Is a Border Collie right for me?
A Border Collie is a wonderful dog in the right home, but too often find themselves in inappropriate settings because their owners were not properly educated about the breed. Border Collies are very smart and learn quickly. However, they are not born knowing the skills you see them displaying. The Border Collie you see at the sheepdog trials, obedience, or agility trials are the product of years of training, hard work and consistency.
Border Collies have been bred for centuries with one goal in mind... to work sheep. While this is a positive in a farm setting, this makes Border Collies ill suited to many lifestyles. Many Border Collies will mistake children for sheep and herd and nip at them. A novice Border Collie owner will need to fulfill the dogs' needs with both mental and physical stimulation. In the right home, a Border Collie is a marvelous addition and can make a great pet, but in the wrong environment a BC can be inappropriate.
Border Collie Basics
Border Collies are a diverse breed. Although the classic look is black and white, the breed comes in many different colors, coats, and sizes. Border Collies can range from 25-65 pounds. Coats can range from rough to smooth. Ears can be up or down or anything in between. Eyes can range from light to dark brown and sometimes even blue. Although a specific look may be appealing to you, it is important to choose a dog whose temperament and activity level best matches your lifestyle.
Border Collie Needs
Border Collies are extremely intelligent dogs. This means they are easy to train but it also means that they will find their own work if not given a job. More often than not, if the BC chooses the job, it will not be something that you will like. In order to keep him focused, you will need to figure out the job your Border Collie needs to stay satisfied. With a rescue dog, it is best to ask the foster parent as they will know the dog's needs. Border Collies will need daily exercise and mental stimulation. Formal training is a great way to help your BC adapt to your home and also bond with you. A well-behaved Border Collie can be an excellent companion and friend. BC's are loyal to their owners and excel at anything they are trained to do.
Am I the proper home for a Border Collie?
If you believe a Border Collie is the right breed for you, please consider a rescue. Rescues make excellent pets for active households. Many rescue BC's are great prospects for herding and agility, while others will simply make great family pets. Know your limitations and good luck finding your new family member!
For more information on border collies, check out the following web-sites:
Our Favorite Rescue Vets:
Dr. Angel Ibanez
Angel's Pet Hospital
Dr. Kathy Martin
Lone Star Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Bob Denton
Deer Creek Animal Hospital
Crowley, TX 76036
Dr Mike Jacobs
Cambridge Post Oak Animal Clinic
13205 S Post Oak Rd
Houston, TX 77045
Our Favorite Boarding Facilities:
Canine Country Campers
24606 Brill Lane
Tomball, Tx 77375
Sandy's K9 Sanctuary
Northwest Houston area
Willow Creek Ranch of Tomball Cage Free Dog Boarding
I Rescued a Human Today
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.
I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.
I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage.
I didn't wanther to know that I hadn't been walked today.
Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past.
I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me.
I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.
Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.
A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.
I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor.
So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors.
So many more to be saved.
At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today...
We Are Rescue
I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter,
The cast-offs of human society.
I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal.
I was angry.
"God", I said, "This is terrible! Why don’t you do something?"
God was silent for a moment and then spoke softly,
"I have done something," was his reply.
"I created you."