|Barked: Wed Nov 28, '12 10:45am PST |
Let me give you an insider cheat sheet!
First though let me say that when you deal with breed rescue, their whole life is the consequence of the results of bad matches or people getting involved with the breed impulsively, so they can be hardliners. Just keep that in mind.
My cheat sheet for you is to impress them with your breed knowledge. That and it totally depends who you are talking to....as in a foster vs a adoptions counselor. Rescues have different structures. Sometimes all volunteers are involved in adoption decisions, while others it comes down to either an adoption counselor or the rescue's figurehead. It just depends.
That aside, you need to show your breed knowledge. You need to *substitute* your lack of breed experience with making it clear you have done a lot of research and know this breed like a book. This impresses and reassures.
Two things you must ask are how is she with separation anxiety and barking. These are two prominent reasons for Collie's being given up. In and amongst this, two facts about you I observe. One is if you are indeed allowed to bring her to work, that you are a better placement for a dog with some SA. The other is that if she DOES bark, she wouldn't be the right home anyway. In other words, you get "extra points" for being a potential Collie home as the dog won't be alone much, and if the dog IS a barker (which she may BE off their description), she wouldn't be right for you anyway, so might as well find that out now. Explain WHY you can't have a bad barker and that this is your prominent Collie concern. That may make them nervous, but it is something to say as it is the one potential reason why this breed might not be right for you. Collies bark a LOT. Some are quieter, and that is what you'd need.
So you can say that you have done a lot of research on this breed and know it is potentially the right one for you. Don't say you love Lassie.....that would be your death knell! SAY that you have been restricting your research to breeds who would be good for a first time dog owner, are gentle but active, very smart and trainable. Don't say "because they are so beautiful." Another death knell.
Let me side track for a moment with you, if I may. Collies went through a HORRIBLE stage where the breed was almost ruined. Due to their popularity, bad genetics got in and the temperaments suffered. Collies literally got nasty. Very snappy and unreliable, which is utterly wrong for the breed. Health issues also spread like wildfire. So wanting a Collie because of Lassie or because it is pretty or things of that nature? They immediately concern the rescue. You don't want to come off sounding like a cliche. You also don't want to sound too much like you've been looking at a lot of different dogs from a lot of different breeds but just connected with her pictures or description...because they KNOW she is beautiful. Stay away from that. Many dogs end up in rescue via impulse for being beautiful. If you are to say anything, stick to things such as she "looks lively" or "very bright."
STICK to why the Collie is right for you. The trainability, the gentle manner, trainability, smarts. They also are VERY loyal. Like infamously loyal. No breed is more known for finding their way home and/or finding their masters in "Incredible Journey" sort of treks of hundreds or even thousands of miles. It's breed lore. Show you know this. SAY that you know because they are so loyal perhaps it takes some adjustment time for her to know she is truly home, for you know of this breed's loyalty and no matter where she comes from, she is probably still loyal to her master.
SAY you love cats and are all into sensitivity, and that this is one reason why you feel you would match well with a Collie....you would be able to understand their sensitive side.
Read all the info you can on Collie's beforehand. Read terrificpets.com, digitialdog.com, also yourpurebredpuppy.com. This will prepare you to represent yourself as a future Collie owner best.
Helpful I hope? Please let me know of any q's?
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