BOW WOWS everyone... Gypsy is 2 1/2 year old Boarder Collie Mix... She sorta looks like a Black Golden Retriever to tell you the truth. Though, she definitely does not favor water at all, which probably was my most surprise of all about her. She was dumped in my yard when she was about 5 weeks old. She looked like an Chow puppy, then. I was certain no one could have done that, being that it was in the middle of winter (January) in Indianapolis.... I thought little kids had gotten into her litter and was afraid to take her back.. I posted lots of notices, and to no avail... no one claimed her. I kept her 3 weeks, I had someone whom wanted to adopt her... Their 3rd day after taking on her, they did not like getting up at 5 am to take her out to go pee. When I found her I began potty training her to go outside to go potty. This is first step to become a well mannered and a desirable house pet. Anyway, I decided to take her in, on a trail basis, she how it would work out. I shortly fell in love with her and wanted to keep her, because softy me, just didn't have the heart to take her to the pound. I wasn't looking to have a dog, but I am glad I have her in my life , she has been a wonderful companion to be around. I have tried to teach her tricks, have been pretty good at it. Have also trained her Basic Commands. Though would like to teach her more. I thought this might be a good place to learn some cool things for us. Good pointers and new ideas I am always open to. She does have a a very sweet, wonderful personality and is so playful, does fetch, and the tricks so well. She is nearly perfect... One issue I do have with her is: It does not seem like the same dog when she goes into that "Overly Protective Mode" :dogmad: Which I am fine about her letting me know someone around. But, I do not want her to be as aggressive. This is one thing, I want & need to work on with her. It has never gotten to the point of her actually biting anyone. But it seems to be a worry I do have... And too know anything that has teeth will and can bite if not worked with to detour this behavior. I hope you all can give me some good ideas... :dogwub: I know it sounds contradictive to also in the same breathe to say what a wonderful and good dog she is... But she is... and I think other dog lovers would understand this. At least I think. :dogbiggrin: I hope. :dogunsure: I have taken the time to socialize her to people and other animals. With strangers she does go pretty crazy. Anyone have any suggestions? I do think, she does this because, I am her only master now. My son & his family were all staying with me. They have moved and now it is only Gypsy and myself. Their dog is gone too. Though she does have other playmates. Got any ideas for me. Thanks to you all in advance ... Happy Tails Gypsys' Mommy & Gypsy.