Home Is Where the Bark Is

wpid-20141203_123125-1-1.jpg.jpegI am excited to say I have joined the Photography 101 course on WordPress in order to sharpen my picture taking skills!  Hence, there will be lots more photos appearing on my blog than usual.  I hope to attach a bit of writing/explanation to each, in order to add more depth and to challenge myself to keep things in line with the spirit of my blog.  So without further hesitation, here is my first course post.  The theme is “Home”, and when I began to think about that, I realized I couldn’t imagine my home without my furry and feathered family members.  The one in the picture is Storm, my Border Collie.  He wrote one of my earlier blog posts, but refused to write this one since he claims I shot his worst side.  He’s awfully proud of his wagging tail!  Anyway, I thought I would share a few facts about the Border Collie which are common and not quite so common.  Hope you enjoy learning a bit more about one of my favorite breeds!

  • Border Collies are considered one of the smartest dog breeds.
  • Border Collies are extremely good at remembering object names.  A particular one, by the name of Chaser, has learned over 1,000 objects and is able to discern new objects among familiar ones (click here for more on that).
  • They originated “from the borders of England, Scotland and Wales” according to www.petmd.com…and their name!
  • This breed can win just about any staring contest.  They utilize a method called “giving eye” to control stock and it involves staring at the herd and often dropping their head as a predator would do when stalking.
  • Border Collies have a variety of coat types, usually classified simply as smooth (short) or rough (longer).  However, there have been recorded instances of curly coated collies!  See them here.
  • Speaking of diversity, coat colors can also vary greatly in this breed.  Black and white is often seen, but there are also blue, brindle and lilac colored collies. Find photos of all the different coat colors here!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

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As you’ve often heard, there are always two sides to every story, right?  Well, in this case, the two sides should be pretty identical!  Friday’s The Daily Post photo challenge was to post a picture which illustrates symmetry, and after browsing my photos, I landed on the following one as a good example of such balance.  The photo depicts Rorie, a beautiful collie girl who belongs to a friend a client.  Not only is Roro’s face nicely balanced, so is her personality (how very collie of her).  When I spend time with Rorie, she is gentle and loving, as she follows me about and looks at me with longing eyes in hopes for some attention.  Let something stir her herding instinct, however, and off she goes with a rapid run, hop, and fervor to gain control of whatever needs to be gathered and brought back to order!  Two halves that have made a wholly wonderful companion.

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Barking Is Fun.

Dogs take many cues from us, and attitude can define a whole new realm of behaviors!

IN the last several months, a couple of our dogs have escalated a behaviour that many people dislike – barking when someone comes to the door. Its not just the front door where visitors come in but our business entrance which is the workshop or what used to be the car garage. Over the year or so that we have had increased traffic through this entrance, the dogs have learned that people and other dogs come in that way. Not only that we installed an old cow bell from the 1940s as a door bell, which is loud when people ring it correctly. That really gets them going.bell

The other thing that indicates to the dogs to start barking is either me or my husband moving quickly towards the door or talking with a raised voice to each other. Sometimes we aren’t even moving quickly or talking loud at all…

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This Is No Laughing Matter. Well, Actually It Is.

Here I sit, once again, with a Blogging 101 assignment at the forefront of my mind.  The task is to link back to a comment left on another blog and to expound on it.  Well, luckily I also reblogged the post which I commented on, so you all already got to see the cute dog joke about protons having mass.  Remember that? If not, this links to the original post.  If you want another laugh, I will share the fact that I mentioned to the writer (sharer?) that the picture was “doggone funny.” Get it???

Anyway, the post got me thinking about my take on whether dogs actually do have a sense of humor. Continue reading