Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Border Collie

I had mixed feelings, when my daughter wanted a dog.  We already had two cats and that seemed like an adequate pet family.   My daughter felt differently and started researching different breeds.    It wasn’t long before she had narrowed her options and began checking classified ads, looking for border collie puppies for sale.  They weren’t inexpensive and   I figured that would be the end of it. 

We had recently moved into a new home.   After twenty years of maintaining a hundred year old Victorian house, I had imagined that living in a newly built house would be a bit like living permanently in holiday houses or luxury apartments.  Nothing could have been further from the truth.     In addition to the cost of building the house, there were landscaping expenses and numerous interior expenses such as window treatments.   The ground floor had unfinished space for a one bedroom apartment and while we had saved a lot of money by planning to do the work ourselves, we still had to purchase everything from electrical outlets and plumbing supplies to drywall, paint and flooring.    With a baby on the way, I figured there was no way that my daughter would find extra cash for a border collie.  I was wrong. 

Shortly before my granddaughter was born, my daughter found a woman selling registered border collies for just one hundred dollars.  Within minutes, she had made a call and jumped into her car for a two-hour trip to the top of a remote Tennessee mountain.    When she arrived, the woman let the puppies out of their enclosure.  They immediately began running, playing and exploring.  Except for one puppy, who took one look at my daughter and leapt straight into her outstretched arms.  Needless to say, he returned home with her.

Of course, I fell in love with him.  From the first time that fluffy bundle of fur fell asleep in my lap.  It’s a love that has lasted for eleven wonderful years and my heart breaks a bit each time I see signs of his aging.  He has watched over my granddaughter as she has grown.  When she grabbed onto his fur to steady herself, while learning to walk, he whimpered, but held perfectly still to prevent her from falling.  When she went out to play, he instinctively prevented her from heading towards the road.  When she wanted a playmate, he was always there.  He’s been there for me too.  When I was very ill, he slept next to my bed at night and roused my daughter, if I needed assistance.  Even today, he is rarely more than a few feet away from me at any time.  He is a loyal and loving companion and it’s hard to think of life without him.   We do our best to take good care of him and hope that he’ll be with us for a long time.

Our border collie makes us smile.  Does your smile need a dentist Tauranga NZ residents can visit the smile specialists at Corson Dental, sponsors for this post.

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