January 24, 2008 7:45am CST
How many of your friends have opted to purchase designer dogs, only to find they cramp their life-style (any dogs for that matter) and they have to get rid of them? I'm beginning to think that potential pet owners should have to take a"reality/responsibility" test almost as stringent as adopting a child! My angst over this comes from the fact that I "foster" many dogs because so many people lose interest so fast, and these poor "little people" are relegated to "homelessness" and/or "euthanaisa" (sic).
14 Jan 09
I do believe in responsible ownerhood of any type of pet. I have been into Rough Collies mainly because we always used to have rough collies at home besides watching lassie telefilms on television. However when I grew up I read a lot of books before going into rough collies again. I believe that a dog is for life. So one has to be prepared as if adopting a baby. I do agree that potentional owners should be screened to check the suitably if they can be responsible owners or not. lately I have done a lot of reading about sheltand sheepdogs. I have visited some breeders in UK in the past years.
14 Jan 09
Now you, my friend, are what I would call a responsible pet owner! And I use the term pet, loosely! As they are little "people" in fur coats, and should be given the same creedence as humans! Thank you, for sharing, I,too, had a Scotch Collie (is that a rough collie?) as a dear friend when I was young! How were the breeders of the shetland sheepdogs....were they part of a big family? Thanks!
14 Jan 09
Thanks for the best response award. I know there are five breeds which fall from the same family, the border collie, the rough collie, the smooth collie, the bearded collie and the shetland sheepdog. Yes the breeders were very helpful. Most rough collie breeders own a shetland sheepdog or two as well. When you see their resemblance you can understand why.