Especially Shelties

All dog breeds are beautiful whether a rugged breed like Mountain Cur or the tiny and prim Toy French Poodle. I’m actually not too familiar with the Mountain Cur, but I’ve know some folks who have owned them. Or perhaps been owned by them, as dog/owner relationships can sometimes be interpreted.

I love all animals, but many of us do come across a type or breed that resonates with us as our own personal perfect pet. Shetland Sheepdogs have served that purpose for me.

Though I don’t live with dogs now, (2 cats share our space at present), I’ve had three special Shelties in my life, all of whom I showed in AKC obedience trials.

There’s nothing like training and showing a dog to bring one closer to all creatures. You learn to read each other’s body language with little need for words after a while. Especially with Shelties.

The breed looks and acts quite fairy-like as though they live in spirit, or at least in another, more genteel time period. They read minds and aim to please, their sweet personalities making up for their love of barking, and need for frequent grooming.

Pictured is Maxwell – a gorgeous creature, (this photo doesn’t do him justice). His hair is a bit mussed from a day at the lake. He was as fun loving as he was beautiful.

Shelties are not a good breed selection for everyone. But there is a best breed for nearly all who wish to care for a canine. Consider your lifestyle, do your research, decide if you can give a pet a good home. If the answer is yes, I wish you the best possible life with your canine companion.

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Penny Mason

Penny Mason is a writer who loves mysteries, pets, nature, gardening, vintage style and culture, classic rock, the New England Coast and the North Coast.

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