I’m ashamed at how long its been since I checked in here, I spend most of my time online on facebook where I love seeing the sheltie of the day photos. Our beloved Forrest passed away in Dec. of lymphoma, it was fast. Diagnosis in late summer and goodbye in Dec. I miss him so much! Then Foxy Roxie left us this spring, she had a ton of health problems but in the end she was unable to get up or stay up; she had terrible arthritis (and diabetes, and thyroid, and bladder stones and torn acl, etc etc) and was suffering so we said goodbye. She was a trouper until the last few days. In the meantime we got a lovely 1 yr old rough collie rescue who brought some troubles with him. He had been neglected and was and still is, quite shy. He’s sweet and loving and we adore him. He is close to my husband but fearful of me. The rescue said several of the collies from his group are afraid of women. So we take our time and I am patiently waiting for him to like me. He tolerates me and takes food from me, lets me leash him etc, he just goes away from me as soon as he can. He will occasionally sit behind my easy chair which is a huge step for him. Small steps. We have a mini LH doxie who gets on with everyone, my little baby dog. She sleeps in the bed, cuddles and is also very playful with us and other dogs. However the house hasn’t felt right without a real sheltie so we got a bi-black puppy about 3 wks ago. She’s a pistol! Excited about everything, eats like a hog, growing like a weed, all gangly legs and funky fur, mouthing on hands, arms, ears, cats, whatever. And such a talker already. Thats what I missed most, the endless chats with a sheltie and Pepper is obliging. She and the doxie are best friends and play 24/7. The doxie is showing her bite inhibition and its helping. I’m in love with her! I want all the sheltie puppies! All our previous shelties have been adult rescues so this is just a blast. I hope everyone is well and all dogs are happy and healthy. I might even submit a pic for the homepage one day. But I need tips on getting good pics of bi-blacks, she doesn’t photograph nearly as well as our sables did. Thanks for reading!