I, Janet Beale, understand that your primary reason for purchasing a new puppy from us is as a new addition to your family and that your intention is to treat the pup as a family member before anything else is required of him/her.
This is great news for me, as I know that because of my rigid owners selection process, the pup will have the best opportunity of a great "Forever Home" where the puppy will be well treated with an excellent, stimulated and varied life.
However, when something goes wrong in your own life or in the life of your puppy; it is essential to get the best help and advice of if necessary the best and correct treatment or solution as quickly as possible.
I have spent the last 50 years, working with 10's of 1000's of animals of many species and breeds on a commercial, working and in the case of Dogs who are always treated like a "family pet" member regardless of the fact that they are also used for working sheep, training students and sometimes (when special) breeding future working partners and family members.
Believe me when I tell you that, whatever you experience that you may have in the future with your new "ASTRA" puppy; it is more than likely that I too have already experienced something very similar,
either with one of my own animals, whatever species or breed, but surprisingly too, sometimes even with a human family or friend and Puppy Owner.
Your Veterinary surgeon should be the very first person you should consult regarding the health of your puppy, and then please come to me, since I have a huge knowledge of many ailiments which may afflict dogs of any breed but especially the border collie and I may well be able to offer help and support towards your dogs recovery.
In connection with everything not medical please do not hesitate to include me, because I have a vast network of friends, specialists and owners who can help contribute advice for your dogs mental care, training and home situation (ie Re-homing if required).
Please, please I ask you to contact me so that I can help you search for a solution. This is best done via email.
I may appear to those who do not know me to be unapproachable and to be devoid of emotion, but I assure you that is because I know from vast experience, that I can think, act and find solutions far quicker and better with a clear head
- Ultimately, we both have the dog's best interest at heart and he/she is still part of my 4 legged family.
This is why I provide the following when you purchase a new puppy from Astra Sheepdog Centre
(I am continually adapting to improve my service to my puppy owners) so please keep checking as my commitment to you and your puppy will also change according to this page's details
- (just like the terms and conditions from your bank)
one important thing will NEVER change and that is my commitment to trying to offer the absolute best for the welfare of the "ASTRA" dogs at all times
- Be healthy and free of parasites; when you collect or it is delivered to you. (more details below).
- Be available to give advice by Email or Telephone throughout the dogs life. (more details below).
- Be registered with the ISDS by the age of 7 months. (more details below).
- Have four weeks free insurance (UK Only) (more details below).
- Be Microchipped.
- Be covered by us on a return/full/partital refund if it should not be genetically healthy to fulfill your requirements as stated at the time of purchase ie. work as a sheepdog, herding/agility/fly-ball and other competitive sports. (more details below).
- Have a great temperament when the puppy leaves the Centre (environmental factors can devastate even the most well reared pup) (more details below).
- Have Herding Instinct (more details below).
- Offer a Re-homing policy - VERY IMPORTANT because we want to know where our puppies are - we do not want them in rescue or being sold from pillar to post to unsuitable homes. Please give us the opportunity FIRST. (more details below).
Guarantees and how they work together with the Emotional attachments to your puppy in relation to the Sale of Goods Act.
Unfortunately, a puppy or a dog is classed as "goods" under the Sale of Goods Act.
We understand that for you and us too - the puppy is not seen as "goods" - the puppy is part of both our families and must always be treated as such.
Therefore - we assure you that we will gladly discuss with you, all of the best welfare options available, for the puppy in question, obviously, depending on everyone's circumstances.,
Because we have many years of experience, we totally understand that; from the moment you have picked up your chosen puppy, you will have an emotional attachment,. This emotional attachment rarely happens, when you purchase any other "goods" such as a piece of furniture, as described in the Sale of Goods act.
Therefore, in relation to anything going wrong with your pup, we both need to be very clear, calm and polite, sensible and preferably without entangling emotion, in all communication to enable a constructive, informative and mutual agreement with "the sole aim of the dogs welfare" can be achieved from an often difficult subject.
The Sale of Goods act states that in certain disputes the goods must be be returned to the seller especially if there is a refund or exchange requested. Every request is taken on it's own merit.
BUT once a refund or exchange is agreed we assure you that the dog being returned to ourselves may not be always be the best solution for the dog's welfare, so this has to be discussed in detail and mutually agreed upon whilst investigating any claim.
