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What a fun thread, so many dogs, so little time! I will always have an IS, but my husband prefers the herders so we will always have at least one sheltie as well. His reasoning is that at least we will have one dog that comes when called!
Well, at the moment we only have one that comes because the sheltie pup we picked up last summer was raised by Gracie instead of our old sheltie girl Trae so he acts more like an IS than sheltie now! So much for nature vs. nurture. It is comic watching him trying to decide if he should follow the IS or the sheltie.
We have had some comic outcomes of having both IS and shelties. Our shelties have opened the gate for the IS, but do not follow them out on their adventures. Our IS have gotten items of interest to the shelties down from very high places. Our shelties have learned to track birds in the sky. Fortunately, they don't follow Gracie up into the trees, one tree climbing dog is enough!
Most of our dogs in recent years have been rescues, so when I get old and finally concede that I am naturally gray :), I will switch from the out of control youngsters to the patient seniors...