dog food and his shedding has gone down to 20% of what it had been! Of course, that's 20% of a VERY large number. My dry-mopping of the hardwood floors has gone from daily to weekly and my wife's combing of Sook has gone down by a similar amount. We're in our late 70's and we appreciate this, as well as the energetic humor he adds to our lives.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      I'm a big believer in salmon-based foods, too, Bob. Thanks for mentioning it -- it is a terrific foundation for dog food. I choose foods with multiple protein sources, one of which is salmon, and I like to add a little olive oil or pure salmon oil to their foods as well. It DOES make a significant difference in the shedding and gives them such healthy, glossy coats. We have three dogs -- and fur-lined hallways to match. One great thing about McNab fur is that it doesn't waft up in the air like that of Australian shepherds or German shepherds -- I think we're lucky they have that heavier fur that's so easy to sweep up!

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      Bonnie 4 years ago

      I really loved reading this! I adopted a puppy just 3 days ago and he looks exactly like Earl. His mother is a border collie who was rescued from the country side and pregnant. I was lucky enough to be able to adopt one of the puppies. His name is Einstein, and he is beautiful. My 3 year old border collie, Oreo, is slowly adapting to the new puppy. We have no idea what breed the father was, but of the 5 puppies, 3 look exactly like border collies (longer hair and shorter legs) and 2 look exactly like Earl (very very big and beautiful). I wonder if my Einstein will reach 80 pounds?? his feet are huge for his body. Thanks for sharing your story, I really hope Einstein is part McNabb after reading your article. He has already proven to be very sensitive and very affectionate (he wont be a lap dog for long at this growth rate. LOL). NO matter what breed he is, he is my baby! and I love him soooo much already!! :)

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Congratulations on your wonderful new puppy, Bonnie! I love that you named him Einstein. There are a lot of McNab and Border Collie crosses out there right now. Watch for the distinctive, expressive ears, and the fact they don't get as "slinky" to identify McNabs. A lot of them are mis-identified as Border Collies because there are many similarities. I bet Oreo is happy to have a new playmate! I'm so glad to hear from you -- thanks for reading and for your comments. Good luck with your beautiful new pup!

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      Ry4n6 4 years ago from Cheshire, England

      Looks like a lovely pet. Thanks for sharing this great Hub.:)

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for letting me share Earl, and my Hub, with you, Ry4N6! I appreciate your comment!

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      Paul and Alyse 4 years ago

      We didn't know we had a Mcnab Border Collie. People asked if he was a McNabb? We said he was a border collie bred buy a cowboy rancher. Our dog is named mr. tuxedo. But he is short haired and not like border collies I see. Mr Tux is much more social and loves children so much. His desire to work and please is amazing.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Paul and Alyse, there are smooth-coated border collies as well, and sometimes they'll even be in the same litter as their fluffier siblings. Sometimes, though, people say "McNab Border Collie" and others don't realize that the McNab is a separate breed entirely, and they end up being referred to as Border Collies. I actually put Border Collie on Earl's paperwork at the veterinarian and with the county when I licensed him because so few people recognize what a McNab is; I figured if, heaven forbid, he should ever go missing, people would simply think he's a border collie and there'd be a better chance of his safe return.

      If Mr. Tuxedo has those distinctive McNab eyes and ears coupled with that slightly broader chest and the tendency to think a little more independently than the traditional Border Collie, you may have a McNab! No matter what -- Border Collies and McNabs are awesome dogs with such great brains and personalities -- and it sounds like Mr. Tux is a great dog. I love that name, by the way!

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      Bob B. 4 years ago

      My location in Ashland, Oregon is surrounded by parks and forest with lots of gravel roads. I frequently walk my McNab, Sook, on a road which is a favorite for dog walkers. One of Sook's favorite canine friends is a Border Collie named, Zepher. When they first see each other they are about 200 feet apart and they both go into "slink" mode: Zepher in full Border Collie slink and Sook in his semi-slink. They maintain this posture until they get close enough to go into wag and sniff mode. Non-McNab/Border Collie cogniscenti would get a little up-tight (he's stalking!) but I see it as a "secret handshake."

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Oh, Bob, I love that slink vs. semi-slink McNab and BC dance you're describing! I can just picture the very intense look in their eyes that would make the casual observer think the dogs are ready to eviscerate each other ... only to see the joyful greeting that follows. One thing I find so very appealing about the McNabs is their sweetness to other dogs. Earl displays true, touching affection for his pack-mates. Of course, he's pretty choosy about strange dogs, and dislikes standard poodles with a strange innate contempt. I think he is put off by the Tigger-like bounce.

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      Bob B. 4 years ago

      That "sweet, curly-lipped face" of Earl's while he is lying across your Lab's legs while you Dremel the Lab's claws might be a variation on what I've seen my McNab, Sook, do. Unknown to my wife, Sook, lying on the floor next to her reading chair, was asleep when she reached down and playfully gave his paw a tug. He reacted with a RRR! and had his nose on her hand before he was completely awake. Instantly, he jumped up and semi-slunk in an arc around her with what I can only describe as a sheepish (and very apologetic) GRIN. We both had a good laugh...and many more in his five years with us. He loves to be engaged. He is a happy and enthusiastically friendly McNab.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Oh, yes, Bob, that's exactly the behavior I see from Earl. His body will form the shape of a half-circle, and he bends it back and forth in a snake-like motion when he's apologetic over some perceived offense he thinks he's given. I just love that behavior; he's so attuned to everyone's moods, canine or human, and he's so determined to be a good dog at all times! I don't know that I've ever seen a dog who tries harder to be the perfect pooch. A couple of days ago he tore off after a coyote in a flash of great speed. Because there were several coyotes in the immediate area at the time, I called him off immediately -- and right from his dead run, he stopped, gave a longing look in the direction of the 'yote, and came right back to us, continuing to glance over his shoulder in disappointment.

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      Jmillis2006 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Earl is a very handsome boy, I have never heard of the mcnabb dog before but they sound brilliant. Great hub.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you, Jmillis! I appreciate it. The way serendipity always seems to work, I bet you'll run across one soon in person! Thanks for your comment -- it's always a pleasure hearing from a fellow dog-and-horse enthusiast.

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      Andi 4 years ago

      We were introduced to the McNab breed while my husband was stationed in California. I ended up with a little red female McNab named Dottie. She amazes me on a daily basis. I love the look she gets when she is working something out. She does lots of "tricks" but only if they make sense. Rolling over doesn't make sense so she wont do it. When we go to bring in horses she knows i want my horse not the other 4 in the pasture with him so she will cut him from the rest and just bug the crap out of him until he comes up. She never nips at him or gets in his space. He respects her and they turn it into a game. She wont even look at the other horses because she knows they arent mine. We were hiking last summer and she was watching over my kids. I didn't know where she was so i just whistled for her. She appeared on the bluff above us and took the straitest path to me.... Right off a 30 ft bluff! I thought she was a gonner but she jumped up shook herself off and came right over like "what's up? you called." She is such an amazing dog. When people ask what type of dog she is I take a minute and tell them about the McNab. Then I take five minutes and tell them all about her special needs and how much work she is. I too do not want to see the breed get popular for the same reasons you already described. I am one of the lucky few to be owned my a McNab.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Andi, I'm so glad you stopped by and commented. I love hearing about the amazing things these dogs do. It's hard to describe their intelligence to people who aren't familiar with them, but your description of Dottie bringing in just the right horse is a good way to do it. They are such thinkers! You're absolutely right that they don't do things that seem foolish to them -- they're like the gifted child who is often smarter than the teacher, and knows it!

