|Sparkle is a Border Collie/lab mix. She is a delight to be
around. Getting her bottom scratched is the highlight of her day. She
turns upside down and keeps the rear-end up to make sure it gets the
proper treatment. Sparkle does talk a lot, just like a female!
from a family that didn't know what leadership was all about. Sparkle got
too much unearned freedom and she and the other female didn't know how to
handle all that. Just like kids, they need structure to feel safe and
She is now running each morning beside the bicycle to keep the heart
healthy and plays ball and socializes with the other rescue dogs. Daily
training has started, too.
She is around small kids, cats, and all breeds, ages, and sizes of
dogs, and is around all kinds of situations. Sparkle does need to be
socialized in the outside world, too, besides at home. Her training and
socialization would continue with the family who would be the forever home
She is housetrained, crate trained, walks well on the leash and beside
the bicycle. She would be wonderful at agility!
Can she be the "Sparkle" in your eye?
Sparkle has calmed down and is starting to relax! She is
getting more playful and still loves the "butt" scratch. She loves to
talk! Sparkle gets along with all the dogs and is house trained and crate
trained. She isn't destructive, and loves a good raw bone!
UPDATE! 9/21/07 We are rewarding
only the good behavior, not the squirrley, whiney stuff and she has
quieted down immensely! Still likes to do the butt thing, so I let
her have one behavior habit. She did really well on training day.
Luanne took her out and trained on the whole walk. Then, we did free
shaping and she did really well on the mat. She will be an asset to
any family. She is so much more happy with positive structure! Is
interested in the cat, but hasn't made a move to harm her. I am
holding the cat, too. Crates well.
She did so well this am on the leash! She did fronts, sits, downs, and
focused wonderfully! She is sooo easy, too. She is very calm in the house
and not a big barker. Still likes her butt scratched. Being the Border
Collie she is, she is interested in the cat, but backs off when I say,
"leave it". I call her over and praise her then. She loves her new diet,
She will let you know when she wants to go out and go potty.
She has great recall off leash, too.