Arrival Story: I had spent some time looking for a new companion. After a year and a half I decided the breed I wanted was an Australian Shepherd. I wasn't able to find the exact qualities thru shelters. I have a spinal problem and cannot be yanked around, also while every dog barks , I would not expose my neighbours to excessive noise. I decided the only route was a puppy to train. The first inquiry I made , I also asked the breeder if they had an older dog or knew someone who did. The gentleman paused and said 'That's odd'. I replied I had raised puppies before and really wanted a companion. The owner said 'no-no I had just decided with my work it wasn't fair to keep my personal dog. He deserves better. And then you called, it sounds odd but maybe you are suppose to have him. Let me meet you and you can see him, and I can decide if your right for him'. A week later after hard thought on both sides I bought Dare and brought him home January 31st 2008. Dare has more than advanced obedience training and now has to teach me to step it up a notch. Poor fellow he was a country dog and now he has to adjust to small town life. As all Aussies are shy and skittish I would say he is doing well. Slowly I will be able to develop a strong bond as he looks to me for guidance already. I feel Dare has more potential than I had hoped for. After one year with me Dare is strongly bonded with me. He travels better than many human companions and waits for shopping when out and about. Of course if you have one 'aussie' you need two. Dare is so laid back he finds the new puppy a confusing nonsense.