I Love Border Collies so Don't Call my Border Collie a Dog!

Border Collies as Pets

I've always loved dogs growing up. The one problem I had when I was little was our dog was never allowed in the house though. So on Thursday nights when my mom went to bingo and her car turned the corner, my dad and I used to sneak my dog in the house. It was short but sweet, nice being able to have her in the house if only but for a few hours.

My mother would cringe if she could see me now. Not only do I allow dogs in my house but they even SLEEP on my bed, in my car, go to work with me, and generally participate in my life as another member of the family.

I think in part it not only has to do with my love of dogs, but also the type of breed I have now residing in my bed.

Simon, one of my bed-mates, is an 8 year old black and white Border Collie that my husband adamantly says "Is not a Dog!". When friends call him a dog my husband says in mock horror "What did you call him?!!". I have to laugh because I feel the same way. Although technically Simon looks like a dog, he sure doesn't act like one, and neither does Karma, my new caramel and white Border Collie pup.

Oh yeah, you might say, she just loves her dogs, that's obvious, but what makes HER dogs so SPECIAL?

Well to begin with, let me say I'd never owned a Border Collie until we got Simon. That all changed one day when I went to our shop to go to work. Our neighbor Mickey caught me getting out of the car and had me walk over to his car to "show me something". Unaware of what was about to happen, he opened his car door and staring at me was this gangly looking black and white dog of unknown origin with the most beautiful warm chocolate eyes I'd ever seen. Slyly my neighbor looked at me and said, "Cute huh - I have to find a new home for him. I got him a few days ago but I can't keep him". Mickey then looked knowingly at me and said "Have Joe come take a look at him when he gets to work".(Joe is my partner/husband/other dog loving half)

Uh-huh.

Immediately my devious wheels started spinning. We had lost our beautiful Queensland heeler mix a few months before that and my husband was dead set against getting another dog. But I just knew he NEEDED one so when he came into work I said, "Hey Joe, Mickey wants to show you something. Go take a look in his car". My husband walked over to Mickeys car, opened it and there waiting patiently was the funny looking pup.

Gleefully I retreated into the shop to await the outcome.

Sure enough, about 10 minutes later in walks my husband with the gangly little puppy. He looks sheepishly at me and says- "He's only staying for the day.I felt bad cause Mickey has to give him up so I'm going to let him hang out for just today".......

RIIGGHHTTTTTTTTT......

The determined little pup didn't leave my husbands side that day, nor that night, and the deal was sealed. The stuck-to-my-husbands-side-Velcro-pup became known as Simon and we later found out that Simon was a breed called a Border Collie. Bruce,the owner of the pet shop who identified Simon's heritage, just laughed when he saw Simon, and said, "That dog is going to keep you on our toes and run circles around you".

We just looked at Bruce and said "Yeah right, what do you mean by that?", and he just said with knowing eyes, "You'll see".

That statement Bruce made was the understatement of the year. As Simon grew out of his gangliness and into handsomeness, my husband and I realized we had a very special canine on our hands. No regular dog.....(oops I mean canine) was this one!! At first I thought Simon had ADHD because he was always on the alert, and his eyes never stopped roving. I thought he had some type of paranoia problem. As he got older though, I realized Simon was always watching because he was always processing information, a strange thing to watch in an animal. He would also pick up commands extremely quick. We also found out that Simon had very selective hearing. When he knew we weren't really serious about a command he would take advantage of us and not listen (kind of like a kid, huh?)

Simon went on to do amazing things in our life, things that we'd never seen an animal do. He could sense when someone was ill and he would deliberately hide things that he had chewed on and knew he wasn't suppose to . He even once bailed me out when I locked the keys in my room. He brought the keys to the door and dropped them close to the threshold in so I could get back in !

He turned out to have an extraordinary intelligence that still amazes my husband and I to this day. So call him a (dog)?!

I think not.

His nationality is Canine, his ethnicity "Border Collie"!

(In upcoming articles read about the amazing story of Simon's rescue and how he alerted us to a life and death night)

Simon the Border Collie

This is Simon, my border collie. I also have a caramel and white border collie named Karma.
This is Simon, my border collie. I also have a caramel and white border collie named Karma. | Source

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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

Cute story. Simon sounds like a great dog.


