Posts Tagged ‘Border Collie’

Wordless Wednesday – Pretty Portraits of Maya and Pierson

February 26, 2014

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And because I can’t resist a few words:

Maya Brown Nosing

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I Love Mutts

September 21, 2013
My Dog Pierson is a Poo Poo Head

Mutt Extraordinaire!

Flea with Jones Natural Chews showed a great video on her Funny Bone Monday post. This is post #40. The video is about how a dog rescue group uses the originality of mutts as their pitch to get people interested in adopting them. I thought this was a fun idea.

I have decided that Pierson is either a Fluffy-tailed Border Aussie or a Black & White Collaussie. Sephi, who has passed on over the Rainbow Bridge, was part Chow and possibly also part Shepherd, Labrador, and Border Collie. So perhaps she could have been called a Black Chinese Labrashep. What do you think your mutt breed could be?

Speaking of mutts, DogLeaderMysteries.com has a contest for the best looking mutt in the world. Go visit her blog and enter your mutt. Mutts unite!

Wordless Wednesday – Missouri Farm in Spring

May 22, 2013

We went to visit my mom in Missouri this past weekend. When I say we, I mean my husband and I. Maya and Pierson stayed with our friends since my mom’s dog Solo and my dog Pierson do not like other dogs. My husband and I went to help out for a few days, as well as to celebrate my mom making a full recovery from lung cancer. Here are some photos from our trip:

My mom is great with gardens. Me, not so much.

My mom is great with gardens. Me, not so much.

Pixie the Chicken

My parent’s chickens. One is named Pixie, but I don’t remember the names of the others.

Callie Bunny Rabbit

My mom’s bunny rabbit, Callie. I just love the color of her fur.

Solo the Border Collie Mix

My mom and Solo. Solo is a Border Collie mix and loves her life on the farm.

Turtle Crossing Road

There were a lot of turtles trying to cross the road on Saturday morning. I wonder where they were going?

Waterfall Onondaga Cave

We visited the Onondaga Cave State Park and saw this beautiful small waterfall.

Goats and Kids

These are my parent’s neighbor’s kids. Sandy, my mom’s goat, is in there too. They love to be petted.

Rocky the Dog

My parent’s dog Rocky takes a break inside the house with the a/c. He’s 10 now and likes to take it easy.

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Wordless Wednesday – Jumping Through Hoops

August 29, 2012

Dogs like my Border Collie/Aussie mix need a lot of physical and mental stimulation. Pierson loves his walks but he has this driving need to learn. So if I don’t teach him things, he will get bored and teach himself things, probably naughty things. Lately, we’ve been working on agility-type things. I am not part of a dog agility group and have not yet bought my own equipment but I bought a $3 hoola-hoop at Walmart. Look at Pierson’s joy and excitement as he jumps through it!

I don’t have the best camera in the world so the images are a bit blurry. But Pierson still makes them great!

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The Reward of Rescuing a Dog – How We Got Our Dog Pierson

January 14, 2012

Pierson – A Truly Rescued Dog

You may have noticed our post this past Wednesday about Pierson playing with a toy. And when you read the caption you thought, “What!? What do you mean he was a stray for nearly a month?” Well here is the story of our new dog, Pierson.

It all started with our search for a new dog. When we mentioned Border Collies on our Twitter and Facebook accounts on January 7th, 2012 one of our friends saw our post and sent us a direct message. The message gave us a number to call for a woman named Melissa who knew of a Border Collie mix and another dog who had been living at a park for some time. When I spoke to Melissa on the morning of January 8th, I found out that these two dogs had been living at Pierson Park for at least three weeks. People had been feeding them but no one had been able to catch them.

That same morning, my husband and I drove 45 minutes to the park and spent about 2-3 hours with little success. Both dogs would come up to us and let us pet them and give them food, but both would immediately leave the moment we pulled out a leash.

On Monday, January 9th, I went out to try again. After about an hour-and-a-half, I managed to catch the other dog which was a Chow/Lab mix. Once we got him in my car (that was huge struggle and another story all by itself), Melissa and I tried to catch the Border Collie mix again. He would have nothing to do with us after we caught his friend so we eventually gave up for the day.

I couldn’t sleep that night because all I could think about was that poor Border Collie out there in the night all alone and without his other dog friend. So the next day after I attended a meeting for a dog event, I went to Pierson Park to try to catch the Border Collie mix.

The Border Collie was still wary of me. He’d get close enough to let me pat him on the head but he didn’t trust me enough to come all the way up like he had the other two days. Thankfully, an older gentleman came to the rescue. He had been feeding the two dogs for weeks and he said they came up to him easily. He hadn’t tried to catch the dogs for two reasons. One, he didn’t know what to do with them if he did catch them. He already had four of his own dogs and he didn’t want to call animal control because they would take the dogs to a very high kill shelter. The second reason was because he didn’t know if the dogs would try to bite him or not.

