|Is an OES? Have you tried to contact your breeder? I'd like to suggest that you contact the breeder or OES rescue. Please PM me.|
|I would be interested and I still feel like I am a good candidate for a rescued OES but the powers-that-be that run the rescues feel otherwise.|
|Ellen, do you have more than one sheepie?|
I would be interested and I still feel like I am a good candidate for a rescued OES but the powers-that-be that run the rescues feel otherwise.Why do the powers that be feel otherwise???
|Long story. Here's a hint: has your OES been exposed to children?
I just realized that I wasn't logged in when I posted that previously.
That came off very bitter and I apologize.
I am trying to work with my state's rescue group to see what can be done.
|Children are the number one reason that OES are turned into rescue, so rescues are reluctant to place dogs into homes with children. Here on oes.org we have seen that most of the time, families comprised of responsible adults, children and OES can work out well.|
|Yes my OES is very well socialized very calm and patient with children,I wish he was that mellow with me sometimes, any puppy that is as large as these guys should always be supervised with children and older adults too,their size and excitement levels are sometimes very dangerous to those not ready and able to handle it.They are great dogs but you have to have some phisical ability to withstand their JOY!|
you have to have some phisical ability to withstand their JOY!
Very well put.
Yup... the joy and enthusiasm of a sheepie.
I adore this breed.
|You know I contacted an OES rescue about getting a dog and they turned me down because I didn't have a fenced in back yard AND/OR didn't live far enough out -- so I purchased a puppy.
Nearly every dog I have ever had has come from the pound or rescue and I have never had any problem and they all lived to old age. Of course they were all mutts but they were still beautiful. That made me upset when they turned me down. Rescues are getting very picky and I understand why but they need to be more flexible also.
|It can be a difficult choice to place a rescue in a home with children. Some OESs do absolutely great and have been raised with children. Others have never been around kids so the dog sees their quick movements, high pitched voices, small stature as something to get excited about and react to. It's all about having the right dog to place with the right family. And then too, just because a dog was good with someone else's kids doesn't mean he/she will be good will all kids. Not all kids act the same or have the same respect for pets.
My step-daughter and her family came over for Easter... they do not have any pets. My 6 year old grandson breezed in and put Darby in neck-lock and spun around on the floor... twice... before I could separate them. I can laugh ONLY because although Darby wasn't raised around kids, she has a good temperament. But he had no respect for her nor any experience with proper interaction with a dog. Another dog might not have liked it and the reaction could have been devastating... then too, Darby can play rough and paw when excited. He could have been scratched if he got her too excited.
Rescues don't have dogs in their possession long enough to truly learn the dogs limits. There have been three dogs I've assisted via long distance over the years that had to be euthanized after biting. Two were for biting a child and an adult in the face.
In the end, it's rescues' responsibility to place a dog in a home that is best for the dog first. It doesn't seem fair sometimes until you consider these dogs come from backgrounds that may be unknown or that the previous owners aren't always truthful when they share details about the dog they're surrendering. The rescue is responsible for matching a dog with the right family or the dog will simply end up in trouble again.
|My big, patient, calm and happy-go-lucky 3 year old Bosley is excellant with everyone. He has not been raised around kids, so I always supervise when kids are around..Even though he is very easy-going and tolerant.
The other day my 4 year old nephew was just walking in front of him, and he was sing-songing in a high-pitched voice and Bosley reached out and nipped him. It happened so fast, and right in front of me. The little one just grabbed his hand and held it and said "ow". There were no marks, and his mom, who was right there didn't notice it.
I just shuffled Bosley outside....I was very surprised...
If he had been a rescue dog, he would have been toast I am sure, or branded, or whatever..But he isn't and he is safe with me...
Bosley reached out and nipped him. It happened so fast, and right in front of me.
And it can happen so fast.
It took me by surprise when my grandson did this.
Dogs can simply have bad days too... just like us.
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