Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
As others have said, most clubs have certain criteria for membership that involves more than just filling out a form and joining.
Also, breed clubs and training clubs are different. Training clubs are for people who want to train dogs and learn to train dogs. In most cases, this requires having a dog to train, though some will often let people join and start attending as auditors if the person doesn't have a dog yet. Though the assumption there is usually that the person will be getting a dog in the foreseable future. Breed clubs are about learning about that specific breed. Some don't do anything other than sit around and talk about the breed, some are very involved with training, conformation showing, etc... In both cases, breed clubs are designed for people who are passionate about that specific breed. Not just dogs in general. And I think they are going to consider it quite odd if someone is wanting to join multiple breed clubs. They're going to sort of expect you to pick *your* breed and then maybe join it's club. Not join a bunch of different breed clubs for entirely different breeds.
Either way, giving where you are at now in your life, you will get more out of volunteering and training than out of any of the other things that the clubs have to offer so the shelter is likely going to be much more educational and the Collie person probably realized that, plus probably also realized you weren't head over heels in love with Collies specifically, so there really is no reason to join a club for that specific breed. She may have even seen you signing up for other clubs too, which to her would make absolutely no sense and indicate you don't really know what you want at this point.
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