Working Class Roots
Young Audie is the son of working parents. Here is a photo of his mother, Pip and her owner/handler Heather Houlahan at work on a recent search (click on the photo to read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article about this search).
His father, Boston, is a working cowdog out in Oregon. You can see photos of Boss here:
The health and working background of his parents were a deciding factor in adding young Audie to our family. As my friend Geeske wrote:You are going to invite a living being into your house for maybe over a decade. Thorough research will not guarantee — but will increase the chances of a happy outcome.
Yup. Its a big decision, not one to take lightly. There are some excellent tips for finding a good breeder in this article from Border Collie Rescue.