Sorry just had to post this as I am very excited but don’t want to say to friends or family yet but we are going to look at a puppy tonight. I know it may seem a bit silly getting so excited but both DH and I had dogs growing up and have always wanted DD and DS to grow up with one as well but we wanted to wait until the time was right which now (apart from not having a lot of spare money, but who does at the moment?) it seems to be! My parents and sisters have dogs so DD and DS are well use to being around them but to have their own puppy would be great , I still remember going for my first dog about 28 years ago!!!
Not going to get too excited as may not be the puppy for us! ( not good at practising restraint though!)
A border collie!! We are out in the country and do a lot of walking so want a dog that can keep up with us! I have an idea I would like to dabble in agility as know someone who does but good family dog the most important thing. So nice to hear that your wee ones and puppy are getting along well. I do think it benefits children a lot to have any kind of animal. I also work with people with dementia and to see how much they change when an animal enters a room is great. I don’t think I am going settle until six o’clock! Feel like a wee girl!
We’ve got an Australian Kelpie so very similar to a collie. She naturally heards anything and everything- and successfully managed to round up 4 children on scooters ( my 2 and the cousins) at the park a few weeks ago she is unbelivable at playing football too!
My youngest (age 5) found her a bit too bouncy and “full-on” at first but is getting really good with her; we are thinking of doing agility with her too- there are weekly lessons just down the road when she is old enough.
Aww lovely I know the breed you mean. Never thought of the bonuses of having a dog whose instinct is to herd, how useful! I know what you mean about bouncy pups but lucky for us both my sisters have got young lurchers so DD and DS have acclaimitised to the bouncy ness! If you do decide to do agility would be good to know how you get on, my only worry is it would be competitive rather than a bit of fun but suppose there will be different groups. Oh goodness I am talking like we have him already! Was even thinking of names when hanging up washing!
L - something tells me you will be coming home with him. We said the same thing when we went to “look”. We have a border collie too - Mick. DH is trying to train him as a sheepdog. They do need lots of excercise - Mick gets very restless if he doesn’t get to run about for a long time. Can be a problem in bad weather, when you just don’t want to go out. Beautiful dog though xxx
mmm Jacqui I think you may be right, that’s what has happened in the past with two shetland ponies and a cat!! I remember reading in your blog when you brought Mick home, he is a lovely looking dog. We need lots of exercise too! so a dog that wants to go out is a bonus. My sisters dogs are grand but being lurchers they prefere short bursts than the longer treks which we favour! (particularly DH who is currently practising running up hills!, I am not that energetic and never will be!!!)
Hope the sheepdog training goes well. It’s great watching them herd the animals, so intelligent.