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      Bob B. 4 years ago

      Yes, my McNab, Sook also picks up on inflections rather than the literal meanings of the words to which we humans are so attuned. A friend was over to watch the World Series and, when his team lost, he shouted, "NO!" Sook slunk off to hide under the kitchen table. More recently, Sook picked up on one aspect of the meaning of an arm gesture when my wife intended a different one. We hide Sook's daily edible chew and let him chase around the house until he finds it. When we expanded possible locations to include the upstairs, it took a lot of arm gestures and urgings to finally get him to go up the stairs and look. He soon came tearing back down with his reward. The next day, we hid the chew back down on the first floor. When my wife indicated the location using an arm gesture by pointing to the hiding place near her chair, Sook immediately tore up the stairs to try to duplicate the previous day's success.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      It's funny you mention that, Bob, as we use a lot of gestures and even expressions with Earl, and it's constantly amazing at how easily he distinguishes them. He will actively go look when I point in certain directions, rather than just watching my hand. One thing that really impresses me is how he'll "talk" to my husband on the Facetime program on the computer. He's smart enough to know that if my husband calls him over the computer, he should run not to the computer but downstairs to where my husband is working! Now that's some abstract thinking!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Very interesting. I have two Australian cattle dogs, a breed which me and my family have always had, but there have been a couple of occasions that I considered a border collie. I haven't seen the McNabs but have heard of them. Earl looks like a heart breaker :-)

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for your comment, Wayne. I like the Australian cattle dogs, too, but the McNab has been the perfect fit for us. Earl is definitely a heartbreaker ... he melts us with just a glance. In the mornings as my husband dresses for work, Earl curls up pouting on the bed as if he's just devastated -- as if it isn't already difficult enough for my poor guy to face the day at the office!

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      karen 4 years ago

      Really interesting reading these comments as we have had collies for 30 years. 2 years ago we got a rescue pup from Wales and he is like nothing we have had before. He has ears which we say go up and down like antennae,you can say ears up and he raises them.he listens for traffic and then removes himself to a safe distance until cars gone by,joggers or cyclists go by, he immediately drops to the floor moves to the side. Smashing dog, i like dog s that are different, loves soft toys and often sleeps with one in his mouth.he can howl if taken by surprise .His name is Murphy, moults 24/7,.much more than a friend i hope we have him for long long time .The slink around can be very funny.my mum calls him the horse.People think he might have greyhound in him but after reading your comments i realise im the very lucky person.he just thinks differently.He is mostly white with black spots,black head and a white blaze.likes nothing more than sleeping with his head on a pillow.can't wait to read more about other peoples dogs. he weighs 29kgs so new he wasn't like border collie.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Karen, I'm so glad you stopped by and shared a glimpse of your dog Murphy. It's hard to find better dogs than the ones who think for themselves. I'm particularly partial to the ones who share the pillows -- they always share our hearts as well!

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      ShiLessner 4 years ago

      Today I met two of the most well behaved, lovable dogs. I of course had to find out their breed and the cowboy told me they were McNabs. I immediately came home to read about them and I found your wonderful story. Thank you so much, this was great. I have a Border Collie and an Australian Cattle Dog....my next baby will be a McNab.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, ShiLessner, I'm so happy to hear you met some McNabs! When I walk Earl off-lead, I get a lot of compliments because he immediately sits when asked to -- regardless of whether he's several feet from me, or right by my side -- when we encounter others. It makes me feel better for his safety, and it makes others feel safe around him if they're not "dog people." Since you already have stock dogs, you'll find McNabs are a great fit for you! Thanks much for saying hello -- I hope you share the good news when you bring a McNab into your family!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Whata wonderful hub and I have already fallen in love with McNab.

      Voted up and shared.

      Eddy.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Eddy, thank you so much for "meeting" Earl and commenting. I appreciate your visit!

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      Bob B. 4 years ago

      My McNab, Sook, continues being a master of non-verbal communication. The middle space on the sofa is covered by a large towel and Sook is allowed to lie there between my wife and me except if we are eating there. He was there the other night when I got sleepy and wanted to lie down with my head on my wife's lap. I went to the kitchen and dropped three kibbles on the kitchen floor. While Sook tore in there to vacuum up the kibbles, I quickly took his place on the couch. When he got back he stopped, looked me in the eye, held his normally erect ears at 45 degrees, and I swear I could almost hear him say, "I am disappointed in you." Conning a McNab is not guilt-free.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Oh, Bob, that's so right! Last night was one of many in which we slept like pretzels so we wouldn't disturb Earl, positioned as he was diagonally across the bed with his head happily cushioned by my pillows. Earl actually smiles as he sleeps. Often times the treats come out to encourage the beasts to make room ... but more often than not, we become a jigsaw puzzle of sorts, as we can't beat to make them move.

      McNabs do have a way of inspiring guilt. So much so, that perhaps it could be considered a potential drawback to the breed. Earl is so devastated on the days my husband goes to work I think he might need therapy -- my husband, I mean!

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      Bob B. 4 years ago

      My McNab, Sook, sleeps on his own bed on the floor in our bedroom. It's about 3 ft. X 4 ft. X 6 inches of denim-covered foam. (Is that luxury or what!) We have a bedtime ritual. When my wife brings him in from his last pee, I am at the top of the stair and he immediately tears up the stairs to beat me to his bed. I make a show of "racing" him to his bed but he zips by me a few feet before his bed, leaps, making a 180 in the air, and lands on his bed in a very possessive pose which says, "MINE!" There''s never a hint of growl or lip curl, etc. but it's obvious that Sook is really into our "game." Once, just to see what he'd do, I took off just as he entered the door downstairs and fully occupied his bed by the time he got there. Sook appraised the situation and then acted according to canine pack rules, which say the first one there gets the first choice of bed-down location. He just laid down nest to "his" bed, totally accepting canine pack reality. But as soon as I got up from it, Sook reclaimed his bed. I think Sook (and maybe other McNabs?) enjoy engaging in these fun, "inter-species" games.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      I'm sure that the McNabs do enjoy their human-canine games, Bob! Does Sook "guard" with a certain stiff posture as our Earl does? Earl is very generous with our little Papillon, but he has a rivalry with our big, gentle Lab. He will stiffen his entire body and guard food, toys, and even us, when Argos is in his close proximity. However, he doesn't get aggressive; he just hovers over the item and almost smothers it. Interestingly, he's extremely protective of Argos, and won't even let me trim Argos' nails; he crawls across Argos' paws and body and blocks me. If I tell him to stand down, though, he does so immediately and without protest -- but it's clear, he'll do anything he can to protect his "Uncle Argos" who raised him.

