So...I faced my fear and went to adoption day. There was a gorgeous Australian Shepherd tri-color there. I did the "may I pet her?" hold out hand for sniff...stuff. Again I was snarled at. Bristles up...hackle raised and lunging at me. My husband did it and NO problem!!! Why does this breed hate me? The foster said she had never done anything like that before!! The 10 year old behind me ran up and hugged the dog no problem?! Im SO over this breed. If I ever see one near my property it's dead. I am not going to be attacked a 6th time. Done.