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Sunday, August 15 2010

Despite their appearance, these are not guinea pigs.  They are baby Border Collies. By mid-October, one of them will probably be my baby Border Collie.

After the loss of Kona there was a large gaping hole in my heart.  Actually, it was more like a canyon. I began to talk about getting another dog.  I began to talk about getting another Belgian.  Other Half begged me to get a Border Collie instead.  Although the Belgians are wonderful dogs, we aren't doing search & rescue work any more and I'm not doing cadaver work anymore.  They are great farm dogs, but what we really need is a bold, reliable cow dog.

Cowboy is fine on calves, but lacks the boldness for the nasty momma cows.  He is also dealing with the back problem resulting from the donkey attack before we got him. I doubt his working career will be long. Lily is bred to work cows, LOVES to work cows, and is pretty darned good at working cows, but she is young, and she is little, and she is my best friend. Don't want a cow kicking her tiny hiney in the head. Then I'd lose my best goat dog, my best sheepdog, and my best friend. So as you can imagine, Other Half was all over the idea of getting a cowbred Border Collie.

So I have been researching . . . and guess what I found?  Nice working lines.  (Internet video is wonderful!) 

I found this breeder in Oklahoma.  They just happened to have a litter on the ground.  Born August 11.

There are two males available . . .

                                                 a red & white  . . .

                    and a black & white . . .                  


(I'm leaning toward the red & white.)


Lily has already given me a list of things she refuses to share with her baby brother:

1) Front seat of Monster Truck

2) The Crevice (area between Mom & Dad in the bed)

Everything else is optional, but she reserves the right at any time to add things to her list.

So now, it is your job to help me come up with puppy names!


* cannot sound like herding commands (come-bye, away, lie-down)

* short - one or two syllable

* cannot sound like:  Lily, Briar, Ranger, Ali, or Ice  (Zena doesn't care and is highly unlikely to respond anyway.)



Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 11:58 am   |  Permalink   |  4 Comments  |  Email
Oh how exciting! Puppies are so much fun but Border Collie puppies are very special! I'm terrible with picking names, sorry. We are heading home, to NW Colorado, in September, to vist our families and to watch the Meeker CLassic Sheepdog Trials. I am taking BJ and Gidget, my 2 Border's so I won't miss them while we are gone. We are also taking a Mini Aussie Pup to my Dad for his birthday. It's going to be a very interesting trip out there!
Posted by shawna on 08/15/2010 - 02:23 PM
Nacho - 2 syllables and can be said with pure love or stern authority. Most of my animals only ever hear the love part and not the authority part - which is why they are in charge instead of me!
Posted by Janie on 08/15/2010 - 06:11 PM
If you pick the red & white, I suggest Red - short and doesn't sound like your other cow dog names.
Posted by Merideth In Wyoming on 08/15/2010 - 10:03 PM
Good choices!!! I'll add them to the list!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 08/17/2010 - 11:26 AM

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