I've had our kelpie pup for nearly 3 months and have had few enquiries about her.
So I was excited when we had an enquiry from some people living on a property at the South Coast. But then it turned out they want a dog to keep the wildlife out of their yard. Which would be a dream job for lots of dogs, if it was just their day job. But these people want her to live outside full time, as an only dog. There's only farm fencing, I assume. And when I met them, it became clear to me that they have absolutely no experience with dogs and simply have no idea about their needs or even that they need training, let alone how to do that. And they seemed like the kind of old people who never really listen to advice from anyone.
When I mentioned to the guy that I didn't think Billie would cope with being outside on her own without another dog for company, he said "But there'll be kangaroos and wallabies" as if that was the same or even better than another dog.
Anywho, if I would have seen any sign of them wanting a dog for any other reason than to use her as some sort of living scarecrow, I would be willing to consider them. But I haven't. They came to meet her and their daughter and granddaughter did all the patting and interacting with Billie while the old couple just looked at her and asked questions which showed me that they don't have a clue about how to train a dog. They just expect her to "get it" and rely on breed characteristics.
I was annoyed when they mentioned the working kelpies they knew on a farm near them and that those dogs were fine living outside. Yes, they actually do a job all day and there's 2 of them!
I think they shouldn't have a dog at all but don't really know how to tell them. Might be a coward and let the rescue org coordinator break the news to them.
The great news is, we have another meet and greet today and they already own an Australian Shepherd. I'm very excited about Billie meeting her potential forever family! I read an article yesterday about how to let go of your foster dog and the first point was "Get a dog that doesn't quite fit your lifestyle". Billie fits that perfectly. I love her to bits, will only let her go to a good home of course, will be sad when she leaves but I'm so looking forward to not having a hyperactive kelpie pup around too!