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      Caitlin 4 years ago

      I found out today, after 8 years, I own a McNab!! I have always wondered what breed Rolo is. I've always thought he was a mutt mixed with a border collie....until today! I have a picture of my dog in my office and a fed ex lady came in this morning and said, "oh my! you own a McNab!" Confused, I said no, he is a border collie mix....she went on to tell me about McNabs and how he is definitely one. I googled the breed and sure enough, he is exactly that! One of the best days of my life, the day I found Rolo, an old lady was driving though Missouri on her way back to Nebraska and stopped in to a PetSmart with a box full of puppies that she needed to get rid of as the mother had gotten hit and killed early that day and she could not take care of them. I took the whole liter and bottle fed them and eventually found them homes. After reading this, i'm a bit nervous as at the time I did not know what breed they were and found them homes with a family, not thinking I needed to find them homes with land to run and owners who would give them the space and training they need. Rolo, who is amazing at Frisbee and chasing, is the most loyal dog I have even owned. He is pure love. I couldn't love a creature as much as I love my Rolopoo. I'm not one who purchases dogs, as I feel over breeding is a huge issue and would only adopt from a shelter, but these dogs are hands down the best dogs I've ever had the joy to be around. Thanks so much for posting this article!

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Oh, Caitlin, your comment makes me smile! I love hearing that you've found out you're a McNab owner. That's like hitting the dog jackpot! What a good soul you are to have cared for the whole litter and found them loving homes. We feel the same way about our Earl as you do about Rolo -- pure love. The way he protects my other dogs, and snuggles onto my pillow until I come to bed ... incredible loyalty and kindness. Thanks greatly for stopping by and sharing Rolo's story!

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      Bob B. 4 years ago

      When my McNab, Sook, comes up to me to ask permission to get up on the couch, he stands there with ears erect and eyes locked on mine and his tail rotating ( not wagging, rotating) counter-clockwise as seen from the front. After about a dozen rotations, he goes to a regular side-to-side wag. I've never noticed a dog do this before and I've wondered if this is a usual dog trait...or maybe specific to McNabs...or maybe just to Sook. I no longer worry that he'll twist his own tail off, but...

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Bob! Earl and Sook must be cousins, because Earl also does the "around-the-world" wag, but his is clockwise. He does it when he's particularly excited. (And we would be excited if Earl would ever ask permission to get up on the couch! Usually, we have to ask him permission to let us squeeze in!)

      I had one other dog, a yellow Lab named Emma, who used to do a full-circle wag when she was very happy -- but I don't recall any of my dog family except Earl and Emma who'd do so.

      Does Sook happen to make "sound effects" when scratching his own ears?

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      Bob B. 4 years ago

      Yes, usually. Sook's ear scratching is often accompanied by a soft groan which seems more like a dog version of a human's aaaaah or mmmm when having one's back scratched. Sook is quiet. In his sleep, he barks, yips, growls and moves his feet. I always imagine that some dream-prey is breathing its last. During Sook's first six months with us he was soundless. I assumed he was mute. Then one day I tried to grab his ball from his mouth and accidentally bopped him in the nose. His yipe/bark was a shock...so loud it almost made my ears ring. Since then he gives one or two sharp barks for someone at the door and that's it. And oh yes, coming back to "my" place on the couch requires some "negotiation." I gave up trying to physically move Sook. He seems to have the ability to triple his weight at will, while relaxing so thoroughly that it's like trying to move an unconscious drunk. I've discovered that if I just lower myself slowly and gently onto his outstretched legs, he moves them enough so I can squeeze back in.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Bob, the first time we heard Earl's yelp was when he was vigorously shaking an old garden hose. When he's excited, he shakes his toys so hard from side to side that he strikes himself. Well, he picked up a dead hose and shook it and the metal nozzle struck him on the side. His yelp hurt us as much as the hose hurt him!

      When he is sprawled out in our place, we flip him. I'll take hold of his paws and just gently flip him over while he grins from ear to ear ... it's our flip-the-puppy game. As soon as I've made my way back onto MY turf, he flips back so he's half-on top of me. We sleep like pretzels with paws in our back and noses beside our ears.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      What a nice story about your dog. Our dog also sleeps with his toys, he has his own basket full of toys. When we pick up his basket to vacuum the gets upset and tries to take the basket out of our hands. Enjoyed your hub voted up.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you, Moonlake! I just love watching our dogs with their toys. They've got a toy tub -- I don't think a basket would stand a chance with Earl, unfortunately. He gets a bit rowdy. Thank you for stopping by Earl's tale!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      What a great read and what an interesting dog! I live in Arizona too and wonder if a dog I saw not too long ago by a ranch was actually a McNab. Voted up!

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you, Alexadry! It's great "meeting" one of my fellow Zonies here on Hubpages. There are lots of McNabs in our state -- they're prevalent on ranches, but also making a good appearance at agility type events. Sadly, they are also making too much of an appearance at the county pound -- I've seen them on the county site. Earl came from a ranch west of Wickenburg and a lot of his siblings are working cattle out that way. Thanks for commenting and up-voting!

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      karen 3 years ago

      if Earl is taken by surprise does he let out a loud whoo.?

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Karen. I don't recall hearing Earl "whoo" in surprise. He's most vocal when he's very excited about visitors coming, the winding of the cuckoo clock, laser tag, and the end of an activity that worries him, like when I finish washing my little dog or giving my old Lab a shot. Earl goes a bit wild on those occasions, grabbing his toys or his dog bowl and shaking them violently at the other dogs. He's very quiet when chasing his ball or running, when he's focused on "work." But when something surprises him he gets very quiet and prepares to retreat!

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Fellow McNab fans -- I've just added an article on the expressive McNab ears. McNab owners will be able to relate, I think!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a great hub, MJennifer! I've never heard of a McNab before, but I loved learning about Earl and his breed. He sounds like a wonderful dog!

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much, Alicia! I'm glad to be the one to introduce you to the breed. As serendipity always seems to have it, I bet now you'll run across one in the next couple of weeks. Let me know if you do! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I clicked every single up button on this hub about your wonderful Earl McNab dog companion. I had never heard of this breed but would now know what to expect were one to cross my path. My mother-in-law once had a border collie. She was a great dog! Loved the video at the end. Now I know what your "hose game" is. Also loved the bed scene at the end. Reminds me of sleeping with our dogs through the years. :)) Sharing this with my followers and also pinning.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Awww, thanks, Peggy! I had just started to type a reply when I heard the sound of Earl's bark. He never barks without a darned good reason and I could tell it was his coyote bark. I rushed to look and there was a gorgeous coyote taunting him -- my husband called Earl off and he immediately quit the chase. What great dogs they are. Now that I've had stock dogs I'll never be without one. Thank you for the visit and ups!

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have never heard of this breed, but they sound like wonderful dogs! It sounds to me fate stepped in and sent you the perfect dog for you and your family. This is a great hub, wonderful information and so well written! Voted up and interesting! :)

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks, Sgbrown! I also feel that fate brought us Earl as well. Although I initially had no idea what to expect from the breed other than generic stock-dog characteristics, I could not have chosen a better match or better dog. He's a gem. Thanks for your terrific comment!

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      Bob B. 3 years ago

      From "my" McNab, Sook, I have learned that being a McNab-owned person means:

      -- not having to apologize for my dog's behavior

      -- having alert energy and enthusiasm in the house

      -- much more wag, much less bark

      -- wonderfully expressive ears and eyebrows

      -- the clatter of claws on hardwood floors

      -- human/dog activities: fetch, seek, hike, jog, etc.

