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 June 24, 2013

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Ehhhh, all of that going under ladders stuff doesn't scare me!!

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See how my sunny disposition works??!!

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Teaching Annie how to fish!

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Playing with Gall ...
And teasing Annie!!

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This grass will turn green ...
If I stay here long enough!!
Or maybe it will rot and mildew???!!!

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Hanging with all of my Bud Ros!!

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One of the BEST spots on the place!!

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We REALLY like the 'mill!!


When It All Looks Like Crap …

Be Ossimistic!

By Patches


We all know that life is full of “ups and downs”, “plusses and minuses”, “cherries and lemons”!  It’s all really a matter of how you choose to deal with these choices!  And yes, it IS your choice in how you choose to deal with your life!!


I’ve heard of a lot of different ways that folks go about dealing with the “bad stuff” – some get all sad and depressed and feel all sorry for themselves; some just pretend like it didn’t even happen; and some try to overcompensate for the missing items …


Likewise with the various ways that folks go about dealing with the “good stuff” – some get all snooty and uppity and get to thinking that they’re better than what they really are; some downplay it and just say “it’s just nothing.” (when we all know that it really IS a big deal); while others feel guilty and try to overcompensate by showering stuff all over their “peeps”!


Now me?  I just try and stay ossimistic[i]!!  Balance it all out – dontcha know!!??  Now, being all crippled up, since I was a pup – I have come to realize that all of the good, ain’t great - and that not all of the bad,  is terrible!   There is generally something “ok” even when the bad stuff happens, and there’s usually some poop when everything looks shiny – kinda validates the sayings “Every cloud has a silver lining[ii].” and “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch[iii].”


The tough part is finding that silver lining and discovering just how much that lunch DID cost – that’s why, I think, that if you’re neither overly optimistic, or overly pessimistic, that you’ll have fewer unexpected surprises to deal with and when faced with the really bad, or good, stuff, that you’ll be able to handle it in a much more productive way!  Dad’s always telling everyone that I am the most ossimistic pup on the place – and I take that as a true compliment!!  I try to maintain my sunny disposition all of the time – I greet EVERYONE that comes through the gate with a great big “How Do You Do!” … but I always sniff ‘em up real good to see where they’ve been, what they’ve been up to, and who they’ve been with!  You see?!!!  Hope for the best and plan for the worst[iv]!


This is why it is IMPERATIVE to stay ossimistic!  Stay grounded my friends[v]!







Here are some various quotes to ponder as you digest this article (I’ve gotta go take my pills so I don’t pee on everything when I lay down – dang busted bladder!) …


Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Colin Powell


It is a truth universally acknowledged that as soon as one part of your life starts looking up, another falls to pieces.

Helen Fielding


Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt... Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.

Robert Anton Wilson


My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

Jack Layton


My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.

Jean Rostand


Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.

David T. Wolf


Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

Lillian Hellman


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A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things - a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.

John Grogan, “Marley and Me”







[i] Ossimistic – Yeah, this is a Patchy (yeah, I know that they aren’t saying Apache!  Who would want to be that tough anyway?) word that dad invented while watching me recover.  Basically, it is a healthy cross between optimistic and pessimistic.  I’m thinking that to be truly balanced and in an attempt to deal with this crazy old world – you need some of both in your life.  So I believe that it’s important to stay Ossimistic. 


[ii] In every bad situation there is an element of good.


[iii] Nothing is free; even things that appear free often have to be paid in the end.


[iv] You should have a positive attitude, but make sure you are ready for disaster.


[v] A rip off of the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World advertisement!!  (But dad always does drink beer, and he prefers Coors Light!!)







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