However, in some instances, returning the dogs to us, may be the right and only decision for the owner to make because we are able to provide re-training and then a suitable home once training is complete. (especially if the dog becomes behaviorally unsuitable for the purpose for which it was purchased)
We also know that people's circumstances change, sometimes they become unable for reasons our of their control, to give the dog the time it needs, or perhaps a baby comes along and the dog can't cope with the new addition to the family, or the dog has become a behavioral nightmare for any reason at all. Don't despair we will be there for you.
We will be there to help you and the dog and we will not blame you as "the unexpected often happens despite all our best intentions" .
At all times we are more concerned that the dog's welfare is carefully considered, with all advice and help, used and taken into account, so that the dog does not suffer mentally nor physically.
OUR puppies must NEVER end up in a "rescue Centre" or "put to Sleep", until ALL other avenues (including contacting me) have been exhausted, this also includes any dog who's owner is residing outside of the UK.
Health on collection/delivery.
All our puppies are checked by a qualified Vet at the age of 8 weeks.
When you receive your puppy; we will guarantee that it is in good health, and all noticeable/visual/known defects will be pointed out to you, however, just to ensure we have not missed anything ourselves,.
You must take it to the Vet within 24 hours or at the latest if on a weekend, within 48 hours, for a routine health check by your own vet;
if there are any problems.
Before we will consider a return for a full refund on health grounds. We require a veterinary certificate issued by your vet stating any defects or health problems encountered at this visit.
The puppy must also be certified by (your vet talking to my vet) as being fit to travel back to me the breeder.
Every puppy/dog and family have different needs and all of this will be taken into account in any claim to us.
You should also take the opportunity to discuss your puppies vaccinations schedule. Here are the vaccination guidelines which our own vets recommend.
Free Email and Telephone help
I will be available to offer help and advice on all matters pertaining to the health and training of your "Astra Sheepdog" no matter where you live.
Our puppies live all over the world and we have a vast network of owners who are only too willing to help you and your Astra Border Collie.
We will also endeavor to keep you informed when I am scheduled to give a talk or training seminar in your country of residence.
You must contact us to receive updated information and advice, on the health of relatives of your dog and the intended partner, if you intend to breed - You should do this before you mate your dog/bitch.
Registered with the ISDS
Guaranteed parentage as registered with the ISDS.
Registration to be complete by the pups seventh month birthday.
At present all our puppies and dogs eligible for full registration with the UK Kennel Club and therefore transfer by UK Kennel Club Export Pedigree in to all Kennel Clubs of the world.
However, you must check with your own Kennel Club especially if you wish to use your puppy for breeding at a later stage, as some Clubs do not accept the progeny of ISDS/KC = Dual registered dogs.
Four Weeks FREE insurance
We will give all UK (Eire and Northern Ireland excluded) purchasers four weeks free insurance from a leading insurance company.
As there is no such thing as a Completely HEALTHY dog (you and your dog will be lucky if you do not have to visit the VET for accidents or minor illnesses during the lifetime of your border collie)
We Highly recommend that you take insurance cover for your new pup to cover these unforeseeable mishaps.
We cannot be held responsible just because you do not take out insurance to cover the health of your border collie puppy.
All our puppies are Microchipped on the day that they leave us, UK Pet-log basic registration is included, though
(all non UK residents must ensure that they transfer the microchip details to their countries registry as soon as possible, so that if lost, your dog can be reunited with you when found).
Genetically healthy to work
We have health tested for over 25 years, and are continually investigating their pedigrees for known information regarding hereditary health problems.
We are confident that our dogs are "genetically" healthy to perform a job such as herding/agility/fly-ball.
However, should it be found that the dog is unable to work due to a genetic fault (not injury) by the age of 12 months, such as CEA, PRA, Impaired Hearing, Hip Dysplasia, etc. we may be able to compensate you.
The purchaser should be able to prove, by their extensive Veterinary investigation as shown on a detailed written veterinary report, that it is directly due to genetics AND could have been reasonably preventable "AT THE TIME OF BREEDING" by DNA testing
or any recognizable Veterinary testing scheme within the UK such as Hip Scoring.
If such evidence is provided (in accordance with the Sale of Goods act) - We will gladly make full refund or replacement and discuss with you what the best welfare options for the dog in question will be.
see above for more detail
As you will come to realize – we require full evidence from your vet or testing body, in order to record these details correctly into our records and only then will any decision be made as to any compensation due, under our personal guarantees or the Sale of Goods Act,
whichever may be appropriate – each and every case is different and your input will be much appreciated and each case will be treated on it's own merit.