      -- tail thumps on the kitchen floor at breakfast time

      -- energetic non-verbal communication

      -- surprise ("How did he know THAT?")

      -- and so much more...including having the maximum appreciation for

      this superb hub.

      Many thanks, MJennifer

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Bob!

      Oh, what a wonderful list of McNab gifts -- and I especially thank you for the very last one -- that's the loveliest thing to say. It's funny how you captured McNabs so concisely and so well. We always laugh at the clitter-clatter noise Earl's toenails make at two a.m. when he trots down the hallway in the darkness on what we call a "mission." It's always trot away, accomplish mission (i.e., midnight snack, grab a favorite toy, etc.) and trot back. We love the sound. And that surprise you mention ... it's daily. They are such insightful creatures. Lately we've been taking the dogs on a daily ramble about the perimeter trail on our property. Earl will always wait for me when I'm walking the slower, old dogs -- he sits on the trail ahead and won't go along with my husband until the rest of us are caught up.

      I've been itching to get a puppy, and my husband played the cruelest trick on me this week while we were on vacation through most of the western states north of us. We were driving through some small town in northern Wyoming and my husband casually says, "McNab puppies for sale!" I shot up from my seat like a prairie dog, only to find he was just playing a joke on me. He laughed like a little kid to see my quick reaction. I hope he laughs as hard when he comes home to find another McNab in the house!

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      Toni Brock 3 years ago

      Hi Jennifer

      That was a cruel joke mean husband :)

      I am patiently waiting for my next McNab pup to be born in July. If you have extra time, check out Teri Garcin' web page. Garcin ranch on a Google search. She is in California. The website is a work of art. Happy puppy hunting. Earl will be a wonderful mentor.

      Toni

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi Toni! My husband is still chuckling today. I think he'll be amused by that little joke for years to come. Thank you for your comment and for the website information. I will definitely take a look. Perhaps our future McNabs will be family!

      Best wishes,

      Mj

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      VVladimir 3 years ago from Novi Sad, Serbia

      Nice intro to McNab dog breed. Never heard of this breed before, but I like herding type of dogs. I am proud owner of Croatian sheepdog. You probably haven't heard about this breed, 'cause it's mostly spread in southeastern Europe area (former Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania). They can be either black or white, and there are varieties of this breed. It is really hard to see difference between three very similar breeds - see this photo: http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/6096/croatianshep... . Look for "Croatian sheepdog" on YT to see more. There is a saying here: "You don't just go and buy croatian shepherd puppy. It should be given to you as a gift - meaning: you have to deserve dog like that". Anyway, great hub. Have fun and enjoy with Earl.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, VVladimir -- what an interesting comment! I do believe I've heard of the Croatian sheepdog. If my memory serves me correctly, a student of mine from Macedonia had a Croatian sheepdog -- does that sound likely, or am I having memory failure? I do love learning about the dogs that are prevalent in various countries, and I often puzzle people from other regions when I meet them as I like to ask, "So, what's the most popular dog in your country, and what do you consider the national dog?"

      I haven't yet looked at your profile, but when I do, I hope I'll see a hub on the Croatian sheepdog -- if not, perhaps in the future?

      Thanks for your comment!

      -- MJ

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      VVladimir 3 years ago from Novi Sad, Serbia

      I apologize for assuming you didn't hear about Croat-shepherd. Your memory serves you very well, these dogs are present in Macedonia, in pretty large number. But, I'm not quite sure if it is prevalent dog breed there. I would say that one another sheep-herding guard dog is Macedonian representative - The Macedonian shepherd dog "Sharplaninec" (from his origin "Shar Planina", the "Shar" mountains in Macedonia)- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%A0arplaninac. Also, very thankful, brave and smart dog, but it is not dog for "beginners", or just "dog fans". Requires special management and conditions. With this dog you must be confident, stable person, strict pack leader. "Dogs are like their owners", and this rule corresponds with this kind of dogs in its full meaning. Life is easier when you have just funny, silly friend you can always trust beside you (and Earl just look like one to me :).

      English language is not my native, so I am not sure how good novelist could I become, but there is certainly a lot of material to write a hub or two on these dogs. Maybe, one day.

      Cheers.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      VVladimir, you write beautifully in English, and I sincerely hope you'll be writing about those dogs. I look forward to learning more about them. And yes, Earl is certainly one of the most trust-worthy, reliable of friends -- he is a very honest dog, and there's not a bit of treachery in him!

      I am looking forward to your hubs!

      --MJ

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      Bob B. 3 years ago

      My McNab, Sook, gave us another special laugh. We bought him a new tug toy that he loves to chase. With Sook standing to the side of the bottom of the stairway in the living room, I threw the tug toy up to the second floor landing. But Sook watched only the first six feet of travel before he tore out of the living room and to the exact place in the dining room where the tug toy would have landed if the stairway had not been there. He looked everywhere in the dining room and seemed confused while we roared with laughter. He had done what some baseball outfielders are able to do: take off at the crack of the bat and run to the exact spot where the ball will be coming down...except they do not have to contend with an intervening stairway!

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Oh, Bob, that's a riot! That's such a perfect example of McNabs -- they predict actions (even if sometimes they're incorrect) based on their doggy understanding of physics. I like to play laser tag and "eyeglass tag" with Earl, shining the laser light or the reflection from my eyeglass lens on the floor and watch him romp around and chase the light. The funny thing is that he understands the light source, and he will often skip the reflection and go straight to the source. It is similar to how he understands that when my husband talks to him over the Facetime program on the computer, he will "talk" back for a minute and then run down into the basement where my husband is. So they have an understanding of physics and technology ... and mirrors!

      So glad to hear from you. I love to hear Sook's adventures.

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      Bob B. 3 years ago

      Another laugh generated by my McNab, Sook. We hide a chew in the house each day and Sook excitedly tears around to find it. We can hear his "CHOMP" even from another room when he finds it. Last week, I'd run out of new places to hide it. My wife was reading, so I slipped it between my wife and the seat of her reading chair with only a half inch or so showing. My wife looked slightly apprehensive and told me, "If Sook bites me in the (bleep), you're in trouble." In true McNab fashion, Sook saved the day for me by being VERY careful with his teeth when he found the chew.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Bob, that is so McNab, isn't it? Earl is so very gentle when he's given a treat or a bone, as well. When he goes with me in the car, we have a little ritual: I take a large biscuit along, and once we get in the vehicle, he gently nudges my arm. I ignore him until we hit the blacktop, and then I reach back with the bone without saying anything. He oh-so-gently and slowly reaches out and takes it so lightly I almost don't feel his touch. Funny thing is, he won't eat his biscuits in the car -- he puts them in a pile, and I reuse the same ones again and again!

      We adopted kittens recently -- and Earl is very unhappy about it. At first he was afraid of them; now he just resents them. He is not a greedy dog about food or treats, but he'll sneak in and eat their cat food late at night, and although he takes very good care of his stuffed toys, he has stolen their little stuffed mice and shredded them to bits.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Fantastic hub. I loved that your husband said: "Do I write it for one, or all three?" How awesome. I also was nodding my head in agreement that dogs don't need to be yelled at in order to hear- a common mistake that SO many people make. Dogs actually obey a yeller LESS than they would someone who speaks in a calming tone. Voted up!

