Going to see a rescue dog tomorrow - wish me luck...
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(07-17-2017, 04:35 AM)only-borders Wrote: I'm sure it was a difficult decision to make. I believe you are doing what is best for Zap. 

I'm confident you will find the right dog for you when the time is right. In the mean time maybe you could voluteer at the shelter and get some experience with dogs until you find the perfect one for you.

Thanks!  I hope you're right - third time lucky maybe.

Volunteering at the shelter is a great idea, and I'd take it up like a shot if the rescue wasn't a 3 hour round trip.  In the meantime, I'll keep looking after friends' dogs.  Smile
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(07-17-2017, 07:02 AM)UKPete Wrote:
(07-17-2017, 04:35 AM)only-borders Wrote: I'm sure it was a difficult decision to make. I believe you are doing what is best for Zap. 

I'm confident you will find the right dog for you when the time is right. In the mean time maybe you could voluteer at the shelter and get some experience with dogs until you find the perfect one for you.

Thanks!  I hope you're right - third time lucky maybe.

Volunteering at the shelter is a great idea, and I'd take it up like a shot if the rescue wasn't a 3 hour round trip.  In the meantime, I'll keep looking after friends' dogs.  Smile
Is there a shelter that is closer? I don't think its important that it is the same one you would rescue from.

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(07-17-2017, 08:34 AM)only-borders Wrote:
(07-17-2017, 07:02 AM)UKPete Wrote: Thanks!  I hope you're right - third time lucky maybe.

Volunteering at the shelter is a great idea, and I'd take it up like a shot if the rescue wasn't a 3 hour round trip.  In the meantime, I'll keep looking after friends' dogs.  Smile
Is there a shelter that is closer? I don't think its important that it is the same one you would rescue from.

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That's a thought - there are some more local shelters - I think I had written them off because they weren't border specialists. I shall definitely investigate. Thank you for your suggestion.
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I think getting involved with a local shelter is a great idea.  You can get more experience with dogs and you may find a dog that is perfect for you.  Herding dogs have lots of similar traits.  Mattie is terrified of strange dogs but she does really well with Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Australian Cattle Dogs, etc.  because herding dogs have similar play styles.  Another thought is that people that work in shelters and rescues often hear of dogs that need to be re-homed.  Often it isn't the fault of the dog but because the people have to move, or an illness or death.  I know the perfect dog will come along, you are wise to be patient.
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(07-19-2017, 09:58 PM)Tasha Wrote: I think getting involved with a local shelter is a great idea.  You can get more experience with dogs and you may find a dog that is perfect for you.  Herding dogs have lots of similar traits.  Mattie is terrified of strange dogs but she does really well with Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Australian Cattle Dogs, etc.  because herding dogs have similar play styles.  Another thought is that people that work in shelters and rescues often hear of dogs that need to be re-homed.  Often it isn't the fault of the dog but because the people have to move, or an illness or death.  I know the perfect dog will come along, you are wise to be patient.

I find it really fascinating that Jasper is fine with other BC's even if he has never met them before yet he is not fond of any other dogs. My partners nephew brings his American Staffy when he comes riding with my partner and leaves her in the yard. She is a very timid girl, full of appeasement behaviours but that's a whole other story. Max accepts her well but Jasper won't let her near the house. Poor thing sits down the yard under a Gazebo unless I shut Jasper in and go down to spend time with her. Jasper doesn't bother with her as long as she keeps her distance, she's terrified of him. I suggested to my partner that he ask his nephew to stop bringing her because it's not a nice time for her. He can go amongst a strange bunch of BC's and there's not a hint of an issue. I haven't come across Aussie, kelpies or ACD's with him so it would be interesting to see.
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Ember is incredibly specific too - both size and breed. She knows her type and wants to be with other BCs, and some dogs similar in size can range from "fun" to "eh, cool" to "50 feet away or bust". Bigger dogs are for telling off, and smaller dogs are for sitting on.
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Mine recognize BCs and BC type dogs, and love them the best. Gideon was raised with a Golden/Aussie mix, so he is very tolerant of Goldens. And the queen of the universe is a JRT, so they are respectful of all JRTs.
Gotta love 'em.
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