At all times we are more concerned that the dog's welfare is carefully considered with all advice and help, taken into account, so that the dog does not suffer mentally or physically.
In the case of:- EOD (Early onset Deafness) and Hip Dysplasia HD and Epilepsy
EOD (Early onset Deafness) -
This is very difficult to diagnose without a BAER hearing test - the dog will be around 3 - 6 years old at the onset and you may just think the dog is taking the mickey.
It is currently being researched in great detail in the USA and I will keep you posted.
As of the April 2014 we have had no reported cases - but we are still vigilant and want your help to ensure that our lines remain unaffected.
Hip Dysplasia HD -
Hip Dysplasia has been recorded in the border collie, it is not a rare disease, but it is certainly not endemic and a major problem.
It is believed that HD is polygenic which means multiple genes are involved, so it is highly unlikely that a genetic test will ever be available to help breeders prevent occurance.
Regardless of what the hip score results are of the parents, it it is also understood that any dog with a predisposition towards hip dysplasia is more likely to develop the disease if the environmental factors are not sufficiently controlled.
This is why it is not unheard of for horrific scores to suddenly be seen after generations of excellent scores.
Currently the best way to reduce the incedence of hip Dysplsia is to hip score all dogs (including siblings not used for breeding) and then recording the information into a central database for analysis to produce the Estimated Breeding Value for the incedence of Hip Dysplais. (EBV) unfortunately for this to work all breeders need to act together, I cannot see this ever happening unfortunately.
However, as ASTRA have been breeding extensively for almost 30 years we have a pretty good idea what our bloodlines could produce (there will always be surprises no matter how careful we are).
The big problem come in when we introduce new blood as hip scoring ISDS registered working and trials dogs is currently NOT standard practice, so stud dog owners are not willing to subject their valuable working dogs to the risk of sedation to undergo the xray procedure. Therefore more often than not any outside stud dogs used will not be hip scored and there is nothing we can do about that if we still want to improve the breed as a WHOLE working dog and keep the genetics as diverse as possible.
It is not just the breeder who can help here but you the owner and keeper as unfortunately, there are no easy answers to this problem but as the owner and keeper of your puppy you must ensure that the growing dog is properly fed and appropriate exercise during the first 24 months of life these are the environmental factors.
Early neutering and Spaying has been identified as contributing factors leading to increased incedence of Orthopeadic problems.
Plates must be submitted to the BVA (British Veterinary Association) or other recognized veterinary association for scoring such as OFA.
Penn Hip results will not be accepted until a full x-ray and full official scoring is done at a minimum age of 12 months. for more information please visit the following BVA Hip Scoring Scheme
Epilepsy is considered a 5% risk in ALL breeds of dogs, in the Border collie this may be as high as 10%.
From all the many dogs I have bred over a period of 30 years, the percentage of ASTRA pups affected with epilepsy is just 2%. This is way below the expected 5% rate for ALL breeds of dogs.
There are NO bloodlines free of epilepsy and there are 1000's of causes for a dog fitting; many of them are environmental, caused by chemicals or food additives, tumors, illnesses. Only a few forms of Epilepsy are considered completely hereditary and there are others forms with a predisposition towards fitting when presented with environmental factors it is for this reason that correct and complete diagnosis is essential. For detailed information regarding Epilepsy we suggest that you visit these websites
Understanding Your Pet's Epilepsy
and Join us on our health forum which I have founded in order to draw together like minded people to do something positive about health.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ISDSbordercolliehealth/ there are always changing theories since Science discovery does not stand still and many advances are being made all the time is is good to keep in touch with these findings (this is what we try to do on this group) Keep in touch with Science.
If you have an "ASTRA" or a even a dog who has an "Astra" which appears in the first three generations of your dog, especially if that dog is not bred by me:
You should report all episodes of Epilepsy or ANY form of fitting regardless of diagnoses to me.
We will require a full written veterinary documentation or at the very least collaboration via email with my own vet, this must include details of all the procedures used to reach a definitive diagnosis. (please note that Idiopathic Epilepsy cannot and SHOULD not be made until ALL the process of elimination (including video;s, owners diary, feed analysis, environmental analysis, MRI scans and much more etc.) have been thoroughly carried out) - if you want more information on this please contact me.