Trish1048 8 years ago

Hi, great story!

I've owned many dogs in my life, my very first one being a collie, that I named Timmy. That dog was the love of my life (I was 5 yrs old in 1952), and he used to watch me go to school and when I got home he would be sitting out front waiting for me. My parents (I'm praying through ignorance) didn't let him stay in our house either. He had a doghouse for shelter. I don't recall him ever being allowed, even momentarily, being in our house, so of course, I stayed outside as long as I was allowed to to play with him. I remember hugging him and singing songs to him, I sure hope he appreciated it :)

Sadly, again, I'm guessing through ignorance, at some point, he was put to sleep. What I recall is that he contracted mange, which my mom or dad thought was a death sentence. I don't remember how long he was part of my life, only that I missed him terribly for a long time. We never did get another dog.

As an adult, I've had my share of dogs, all of whom I loved dearly. Now that I'm a 'senior citizen', working two jobs, I simply can't have a dog because I don't have the time, and certainly, not fair to a dog. I sure do miss owning one though.

Cats, however, are another story, as they are self-sufficient. My home is home to 3 cats, Sasha, 17, Crissy, approx. 5, and Cindy, 3, all wonderful pets.

Anyway, I could go on and on here, but I won't, so thanks for the story, I enjoyed it!


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flread45 8 years ago from Montana

I have owned many dog's and still have four,plus the neibors dog which lives with us.I have a border collie and she stays in the house as she is 13 and it gets real cold where we live.


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monitor 8 years ago from The world.

THis is good stuff. Very nice hub. Thank you for your effort. My dog hides things he has chewed as well. I have never taken a hand to him but I do scold him and he knows chewing this will bring a scolding. So he hides them. Last week he chewed my car keys!

Mon. Your fan.


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

Nice hub, thanks for sharing. I love dogs.


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esocial 8 years ago from California

That's a great story. I especially love the noises that Simon is making in that video :)


marylou4 8 years ago

hi! also a Border Collie Fan. Just getting my hub started. your pup is adddorrabble!!!! check me out later on . The-Border-Collie-Fan


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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

I love Border Collie's. We had one when I was a baby and I'm told it slept in my crib with me.


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stylezink 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

My boss owns 5 border collies that I work with all the time. You are right these dogs are extremely intelligent! I also have noticed the "selective hearing" too, lol. These dogs are perfect for agility training.

Great Hub!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

Collies are absolutely lovely - intelligent, brave, and loyal.


Sarz 7 years ago

I have two border collies 1 (Chelsea) is 13 and the other (JT) is 18 months. I have grown up with many different breeds of dogs but Border Collies as you said aren't just dogs they are a way of life!! i love my babies and yes they also sleep on our bed with us many a night is spent cuddling up on the sofa with them!!


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Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Good on you. Like so many of us we tend to treat our dogs as part of our family. I would be so lost without my Titan

blue heeler even though we are traveling with him and he stops us from visiting so many wonderful places. We would rather miss seeing them than not have our best friend with us. thanks for sharing


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great hub! I feel the same way about my Great Danes. And they both sleep with me!


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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thanks everyone for stopping by to read and comment on "Simons hub". Border collies are just amazing, as all of our beloved fur babies are. I know I would be lost without the companionship of Simon and Karma, our two wonderful border collie buddies. Thanks again everyone for stopping by!


Joyce 6 years ago

This was a great hub. I have 3 border collies. Topper 14, Chance 7 and Spirit 7. I would never have another breed. They are great with kids and keep me very active. I had 5 years of family issues that could have made me very depressed but due to the wonderful and loving personalities of my kids I kept going. I look forward to coming home from work and seeing them. They gave me life when life was throwing me a curve.


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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Joyce) I can so relate. Glad to hear about your fur-babies special bond with you. Border Collies are just incredible dogs. (excuse the word "dog"..lol)


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Loved this hub, can't wait to read some more of your work now.Well done!


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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Eiddwen) Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.


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oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

Dorsi. Hi. Wow what an absolutely beautiful hub.

Simon (love his name it's Aristocratic).

