It makes me sad to leave Ranger behind while we work sheep or attend trials. I wish we could take him with us more often, but Ranger is a royal pain in the arse in the car. He whines, and acts like a freak in his crate. Perhaps he gets car sick? Anxiety? I don't know.
All I know is after a hour in the car with Ranger I feel like I used to with three kids strapped in car seats on a sugar high kicking the back of my seat while arguing and screaming at each other. ACK!
Often I am sad and wonder if Ranger would be happier in a home where he could be the sole center of attention. Ranger cannot do agility anymore due to his leg injury from before he came to live with us (reason why he was in rescue). He has no desire to work livestock.
Ranger's primary duties? Make us smile. Photo model. Turn the lights on and off. Protect the front door from salesmen & missionaries. Prevent the back yard from being overrun by crows and the occasional eagle.
I wonder, is he fulfilled? Do dogs need to be fulfilled? Is he happy without a real job?
A while back I had a long discussion with a woman who had an Aussie mix she had spent training in agility for several years. She was re-homing him because she and her husband got the herding bug and felt bad they had to leave this dog at home much of the time - since he had no desire to work stock. They no longer did agility so his talents and training were being wasted. As much as they loved him they chose to place him in a home where he could share his love with a young chronically ill boy. As luck would have it, the dog also became his seizure alert dog and now has a job and a loving home. Not to be left behind again.
Was that the wrong thing to do or not? Did they owe it to this dog to keep him for the rest of his life? Should they have kept doing agility just for this dog? Should they have kept him and left him at home while they went to sheep dog trials etc? What do you think?
I look at pictures like this and wonder....
Does Ranger miss us when we leave him at home to ride the couch?
Nah...I don't think so. My guess is he is happy for the peace and quiet.
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