"Buddy wiggled his way into our hearts from the moment he arrived! He came to us a bit shy but full of Border Collie energy nonetheless. He's so very smart that we're constantly searching for new things to teach him. He understands complete English sentences, turned left and right on command the FIRST time we asked him to. He's a terrific running, walking, hiking, and snowshoeing companion, especially off-leash in open space. He loves to dash out full-speed ahead for a ball anyone wants to throw and uses his long tongue to "throw" the ball into your hands. He loves to be chased by other dogs in the prairie and seems to get along with all breeds. We think flyball is in his future (or a pitching machine?...)
I do think it would be hard to have a dog like Buddy where he had to be on-leash all the time. He is good off-leash, waits and "goes" down when we he's ahead of us and we call out to him, comes screeching back at full tilt and lies at our feet when we say to "come," and waits in a down position as new dogs approach. We take him for a long walk or run in the morning and evening
and play ball with him several times during the day. In between, he naps near us if we're home. Buddy is a "silent" dog, that is, he never barks. I didn't know there was such a thing!
The latest lesson that Buddy is learning is to get the newspaper and bring it in. We started last week and today he carried the Sunday New York Times from the street almost to the front door, dropping it twice and picking it up again. In a couple of days he should be going out on his own to get the paper. He is SO proud of himself! We're working on having him bring in the mail from the mailbox next!
I didn't want to adopt straight out of a shelter. As much as I feel for those dogs who are in danger of being killed, we wouldn't be the perfect home for just any dog... Tonya, at Wyoming Border Collie Rescue does such a service. She is so dog savvy and spends time getting to know the dog so she can match the adoptive family with the perfect dog. This is definitely the way to go, for all involved!"