Oh my goodness, yes! I don't know how I ever knew how to come down the stairs without a puppy bumping the backs of my legs to help me!Originally Posted by EagleEye
My husband and I fostered a Border Collie named Ishtar while we were in college. She was a very beautiful, active, and clever dog. Ishtar was by far the smartest dog I've ever met. She had endless energy and would, as my husband jokingly put it, "use her power for evil" when we didn't give her enough exercise. Back then, we were unware of agility training or flyball, so we played fetch, walked, and jogged with her. And jogged. And jogged. 5 mile runs were nothing to her, just a warm up. She would run in wide circles around us as we were running with her and occasionally nip our heels in an attempt to herd us and our terrier mixOh, and she'd give us "the eye." Ishtar was a better mouser than our terrier mix, too. She was fine with my cat.
Her forever home was a perfect match for her -- a married couple living on a small ranch. The wife loved the breed and had just lost her male. Ishtar got to run as much as she wanted and was allowed to sleep on the couple's bed at the end of the day.
I've heard complaints that AKC Border Collies don't have nearly as much energy/drive as their counterparts from working stock.
Your pup looks like a Border Collie/Shepherd mix to me, but sometimes it's hard to tell. Has he tried to herd you or the cats yet?
I just LOVE your dog!Originally Posted by EagleEye
Stockey is a pit bull. We adopted him from the Humane Society almost four years ago when he was about 7. He's by far the best dog I've ever had: obedient, fun-loving, intelligent, and a friend to all humans. He's also a Canine Good Citizen and registered therapy dog (retired now).
We've done two intros with him to our little foster kitten, Lusa. He's reacted very well to her so far and I'm hopeful that we can integrate her into the family.
Here's Stockey sporting his winter wear (yes, I dress up my pit bull).
and enjoying a game of fetch:
Why, thank you! That's very kind of you. My husband and I are blessed to have found Stockey. We appreciate each day we have with him.Originally Posted by Miagi's_Mommy
I just LOVE your dog!I am a huge fan of pit bulls.
you're quite welcome!Originally Posted by EagleEye
Why, thank you! That's very kind of you. My husband and I are blessed to have found Stockey. We appreciate each day we have with him.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a wonderful breed when well-bred, well-trained, and responsibly owned. Unfortunately, there are many unethical and careless breeders (and owners) out there, and their actions have tarnished the breed's reputation. Hopefully, it's not beyond repair.
My old dog. Mariah (died in Feb.) was a Lab/Border Collie mix. She had the BC personality. She would herd every animal she saw. And also had a very high prey drive. She was fine with my cats but all others better watch out. Buddy (current) is Aussie/Cocker mix. He has the Aussie temperment. He herds even more then Mariah. He even tries to people. We are trying to break him of that though. He is fine with my cats. But if any of them runs from him I have to call him to me because he will run after them. I dont know what he would do so I dont let him do it. I know with strange cats he will attack them if they run from him.Originally Posted by kluchetta
Does anyone here have a Border Collie? Or other herding dog? I think that's what our new puppy is, and he's real interested in the cats!