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Old 02-06-2007, 03:52 PM
Cassie Abbott Cassie Abbott is offline
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Join Date: Feb 2007
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Cool Newbie with a new dog

My handle makes it pretty obvious, but I'm Cassie. Currently I'm an undergrad at Washington State University majoring in Animal Science, and should graduate next semester. My primary interests are animal genetics and behavior, particularly how the two are related. I'm tentatively planning on getting a PhD or DVM specializing in animal behavior (particularly canine). Since I'm a WSU student I have access to thousands of scientific journals, so if anybody has a pressing interest they'd like looked up I'd be willing to help out (when I have time that is!).

Currently I have 2 cats, Quincy (Manx) and Griffyn (Desert Lynx) as well as an axolotl, Ruby. I'm in the process of adopting a Heeler and should be getting her on Feb 10. In August '06 I had to euthanize my Cane Corso, Stella, due to pathologic aggression. It was heartbreaking and it's still tough. She was my canine soulmate and still my yardstick, in spite of the problems we had.

On a happier note, I'm really looking forward to this new dog as she's completely different from Stella, a polar opposite. I think she's going to respond really well to clicker and positive reinforcement training, and can't wait to see what tricks we can learn together!
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