I told him how I caught the other dog and that the other dog did not bite at all. I also told him that I had nearly caught the Border Collie before too and although he struggled, he never tried to bite me either. So, the man sat in the backseat of my car, called the Border Collie to him, then picked him up and put him in my car. Just like that! I was so happy!!! The hours I had spent trying to catch the dog and he did it in less than 5 minutes. Tears welled up in my eyes and I gave the stranger a big hug.

Someone else is caring for the Chow/Lab mix and working on getting him a new home. After talking to my husband we decided to keep the Border Collie for ourselves. We named him Pierson after Pierson Park where he and the other dog had been living.

I took Pierson home and introduced him to Maya. The meeting went well so I took Pierson to Pawsh Wash get a bath. After the bath, I took him to the vet for his shots. Then after that, I brought him home again.

Pierson will not stay in his crate. On the second night, he figured out how to get out of it. But as of today, he still hasn’t had any accidents in the house. I guess we will do without the crate. Pierson still won’t walk on a leash either. He will follow me for a bit, but he is still intimidated by it and will try to fight it from time to time.

There was one other incident where Pierson’s nose started bleeding for no apparent reason. My thought was rat poison since Pierson could have eaten a poisoned rat while living in the park. I was also worried about an auto immune disease or a tick-born disease. After a night in the emergency veterinary hospital, Pierson is home again and doing well.

So Pierson is a true rescue dog. I can’t even begin to tell you how rewarding it is to rescue an animal. To check out my Facebook posts related to these two dogs, send a friend request to my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PetAutoSafety. You can also catch part of the story on PetCommando.com.

One more very important note – If you ever try to catch stray dogs yourself, you must be very careful not to get bitten. I have been around dogs my entire life and I had gotten to know these two dogs a little bit in the days I spent trying to catch them. Because they had been living on their own for so long, it was surprising that they didn’t try to bite. Neither had been on a leash for a long time and they were terrified. A scared dog is as likely to bite as an aggressive one. Thankfully, both the Chow mix and Pierson were not aggressive. If they were, I would have had no choice but to let animal control get them. Safety first.

Update on Our Search for Getting a New Dog

January 6, 2012

We are still in the process of getting a new dog. We have looked at a few at the Lawrence Humane Society, with a Aussie/Border Collie rescue group, and online at PetFinder.com. While the Lawrence Humane Society was willing to adopt out the same day, we did not find a dog that was right for us. The Aussie/Border Collie rescue group had a great Border Collie named Nick but he was a bit bigger than what we wanted. And we have applied to a number of rescue groups on PetFinder but they are still reviewing our applications and so we are still waiting to hear back from them.

This process is taking longer than I thought. But in a way I am grateful. My husband related it to buying a new house. We have to look at several so that we can make sure we get the right one. And even though many of the rescue groups are taking a long time with their review process, I am glad that they are going through so much work in order to make sure their dogs get into the right family.

This weekend, we will be visiting other animal shelters in the Kansas City metro area. And hopefully we will have a chance to meet some of the dogs we put applications in for.

I will keep you posted on the progress and share lots of photos when we add a new member to our family.

What Kind of Dog Breed is Sephi?

October 22, 2010
Sephi in Bed

What kind of dog is Sephi?

When people see Sephi, they often ask what kind of dog she is.  She is a rather unique looking dog but I think it is funny that people try to categorize her as a specific breed.  Sephi is unique, but not because she is a rare kind of dog breed.  She is an American dog – or mutt if you will – four kinds of dog all rolled up into one little dog.

As an American dog, her genetics probably trace to a number of common dog breeds found in the US.  My guess is that she is part Labrador Retriever, part German Shepherd, part Chow Chow, and someone has even suggested a bit of Border Collie.  While a Labrador Retriever is the only dog breed with origins in America, the German Shepherd and other dog breeds are very common and popular in the US.

How do I know what kind of dog Sephi is?  Well, I did not do one of those DNA tests.  Like most American dog owners, all I can do is guess.

Labrador Retriever – She is almost completely solid black in color and her head has a little bit of a Labrador Retriever head-shape to it.  She also seems to have a little bit of hunting instincts.  Not much to go on, so I would say 12.5% Labrador Retriever.

German Shepherd – She has long pointed ears and her eyes are rich brown in color and very expressive like a German Shepherd’s.  We knew someone with a black German Shepherd once and when the two dogs walked side by side, Sephi almost looked like a miniature version of him.  Based on that, I would guess 25% German Shepherd.

Chow Chow – Sephi has a spotted black tongue.  (Chow Chows are known to have solid black tongues.)  Her tail curls up over her back almost like a Chow Chow, but not quite as curled.  And she has a stocky build and body shape like a Chow Chow.  My guess is that she is probably 50% Chow Chow.

Border Collie – Sephi has a little bit of white on her feet.  Not as much as a Border Collie, but none of the other dog breeds I have guessed have white feet.  Sephi is also very high energy and she has a strong herding instinct.  She could be 12.5% Border Collie.

What kind of dog do you have (or think you have)?  If you’re not sure, feel free to share a photo of your dog and let us take a guess.  Email us a jpeg photo at naturebydawn@aol.com.  We can post your photo on our blog and invite everyone to give their input.  Also, consider being dog pals on My Dog Space.com.