Hi, I'm writing in from Italy where I live though I'm from the UK. Browsing over the net looking for info about Border Collie dogs, I found this forum. There are some fantastic photos of your dogs on here, many compliments to the proud owners.
About eight months ago, I found a puppy that some disgusting being had closed inside a bag and thrown out as if it was rubbish. I have never owned a dog but I kept it as I couldn't find it a decent home. The vet told me that Lillo was about two months old at the time and that it was a mongrel, small spitz mix-up that would not reach 20 pounds as an adult.
Here he is as a puppy, with a spotted pink and black nose!
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And here at 4 months old.
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Lillo is now 10 months old, weighs in at 30 pounds and looks nothing like a spitz dog. I live in the countryside so we go for long walks. I can only let him off the lead when there are no sheep around, as he does everything in his power to get into their field and round them up. He also chases cars and is not 'car aware'. He does, however, get to run free regularly. He has some 'strange' habits that I haven't seen in dogs before. If we're playing 'fetch' , after a while if he sees I'm holding a toy, he will sort of 'sneak up' on me, from a distance. He changes completely when he does this. He walks slowly in a very elegant way, as though his legs have gone soft, looking slightly from side to side blinking his eyelids as if he doesn't care, and he creeps up to the toy. When he's close enough, he dives on it! He's very intelligent. If I 'bark' once, he does. If I do it twice or three time, he does too!
Anyway, here are some photos. He has a very hairy skirt and neck, a very bushy tail, but he's white with sable ears and a mark on his rear. One eye has a black 'eye-liner' border, the other has a pink border.
In this area there are a lot of large white dogs used for sheep herding, I know Lillo is a mix. But could there be some border collie in him? It would be really unusual, because here in Sardinia there are not many of those. Thanks for any opinions!
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