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Thanks Judy. I'm head over heels for this dog. You're right- I don't mind missing the baby
stuff at all. I guess it helps since my recall with Max's babyhood is fresh. AND it is wonderful
not to have not only the potty training behind me, but also the razor sharp teething behind me.
That's what did it for my daughter- who by the way thinks she has Lassie living with us. She
ranted and raved about a puppy but is relieved not to have to worry about nipping.
NOW- Friday and Ivy have broken into fights- once for real and once almost. Friday has not
been a good canine playmate- she is simply person- retrieve-person play. Ivy will paw her
to come play and Friday takes offense. So, while I think they will find their own way, I'm
wondering if anyone has any thoughts in expediting it. I'm taking the kids to Grandma's tomorrow
and they'll be other dogs for Ivy to romp with who play nicely so that should help Ivy somewhat.
Other than taking her where other dogs play and playing canine myself- does anyone have
any "tricks" or is this simply a time thing. I've been letting them converse but when it comes
down to "going at it" I step in. Always something, right? Lynn
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Paul Morton 
  To: [log in to unmask] 
  Sent: Friday, January 11, 2002 12:44 AM
  Subject: Re: Sissy- now "Ivy" is finally home!!


  How neat.  Doesn't sound like you are missing not having a baby puppy either.  Please fill us in if you find out anything more about her history and keep us up dated on all of her goings on.
  What a nice story to start off the new year with.
  Judy Morton
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Lynn 
    To: [log in to unmask] 
    Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2002 6:51 AM
    Subject: Sissy- now "Ivy" is finally home!!


    Well folks, I have my first collie and what a rescue-golden find
    she is! I can't believe fate as I was calling a phone number that I thought was someone 
    for my daughter's school and it turned out that I dialed a 
    collie rescue person here in NJ accidentally.  While she needs to
    learn some commands, she is obedient- when she is not fearful.
    She is so afraid but obedient you can see the struggling on knowing
    what to do. I feel so badly for her. She wouldn't walk on the hardwood
    floors- she'd jump over them but is learning it's okay now and she won't attempt the stairway. Furthermore doorways are a bit of an issue and since she loves it outside, I would
    guess that she was left as an outside dog much of the time. I cannot believe,
    that in spite of these issues for her how perfect in temperment and size
    and smarts she is for us. Even hubby really likes her alot! It's fun to watch
    her think because she seems to measure distances between the fence types in
    the yard- painted vs unpainted, etc. Very attentive to neighborhood sounds
    and perfect with the kids. She's starving for a little affection but not overpowering,
    she loves my kids and my husband too! I couldn't be more thrilled. One can only
    guess how hard it is for me to give her this needed affection- tic!
    I haven't even had her for 24hrs yet and I can assure anyone,
    that after years of breed searching, I know I'll never live without
    a collie again! Her name is Sissy, but we are changing it to Ivy.
    She is a sable-merle with a full white ruff, marvelous movement,
    very pretty skull and naturally tipped ears. She's about a year and
    ended up in a kill-shelter in WV; she was transported to NJ about
    3 weeks ago.  If anyone has any history or thoughts about where
    she came from (breeder or otherwise) I sure would like to know.
    Someone else's misfortune or stupidity is definitely my blessing!!
    Lynn