We have lived 27 precious years with a small female sheltie and, then, a rescued sheltie/collie mix. I sooooooo want another sheltie, but my husband doesn't want to get another due to our age - 69. He is afraid the little one might outlive us or we may become unable to physically take care of it. To have to give the dog up would be like a death in our family because, having no children, our animals become our kids. I'm willing to even take in an older rescued or rehomed sheltie, for I love this breed beyond words. Has anyone else dealt with this issue and, if so, what decision was made?