Has anyone just fallen in love with a breed in an instant? I work in a shelter and get mostly mix breeds. I train the dogs to be more socially acceptable for their new homes so they are less likely to be dumped again. Anyway, i was doing the rounds in the medium sized pens. Everything was normal, cattle cross kelpie, kelpie cross border collie, border collie cross cattle, cattle cross lab, when, suddenly, beautiful rough collie! This was my first encounter with the breed. Usually i like sleek, streamlined dogs! I went into the pen and this dog started talking to me. It wasn't like barking. She is the only dog i have ever seen genuinly trying to communicate verbally with me. I realised she was trying to tell me what happened. I patted her slowly while she stared into my eyes and continued in that weird high pitched voice. Eventually she grew silent and slowly sank onto my knees with a sigh of relief. She litterally lay across my knees in a kind of limp happiness as i continued to pat her. It was so strange and out of place, most shelter dogs leap all over you. She was adopted that day by a nice old lady, but her face has never left my mind. I'm now getting my first rough collie in two weeks.