Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books, Group classes with a professional, I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Posted July 27, 2012
I feel honored that I have had "Lucky" in my life for the past 11 years, since he was 10 months old. He is mostly Border Collie with a bit of (I think) German Shepherd thrown in. I rescued him from the infamous Battersea Dogs' Home when I worked there for a year as he was due to be put to sleep as he wasn't coping well in kennels. He was a nervous wreck, having been ill-treated and wasn't trained at all so I had a bit of hard work on my hands! Border Collies are extremely intelligent and energetic so rescue kennels are not a good place for them to be as they become stressed and develop behavior problems. Despite Lucky's intelligence, it took me some time to house-train him as he had been used to going 'wherever' since he was a pup. Week by week, he became more sociable with people and other dogs, and finally became house trained which was a big relief, I can tell you! Now, 11 years on, he is very relaxed and happy in most situations although does get a bit grumpy with our 2 year old son so I would say that Border Collies are perhaps better suited to families with children who are older. They also need a lot of exercise, so this is something older children could help out with. Although all dogs have their own personality, all the Border Collies I have met have been very loving, faithful companions and I would highly recommend the breed if you have the space and enough time to give them the exercise and stimulation they need.