The tricolored one is an English Shepard and the black and white is a border collie (shaved). We have an extreme tick problem in New Jersey and my house is in very deep woods. We've all been hosts for Lyme disease many times which makes me question what I believe is the premature feeling of aging joints when that probably should be another 10 years off or more despite successful treatment numerous times.
The English Shepard known as America's farm dog, is typically used in herding cattle goats horses... Etc. she has an amazing capacity for endurance and speed. I have never seen a dog run so fast in my life and just when you think she's maxed out, there's a little turbo button inside that moves her along as if someone it ignited a jet back pack. She weighs about 40 pounds remarkably family-friendly in fact from day one ( since I could never tolerate the screaming puppy nights of a new dog) I put her in the bed between my wife and I. It is now 13 months later the three of us appear to be quite happy. Funny you say this but this morning I woke up with her eyes 4 inches from my own with her head on my pillow and her body stretched out between my wife and I. Of course the border Collie, Willow, cannot be left out. She too believes there is a place in this ménage à trois for her,
And being an equal opportunity household, she is not wrong and always welcome.
She does however have a very unusual issue. She will ball up a blanket into the size of a softball, stick the entire thing and her mouth and make sucking sounds with her throat. Eventually her back teeth wear a hole into whatever she has and then she pulls the stuffing out particularly if it's a blanket.
We had to Golden retrievers one died at 17 the other we put down at 16 due to an increasing growth on her hind leg. Hardest days of my life. And I never wanted a dog again... Obviously my wife won. But I am not complaining.
I did fence in about 2 acres of yard before the trees got to heavily grown, and allow them to have access to the entire back area. It keeps their energy burned off and trust me they are extremely energetic.
But nothing I tell you is new to you as you to have a dog and anything anyone tells you about their dog you probably already know as any other dog person would.