I think this is the second thread I have started on here in regard of getting another dog.
I am an experienced border collie owner. They were the dogs we grew up with as children and when I got my own flat aged 18, I adopted a border collie lurcher from a very reputable rescue organisation. She had lots of problems. She had been an unclaimed stray and had been rehomed several times before she came to me. She was quite wild, an escape artist who never really was allowed off the lead. She would unlock the doors and get out of the house, open cupboards/the fridge etc. She was the kind of dog that was hard work and I don't think many people would have put up with her for very long. She was dominant and didn't like men getting near me. The list is endless really, but I worked really hard with her and she became an absolutely wonderful family pet and when I had children she was absolutely golden with them. Unfortunately just over 12 months ago at the age of 17/18 I had to have her put to sleep In the meantime of having this dog I got another rescue dog from Wales, another border collie, this one is now 10yo. She is a completely different dog, a bit on the nervous side but very loving, loves walking long distances but isn't playful in the same way the other dog was, but is almost a perfect family pet, wont mess in the house etc and you can really trust her.
Anyway. I have been looking at other dogs on rescue organisation websites etc and I haven't seen any suitable but the other day one came up that I thought would be ideal so I applied and they rang me, seemed keen etc and I went to see him and they said I could reserve him but the other dog had to get on with him, which I agree is important. So I took the other dog along and we got half an hour locked in a compound/grassed area and they then decided the other dog was too boisterous for my dog. My dog is extremely well trained though and isn't a dog that will run in a field unless you are walking through it iykwim If I stand still she will sit next to me looking at me. If we are with strangers she will stay at hell and walk behind but this was why they didn't think the dogs were suited together, yet I felt that with the right training the other dog could be quickly sorted out and make a good family pet for us. Instead they suggested another more difficult dog, with lots of problems because I was an experienced border collie owner
I don't know what to do now. I feel really disappointed, obviously. I don't know whether to just knock the whole idea on the head and just have the dog I have as a single dog. She just seems so lonely though as a single.
Hello QuietTiger, this Monday they had 22 calls from people? jesus wept The dogs are lovely too, it's just such a shame. I know collies come with unique attributes but surely people know that before signing up to it? My son, the youngest one (not the one who told her he was very sophisticated ) described Sarah the other day as 'the lady with the very little dog and the bigger smiling dog with the curly hair' She is settled in fine btw, it's like we have always had her. My other dog seems to actually like her as well, which is great and last night she did some frantic playing with her, which I haven't seen her do since we lost our other dog last year, so it was really great to see/watch
In other news, I took my older dog to the vets Wednesday and she created an audience of people wanting to look at her as they didn't believe she was 10 as she is apparently 'perfect' (well apart from two teeth but she's ten!). The one vet wanted to show the nurses and other vet how flexible her joints were and she let them all mess with her without any bother
and lol at the MI5. The lady who did the homecheck lives at the end of my lane, knows my landlord, knows the man I have my chickens off, knows the woman who lives at the back of me, knows the woman who lives two doors up etc etc!
LadyTurmoil, would you like a photo of my kitchen? I can guarantee it will make you feel better! It's little more than a small corridor and again it was fitted in the 1970's and a couple of the doors have fell off
We don't know what she is mixed with, she just looks like a sable collie to me
Fantastic. She looks like she's serenading you "just one cornetto" style! Our "utility room" OwlLady is actually the old outhouse outside with a half-size freezer in it (no room in kitchen, you see). When you bend down in the lashing rain and gales to get your frozen peas, the angle is just right to get rain straight down your neck!
I thought I would do a quick update. She is absolutely fab so bright and well natured. Mainly toilet trained, uses the crate to sleep and as a safe space if she wants to (though I think she likes a love more), walks well on the lead, sits, has grown LOADS - i think she will be bigger than my older dog, she seems to know her name, loves the other dog who has been running a tight ship with her at times but who now appears to be having a second puppyhood, bounding around and playing, their personalities seem to really compliment one another. It's all turned out really well. Have her booked into dog training for jan and my middle child is coming along with me (he is very keen)
so thank you to all of you who gave me so much good advice it's like she has always been here