It is now 4 years since my beautiful Border Collie died, just a few weeks from her seventeenth birthday.
We have since spent many happy days and weeks baby-sitting friends’ dogs; spoiling them a little with long walks, scrummy doggy dinners, cuddles and play.
Mr PinQ would have gladly had another dog several times over but it wasn’t time. Practically speaking, we couldn’t really commit to another dog because of the hours that we were working but it wasn’t that, I simply wasn’t ready.
Ironically, I am now but we can’t make the financial commitment unless I get a little more work!
Most of our animals are rescues and would take in a rescue as happily as we would a puppy so I have a look once a week but I am getting just a little annoyed at some of the adverts.
The post title is a mix of some of the dreadful spelling that I keep seeing – I can’t bring myself to trust a breeder/seller who is unable to spell “Border Collie”, especially when they could have easily looked at a few of the other adverts on the same website that they have posted on!
I’m also struggling with the adverts for dogs that are only a year or two old but the owner clearly didn’t do any research into the breed and as a result, the dogs are displaying behaviours that they can’t cope with. A 4 month old “not fully house trained”, a 1 year old who “reacts to other dogs when he is on the lead”, a 1 year old that “a half an hour walk is not enough”, an 18 month old that “must go to a home where there is no children” [sic] – all issues that have either been created by/made worse by the owners. The worst of that is that they then have the audacity to charge for these dogs! They all say that it is a difficult decision and that the dog is very loving etc. but the price is fixed, no ONO or OVNO suffix, none that are “free to good home”. I don’t doubt that they would say that the price is to ensure that the dog does go to a good home but if that were truly the case, why are they asking for about half of the cost of a pup?
There were a few times in my life when things were very difficult and I thought that I would have to rehome my baby-girl but I wouldn’t have dreamt of asking to be paid! She had no behavioural issues, was extremely well-trained, loving, supremely fit and a stunning example of her breed but I only considered giving her up for HER welfare. If I had given her up, it would have been to a home where she would have been loved and cared for.
How can these people take on a dog, raise it with problems that they can’t even be bothered to find out how to fix and then try to sell it?
Border Collies are great dogs but you _must_ understand them and raise them accordingly: they need about 30 miles a day – I achieved this with my girl by walking 10 miles a day and throwing a ball/frisbee when she was a youngster, sometimes that was split into 4 separate walks, sometimes 1; they are prone to separation anxiety (and will chew your house to bits in a very short space of time or chew at themselves until they are raw) – they are a working breed and are highly intelligent, you HAVE TO keep them occupied and tire them out; as with any dog, they will pick up up on your feelings so if you are anxious, it makes them anxious which can display as nervous or nasty; they are very loving but can become possessive of you – when you come home and they jump up, ignore them, walk past, hang your coat/bag, make a cuppa, sit down and THEN give them a love on your terms. I trained mine purely with my voice, not treats, not punishment, just MY VOICE.
They are an amazing breed: loyal, intelligent, agile, sweet, loving and everything that you could possibly want in a dog but YOU have to put the effort in. Too many people have heard that Border Collies are a great dog to have and get one, no research. I saw a young woman being dragged up the street by a young Border who was setting cars and choking himself on his lead. When I guessed his age, she asked me at what age they calm down and I said, “Oh about 10”, I thought that she was going to faint. My baby-girl challenged us intellectually every single day of her life, even after she had calmed down. A great Border Collie is hard frippin work but worth every second!