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for your insightful comment, Epbooks. Funny -- one of Earl's many nicknames is "E.P." You're so right; dogs are far more attentive and responsive to a very quiet person. It's the same with the horses: if you want a responsive animal, you use the lightest cues possible. The more forceful you get, verbally or physically, the more they harden themselves to what you're communicating to them. Isn't it amazing how few people seem to grasp that?

      Thanks for stopping by and comment! -- MJ

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      Bob B. 3 years ago

      My McNab, Sook, is very alert (ears up, forward and locked; eyes wide open and focused, but not staring; etc.), especially when I or my wife is working in the kitchen preparing food. For me, Sook's attention is focused up at the food I'm chopping or otherwise preparing. For my wife, who has moderately advanced arthritis in her hands, he instead concentrates his attention at the floor in front of her. Smart dog. More McNab smiles.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi Bob! Wow, that subtle shift of focus is just the sort of thing that makes you really stand back and ponder their intelligence, isn't it? They know and understand each of "their" people so fully. Lately we've been taking Earl and the senior dogs for "rambles" around the property. Earl assumes a middle position, deliberately slowing himself down, so he can keep an eye on me and the two old, slow dogs, rather than keeping up with my husband who forges on ahead without us. Earl is clearly looking out for us as he stops and looks back at frequent and regular intervals.

      We recently brought home two kittens -- he has not forgiven us yet.

      Best -- MJ

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      Bob B. 3 years ago

      I just re-read your comment from five weeks ago about Earl's attitude wrt cats. That brings back memories. The tag on the cage at the animal shelter (where we got him for only $75) gave the reason his previous owner had given him up: "Chases Cats." My reaction was, "No! Really?" A few weeks after we adopted him, we were in the common area of our condo complex when a cat whizzed by and Sook chased it behind a bush. A loud ROWRR! let me know that Sook had just learned that chasing cats and catching up to them can be two quite different experiences. He trotted our from behind the bushes looking back over his shoulder.... His previous owner had obviously kept him outside because he seemed to lack the ability to distinguish between outside and inside when having to relieve himself. At first I threatened (to no avail) to trade him in on a $100 dog. Then, when I threatened to trade him in on a cat (a CAT?!!!) he got the message. I don't have a cat now to test my theory, but I think that Border Collie-related dogs might have some difficulty accepting cats. This is, of course, surprising for a breed so wonderfully gentle and friendly as a McNab.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Bob,

      I can't even fathom Earl being brave enough to chase these cats -- although he's slowly starting to recover from the shock of having the infidels in his home. It amazes me that he'll roar like an angry giant when a coyote sets foot on the property, and won't so much as acknowledge bunnies unless they are in the fenced portion of the backyard (they can race around right next to him and it's as if he doesn't even see them), but he's so worried about these cats! Finally, weeks later, he'll let them give him a nose-bump, and even sleep next to him, but as soon as they touch his tail with a paw -- he walks away with his head lowered, the very picture of dejection.

      I love hearing Sook's adventures! I'll tell Earl that there is at least one cat-chasing McNab out there, and that perhaps being chased BY cats is not the only avenue.

      Best -- MJ

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      Raven319 3 years ago

      Thank you MJennifer for your informative and entertaining hub! I just found Daisy at Miranda Rescue in northern California and wasn't sure what she was, but now I know! I have learned a lot from Earl (and thank you Bob, Sook has taught me much, as well). My girl and I have a lot to learn from each other (she's about 9 months and won't fetch or play ball with me, though she does play with me in other ways). Can you recommend good sites for me to read? I have sooooo many questions!

      Thanks again!

      Raven and Daisy

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Raven (and Daisy!) What a lovely comment. I'm so thrilled to hear that Daisy found you and adopted you! (Smart girl, that dog.) You know, I'm not aware of any other sites right now that might be helpful to you -- with a little luck, maybe someone will see this and make a recommendation! If I might recommend an excellent book, though, you may enjoy Bruce Fogle DVM's "The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior." Also ... for an amazing true story of a dog that is also jam-packed with insight into the nature of dogs ... you're in for a treat if you haven't read "Merle's Door." My dog vet recommended it to me since I have quite the dog library.

      Just remember that McNabs are far more sensitive than most, and use the least verbal force and volume possible to shape their behavior -- ask, rather than demand -- and think of it as coaching rather than dictating. Have you tried playing laser-tag with Daisy? If she's been conditioned to not play orally (i.e., carry / fetch) she may just LOVE the laser game. Earl goes bonkers over it!

      Please keep in touch! You're welcome to look me up through my website (listed on my profile page).

      Best wishes!

      Mj

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      I loved reading about your McNab, and as a dog lover I can't believe I didn't already know about this breed. So smart, independent and loving -- over all just a really cool dog. I'm jealous! I'd love to have one some day; I have a huge yard but no livestock, so the dog probably wouldn't be too happy here.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, SmartAndFun -- thank you for stopping by! I'm currently searching for a second McNab to add to the family -- twice the McNab ought to mean ten times the fun! I hope you have the chance to meet one in person someday. They're amazing dogs and I always get such a kick out of seeing people meet Earl for the first time -- they're often stunned at his intelligence and funny, quirky ways. With a little luck, I'll get some calves this spring that the McNabs can call their very own.

      Thanks again for your kind comment.

      Best -- MJ

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      I will keep an eye out now that I know about them. I live near Weatherford, Texas, which bills itself as "The Cutting Horse Capitol of the World," so surely there are at least a few McNabs in the area.

      Please write a hub about the new McNab when you find one. I'd love to see photos of the pair in action together. :)

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      Bob B. 3 years ago

      Hi again, MJennifer. I noted the comment above from Raven319 re her new McNab, Daisy, not fetching nor playing ball. My McNab, Sook, did not fetch nor play ball (tug) when he first arrived from the shelter. What worked for Sook was me rolling the ball slowly toward him while he was lying down. It gently bumped him in the nose, which started to get his attention and interest. Combining the slow roll with an occasional tiny dog biscuit treat (3/4 inch long), and not doing this too often (to avoid him feeling hassled), it didn't take long for Sook to catch on and enjoy. Then, while he had the ball in his mouth, I'd offer one of the tiny treats from a few feet away. When Sook arrived at my feet with the ball, I'd offer the tiny treat in exchange. Then I increased the distance, rolled/threw the ball to one side and Sook's doggy instincts to chase did the rest. Oh, and I soon discovered the fetch, return and drop were so much fun for him that the treat was unnecessary.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Bob! So good to hear from you again. I hope Raven checks in and sees your comment -- that's a good training tip on teaching a reluctant dog. McNabs are so sensitive it is easy for them to be turned off an activity and they do require careful, positive coaching to recover their initiative.

      We will be bringing a new McNab puppy into our home in May. Never will four months seems such an eternity! Earl will soon be the middle child instead of the baby. Of course, he now has two kitties to call his own. He was terrified of the little fur balls for three months and now he plays with them, cuddles up with them, and is protective of them.

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      When May and the puppy arrive, please post a hub with TONS of puppy pictures! I can't wait to see the little baby! :)

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Awwww, thank you SmartAndFun! We are ridiculously excited and I suspect I will make everyone crazy with puppy photos, puppy tales (tails?) and puppy videos attached to puppy-sized hubs. I'm looking forward to some puppy-meets-horses and cattle videos as well.

