The Border Collie Chronicles

Observations from (arguably) the World's Smartest Dogs;
(but, without question, the bestest friends!)
or, Life As We Understand It, as told from dad's shop.

Posted January 26, 2012
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Working on this article.
(Notice my crossed legs!)

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Planning and Strategizing!

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Me and my favorite sister, Gall!

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Me and my favorite brother - well,
he's my only brother!

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Supervising from afar!

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I like playing too!

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And relaxing!

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And snoozing!

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Life Is Good!!  Take care.

It Just Feels Good!

     By Patches


Oh, woe is me!!! … It’s too hard!  I can’t do that!  Do they really expect me to accomplish that …???!!  Nobody cares about me!  My territory is too big!  I don’t have ANYONE to help me!  Why don’t I get to stay in the house more often, like Rooney does??  All the others never listen to me!  Bubba is dad’s favorite and Annie is mom D’s … I used to be mom D’s favorite.  It hurts when I do THAT!  Dang It!!

Whew!!  It just feels good sometimes to SPEW!  Spew it all, at no one, or anything, in particular!  (That way you don’t spew at anyone or anything in particular!!  I think.)  I know that we all have our baggage, complaints, gripes, concerns, prejudices, etc. – whether founded or not – that, one at a time, aren’t really that big of a deal … but let ‘em build up … that can be bad.  That’s why I open up occasionally – you know … vent!

Lately, dad’s been down in the dumps – he’s had some “stuff” go down this year that he has been trying to deal with.  Anyway, we were sitting out under the overhang and the rest of the crew was off doing their thing and it was just me and dad.  I wanted to say, “Hey!” and get his attention so that he could get the exercise that Dr. Whitten had told him that he needed to get - by patting me on the head, maybe rubbing my belly, scratching my rump … - so I started toward him and my hip locked up on me and I staggered and fell (and I NEVER fall down) – but then, I “am” the crippled BC of the group, and I’m used to facing adversity and challenges “head on” AND “head up!”  Life IS good!!! … What’s that … what happened to me … oh, you didn’t hear?  Oh, ok, here’s the 10 cent version …

Back when I was a pup – barely less than a year old – it was in early January on a Sunday night and the big gate was open (and I did know not to go out of it – dad, Hardway, and Gall had already fussed at me, Mom R had bit me, mom D had pulled me by my ear back through the gate) - anyway, it was getting late, and this “kid” came cruising by on a four wheeler and I just couldn’t resist it – I chased him.  I’m guessing that he chased back, but I know that when I woke up, I was lying in the street and couldn’t get up!  It was a little while before I was supposed to be home, but just before dark, here came dad.  He picked me up and carried me to the kitchen.  Mom D took over and called Leta (the vet tech) at home and took me to the vet.  When I got there, Dr. Fish and Leta were already there.  It took a while, but eventually I healed up from a busted pelvis, busted bladder, lost my canine teeth, etc.  Plus they took all of my girl plumbing (due to the busted pelvis and all, you know).  Anyway, my one back leg doesn’t do much, and I don’t have the speed, agility, or endurance of my mom and siblings … but dad says that I am the HAPPIEST dog that he has!  Now the only time that I go out of that gate is when I am in the truck (and mom D lets me ride in the AC!!  Woo Hoo!)

I’m sorry, this isn’t a forum to bore ya’ll will all of my ills and such[i] (I am not that old of a woman yet!)  The message that I was wanting to convey tonight was that sometimes you have to take the challenges that life gives you – both personal and work related – and make the best of them.[ii]  Sometimes, I know, it’s really crappy stuff and you just can’t really spin it into anything super positive (like my busted pelvis or dad’s friend) – but you can’t let it build up inside you!  You have to figure out a way to let it out.  Like my own optimism and good outlook on life!  Or the good and true friends that showed up and helped dad – THANKS David, JC and Phil!  But, then, when you get to those “little things” – like work stuff and those problems around the house – if you keep up a semi-good attitude and keep your head up (and out!) – I’m thinking that you can find some good outta most all of it!  Capitalize, dang it, Capitalize!!  One of the things that I have capitalized on was that since I am slower are tire easily – I hang around the shop with dad more.  Since I am so loving, I also get special treats occasionally!  Again – like I said – Life IS Good!


The ORIGINAL Spency Dog


Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions.



[i] Now that we have all this useful information, it would be nice to do something with it. (Actually, it can be emotionally fulfilling just to get the information. This is usually only true, however, if you have the social life of a kumquat.)

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[ii] What do you think "Life is like a bowl of cherries" originally meant?  You might be wrong.  According to this phrase came from a song called "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" by Lew Brown and Ray Henderson, sung by Ethel Merman in Scandals (1931).  The lyrics are:

Life is just a bowl of cherries;
Don't make it serious;
Life's too mysterious.
You work, you save, you worry so,
But you can't take your dough when you go, go, go.
So keep repeating it's the berries;
The strongest oak must fall.
The sweet things in life
To you were just loaned,
So how can you lose what you've never owned?
Life is just a bowl of cherries,
So live and laugh at it all.





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