Lionel's mom Posted July 30, 2007 Report Share Posted July 30, 2007 Hi, I have enjoyed reading all the posts and getting more of a bird's eye picture of what a BC (and its owners) are like. It is so great to see such happy, excited committed folks and their dogs. I fell in love with a border collie mix at our local shelter when my daughter and I went to volunteer. Like any "older" parent, I have been reading and researching everything I can on the breed, and I want some feedback. I am married with an 8 year old and a six year old who have been raised with a very active Jack Russell (who is now 11 and just starting to calm down:). We live in the suburbs and have a very large shaded corner lot. Phineas has loved this location. We have an invisible fence and he knows exactly where he can and can't go. He races along the edge of the yard and barks hello, wags his tail, etc to every passing biker, walker, runner. Everyone in the neighborhood knows Phineas. Kids know that they are not to come in the yard when we are not here and they abide by that. My brother-in-law and sister live across the street and he works from home and keeps an eye on our place. I have medium size crate inside, but we don't use it for Phineas anymore. He stays in our room at night and is inside or out as he prefers when we are home. He does stay out all day when we are gone. I am a teacher and am generally gone from 7--4:00. My husband works at the hospital and is usually home 2 to 3 days during the week. So, if we adopt a puppy who is somewhere between 12 and 14 weeks, are we going to be able to handle him? On the plus side, I have a 3 weeks before school starts and can work very closely with the pup. I am a walker/jogger and would walk the pup each morning and afternoon for a mile and a half each go. My neighboring brother-in-law is a dog trainer who would work with me to get pup acclimated and obedient. I am the alpha with my JR and would have the most interaction with the new dog. We also have great river trails just 5 minutes away. The negatives are: we would have to crate the pup during the day. My brother-in-law may be willing to come over each day at noon and let the pup out to potty(this will be paramount in my decision). My husband is meticulous about the house and yard and I am worried about destruction potential (he understands the potty training aspect, but not the dog who might eat a fence, deck, couch,etc.) I do have children and am worried about the herding aspect which will not show itself for a few months. I will work with our fence distributor in regard to the invisible fence but am worried the pup could break through. We had a chihuahua rescue who would do so. While the kids in our area know not to come in the yard, there is obviously no guarentee that they will stay out. In saying that, we would be outside with the pup all the time, but I am thinking forward to when he is older. The final question mark is that the pup came home with us for a 24 hour visit and did great with our dog and cat and kids and was well on his way to potty-training, but the next day he began to vomit and became lethargic. I was concerned and called our vet and the shelter. The folks at the shelter forgot to tell me that the pup had coccidia and should have been medicated. We brought him back to the shelter and he was quarentined and medicated. He had three rough days of lethargy, vomitting and not eating. On day 4 he began to bounce back. On day 5 I brought him boiled chicken and rice (3 days worth) and he has kept it down and seems to be back to normal although he did lose weight! So, he has several more days of medication until day 10 of treatment. Then I will take him to my own vet for a check up and if gets a clean bill of health, we must decide whether or not to adopt. In my heart, I know I want to adopt this pup and am 100% committed to his care. My husband is willing to adopt but has his reservations, which makes me more hypervigilant in making the best decision. Help! Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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