~It is a very complex problem and one of the worst ever illnesses any dog can have, but is is more so for us Humans since we cannot understand the workings of the Brain and this causes us all emotional problems. I know that it is very hard to withhold your emotions when your dog is fitting but it is essential that in order to help him/her you remain absolutely calm, and clear headed so that you can take a video and/or notes which may help your vet in diagnosing a cause. Do not focus on the fitting but on discovering how to help your dog by keeping factual records of everything that happened before, during and after the episode. There is a report by a doctor of human children with Epilepsy and Autism who believes that Food, Water and Stress play a large part in the triggers of Epilepsy in Humans and I personally believe that this idea should be carried through to our dogs - therefore we need to keep an eye on these things in our own lives as well as our canine friends
We have had the very occasional case of Fitting reported to us by owners over the years,
but the current reporting and incidence within our dogs, does not indicate to us any definitive hereditary links (I say definitive since these reports have including different bloodlines and more often than not completely different diagnosis - Complete diagnosis is essential in determining any genetic links)
It is currently reported in several studies that the incidence of epilepsy in all breeds of dog is around 5%.
Currently the incidence in the "ASTRA" bloodlines stands at less than 2% - More information.
We currently do not know the Breed average since very little recording is being done within the breed societies, so it is difficult to say if we are above or below the breed average. - we will report back when we find this information.
It is an absolute lottery and a needle in the haystack scenario, if a breeder tells you that their lines are FREE of epilepsy then stay clear as they are either
very novice breeders,
have not bred enough litters for the law of averages to come into play.
have not done their research,
have not kept records or kept in touch with their owners.
but just as likely they have sourced their breeding dogs from other owners/breeders who have not done the above and/or kept them informed.
It is hard to accept but I would rather go with the breeder who has some recorded epilepsy in their lines than the ones who do not record at all.
The devil you know is far safer than the one you don't. find out more about how breeders make decisions regarding epilepsy
Research is constantly being done into Epilepsy - at the present time we are unfortunately, unable to guarantee your dog for any form of epilepsy or fitting. BUT we will still take your notification seriously and may well consider your case worthy of compensation.
Researchers have yet to establish genetic links within the border collie (that does not mean however that a genetic cause does not exist).
REGARDLESS of this fact - We expect all owners to inform us fully in WRITING - together with a full veterinary report on any dog fitting and to continue to keep us informed on the progress of their fitting dog throughout its life.
In all claims due to perceived or confirmed health issues, for any partial/full refund or replacement of your ASTRA puppy = Each claim will be taken on it's merit and will be subject to
detailed veterinary certificates
calm and friendly and reasonable communication in writing from the owners
willingness to collaboration with my own veterinary surgeon and other qualified sources
We cannot guarantee that any claim will meet your expectations or satisfaction, but we assure you that our main objective is the welfare of the dog at all times and this will always be taken into account.
We will also very much appreciate and take very much into account:- what; you the owner, will do to ensure the best outcome for the dog and how willing you are to help us to record and monitor the progress of the dog
and your participation in any research programs we recommend to you.
Is success with your dog guaranteed?
We cannot give you a guarantee for Success with your dog.
Guarantees are good for machinery like TVs or cars but not for complex workings of the human and canine minds combined.
Although the majority of our Owners find our puppies excel in all canine performance fields including Agility, Herding, Obedience and as family pets or walking companions, we cannot guarantee that everyone will find this, although, we can assure you that,
proper use of modern training techniques will lead to you having the best border collie you have ever owned to date.
How much you succeed with your new puppy is up to you.
For success you need to believe in yourself, have a clear vision of your goal and work hard to achieve this goal, maintain your "will power" to keep going towards your dream of success with your new dog.
Temperament is very important for any companion and working animal.
We have gone to great lengths to ensure that the temperament of our breeding animals is excellent and we have put in enormous time and effort into the socialization of our puppies to ensure that they have the best possible start to life
in order to become your working, performance dog or companion and family pet.
If the new owner does not continue an extensive regime of on going socialization with all groups of people from babies, toddlers through the genders to mature persons and take the dog into many different situations we are unable to guarantee the temperament of the puppy.
However we will be happy to help and give advice in any behavioral issue; and we will guarantee to take the dog back for re-training/rehabilitation even re-homing should the situation get out of hand, UK & Ireland only, for other countries we shall endeavor to help source the most suitable help in this regard.
Our Border Collies are bred foremost for their herding ability and we would be happy to guarantee that any pups sold to herding homes will show the instinct to herd sheep by the time they are 12 mths of age,
But this is subject to the pup has been well kept and socialized with people, animals and transport.
