Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted August 9, 2014
As a Collie cross, Babs was the closest dog we've had to having another child. We're an active family, and I'm lucky to work outdoors most of the time so I could bring her along. It's not just walks that she needs, but challenges. You don't just throw a ball, you have to make it a more involved game.
We turned our local park into an obstacle course on most days, and that was really the only way for Babs to wear herself out with the full amount of exercise she wanted.
She really was as smart as a whip, though. She found every hiding place we had for food or toys, and she knew the routine of everyone in the house better than they did themselves, that collie urge to herd kicking in whenever we were late or taking our time about things.
Sadly she had a hip problem that caused her a lot of pain, even after surgery. When it became not very effective to treat we agreed with the vet it was time to let her go peacefully. Not an easy decision as she was so perky and active otherwise. But for the best, in the end.