      Thanks so much!

      Best -- MJ

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      Bob B. 3 years ago

      MJennifer, Great news on the new puppy-to-be come May. I hope the process of naming a new puppy is is much fun for you as it always has been for me. Often, it's several days of observing until suddenly the (now-obvious name) just appears. Sook's naming is a very interesting story too long to relate here. Several years ago, Ian, a then-local ultrarunner who has since moved to Arizona had a McNab named Zoroaster. I always assumed there was a good story behind that name but never had the courage to ask...

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Bob,

      I have a habit of choosing for my dogs and horses before they even arrive! I guess I'm like a parent that way. Now, Earl arrived before I knew I was even getting a puppy -- but I already had the name in my head. Our new puppy will be Molly McNab. I do hope someday to hear the story of Sook's name. I know there's a place on Vancouver Island named Sook … am I close?

      Best -- Mj

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      Toni Brock 3 years ago

      Hi M Jennifer, I am so happy you are getting a puppy soon. Is by chance coming from Teri Garcin in California? I am looking excitedly forward to stories and pictures.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Toni -- sorry for the delayed reply. Let's just say I'm hoping that Teri's next litter will have a puppy with my name on her! I am keeping everything crossed! Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello -- and let's hope there will be pictures and "tails" ahead! Best, MJ

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      Toni Brock 3 years ago

      MJennifer, that is sooo exciting. I just received an email from Teri, telling me that Brie is due to whelp in March! I just love her. I can't wait to see what pup you get. There are a few females due to whelp and the are all great dogs.

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      Selah strand 3 years ago

      I had heard the name McNab before but I always thought it was the name of one of the families who started the Border Collie Breed. I didn't know it was a breed all in itself!

      That said, I'm in the process of buying/adopting a 9 week old McNab right now! I was so excited that I was literally jumping up and down for almost 10 minutes straight! If all goes well, my new puppy will be here in my own home by the end of the week!!!! :) :D :):):):)

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Selah, congratulations on joining the McNab family! You will be utterly smitten with your new pup. I won't be bringing our new addition home until early May … how will I ever make it? Thank you for commenting and sharing the joy of your new addition. I hope you'll visit again to update!

      Best -- MJ

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Toni, Holly should be whelping our own puppy in early March. We can't wait to see how Earl reacts to a new "sister." We've got many adventures planned!

      Best -- Mj

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      Toni 3 years ago

      Congratulations MJennifer! I will have to watch the Garcins website to see if she posts pics of the pups. I am so excited for you and can’t wait for your updates :)

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks, Toni! Counting down six days until expected delivery date! Woohoo!

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      Bob B. 3 years ago

      So, Molly McNab will make herself visible soon! I don't know how much you'll get to see/hold her before you get to take her home, but I bet it'll seem like a loooooong time. You might be able to get some great videos of Earl's early reactions. I look forward to hearing all about it.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Bob! Molly should make her grand debut in about three days. She's several hundred miles away so I'm not sure if I'll get to see her before pick-up -- although I'm considering it, if I can get everything organized here on the ranch. I am getting itchy for that new-dog smell! You can imagine my excitement. I'm not sure Earl is prepared to share his stuffed toys yet, though … How's Sook?

      Best -- MJ

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      Bob B. 3 years ago

      Hi again, MJennifer. I've been checking in almost daily to hear the news on the Molly McNab front. I sure hope the litter wasn't all boys...I assume you wouldn't name him Molly! Sook is doing as well as ever, in fact better than ever in at least one way. In addition to the salmon based dog food I upped his dose of fish oil to about three times what it had been and -- miracle of miracles -- Sook virtually STOPPED SHEDDING! Certainly less than 5% of what it had been. The dose is now a full tablespoon or maybe a little more once a day on his kibbles. A $30 bottle lasts a couple months. We make up at least part of the cost in having to buy fewer dry mop heads. So, that's it for our soon-to-be eight year old PUPPY. Hope to hear something soon bout your (eight DAY old?) puppy.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Bob! Yes, our puppy has been born … She made her grand entry on March 5th but I have yet to see photos. As a Johnny Cash fan, I might name a boy dog Sue but certainly not Molly, you're correct! We have been trying to warn Earl that he will have to share his toys -- it has been a challenge for him to get used to sharing life with two kitties (he steals their stuffed mice). Molly will turn his world upside down, I'm afraid. Earl is definitely used to being our soon-to-be-five year old puppy and I hope he never grows out of that puppy-ness even if he does adapt to being the "big brother."

      Isn't salmon oil a wonderful thing? I need to reorder some (thanks for reminding!) My black lab definitely benefits from it, too.

      I hope to be sharing Earl'n'Molly pics soon!

      Best -- MJ

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      Toni 3 years ago

      Hi MJennifer,

      I recently received an email from Teri (Molly”s breeder) that she has a 4 month old male from one of her litters that the owners had to return due to some serious human medical problems. His name is Ernest. I wish I could take him, but I just can’t at this time. I thought I would mention it here in case some one here on the site is looking for a wonderful McNab pup. I can’t wait for the Earl and Molly update. I am so excited for you.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Toni!

      I appreciate the information on Ernest (I love that name -- I seem to have an affinity for "e-names" for dogs). I have a couple of contacts who might be interested. Thank you for posting.

      I am counting down the days until we meet our McNablett. I am bonding with Molly before I've even met her. I can really use a good dose of puppy breath!

      Best -- MJ

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      Toni 3 years ago

      Ha ha I sure know what you mean about the puppy breath :) I recently went to visit my sister and her new puppy. How totally precious it was to hold (and smell) that precious little pup. That is wonderful that you passed on the info about Ernest. I hope he gets a great home. He is a very good dog.

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      Bob B. 3 years ago

      What an opportunity for some lucky McNab lover. We don't have the room or I'd be tempted. However, I'd have to change his name to Ear-nest... :-)

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Oh, Bob, that's perfect: "Ear-nest!" Here's to one ear up!

      Best -- MJ

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      Arnica Kala 3 years ago from India (Mussoorie)

      Oh My God, Its just a Blast, a mixture f everything I wanted, It is Awesome From the beginning to end ..

      Great Waiting for more Marcy

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Oh, Arnica, thank you so much! That is the greatest compliment. I appreciate it greatly!

      Best -- Marcy

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      Bob B. 3 years ago

      I guess it's over six weeks since Molly McNab joined the outside world and I've been waiting anxiously for a new stub to be called, no doubt, "A Personal Introduction to a McNab Puppy." Because my McNab, Sook, was a year old when we got him from the shelter, I never saw him as a (chronological) puppy. But he's more than made up for that by being a "puppy" for the entire seven years since. He gave us another laugh over the weekend when the three of us were in a motel room. Sook is very quiet and never barks except a BARK-BARK when the doorbell rings. Imagine my surprise when I heard his sharp BARK-BARK while I was in the bathroom and Sook was in the other room where my wife was watching TV. There was an Avon ad on the TV: "Ding-Dong, Avon calling." An hour later he had his first encounter with a mirror. He tried to go into sniff-wag mode but only succeeded in bumping his nose. It took him about ten seconds to come to the universal canine conclusion that if it don't have a scent, it ain't worth a cent. Love that dog.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Bob! We will meet our Molly the McNablet in just three days! I'm preparing for the road trip now -- the crate is cleaned and has puppy-approved chews and toys inside; the puppy food is purchased and waiting; the house is a disaster. Priorities, you know.

