I've been looking back at and reading through some of my old posts. It has made me think. If I had to do it again, would I do it the same?
Yes. And no.
I've been reading up on Border Collie working dog training, pedigree and health information posts on Facebook. It's made me think a lot about my own journey. In some ways it pisses me off. There are people out there with so much information and knowledge. But I've found it's like pulling teeth to get them to share. Now, as a lurker on these sites I'm discovering how much there is to know and how little I really do know. For example, there are lines with genetic issues. People know these lines. I do not. They say if you want to know you can find out using the internet. That's nice. Using the internet does NOT tell me what dogs not to buy or breed to. I'm left wondering how exactly do you know you have purchased a "good" puppy? Pay someone to buy it for you?
This brings me to Reba. Would I have bred her? Knowing what I know now, probably not. Knowing what I know now I probably wouldn't have bought her. But if I hadn't bred her I wouldn't have learned as much as I did about dog and puppy development. I was talking with a dog trainer who works at the local Humane Society. She tells me that reactivity is highly genetic. Basically, that I shouldn't feel bad my dogs are reactive because it's not my fault. You can do everything you're supposed to and still end up with reactive dogs. Because of their genetics. Nice. Again, this is something no one talks about.
As I look to the future this is vitally important to me. You see, next year I'd like to get another puppy. My dogs will be 5 moving on 6. It takes a long time to develop a new dog. As I plan on buying a puppy I'm trying to learn as much as I can now to try and prevent the learning curve being so nasty. I want a dog that has a good off switch, has power on stock, a trainable mind, and a fun and happy personality.
As I looked through my horse pictures there were some keen regrets.
1) I would have kept Izzy and put her in the training program. Sold Roxy. I never loved Roxy.... but kept her because she had the nomination into the futurity.
2) I would have kept Guinness. Love that little man.
3) I would have kept Whiskey.
Looking forward, I consider my horse options. Right now, I love the cattle stuff and I love jumping. I'd love to get a hunter/jumper prospect. I'd also love a neat cutter prospect. I'm such a control freak that it makes me feel better to have them from early on. This way I know what has been done with them.
Ugh. Some days I think life would be so much more simple if I wasn't obsessed.