Meet Samson, the Great Dane. He is deaf and possibly partially blind. He is estimated at less than a year old. He is not very good on his feet and often stumbles. He spent much of his puppyhood in a crate because he was just too big and “too much” for his previous home to handle. One of the doctors I work with saved him from euthanasia. He will be going to a Great Dane rescue who will hopefully find a home for him that can work around his special needs. Samson, despite his clumsiness, is a very sweet boy. I’m sad to see him leave the hospital, but I’m also happy that this special dog gets a second chance.
I have a friend who breeds AKC conformation line Rough Collies, and is also working on a line of Farm Collies. Farm Collies are essentially old-fashioned Rough Collies. The breed standard has changed over the years as breeders have worked towards whatever physical appearance they deemed best for the breed (look how German Shepherds have changed over the years; some people prefer the sloped back while others can’t stand it). The traditional Collie look no longer meets the standard. Because of that, there aren’t many breeders who strive for the old-fashioned look. The few who wish to resurrect the old-fashioned type often use other breeds of the Collie family, like Border Collies and Australian Shepherds, to bring back the type they desire.