My last girl, who was tragically taken away from me (when a guy on a motorcycle t-boned my s10 in a parking lot--he was travelling about 130mph--hit the passenger door where my baby was in the passenger seat, we were fully loaded with stuff for the rescue reunion the next day, anyway my Stitches raised her head and upon impact the gastank flew off the bike and through the window, hit my girl in the head deflecting it from direct impact with my temple, she lived to make sure we got out and passed away at the vet hospital that a rescue worker told my friend to take her to, he said tell them to do whatever it takes, but she only lived for an hour, no broken bones but head trauma) Stitches was a border collie mix and very loyal and smart, I am black and white dog person so, BC fits the bill. When I lost Stitches, I was heartbroken but knew life would go (since I got Stitches when my girl Sketcher passed away in '06) After Sketcher I said no more, I can't handle the heartbreak, but quickly realized I can't handle not having a dog, a big part of me was gone. I went on-line and found Stitches at a rescue not far away. What a treasure, she got involved with the rescue, and was little big personality. She loved and touched the lives of everyone she met. So after loosing her, she told me that there was someone who needed me and would help me, on-line again (the recsue didn't have "my" dog) but one in Eastern PA did. I found her when I got home from the hospital the day after the accident. So 2 of rescue volunteers took me to meet my Silky. I already knew she was mine, so the long drive didn't matter, she was coming home with me. She has been perfect for me and I for her. She had a rough beginning, intended for nothing but breeding. Not much human interaction and not food motivated in any way. She was very timid and lacked any self confidence. But, now is had blossomed into a beautiful flower and attrects many social butterflies. She loves other dogs, we go to a place called Bow Wow Beach, and is learning that I will never let a human hurt her so she can trust some of the ones she knows. We are healing together and loving life together. We committed love and safety to each other, not a lot more is required, but she has developed great skill with a tennis ball and has fantastic obedience on a leash. We are learning recall, but not pushing her, and are going to start with some backyard agility (so she is comfortable with the equipment) before we join a club. Life is good and she is full of life, we are happy.