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KFYO’s Rescue of the Week: Tabasco the Australian Cattle Dog

Julie Fisher

Because of your help and interest, Tabasco was adopted into a loving home!

Meet Tabasco, a 3 year old Australian Cattle Dog at the Lubbock Animal Shelter. Tabasco has been at the animal shelter since May 2nd. He was picked up as a stray and was never claimed by an owner.

Australian Cattle Dogs are also known as Red Heelers. They are extremely intelligent dogs, ranking as the tenth smartest breed in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs. They make loyal and loving companions are are protective of their family and home. Australian Cattle Dogs require a fair amount of exercise and do best in homes with larger yards. They have a strong herding instinct and because of their intelligence do well in agility competitions.

Tabasco has a calm demeanor for his breed and is extremely sweet. Training him would be easy. When I visited him in the shelter, he was very affectionate and would even sit for a toy. He seemed to do very well with other dogs and was bright eyed and curious. This dog would make a great family pet. He would also be a good running or walking companion. He wasn’t hyperactive and didn’t display many poor dog “manners.” He also seems like he would do well in a home with children, and has had personality tests to make sure he isn’t aggressive.

Julie Fisher

Tabasco can be yours for a very small adoption fee of $60.  The fee will include a microchip, shots, and a voucher for getting him neutered. Usually, shots, neutering and microchipping alone costs over $250, not including the price of purchasing a new puppy.

If you are interested in meeting or adopting Tabasco, contact Lubbock Animal Services at (806) 775-2057, visit their shelter at 401 North Ash Avenue in Lubbock, or send me an email at and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet!

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