|We're considering getting another Border Collie to keep ours company. Do you think that 2 Border Collies are much more work than one Border Collie? And, are there certain dogs who just never accept other dogs brought into the household?|
That said, owning another Border Collie can take a lot of the focus off you. The intensity of the dog (to play ball, wrestle, or whatever) is often directed at the other dog, not at you. You find yourself being able to say "Go get Fido" when one wanders over to pester you for activity - not being stuck with having to respond to all demands for attention. At my house, it's "Wrestlemania" about every 30 minutes - a huge melee of dogs pawing, growling, and tumbling in the middle of the room - but if I learn to ignore the noise, I can get more work done. With only one, I have to take breaks every 15 minutes to give it the attention it demands to be paid. They can keep each other entertained for longer periods than a lone dog can entertain itself.
And yes - though they can be taught to tolerate the other dog, some dogs, like some people, just don't get along with others. If you're worried about such a thing, you might want to "test drive" a friend's dog (or a rescue) for a couple of weeks to see if your dog will eventually get over any feelings of discomfort.