Man's Best Friend

Many people think "black and white" when they hear "border collie"

They also have colour variations, blue, chocolate and red.

My Lucy was a red merle. Typical of Borders, always close by. Even though she was my dog, she was a great family dog.


Wally, a friends best friend is a standard black and white. Another faithful dog, not taking his eyes off my friend.


Another friend has a wonderful Border.


Border Collies are so faithful they will guard your settee when you're not seated.


They are adventurous when not guarding your furniture.

And are very social when out and about. When I spotted this trio I thought they were a family but they had only met that day.


Another friends very faithful Blue Merle. He will not leave her out of sight.

What I find with Borders is that they all have nice owners.





WiseOldOwl WiseOldOwl
56-60, M
17 Responses Aug 29, 2009

We've had 3 dogs over the last 20 years our first Sheba Juliet a lab and setter mix, her first consort Chance a black and white bordercollie, Sheba's second consort is Archer of Eight Mile Lodge a Cheasapeake Bay retriever. Sheba was a real doggie floosy she liked the guys. We had a couple of neighbor dogs that would hang around the house to visit Sheb's. Prince William and Sir Lancelot both kinda muttly but sweet. Their courting time was over when we bought Chance. All other boyfriends paled after he arrived. Sheb's really loved him. He was 3 months old when we bought him. She did still like to flirt a floozy for life. A golden retriever less than a year old would come visit. Sheba was always delighted. Chance was crazy jealous. Sheba had puppies around the time Chance was a year old. She beat him up until he figured out how he was supposed to give her what she wanted. What she wanted produced 11 puppies. End of story.

I am pleased all the border collies go to nice owners.

Tek, I'm sure you'll find some.<br />
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If not, move :)

I need to find some border collies around the neighborhood! It's funny. Some friends I've reconnected with online long distance...we have border collies, smooth coats. I've asked if they came from the same litter because they are almost identical! : )

See, people with Border Collies, even as neighbours, are nice :)

Yay!<br />
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I just KNEW you had a border collie Tek!

lol, I hope I'm a nice owner of a border collie! I love that you can talk with them instead of give commands and they completely understand. "Sit!" and she goes "I don't like that tone, can you say it nicer" with her eyes. It's a lot of sentences and "discussions" with her. I love all dogs but maybe I'm partial because mine is a border collie. I will say, their need for intellectual stimulation can be exhausting. Always learning, always eager. Or they can get very neurotic when bored. Still, I love this breed for how compatible they are with me. It works and it's love. Don't know how else to explain it! : )

WiseOldOwl - beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing - brought a smile to my heart (as dogs always tend to do). <br />
And you had a dog named Lucy - just like my dog!

I love border collies too, i think they are the most sensible pedigree sort of dog, you can get. i would like a puppy but the responsibility out weighs me having one, so my decision is no.

"big giant lap dogs" aint that the truth.<br />
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Thanks for all the comments. <br />
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One of Lucy's funny traits was to place her paw on my foot, as I was nearing the last bite of whatever.<br />
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If anyone in the family was feeling low, or not well, she would sit or lie near them.

Those dogs are gorgeous!

Great pics and story : )

They are very sweet

Luna121, I'm sorry to hear of Meg, sometimes it's for the best though. It was a tough decision for me, Lucy went to sleep for the last time at the vets.<br />
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You know what? I'll bet your memories of Meg are as strong as mine of Lucy.

thankyou for posting this it is a beautiful story and so are the pics =) i have 2 border colies and i wouldn't trade them for the world! and of course ther was Meg who was put to sleep she was the most faithful dog i have ever known and i miss her so much....

Yes Lilly, they are like that. If you lock them up alone they get bored and tend to look for something to do. <br />
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They will chase balls and frisbees all day long. For a while, mine would walk me 12 kms each night.<br />
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I can't take all the credit for the photos, some were taken by a friend.<br />
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Datura, I'm pleased for your fond memories.<br />
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Joywish, What a shame about the allergies. They also have very soft hair around their eyes and cheeks, the tips of their ears are like velvet.

When my oldest son was young we had a border collie named Red. She was the most loyal friend and a great pet for a boy to grow up with. <br />
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I love the photo of the boy frolicking in the surf with the dogs. It reminds me of my son and Red.