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  1. No, no relatives in CO. I will be moving there 2 years BEFORE I apply to vet school though. 1.) to finish my undergraduate at the University of Colorado (in boulder) and 2. to set up residency so I actually have a freakin chance of getting in. Getting into one of the 27 vet schools in this country is a pain! Imn biting my nails just thinking about it!
  2. Wow you guys are great! Thank you so much for your thought out responses! I've given it a good thinking over and I think it would be best to get a dog AFTER vet school. As much as it kills me (thats over 6 YEARS away in the future) I would rather wait until I am ready to care for a dog. I would never want to get a dog and then have to rehome it because of scheduleing conflicts. In the mean time I think foster dogs NOW would be a good way for me to get my dog fix AND get to know the BC breed BEFORE I adopt. And when I finally do adopt I will be adopting an ADULT dog from a rescue. Thank you thank you thank you thank you! You guys have helped me to make a responsible decision, what more could I ask for! -Giuli
  3. Wow! Thanks so much to everyone for offering your thoughts and suggestions. I really really appreciate it! 1. I hadn't considered an older dog, my boyfriend really wanted a young dog so that he could bond with it from babyhood, train it to do well with the ferrets, and train it from puppyhood to be an 'obedience masta (read: master lol)". How easy is it to find a WELL TRAINED border collie that is in its adult years? 2. Fostering was not something I had considered, but that seems like an EXCELLENT idea. Would a rescue agency allow me to foster a dog if I do not own my property though? Remeber, I rent a one bedroom apartment. Also, are there even any border collie rescues in St. Louis? I dont think I've ever seen one here. 3. Getting busy in vet school is definitly something I worry about AND I will be moving from St. Louis, MO to Fort Collins, CO to attend vet school. There is a big move and my future and I wonder if maybe it would be better to get a dog AFTER my move. 4. As for losing interest in the ferrets after getting a border, thanks for brining this up, I had only vaguely considered it. When my ex boyfriend got his lab I really enjoyed spending time with the dog and because it was a new experience for me I did spend more time with the dog then the ferrets at first, but there is something about being able to sneak a ferret into places a dog could never go, something about watching them steal and stash my possessions, something about the way they play and sleep, that reassures me that those little monsters will never get old for me. Again thanks so much everyone! Keep your thoughts and suggestions coming! Im certainly not done learning just yet! -Giuli
  4. Hi there! My name is Giuli and I am 20 years old. I live in St. Louis, MO with my boyfriend (Tim), cat (Zephyr) and three ferrets (Mizu, Samson, and Delilah). I am a pre-vet student and while my future focus as a vet will be on ferrets, i've always had an interest in dogs, border collies specifically. I've read about border collies since I was 16 years old, and their versitility and intelligence has always fascinated me and drawn me to them. I am a really hands on pet owner, my future career will be dedicated to pets and currently my whole day revolves around school and my animals. My cat and three ferrets all eat a raw diet supplemented with whole prey (like mice, rats, fish, etc). My pets are my life. Having a dog that I could take to agility trials, herding trials, obedience competitions has always appealed to me. My ex-boyfriend had a very sweet but timid lab mix and it always bummed me out that I couldnt go do activities (flyball, agility, etc) with his dog because the dog was too timid. I know that border collies are VERY high energy and require alot of attention. While that may be bad for some people, that is exactly what draws me to them. I WANT a dog that demands attention. I WANT a dog that I can take to do dog sports like some people take their kids to soccer practice. I want that so badly. I dont just want a dog to sit in the house with me and keep me company. I currently live in a one bedroom apartment. I work about 30 hours a week and go to school full time (about 12 credit hours). My boyfriend works and attends school the same as I do. Financially I know I am not stable enough for a border just yet (I just moved into my new apartment), and to be honest I dont know if the time I have availble would suit a dog of this energy level and intelligence. I came here ask some questions. I would love to get a border, but I just dont know WHEN would be the ideal time. I am young, but very dedicated to my animals and I am very responsible. My pets recieve the best medical care and the best diet possible. Sorry this intro was so long. Here are my questions: 1. What is the ideal living environment for a border collie? Would they be okay in a one bedroom apartment AS LONG as they got TONS of exercise each day and lots of activities each weekend? 2. Would my current schedule (which inclues about 45 hours a week of classes and work) not provide enough time for my border collie? 3. I know border collies have a tendency to 'herd' (duh! lol!) if raised from puppy hood with them, would a border be okay with my cat and my ferrets? (NOTE: My ferrets romp and play with my cat, they wrestle with her and chase her and sometimes scare her off! They are NOT prey animals, just small carnivores that love to play, like a perpeutal kitten/puppy) 4. How much daily exercise does a border collie need, and what does this exercise entail (twice daily hour long walk/runs? Daily 30 min fetch in the park? daily agility practice?) 5. I'd like to get involved in activites with my future dog (especially flyball, agility, and obedience. Herding trials would interest me as well if I had the time and ability to do that). How much practice goes into these exercises during the work week? I am assuming that the actual activity/competitions takes place on the weekends? I am basically trying to get an idea of WHEN would be the ideal time for me to get a border collie. Getting a dog is a lifelong commitment and not something I take lightly. I want to make sure I am doing this at the best time possible, when I am able to best care for my future border. I'd really appreciate it if you guys could volunteer your and expertise to help me out a little. Thanks in advance! -Giuli
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