Hi there lovely doggy people! I am four days into ownership of a twelve week old collie \ whippet cross pup. Had rescue dogs all my life and tried desperately to go down the same path again. Things seemed to have changed very much from getting my last rescue collie 14 years ago! I filled out the forms and there were lots of smiles as we seemed to be ideal adopters....... Newly retired, love walking, had lots of rescue dogs, secure garden etc., etc. But when it got to the grandchildren who visit and had lots to do with our collie It became difficult to be in the right age group for most of their dogs for adoption. Many dogs are suitable for households with children 13+. Now, I do understand that the dogs are assessed by professionals as to their suitability for homing but...... I explained that the grandkids would be slowly introduced to any dog I could have. They have been taught to respect dogs and 'their space'. If our dog did not want to play and headed for bed, nobody went near. I do understand that kids and adults have been mauled or even killed by 'rescue dogs' and that is why centres strive so hard to be honest and give as much information about the type of home needed and they do a fantastic job. But should not there be a little more flexibility on what the potential adopter can offer depending on experience? I visited many dog rescue websites and in the end felt really disheartened by not finding a dog that matched us. Any medium sized mongrel would have been lovely. It isn't that I was desperate for a purebred or designer dog. I just wanted to give a dog a home. Has anybody else gone through this? So for the first time in my life I have now bought a furry piranha with ninja slashing talons for claws and seems to be in permanent hyperdrive! First night was the pits as he screamed constantly in volume I did not think capable from something so small! I had gone for the 'cold Turkey' approach. The last three nights I have slept on the sofa with 'Terror Tot' in his crate within sight and smell of me and he is gradually accepting that he is safe. He is twelve weeks old and looks gorgeous when asleep! Ha Ha! My partner has been totally traumatised by the experiences since puppy's arrival. Poor chap. He says he will not be surprised to see its head rotate a full 360°. Any advice in helping us through the early Hollywood stage greatly received!