Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Attended conferences / shows
Posted February 1, 2016
Snickers the Collie. Hilariously, my mom named him that not because of the candy-bar-esque coloring of his coat, but because he made her laugh so much. There is a warm, fuzzy spot in my heart for big dogs, especially big dogs that don't know they're big. That was Snickers, alright. He slept in my bed all night, which was only tolerable because I was a child at the time.
These dogs love their people. Ours in particular loved to run around outside with the kids and play for hours. I marked that they make a great baby sitter because that's essentially what mine did, right up until I turned twelve he would watch my younger sister and I. Even before him, we had another collie, and I honestly don't think my parents could have made it through my "Terrible Twos" if Sebastian wasn't there to distract me and pull me around in my bouncy chair.
The only downside I would give these dogs is the constant brushing they need. Rough collies in particular are double-coated, and if you don't brush their beautiful coats out after regular baths they will get matted, without a doubt. That being said, in my experience, they enjoy the brushing, so as long as you can put the time aside for it, it shouldn't be a problem.