      Earl turned five last week and he, too, is still very much the pup as well. I think that McNabs are the most joyful combination of working dog and silly puppy-ness I've ever known. Last night, like Sook, Earl had us laughing as we were watching silly kitten and puppy videos on Youtube and every time someone squeaked a toy or meowed, Earl jumped on top of us and tilted his head, one ear up, at the iPad. Every day he melts us somehow.

      There will be a McNab puppy appearance very, very soon!

      Best -- MJ

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      Toni 3 years ago

      WhooHoo MJ! CONGRATS! I can't wait to see pics and hear stories about Molly McNablett. I hope Earl eats his doggy Wheaties :) I think she is going to wear him out

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you, Toni! Hmm … I'm trying to picture Earl being worn out … so far I can't wrap my imagination around it -- what I wouldn't do for 1/10th of his energy! Maybe I'd better start eating what he eats. Thanks again and more to come soon!

      Best -- Mj

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      Bob B. 2 years ago

      Hi! Been checking daily for a couple of weeks. Hope all is going well for Molly, et al. Sook sends wags.

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Bob! Molly is amazing … and I am working on that Introduction to a McNab Puppy just for you and Sook to meet her! I should have it finished by tomorrow evening at latest (absent the usual life-pranks that happen as soon as I make a timeline!) Our new little girl has been keeping all of us -- Earl, kitties, self and husband -- on our toes, that's for sure!

      Check back soon -- work in progress!

      Best -- Mj

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      Toni 2 years ago

      I am so looking forward to meeting Molly McNab :)

      Did you go to the Garcin ranch and meet any of the other dogs?

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Toni! We are so happy with Molly. Did you see the new article I posted on her? We did indeed go to the ranch. What wonderful people and what a lovely, serene place -- it has a special energy. We did get to meet the rest of the pack as well -- the two litters (Holly's and Nellie's) and the mature dogs -- and Teri took us on a great quad ride to run them. Molly was quite the happy traveler on the return trip and has since taken over the house completely. She has also stolen Earl's heart -- and has rapidly become the favorite dog of one of the kitties, who rolls on his back and lets her pounce on top of him. All is well in McNabville, Arizona!

      Best -- Mj

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      Bob B. 2 years ago

      Wow! I just read "Introduction to a McNab Puppy." What a treat! Molly is terminally cute. And alert/bright eyed. And etc. Your writing is superb. At eight weeks there was already sooooooo much going on! Reminds me of my two kids...they were always ahead of where I thought they were. You are obviously enjoying the privilege of interacting with Molly during the growing of her McNab-ness!

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Bob! Awwww, thank you. I love the phrase "terminally cute!" It just amazes me that such a young creature -- gosh, eight weeks is just a blink -- can have such a defined personality and ability to reason and communicate. As I write this, she is having her nighttime wrestle with Earl -- he is all grins and snuffles. I'm so fortunate to be able to be home with the dogs as they mature; I wouldn't miss it for the world.

      Best -- Mj

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      Toni 2 years ago

      Mj, I am so glad you had such a wonderful experience coming home with Molly. It sounds like a great day spent at the ranch with Teri and the pack. I haven't seen the Molly article! I don't know you posted one. I will search for it-I can't wait to see pictures and read the delightful stories. Thank you so much for sharing such joy with all of us.

      Toni

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Oh, Toni, thank you! It was most certainly a great visit.

      Best -- Mj

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      What a wonderful description and tribute to a special dog. He was cute to watch in action in that video, and Argos is special too. Voted up +++ and sharing.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      What a great article! I'd never heard of a McNab. They do look rather like a short-haired Border Collie. My dad had a Border Collie in his bachelor days, and reported him to be a very smart, thinking dog.

      I appreciate your cautions and advice about who should and should not own one of these special dogs. Not everyone is a fit pet parent, and some people do, indeed, adopt the wrong type of dog for the wrong reasons, even if they are well-intentioned toward the animal.

      Voted up, awesome, useful and interesting.

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      Voted up and everything else because that is what McNabs are. All the above. We have Joe and Bandit. They are a mix of Border Collie and McNab. Joe looks like a Border Collie. Bandit looks totally McNab with a thicker Collie tail.

      Having two of these fellows is a scream.

      I was looking for something to give my life routine and I got these guys as 8 week old puppies. I don't know who works harder them or me.

      You presented McNabs beautifully. They are not for a low energy family. They don't speak the same language most dogs do, and the Aussie cattle dialect is completely different. Great article.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I have a dog trainer friend who works with border collies for herding competitions. But I have never really seen anything about these. Thanks for sharing the great photos and info!

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much, FlourishAnyway! We do love our Earl (and our new girl Molly McNab, too!) We lost Argos at eleven just a month ago. He was perhaps the kindest, gentlest giant of a soul I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Earl is now adjusting to being the salty dog rather than the green puppy for the first time in his life! Thank you for visiting and letting me share my beloved McNabs.

      Best -- Mj

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Ms Lizzy -- and thank you so much for your comments. Stock dogs and herding dogs are almost scary smart, sometimes. Your dad had excellent taste in dogs!

      You're right -- those good intentions aren't enough, sometimes, and it's sad when a good heart becomes a broken heart over a poor match in one's canine companion. Sometimes love isn't enough when we choose our animals.

      Thanks so much for the up-votes and kind words.

      Best -- Mj

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Hello, TirelessTraveler! You put that so well -- that McNabs don't speak the same language most dogs do. We just added Molly McNablet to the pack. She has just turned eight weeks old and you're right, it's a scream having two -- it's as if Earl has a mini-me trotting sideways, as they do, beside him. The McNab / Border mix is pretty amazing, isn't it?

      Thanks so much for saying hello.

      Best -- Mj

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Hello, Heidi! I hope you have the chance, someday, to see a McNab in action. They're such a joy and share many similarities with the lovely Border Collies but have enough differences that there's a visible distinction in their behavior and personalities. I think they're the best-kept secret in the canine world … but I'm a bit biased, I admit!

      Thanks so much for your comment!

      Best -- Mj

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      SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

      Congrats on your new McNab puppy MJennifer!

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Introduction-to-a-McNa...

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      SmartAndFun, is there anything more fun than a puppy? They're just pure joy.

      Thanks!

      Best -- Mj

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      Gypsy Willow 2 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I am an avid dog lover and I'd never heard of this awesome breed before. Thank you for putting me right with your delightful hub!

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Hello, Gypsy Willow, and thanks for letting me be the one to make your introduction to this amazing breed! I am still learning new things about them … last night I stumbled across a winery that owns the original ranch where the McNab was developed. They winery now markets a "Fred's Red" wine, named after the foundation sire, with a McNab picture on the label! Do I feel another McNab hub coming on? One that invokes a road trip and a wine tasting? You bet!

      Best -- Mj

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      I just became acquainted with Earl, I'm so impressed. What a bright, breezy, beautiful, intelligent and fun loving dog he is. I'm a most 'doggie' person but had not heard of this breed. I had a border collie cross for many years, delightful and so intelligent, he was definitely the boss of this home. I enjoyed reading about Earl and his antics - thank you.

