TravelerBlue Posted April 8, 2015 Report Share Posted April 8, 2015 New to the forum, though I’ve been silently reading it for a little while, and also watching training videos. I have some questions, as I want to find a border collie pup, but first…. BACKGROUND Last November, I had to have my 14 year old border collie put down. Blue was a great dog, and a loyal companion in every way. In 2000, I moved into a home with most of an acre, and the neighbors’ two border collies had just had puppies. I lucked out and got the one with a blue eye … for free! With various expenses, I frequently joked that he was a really expensive free dog – with time, I realized he was the most rewarding dog I’d ever seen, free or not. Being very unimaginative, I named him Blue, for the eye. I didn’t know much about border collies, and I realize now that I didn’t know much about raising and training dogs generally, but I did socialize him very early in various situations, and he was also quickly house trained (potted plants in friends’ homes did confuse him a couple times, lol). He learned in an evening to play dead when I’d finger-shoot him (finger action plus I’d make an accompanying gun shot sound), and one of his favorite things to do was to run full-speed back and forth across the front yard when the mail truck would come (invisible fence surrounded the yard, front and rear; it was only the mail truck and UPS that he would chase like this). These two activities combined amazingly one day, when he was at full speed run out front, and I “shot” him from the front door. He couldn’t have seen me do it because his eyes were focused on the mail truck, but he heard the shot, and in mid full-speed-run he let his legs begin collapsing and he began tumbling, finally coming to rest on his back, “dead.” I wish I had video. Then around age 7, Blue began losing his hearing, and it was completely gone in a year or so. We still had hand gestures and body language. I moved out west, to Long Beach CA, when he was 10, and (this may be frowned upon) I could walk him in heavily populated parks and across crosswalks at busy streets, without his leash attached - at crosswalks, a crisp finger-point straight down meant stay by my leg. He was ever loyal. He turned 14 last August. On Oct 30, he woke up on the floor next to my bed, and immediately was totally out of control, careening down the hallway banging against the left wall. I caught him and held him. He never walked again. Vertigo / vestibular disease, and went into a panic when I needed to move him. But he would still wag his tail when I returned from being out. The vet and I hoped it would pass, but a visit to a veterinary neurologist confirmed incurable problems, almost certainly a brain tumor. So on Nov 5 I had to say goodbye to my buddy. CURRENT SITUATION Having moved back east from California a couple years ago, I’ve been in an apartment here, much longer than anticipated. It’s a good thing Blue was less active at age 13-14.But I’m now in contract to buy a place 15 minutes out of town, an acre and a half, surrounded by corn fields. I want another border collie. PARAMETERS~1.5 acres, invisible fence will allow play on the whole property.- I work from home, so plenty of time to spend with the dog. - A friend is going to rent two rooms from me, his dog is mixed breed mutt, friendly, slightly larger than a BC. - I negotiated to keep the extensive play set the sellers have in the back yard (swing set, slides and more significantly, ramps and bridges) – thinking to use it for agility play. - You can tell my BC won’t be a working dog. My brother and sister-in-law a few hours away do have sheep, and I might try to do some training and then try him out, though I know that wouldn't be enough to make him accomplished at all. Basically, he’ll be a companion dog. QUESTIONS1) I do not want to support poor breeding of BC’s (AKC style). You all have enlightened & convinced me about that. I also don’t want the issues that come from puppy mills, or to support them. So how do I go about finding good litters of pups?? 2) I think Blue was less demandingly active than the average BC, and while I want to spend time with the dog, I think finding another that’s similarly a bit less demanding would be ideal (though that’s not an absolute). Is it possible at all to predict what mature activity level a puppy will grow into? 3) If there was one thing that was a bother with Blue, it was the long hair everywhere. He had a long rough coat. Ideally, if a medium rough coat means less hair in the house, on my clothes, etc, then I’d prefer that. Is it even possible to predict what kind of coat a puppy will have at maturity? (Long, medium, smooth) 4) And I’m curious: Blue’s coat was super soft (silky) to the touch, unlike other breeds. Everyone commented on it. Is that universal among BCs, or no? Thanks much!--Darryl Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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