When we lost Hank, I really didn't think another dog would be able to steal my heart so completely. Dennis talked about wanting to get a puppy that was born after Hank died because he felt that dog would have Hank's spirit, so he started looking. A call to some recommended breeders in Fallon turned up a woman with a litter of eleven Border Collies born two days after we put Hank down.
We made a trip to Fallon when they were five weeks old and this little guy chose us.
On the left is Cash as at 6 weeks; above he's 8 weeks old.
In the meantime, I had been checking rescue sites wanting to give a "disadvantaged" BC a good home. I saw this little one, Dash, filled out the adoption application and sent it in. I received a return e-mail that Dash had already been adopted. Then, three days before we were to pick up the puppy, Dash was back on the available list. Several e-mails later, we decided we were meant to have him and drove to Gilroy to pick him up. His foster mom brought him into PetSmart in a shopping cart--it was just too cute. He has a bit of Airedale in him. Notice the beard?
He was so insecure when we got him, it just tugged at my heartstrings. I sat in the back with him the first leg of our trip home with him sitting as close to me as he could get; then he sat in the back with Chloe for about an hour until he just couldn't stand being away from me and came up and sat on my lap the rest of the drive. Since then, he's made it very clear that he's going to be my dog.
We picked up the puppy the day after picking up Dash. Those two are inseparable now and play constantly...its really cute. Although the puppy is quite a bit smaller, he really holds his own. Dash is slowly learning to trust and next week he starts obedience training. That will be interesting!