Foxy was a retired Greyhound and Merlow, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (Toller). You may have seen Merlow in Dogs Today Magazine.
I have been around dogs since I was two years old. Remus the GSD was the first. My next childhood dog was a Collie X, called Chips.Since then there has been another Collie X called Lucky and Fizz, a Lurcher.
My dog's have never been robot-like. I have actively encouraged their personalities, never suppressing them. Often a little mischievous, playful but always having manners. They have all taught me so much.