DH just showed me a 3 year old, 22 lb border collie X spaniel on a rescue-adoption web page. Since my beloved Faith (who died in 2011 at age 17) was a BC probably X spaniel, I really wanted to replace her with a similar small, sweet tempered dog. Cliff (who is probably BC X GSD) is bigger than I wanted, at 55 lbs. Cliff was in rough shape and unsocialized when we got him a year and a half ago. I have put many, many hours into training Cliff. He is now a handsome, loving dog who recalls well, follows many commands and adores to be petted by me. He is somewhat socialized with strangers if I give him the "Friend" command. Cliff is a good dog now, but he would immediately fail a therapy dog test because he wouldn't tolerate handling by a stranger. No question that Cliff is a good watch dog. There have been numerous burglaries in our area but I feel much safer with Cliff in the house.I only have 2 hands and adopting a third dog would stress me. DH suggested that we swap Cliff for the little BC X spaniel (he was joking). Now that Cliff is secure in his home and the love of a family and pack, I couldn't stand to betray him by tossing him back into the pool of un-homed dogs.I don't need another dog. The little BC X spaniel will probably be adopted soon, she is so pretty. She is the dog I really wanted.I don't need another dog.Wendy
I don't need another dog.Wendy And, you should keep repeating that after you call and make an appointment to meet her:)-Donna
I don't need another dog.Who said anything about "needing" another dog.Sounds like you "want" this dog. Nothing wrong with that!
I don't need another dog. The little BC X spaniel will probably be adopted soon, she is so pretty. She is the dog I really wanted.I don't need another dog.So, did you get the dog you really wanted?LWW
<did you get the dog you really wanted?>I contacted the rescuer (Eileen Gillette of Ravensgate Border Collie Rescue), who told me that the BC/spaniel's personality was unfriendly and pretty much the opposite of Faith's, despite the superficial physical resemblance. Since even Eileen, who has rescued over 700 dogs and is an expert, found her "challenging," I wouldn't be able to handle her at all.The advantage of adopting a dog from an experienced rescuer, as opposed to a dog pound, is that the rescuer gets to know the dog and can give a clear, unbiased description of the dog's character. Appearances can deceive and adoption is a lifetime commitment.Wendy
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