BC vs. PS
I'm getting many questions on differences between BCs and PSs and well, there sure are many! I always laugh when people call BCs high energy and in desperate need of a daily job... Obviously, they never met a PyrShep! Personally, I find BCs extremely easy to live with. Sure, they love running and working, but can also survive without it for a day or two, lying quitely at your feet. PyrShep can't do that. First of all, they don't lie by anybody's feet. They either jump in your lap or are checking something out, they always look like they had too much coffee or maybe something stronger. It's a kind of a dog that is difficult to live with, but for those of us who find them irresistibly cute, impossible to live without.
You can only either love or hate the breed, there is nothing in between. BCs are not that black&white, I think everybody likes BCs and there sure is many things about them to like. What I love the most about BCs is that they're all somewhat weird, they all have some strange obsessions. For example, raison d'etre for my Bu is running as fast as she can with Bi when I call "ready, steady, GO". And tunnels, of course. Bi's biggest and weirdest obsession is herding my friend's barking Croatian Sheepdogs, she can't see or hear anything else when they're around and she will recognize them barking anytime, anywhere.
I think they're all somewhat psycho and I love that, the weirdest the better. I love their love to run and work and play, but I miss the hyper part that only PyrSheps can provide me with, so I guess that makes me an addict.:) PyrSheps are not nearly that obsessed with running or playing, their only raison d'etre is: you (followed closely by food, of course). I don't know a BC who wouldn't run agility or play with any stranger who comes by and I hardly know a PyrShep who would run for anybody but their owner - at least not with the same eagerness. PyrSheps are one-person dogs, they breathe just for that lucky one, but they expect the same from their person. Teaching a BC to jump in your lap is often a long process of teaching them to trust you to jump into your lap and a PyrShep will jump in your lap at 8 weeks, just to give you a kiss.
When I wanted to take a picture of Le, I put her on a high rock so that I could keep her at one place, but after she checked out the rock, she came flying off of it towards me. She also doesn't see any risk at jumping from a sofa towards my head, while I'm sitting on the floor 2m away. Luckily, La has trained me to be able to catch any merly thing flying by my head unexpectedly! If you fail, a PyrShep will always give you another chance. And jump again and again. Catch me if you can! BCs don't have such emotional approach to things, they are way more rational. They will be much more reluctant if you fail.
Anyway, I guess that means I'll always have both. Can't live without a PyrShep, their craziness and cuteness. Can't live without a BC, their weirdness and obsessions. Yeap, they got me addicted to that stupid "ready, steady, GO" game too! How cool is that, running all out as crazy when you hear "ready, steady, GO", it's just too funny. If you're a PS person, you'll like BCs too, it's a nice change. If you're a BC person, you'll probably hate PS. Too hyper, too barky. And very addictive, as you can see in my case...