It is essential that the pup has never been challenged or frightened when introduced to stock at any time.
The dog must be returned to Janet Beale for an assesment, this may take one hour or a maximum of one month, if she cannot bring out the instinct to herd then you will get your money back, but the dog will then become the property of Janet Beale.
Puppy not suitable for your lifestyle or chosen performance sport?
In my experience the dog will not be happy if an owner is unhappy with the dog.
- dog has bad behavior issues not responding to the owners handling (usually this is caused because the owner and dog are not compatible)
- dog not suitable for the discipline intended (usually because the owner wants more from the dog than the dog can give.)
- and there are many, many more...............
In this situation the dog would be physcologically better off being placed into a new more compatible home, where the owner does not require or wish to place the same or similar expectations on the dog; thereby reducing the stress to the dog.
Sometimes our human sentimentality and ego does not allow us to let the dog even when the dog will be better off without us or our situation.
we will work with our owners to resolve all issues before advising the re-homing of your dog, and therefore must be involved and request mutual agreement in the final decision as to what happens to the dog.
Our dogs must not be sent to any rescue Centre or re-homed or re-sold without our written permission.
NOW THEN !
We expect some guarantees from our puppy owners TOO !
- Please socialize your pup continuously from day one,
- Please TRAIN your pup to become a sensible and well behaved addition to your family.
- You must abide by the Code of Welfare for Dogs.
- You should neuter or spay your dog/bitch if not intending to Breed, if you do not then please ensure that it does not accidentally breed.
- Please do not allow breeding with your Astra Border collie Dog/Bitch without first contacting us preferably in writing. (to check the health status of your dogs siblings and other close relatives)
- ----- we can also help advise you on the choice of partner for your dog.
- Please do not breed from your bitch unless you are available FULL time 24/7 from a week prior to the expected birth of the litter to the time the puppies are 8 weeks old and ready to leave home (this is because they need 24 hour care and attention)
- So if you work be prepared to take Doggy Maternity leave.
- Please do not allow breeding with your Astra Border collie Dog/Bitch without first thinking carefully about To Breed or Not to Breed (you will find useful information here)
- Please do not allow breeding with your Astra Border collie Dog/Bitch without first following ALL the guidelines on our website (see below) to help prevent hereditary faults.
- Please do not allow breeding with your Astra Border collie Dog/Bitch unless you are in a position to keep, re-home and train EVERY single puppy that they produce in their lifetime (in case you do not find suitable homes for them)
- Please do not allow breeding with your Astra Border collie Dog/Bitch without first studying bloodlines, getting familiar with the Sheep herding aspects of the breed and ensuring that you get as much advice as possible.
- Please do not allow breeding with your dog/bitch without registering all of the progeny, First with the International Sheepdog Society (ISDS) or other recognized Herding body before you register with any Kennel Club (show or Agility)
- ----------- If you live outside of the UK please contact us for further information.
- Please do not allow breeding with your dog/bitch without registering ( FIRST ) all of the progeny, with the ISDS or other recognized Herding body (NOT the Kennel Club). If you live outside of the UK please contact us for further information.
- Please do keep in touch with us giving us updates by email and (when new website is available) by posting relevant information by using the Login area for Owners.
On Border Collie Health - As an Astra Sheepdog owner you are required to notify us: -
As an Astra Sheepdog owner you are required to notify us FIRST : -
Informing us by EMAIL or SKYPE message or if urgent by telephone - leave message.
Extremely important information - To give us the FIRST opportunity to give help and advice if something goes wrong with your Astra dog.
BEFORE: - Breeding from your dog because - I am very sure that you would not want to breed; without knowing ALL the health information available from the breeder of your dog, and choice of mate, right up to the date of a mating.
BEFORE: - Re-homing or selling your dog – giving us the opportunity to help you or purchase your dog from you.
As an Astra Sheepdog Owner, you are also required to advise us by EMAIL or snail mail of ANY non routine veterinary procedures including but not restricted to: - (if urgent help required please contact us using SKYPE message or by telephone - leave message.
Please note: We really want, and need, your help in providing us with all the information of your dogs health results together, if available, all “proof of testing” in hard copy or scanned document.
Once we have confirmed to you, in writing, that we have received these notifications; you are most welcome to add this information onto the relative Border Collie Health Database's.
