Our dog Tom is an Australian Shepard/Springer Spaniel Mix. We got him at a farm east of Orange, in 1996. Tom loves to run and chase a tennis ball and fetch it. In 2000 we took him to Idyllwild and he loved the snow. When we get a chance we take him to the beach and he barks at and eats the waves. Tom is pretty smart. He understands a lot of english. He likes to play tug of war with the ball. If you say "there's a cat" he runs to look for it. If he sees a cat he thinks it is his prey or something and he has to get it. He has caught birds. And if there is a fly he does his best to catch it. He has caught a fly.