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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.

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