At the Million Paws Walk, I was given the number of a shearer who had left his details with a rural pound because he was looking for a female kelpie to use as a working dog. It's probably too late now, but the reason why I haven't called him is a. the dog is currently a 2.5 drive away from where this guy lives and he'd have to be able to assess if she'd be any good with sheep I assume (I'd love to watch that though!) and b. I'm just not sure what is the right thing for this dog now.
My first reaction was: How awesome! This dog might live its life doing what she is meant to do. Then I met someone who tried to convince me that all farmers are cruel to their dogs which I KNOW is absolute BS, but I did have to think of a couple of rescue stories from farmers who dumped their very old dogs at the pound because they could no longer work. On the other hand, most would just shoot them and I don't necessarily have a problem with that, as long as they've been treated well while they're alive. And she is desexed, so dumped litters would also not be an issue. Then again, he may not even want a desexed dog...
But my biggest issue is, this pup would be regarded as utterly spoilt in the eyes of any farmer. Living in the city, in a tiny house and yard and limited time available to exercise this dog, I cannot treat her like a farm dog. City people doing that is the main reason why these dogs become problem dogs in the city. So she has had unhindered access to the house, is never locked outside, sleeps on my bed, gets fresh bones almost daily, has 'interactive' toys around, gets patted a lot, gets lots of treats for being calm and polite, etc. She's turned into a real snuggle bum and I encourage it because I've always expected for her to live her life as a pet and not as a farm.
Would it ever be right to let her go to farm to be a farm dog after the effort we've (as in me and her) put in to turn her into a family pet suited to suburbia? We've had her for 6 weeks and she is getting better and better at fitting in.