My husband and I have had dog our entire lives. My first show dog was a Belgian Tervuren back in 1989. I ended up with two of them. The first one, I picked a puppy without seeing its home, will minimal health testing and without doing research on the breeder. He ended up having epilepsy at 11 months. It was very difficult to keep him balanced during his life, but we did and loved him greatly. He ended up dying at age 11. The next one we found has ALL the healths, I researched its pedigree and went to the breeders house to make sure they were reputable. And since then I have been hooked on the herding breeds. I started showing my second Belgian at 6 months old and championed him at 14 months old. It devastated me when he died at the age of 12. It did not take me long before I realized how empty life was without a caring dog on my heels following me around everywhere I went. So I set out to find another companion. I decided on the Aussie for a few reasons. Of course they are beautiful, I love all the colors and their size fit my life better. But what drew me to them most was their temperament and personality and their loyal hearts. The are great with other family pets. We have goats, cats, and have had llama's with no problems. They have an even level personality. You will not go wrong owning an Aussie. We feel blessed by them every day.