Border Collie's are amazing, beautiful, intelligent, and the unconditional love that they show is priceless.

I loved the way you wrote about this wonderful and clever Guy of yours.

Thanks for sharing him with us. It was wonderful.Voted up. :) :)


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

oliversmon) Thanks you for such a wonderful comment and yes, Simon is truly priceless!


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Jokylu 5 years ago from Waratah North, Victoria.

Hi , I loved your story about Simon. They are indeed amazing dogs. I have just finished writing the story of my Border Collie , they are a truly special breed.


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Jokylu) Thanks and I agree, border collies are special!! Thanks for stopping by.


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dosburros 5 years ago

lovely hub. We have a 7 month border collie called Storm and would certainly agree that she is not a dog!


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@dorburros) lol I SO AGREE! Border Collies are so smart and such GREAT friends!


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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

HI! I just published my hub on BORDER COLLIES and of course a list of LIKE-HUBS appeared in my margins. Yours is the first I read. What can I say? Any Border Collie lover is a GREAT person as far as I'm concerned! I love knowing that other Border Collie owners have NO PROBLEM understanding that your dog is so damned smart, they SCARE you!!


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@fpherj48) hello fellow border collie lover. Yes they are scary smart lol!! Thanks for dropping by. I'll have to mosey over and read about your fur-babies too.


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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Dorsi.....I also have an American Cocker (male) same age. Got them about 2 months apart. They couldn't possibly be MORE different, but surprisingly, they get along very well and are pretty "tight" as brothers. In fact, they're our Total entertainment 7 days a week! Honestly, my husband and I talk to them, take them everywhere, laugh at them and admit that one is just like him (the collie) and the other is like me. People think we're talking about our kids. And of course, we ARE!


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@fpherj48) lol I know what you mean about them being kids because they are!! Thanks for stopping by again!


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Purely Nature 4 years ago from Lincolnshire

Once a Collie owner - always a Collie owner - proper dogs! I share your love and enthusiasm :)


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Purely Nature) Yes so true!! Thanks for coming by!


martingmoose 4 years ago

What a lovey story! My Wife, Peggy and I acquired our love-of-our-lives Diesel 4 years ago. He's also a traditional black and white BC and has the intelligence of a 5 year old. Selective hearing is common with these guys and he's about the sweetest dogs anyone could have, as you know with Simon. He's a real "babe magnet" as my 22 year old son can tell you. He uses him as "bait" to meet the girls!


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@maringhouse) lol Diesal sounds like a real smart love bug. Aren't border collie just awesome? Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed Simons story!


Adrienne 4 years ago

I loved reading this. Simon must be a pure joy. I have had the pleasure of sharing my life with my bff Peyton for 15 years. Peyton is a black and white border collie who still outsmarts me at her advanced age. Peyton not only sleeps on the bed, she is a spooner:) She is so much more than a dog, and I am glad someone else has the same thoughts about the breed. Thanks for your story.


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Adrienne) I am glad you enjoyed the story about Simon. Yes he is such a character. Peyton sounds like such a sweetie - and smart as a tack!


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albertsj 4 years ago from Pittsfield, Ma

I guess we all tend to be partial, to what we've had. I've had the ever popluar Golden Retriever. However, I do have a good deal of knowlege about dog breeds, and I've always been interested in Borders. Very cute story. Voted up & useful : )


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@albertsj) Yes it's hard not to be partial towards our own fur-babies. Glad you enjoyed the story!


dp 4 years ago

Borders are the rocket scientists of the canine world. They will astound you with their intelligence, especially if you promote such behavior. Brilliant animals.


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@dp) Yes they truly are rocket scientist dogs! Thanks for reading and the comment.


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Sinea Pies 2 years ago from Northeastern United States

Just read on Facebook that your dear Simon has gone to heaven (yes, dogs ARE in heaven. How could it be heaven without them?) May the Lord comfort you in your loss. He sounds like he was such a wonderful boy.


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Dorsi 2 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thank you Sinea for coming over to share Simons life. He was amazing and will always be in our hearts. He was a wonderful boy. And oh yes, we will be together again, I truly believe that. Thank you Sinea.

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