It is true that the traditional work of many breeds is no longer required of, or even available to, them . However, there are other venues in which to make use of various breeds’ abilities. The same characteristics that make retrievers such good hunting companiona also suit them as service dogs, scenting specialists, SAR, and many more. Border collies’ intensity and agility make them standouts in several “dog sports” such as agility and obedience trials. While many of these organized activities may be rather different from the originals upon which they are based, they do serve a purpose in providing an area in which dog and handler can utilize some skills, and at least have the enjoyment of participating, and working together.