Border Collie / Shetland Sheepdog Mix

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization

Gender: Female

Training: Previous owner

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


Lucy, the border collie-sheltie mix


Houston, Texas, United States

Posted September 29, 2013

We adopted Lucy when I was 9 years old. She was 2 1/2 years old at the time. She lived to be 15 years old.

The first few months we had Lucy, she would frequently pee on the carpet, but it turned out to be a mixture of a uti and being scared about being left at home alone. She had been with another dog at the shelter, but was left behind when her friend was adopted.

She was a wonderful dog. One that I didn't take near enough good care of (as I was a teen and didn't really take my responsibilities well enough for a few years).
For a few years, she became an outside only dog, as my parents said we could only get a cat if the dog was outside. I'd never had a cat (and had had the experience of a dog for a few years), so I agreed to it. After a few years, I realized how badly we were treating Lucy to have a cat and moved her back inside against my parent's wishes and she was ever so much happier again.

She didn't require much grooming at all and was a wonderful, happy, somewhat hyper-somewhat calm dog. Until the last 2 weeks of her life, she acted like a puppy her entire life. She never seemed older than 2 1/2 until those last weeks when she developed lymphonoma and then had to be carried around until we could afford to put her down and have her cremated. She looked very sad knowing she was having accidents in the house.

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