Posted : 1/11/2009 9:25:59 PM
I had a female rough collie named Sadi from when I was 7 to 17. She was the LOVE of my life, and absolutely one of the best dogs I've ever had the privlege of having. Because of my experiences with her, I will definitely have another collie again.
From my experiences with Sadi and meeting other collies, the breed really is quite fantastic. While no dog is Lassie, there's a lot of truth in terms of temperament and intelligence. Sadi was very ladylike, always calm and gracious. She willingly tolerated all of us kids growing up, as well as other peoples' children. All of the other pets (cats, birds, etc) were absoutely safe from her, she seemed to understand that they were part of the family too.
She always seemed to know who needed her, and would stay by that person's side until she deemed that they were feeling better. And she NEVER strayed from the yard or from your side. She was definitely the epitome of a family dog, and I was absoutely devastated when she passed on.
I can't wait until I have another collie someday! (perhaps as a friend for Nike?