Ugh, Seneca is just so stunning. Sometimes I look at him and think he's a living painting 😂 I still can't believe he was a "discount dog," who couldn't find a home for four months (along with a few siblings) so was put up for a "spring cleaning" sale. I still regret supporting his breeder and caution people away from her, but I don't regret getting him at all. He has been a LOT of work, but it has been so rewarding. After he turned four, he chilled out so much, and is just amazing with kids and elderly folks and being offleash.
I get a lot of flak from the NAID community because I often warn people away from the breeders and steer them to either more responsible/ethical breeders or rescuing, all while doting on how wonderful my dogs are. I still think the NAID as I know it is a wonderful mix, and I don't fault the dogs for the breeder practices and overnreeding/lack of health testing, but I know I'll never get another because my knowledge and ethics about dog breeding have changed so much in the 5 years since I've gotten Sen, and I just couldn't justify it for a pup that is a bit of a wild car. That doesn't mean the breeders won't change for the better, and I'm hoping their standards become much stricter while preserving the original heart of the mix I love so much. It makes me sad, because I love these boys so much, but I also know I'll likely rescue a similarly mixed dog in the far future.
Who knows what the future holds! Right now, I'm just enjoying my beautiful boys and our close bonds, and the ridiculousness of our wonderful pack 💝