Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Scared Border Collie Bingo

SUMMARY: A treat from Team Small Dog

I laughed out loud at this Border Collie Bingo, now that Team Small Dog includes an actual border collie. I've had so many discussions with people about their over-sensitive BCs! I guess this is the dark side to their amazing ability to notice and respond to the slightest change in a sheep's path or an agility human's body language. So they respond to the slightest change in anything, or the slightest unfamiliar thing.

And oh Boost had SO many things that she had to bark at in a scared way when she was younger. The rock in the yard that I moved earlier, that I moved earlier and she watched me move it. The chair in the yard that I moved earlier while she was there. The table in the yard that I moved earlier while she was there. The big black garbage bag of leaves whose edges were blowing in the wind. A branch blowing in the wind. Plastic bag in a shrub. Plastic owl on the shed! Yes! Anything driving by and hitting a pothole. Pet stores. Dead things in vendor stalls (e.g., "rawhide" is a thinly disguised dead thing). Remote control car in the street. Footballs not being caught and hitting the ground. The cartoon drawing of a dog above a door!

And as you likely know, she saved up until she was 3 or 4 to become scared of Evil Floors.

Team Small Dog sez -- "Play along with me. Border collie bingo! Click-n-print version over here!"

6 comments:

  1. This made me laugh. Sadly, it's not just border collies (though Wiley is a kelpie, and Flick is a demicollie mixed with Belgian--yipes).

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    1. I know it's other breeds, too. But of the 5 dogs I had before Boost, I don't recall that any of them had much in the way of fears, so it stands out for me.

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  2. Katie is faintly related to border collies apparently. Does not like anything moved. "IT WAS NOT THERE BEFORE MAMA! DANGER DANGER!" But I think BCs do get the grand prize for being hyper aware.

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    1. Oh, Katie would be useful if you moved everything for a party and weren't sure whether you'd put them all back in the same place afterwards! ;-)

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