We have had unlikely farm dogs. We had Windsor for eighteen years. He was completely devoted to the children. He also peed on the kitchen floor every day of his life.
Our greyhound, Bumble, was a great family dog. He lounged on his reclining lawn chair guarding the chickens every day. He would dig great holes in the yard (presumably to help me plant trees) and would run a mile circle if accidentally let out of the gate. When he passed away in the night two and a half years ago, we decided no more dogs.
A few months ago I babysat my daughter, Emily’s dog, Azzy for two weeks. She is a small blue heeler/border collie. She never left my side. She rode in the car, loved walks, growled at little old ladies who looked threatening, kept squirrels out of the yard, and scared the recycling guy. She has separation anxiety something awful so I just took her everywhere with me. I found myself very upset when she went back home. And her mother won’t give me her dog. Kids these days.
The city has been difficult for me to get used to. Our cars have been broken into four times since we moved here. Last week they shattered the window to get in, only to find nothing of interest. In the country we never locked our doors. I find myself worried to leave my house windows open. I am home alone most of the week and even though it is pretty safe around here, I wouldn’t mind the company of a dog.
I am worried about getting the right dog though. I take adoption seriously.
“MWF seeks big, snuggly dog with big bark who loves long walks around the lake and rides in the car. Must love chickens, cats, and kids. Looking for big, strong, protective pup who would enjoy years of being spoiled who doesn’t care to dig or run away. Preferably one who doesn’t have separation anxiety and doesn’t eat couches.”
Is that even possible? Does my farmdog exist?
What breeds would you recommend? Puppy or adult? I would like to rescue. Ideas?