Without your help we cannot possibly hope to know, what is going on with your dogs and therefore, cannot then make the best decisions in future matings.
therefore, we value your help as we are only as good as our owners.
DNA testing INCLUDING:- CEA, TNS, CL MDRI, B12 deficiency, and any other DNA test you may carry out on your dog.
- EOD (Early onset Deafness)
- Floating Patella
- OCD = shoulder Dysplasia
- Testicle retention
- Epilepsy or ANY form of fitting regardless of diagnoses - with full written veterinary documentation or collaboration with my own vet, this must include details of all the procedures used to reach a definitive diagnosis. (please note that Idiopathic Epilepsy cannot and SHOULD not be made until ALL the process of elimination (including video;s, owners diary, feed analysis, environmental analysis, MRI scans and much more etc.) have been thoroughly carried out) - if you want more information on this please contact me we will soon be providing links to support this information.
- BCCS = Border Collie Collapse Syndrome - with full veterinary documentation and details of the procedure reached to provide a definitive diagnosis.
- Colabomin deficiency and B vitamin12 and folate malabsorption - DNA test now available
- Addison’s disease - with full veterinary documentation and details of the procedure reached to provide a definitive diagnosis.
- Diabetes - with full veterinary documentation and details of the procedure reached to provide a definitive diagnosis.
- Progressive eye diseases – including but not limited to regardless of age: PRA, Glaucoma, reduced tear formation, cataracts certified by a specialist examinations.
- Hearing Loss – including but not limited injury and regardless of age partial or full and certified by a specialist with full veterinary documentation and details of the procedure reached to provide a definitive diagnosis.
- Heart Defects – including but not limited to age related conditions with full veterinary documentation and details of the procedure reached to provide a definitive diagnosis.
- Cereal food allergy - with full veterinary documentation and details of the procedure reached to provide a definitive diagnosis.
- ANYTHING ELSE.
- We must be informed, in writing, of anything your Veterinary Surgeon considers COULD be of a hereditary, genetic or congenital cause - with full veterinary documentation and details of the procedures reached to provide a definitive diagnosis. Once we have confirmed to you, in writing, that we have received notification; you may place this information onto the relative Health Database
As you will come to realize – we require full evidence from your vet or testing body, in order to record these details correctly into our records and only then will be able to decide if any compensation under our personal guarantees or the Sale of Goods Act, may be appropriate – each and every case is different and your input will be much appreciated and will be treated as an individual accordingly.
Please, we NEED your help, to continue the improvement of our breeding program and so we can offer a specialist and caring advice service to our owners and other Border collie enthusiasts. Please, be our eyes and ears; become our spokesperson – pass the following message to all around you =
“Janet Beale cares deeply about her puppies; from before their conception all the way on their journey with you to Rainbow Bridge,
she cares desperately about her own dogs, the success of her students and all her Astra Sheepdog Owners;
caring for you all as part of her extended family.
She really wants to be involved, but recent illness and external stresses of life have interfered with the ideal customer relations,
Janet asks you all to participate in the gathering of this information
and to please be patient, polite and persistent
as good mutual communication is the key to your success with the Astra Sheepdogs.”
If your circumstances change and you are unable to keep your "Astra" Border Collie - for whatever reason,
you must advise us first; giving us the first option to find a suitable home for the dog.
After-all we are responsible for him just as much as you are.
Please be aware that by purchasing a puppy from us you are agreeing to the following:
To give us the FIRST opportunity to give help and advice if something goes wrong physically or mentally with your Astra dog.
BEFORE: - Breeding from your dog because - I am very sure that you would not want to breed; without knowing ALL the health information available from the breeder of your dog, and choice of mate, right up to the date of a mating.
BEFORE: - Re-homing or selling your dog – giving us the first opportunity to help you retrain or re-home your dog or in very special circumstances to perhaps purchase your dog from you, this is not a given, and will only be offered in cases where the dog is very well trained as a family pet or as a working sheepdog.
If your circumstances change and you are unable to keep your "Astra" Border Collie - for whatever reason, you MUST advise us first; giving us the first option to find a suitable home for the dog.
We are always happy to take the puppy back and re-train him to become an effective sheepdog, we can do this with dogs of any age, we will always ensure that the dog is finally placed in the most suitable home regardless of his ability to work sheep or if he really needs to be just an ordinary pet.
After all, this pup is one of my many children and we are responsible for him just as much as you are.
Your puppy must never end up in a rescue centre or be put to sleep – he must be returned to us.