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wren You'll not see nothing like the mighty wren!

The 43T Ass Dog Report (read all 36 entries…)
Awesome adventure dogs!

I have to brag a bit about Becca & Elbee, the awesome adventure dogs! We just took them on a three-week cross-country road trip, and Mr. Wren & I came back from the trip even more in love with them then before. There were such excellent dogs!

They happily got in the car every time, and happily got out for their walks. While in the car, they worked out the cutest bunk bed situation. Mr. Wren put a blanket on the floor of the back seat. That ended up being Elbee’s spot, and the bench seat was Becca’s. They rode quietly and nicely all the time, even on long driving days and even though they didn’t always get as much exercise as they are used to.

They behaved nicely in the motel rooms. When we stayed overnight near Vail, the motel was barely occupied, so I let them off their leashes when we got off the elevator, and Becca ran down the hall and danced outside the door to our room. Pretty smart dog!

I was especially worried about how Becca would deal with visiting our friends who have a newly-rescued Weimaraner. Becca has been working on her fear aggression issues, and this was a big test. That Weim was huge and obnoxious. He wanted to play all the time, and his play is much rougher than border collie play. He even tried Elbee’s patience, which was a first. But Becca did really well. She gave a few Elvis Presley sneers right away to let it be known that she was boss dog, and that was that. Respect was given, order was created, and all the dogs got along. Becca & Elbee really enjoyed that visit, and so did I.

Of course, they were wonderful hiking buddies, as always, even though they mostly had to be leashed. They were happy the whole trip. It was joy traveling with them.



Such good dogs!

We could never do that with Moxie. When we put her in the car, she acts as though we are taking her off to be killed. :( I suspect it’s because she had 3 owners in the first year of life, 2 of whom took her to the shelter.

Glad you had so much fun! It sounds like a lovely trip.

wren You'll not see nothing like the mighty wren!

Sadie hated the car, too.

We took her on trips, and she was a good dog, but she never really enjoyed traveling. We just thought that she would hate being put in a kennel even more (which I’m sure was correct).

It was a fantastic trip. It’s been quite a while since we did a big road trip, and this is the first time that I’ve done it when I wasn’t depressed.

wembleyheads is sad that 43things is closing down

Your dogs are so cool

that you are convincing me that it might be cool to have a border collie…. :D

I’ve only had cats, and I sometimes act like a Boston terrier… border collie is new territory for me :D

What a wonderful trip! So glad the four of you had a great time. And such a funny bunk bed image :)

wren You'll not see nothing like the mighty wren!

You sometimes act like a Boston terrier...


I was really proud of my girls. They received so many lovely compliments and looked like such stars in comparison to some less well-behaved canines.

I had a nice photo to share, too, but 43T hasn’t allowed me to post my own photos for months now. Too bad.

Obviously, I’m a huge fan of border collies. They have a wonderful combination of intelligence and the desire to please which makes them easy to train. They are also very sensitive and gentle, and they form very close bonds with their people.

The one thing about border collies is that they require a lot of time and attention. They also do best with clear boundaries (like most of us, I suppose). If you have the time and inclination to train them properly and look forward to spending time with them each day, then all should be good. If not, they will find their own entertainment.

I especially recommend finding a border collie from a rescue group. You can talk to the people who’ve been fostering the dog and get good info about the dog’s temperament & needs, which helps in making a good match.

Becca did the funniest thing this morning. I took her and Elbee out for their usual morning outing in the big open space behind our house. When it’s time to go back home, they run ahead to the door and wait for me. This morning, Becca raced ahead, while Elbee stayed closer to me. Unbeknownst to Elbee and me, Becca was hiding behind the garbage can, and when we got closer, she sprang out and pounced on Elbee. Haha! It was just like when little kids hide and then jump out and say “boo.”

wembleyheads is sad that 43things is closing down

Haha! Boo!

Your dogs are so playful!!! Pounce-surprise is game my cats play with each other as well :)

Thank you for such good information about getting started. It definitely pays to know in advance, and there is a better chance of success when the match is made carefully.

The time and attention issue is one reason I wound up with cats! I got them in the midst of 80 hour weeks in grad school. They would chill with me while I was writing, or keep each other company while I was in the lab. These two are the most adaptable, loving kitties of all time.

A puppy will probably wait until the putting down roots issue is sorted out… but is now one more reason to get it sorted out sooner :)

Perhaps in the meantime, I should find a rescue group or no-kill shelter to volunteer with. Especially since I’m not fostering wildlife at the moment. Then I can get to know them and their temperaments first-hand… and see if I’m really a Boston terrier instead ;)

wren You'll not see nothing like the mighty wren!


that’s a great idea! You would be so good at that!

wembleyheads is sad that 43things is closing down

We met some shelter volunteers

at a vegetarian festival last month, so there are a couple of places on the radar. How lovely that sounds, to be a volunteer dog walker! :))))

Thanks for your vote of confidence!

Harmless Dilettante What I should have said was nothing.

No photos?

Does 43T realize that I require my vicarious dog fix? Bad 43 Things! No biscuit!

wren You'll not see nothing like the mighty wren!


It’s a really good photo, too, where they are looking particularly adorable.

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wren You'll not see nothing like the mighty wren!

That's nice

that you thought of us! :)

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