I stand corrected. Apparently Cian’s (formerly Joe) breeder wrote Wally’s wife to let her know that when Cian was with her, he lived in the house. That’s great, glad that was the case. I went back through my entries to try to find where I said he lived in the kennel so I could correct it, but I could not. It seems numerous individuals were forwarding my journal entries to her. Glad so many people are so interested in what I write and feel the need to share it.
Where ever Cian lived doesn’t mean anything to me. The point I was trying to get across is that just because a dog likes to run or has lots of energy does not make him a good candidate for a sports dog. There is a lot of work and careful planning involved in bringing up a competitive sports dog. Ideally this would be done from the time the dog is seven or eight weeks old, not when he’s over a year old. Of course it can be done, it is done all the time, but usually it’s done by a competent trainer.
There is no problem in taking a year (or more) old, well-bred Border Collie and turning it into a stock dog; that happens all the time. Stock work is instinctual behavior. You shape that instinct until the dog because useful (as a farm dog) or a talented trial dog. That is a whole lot easier to do than taking a dog who was brought up to be a stock dog and trying to shape unnatural behaviors such as fly ball.
I do think that Cian’s breeder should be happy that he’s here. The dog is happy, be happy with that and forget about him. I’m glad I have him and I am looking forward to seeing what I can do with him. He may not cut it as a trial dog and if that happens Wally and I may decide to find him a home in a farm situation where he’ll get daily work; not that there are a lot of homes like that around. I may decide even if he doesn’t make it as a trial dog that I’m going to keep him. Only time will tell that. But right now, I like him, he seems to like me and I know he’s happy. Be happy for him.