First World Dog Problems

I've tried about seven different ways to approach this story, but can't seem to get any traction:
When herding dogs don't have an opportunity to round up livestock, they devote that extra energy to nipping at your kids' heels as they ride their bikes or chewing up the house.

Greta Zuercher knows firsthand. She's here with her young Border Collie, Tess.

Today, Zuercher is spending $15 so Tess can spend a day with the sheep. Zuercher lives in a Portland suburb. But she says the two-and-a-half hour drive is worth it. Zuercher says as soon as she got Tess around sheep, it was clear that this dog was born to herd.
Is this what it's come to?  We buy pet birds, then clip their wings so they can't fly; we buy a chihuahua, then stuff it in a purse all day; we buy a dog that was bred to chase things, and then we have to drive it 2+ hours just so it can get some practice doing what it was born to do?

Growing up, we always had a dog or two in the family, and I love and miss those pets.  But it's hard to imagine ever getting another one because all I see anymore is the Cons.  The shedding, the chewing, the houseguest-accosting, the following-around with a grocery bag and picking up a steaming pile of its fresh-squeezed shit.  Now, I guess I can add "ferrying it out to a farm so it can frighten the sheep" to the "Con" column.