Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted January 27, 2016
I adore my mutt. With all my heart. She's not very bright, but she has a beautiful, loving personality. She's loyal to the core and her absolute favourite game is seeking out and, unfortunately, finding cat poop.
She was three when we rescued her, and though she was friendly and lovable, it became apparent that she would need a lot of training. Her age was a barrier, she was lazy and slow to learn. It took about six weeks for her to learn the basics, sit, lie down and give paw.
Training was fine, though long, we were prepared for it. What we weren't prepared for was the separation anxiety. Research has told us that separation anxiety can be an issue in collies, but we were unsure of her breed when we collected her, so we didn't really know what to look for.
Her anxiety manifested in pure destruction. Nothing was safe. Books, shoes, curtains and doors were all destroyed over the course of two years.
Yes, two years. That's how long it took for her to realise that when leave the house, we will always come back to her.
Time was the only healer. We had to let her come to terms with acknowledging that we would come back, and soon she did. Though she did destroy a door, in her defense, she only destroyed one! Over the two years it was predominantly books and shoes which bore the brunt of her worry. Now, she's partial to the odd sock or cardboard box, but it's nothing we can't live with. We love her so much, it's worth a lifetime of odd socks!
Read up on your breed, even if there mixed, before you commit. Read up on separation anxiety, too. But most importantly, don't give up on your furry friend.