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Travmaj, thanks so much for meeting Earl. McNabs and traditional border collies do enjoy many of the same characteristics and traits, but they have their own unique style. Having a young McNab puppy for Earl to play with has been great fun as we watch a smaller version of Earl shadowing him and displaying the same quirky habits. Thanks for reading and commenting; it's always a pleasure hearing from another "doggie" person (the best kind of people, I think!)

      Best -- MJ

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      Frauna 2 years ago

      I need to get over and and steal Earl's affection and meet Molly! I live reading the posts from all the McNab lived out there!

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Frauna,

      Absolutely, you've got to visit McNabville and meet Molly! I do believe you've already stolen Earl's heart, though. You must see them while Molly is still Earls "Mini-Me." It's funny watching him with his little pint-sized shadow.

      Hope to introduce you soon!

      Best -- Mj

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Well, I have just spent almost an hour reading about Earl. I watched your wonderful video, and read the many comments!

      A d I thought my Miniature Schnauzer was smart! What a delightful dog. I have never heard of this breed, so I am so glad I read about Earl

      Voted up, etc, and will share on Goole+ and Pin to my pets board.

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Mary, thank you! I'm glad to be the one to introduce you to our beloved McNabs. Having one McNab in our pack was a joy -- but having TWO is so much fun it must be illegal. Each day brings something new and wonderful as little Molly the McNablet learns the ropes. Thank you for the share and pin!

      Best -- Mj

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Dave -- thanks for your interesting comment. None of the McNabs I've known will "sing" but they do have some interesting vocalizations -- from some happy humming to some pretty expressive yowling when playing. Now, there's no chance Daisy has some Basenji in her, is there? They have the most "singing" sort of vocalizations I can think of -- along with distinctively furrowed brows. Plus, they're very popular in Japan.

      Perhaps someone else will have some feedback on McNabs who vocalize in the way you describe -- please check back!

      Best -- Mj

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      Dave Orig 2 years ago

      Hi, I'm so very happy to read all the story about your dog Mcnab. Guess what? I have a Mcnab too, One day my uncle said he has a surprise to me it was on the blue box with many holes in it and later on when I'm going to open the box it surprised me with a dog with black and white body and it's only 2months old., I really don't love dogs but in that time when i see that puppy while his eyes staring at me It melts my soul that something with that puppy that i can't really explained and what's only in my mind is to love this puppy with all my heart! I really have no idea what kind of breed it is so I do a lot of reaserches. I'm thinking maybe it's only an ordinary dog that can be only found @ the sides of the street. till I found a dog with a black and white body with a name in it! I said: Mcnab? I never heared a Mcnab before!" and again I reaserched and see some description about Mcnab and it only says It's a very talented dog and some other charateristics that I'm not satisfied. I have very rough days understanding my beloved dog Mcnab until I read all of your story that helps me a lot .. I wish I can tell a story more but seems I'm already tired going on! All i wanna say is I'm very thankfull for all of this..

      P.S Sorry for my bad English!

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Dave! Thanks so much for saying hello and sharing your story about your lovely McNab! It makes me happy to know your dog found you and you made room in your heart to love him. They're amazing, joyful animals. So glad to hear from you!

      Best -- Mj

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      Bob B 2 years ago

      Hi, again, MJennifer! I'm back with another Sook-the-McNab experience to share. The motion-activated light in the common area of our condo complex comes on when I approach with Sook for his final pee each night. While he was doing his business, recently, the light timed out and turned itself off. By the faint residual light, I could see Sook was still doing his business when he wiggled his (large!) ears. Immediately the light came back on!

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      Dave McCune 2 years ago

      I am so happy to have learned today, I have a mostly McNab mix. I rescued Jackie or One Eyed Jack from Fresno, where been barely surviving in a homeless encampment. When I heard her story, I drove 5 hours from Lake Tahoe to resue her (hit a deer on the way home and I didn't even care !!) She is exactly all the wonderful description you've so gracefully given on these pages. What an amazing animal- I struggle to get her all the excerize she needs, but were working on it. I'd love to send some pics if you want to see her. Thx Dave McCune

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Bob!

      That certainly makes me laugh -- and Sook's intelligence doesn't surprise me! We've been going full-tilt with the new McNab puppy, Molly, in the house AND the new Papillon puppy at the same time. We bought Earl and Molly some cows to herd and it is something to see them immediately follow their instincts!

      Happy New Year!

      MJ

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Hi, Dave!

      Congratulations on your McNab! They are priceless, precious dogs. Don't plan on ever tiring Jackie out -- no matter how much exercise they get, they recharge quickly and are ready to go. I wish I could count how many miles Earl and Molly put on every day, from chasing the horses and cows to running laps with each other in the arena -- and enough ball-chasing my husband got tennis elbow from throwing. I'd love to see pics! I'm on gmail at marcyjmiller06.

      Best wishes,

      MJ

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      He sounds like he found just the right home...you and your husband obviously know what he needs and are willing to provide that environment and love with no reservations. It does take special people to have a special pet.

      Good for you ....lucky pups, lucky you.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Marcy J. Miller 2 years ago from Arizona

      Awww, thanks, PS! We count our pups (and all the other creatures that share our home) among our greatest blessings. When they're happy, we're happy!

      Best wishes to you -- and happy 2015!

      Mj

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      Ashleigh 7 months ago

      Wow. So many comments. You may have answered my question as I got a little lazy there towards the end as far as reading them all...We have a McNab - ish. She's only about 22-23 lbs with very short/almost wirey hair (no shedding!) so she's a mixture, but with prevalent McNab traits. I'm concerned about the Ivermectin reaction you mentioned. Can you go into further detail or provide a source I might read myself?

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      Lorraine Taylor 6 months ago

      We recently lost our Wire Fox Terrier and after a long grieving period started the look our next pal. We decided to get a dog that we could easily train to become my son's Service Dog. Off to a nearby rescue we went and met Buster. We believe him to be a MacNab Border Collie mix. We are in love. He has brought so much joy to our lives it is almost beyond words to explain. I have never met a dog with so much love to give. He has completed Obedience 1 and 2 and we are now giving him some time to grow up a little before we attempt Good Citizen and Service Dog training. He aced all his classes and the trainer adores him. I was wondering if the affinity to chew is part of this breed? I think maybe we just need to keep him busier than the mile walk he is presently getting followed by run and play games in our back yard. He has started to chase his tail at night and I think this too is indicative that he needs more exercise and more challenges. If anyone would like to chime in I would be appreciative. Getting him to stop mouthing us has been a long job. He still will open his mouth and sort of see how we will respond in the early am's. We have been very consistent with him on this. Also the inherit need to use his front paws has us stymied. We would like him to stop this as is scratches our arms and hurts us. He has gotten some better but I just think he may have some Boxer in him and this habit is just instinctive for him. Thank you for letting us meet your Earl. We adore Buster and think he was the best decision we EVER made. Lorraine

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      Lorraine 6 months ago

      I should have added that my son is 40 years old and has a mild form of Autism called Asperger Syndrome. Buster will hopefully be his emotional service dog. And if this does not work out he will be he very best buddy and we are fine with that. The two of them together is wonderful to watch. I would send you a picture of Buster but do not know how on this site. Love for you all to see him. We think he is very handsome. Lorraine

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