Belle will be 7 in March, and since she started having lameness issues last spring, I decided wisdom would dictate it is time to start looking for a new agility partner. No one who has lines related to Belle seems to have any intentions of breeding in the near future, so I expanded my search to include breedings that include a lot of working lines. I found a wonderful cross last fall, but waited too long to make up my mind and the litter was all spoken for before it was even on the ground. I also came very close with another working litter, but when I contacted the breeder, there were only two males left.
I started looking at a 14-week old puppy out west, and yesterday, I even went so far as to figure out the logistics of picking her up or having her transported. I finally decided it was about 250 miles too far for me to drive and I wasn't wild about the thought of ground transport--just too long in a kennel for a dog not used to it. Besides, what if I didn't like her when I actually met her???
Then today, I peeked at the Border Collie Rescue of Minnesota website, and found Chip. His headshot melted my heart, and his video reeled me in, hook, line and sinker. How appropriate that it is Valentine's Day. He's not an 8-week old female puppy of known parentage, but sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants.
I put in an application. I'll let you know how it turns out. Happy Valentine's Day to you all.