I tried to adopt a Border Collie from a rescue. I was told he was "too high energy" for me. I probably ruined my chances when I pointed out the expert rescuer kept him in a cage 23 hours a day, and ANY Border Collie who was only free 60 minutes a day would be high energy. But if I hadn't already ruined my chances, they went in the toilet when I mentioned I had kids. A 10 year old.
"Border Collies are dangerous around kids. NO
Border Collie should EVER
be mixed with kids!"
Yeah...right. My youngest, many years before she took up riding horses.
Same dog, a blue merle BC from a farm in England, with my son:
Anyways, I wasn't allowed to adopt. A little while later, I saw a name of a guy who had Border Collies and an email address. I emailed him, explaining the situation, that the dog above had died a year before, and asked if he could help. To my surprise, he contacted me and gave me a contact for a breeding. He had a dog from the same breeding and said the dog was as good with kids as with sheep.
A few months later, the puppy arrived. A couple of years after that, I saw the guy's name again. He had won two national titles in the sheepdog trials, in the open category! Made me happy because he was super nice to me.
And 9 years later, my son & his family has moved in with us for a while, and the same Border Collie is teaching the 4 & 7 year olds about...dogs. He adores them. They adore him and his young GSD companion. He has problems with thunder ("The Sky Dogs are growling at me!
") - so the kids sit by him and promise to protect him. He's given up sleeping by my bed and sleeps next to the kids. They NEED him. He knows. But...Border Collies and kids cannot be mixed!
I also looked at adopting a horse once. My horses live in a dry lot corral. I was told that wasn't good enough. Oh well.
I do get depressed by how many people treat animals. They often seem to care more about their I-Phone than their dogs, horses, cats, kids. I'm bothered more by what I see in the horse world than with dogs, but maybe that is because I don't live near the bad dog owners. Goodness knows, what people do to dogs in the name of shows is enough to depress anyone! How can someone claim to love dogs, but breed dogs who cannot breath, walk, etc? And then there are the people who breed mean dogs in the name of breeding guard dogs...
So when you get right down to it...what people do to animals IS depressing!