a little off topic but I think Nell sounds gorgeous and wish her a happy retirement 🙂 i wasnt belittling what you had done already (which is alot – working collies are my “thing” so i know they dont come out the womb like on 1man and his dog ;)). I think we’re meaning different things by “socialised” – correct me please if i’m wrong here but I have the idea that Nell can “be around other dogs” using the down – when i say socialised i mean running / playing / interacting at whatever level without being under such close management.
oh and to prove i’m not some clever invincible lady – a dog picked a fight with my William tonight in the park. Bonnie nicked off with its ball after i sent her to greet not noticing it had dropped one near its feet and I think he just got in the way when it was already miffed ! No harm done but boxer owners were a bit ruffled !
CJ – Dogs in bedroom is a personal thing – I personally wouldnt let a dog in my room in this situation, obviously you can play – just on your terms 🙂