a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Family Resemblance

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Family Resemblance

SUMMARY: Some features pass through generations...

So I was sitting in the stands Saturday evening, waiting for the Steeplechase finals to start, and I turned around and about 5 rows above us was Boost. Or, wait--Boost at about 5 or 6 months old. I looked away again; there are so many blue merle border collies around these days and I guess they all look pretty much the same. (Like black & white border collies look pretty much the same. OK OK don't land on me, I know I know.)

But I looked again, and it was SO Boost. I commented to friends how much that puppy looked like Boost. And finally I had to climb up there and ask where the puppy was from. Turns out it's one of the litter from Boost's sister Gina, the littermate who looked the most like Boost and their mom, Tala. He even has heterochromia in the same eye as Boost!

Who'd have ever thought I'd get to know Border Collie faces well enough to be able to pick out a nephew (Shazam) in a crowd? I don't think I could do that with my own real human nieces and nephews!

Which is which?

(First is Shazam; second is Boost. And here's Shazam's whole new family. Dang, I didn't get their email addresses to send the photo. And I had a notepad with me, too!)


  1. Mary Lou & Shazam can be contacted at hititboard@yahoo.com

  2. Oh, right, now that people are telling me--she did tell me that she does the hit-it boards! Slipped my mind in all the rest of the excitement. Thanks.


  3. I just spent the morning reading your blogs from April 05 when you got Boost. Such fun! Meanwhile my dog is jealous of the computer and trying to crawl into my lap...gotta go!

  4. Glad you're enjoying them!

    I've still got mental notes about a post about things one can do with one's dog to get ready for doing agility someday. Someday I'll do the post... really I will!

  5. No pressure...not like you're looking for stuff to do! :)