Unconditional Love. Isn’t that the dream of everyone? By Reggi Allder

Since the beginning of the covid virus, some isolation from family and friends has been the norm. Our pets took on more importance in our lives. They kept us company when no one else could and were glad to see us no matter our mood.

To many people the cat is the animal in the family. As a kid, I grew up with both a dog and a cat in our household, then at one point we had two rescue dogs. I also volunteered at the Humane Society and Guide Dogs for the Blind, doing foster care for both. So, animals have played an important part in my life.

Border collie, Riley

In my Sierra Creek Series, Her Country Heart Book One, set on an organic apple farm outside the small imaginary town of Sierra Creek, a little boy needs a friend. I remembered someone saying, “Every kid should have a dog, the perfect friend.” But what breed should I choose for my book?

I searched the internet for information on many canines, including the Labrador retriever and Shepard. I even checked out the basenji. Then I found an article about the smartest dogs. The border collie was number one. Why hadn’t I thought of a border collie? After all, I’d raised two of them, Morgan and Rex. I couldn’t think of more loving animals. My dog Rex would be the perfect model for my book.

Border collies are also one of the most popular breeds for dog agility competitions. Beside sheep dog trials they also excel at competitive obedience, showmanship, flyball and tracking trials, a high energy dog ideal for the high energy boy in my story.

Working border collies can take direction by voice and by whistle at long distances when herding. Their great energy and herding instinct are still used to herd all kinds of animals. They are also used to scare unwanted wild birds from airport runways, golf courses, and other public and private areas. The dog uses a direct stare at sheep, known as “the eye”, to intimidate while herding animals.

Rex gives “the eye”

Our border collie, Rex was a rescue dog left at the Humane Society as a puppy. He was the sweetest guy ever. For sixteen years he brought us so much love we feel lucky to have found him. Please leave a comment telling a little about your pet.

A film buff, a favorite film of mine is Babe. It has border collies in the movie. Oh yeah, there is a pig too. Lol

Babe, a pig is raised on a farm by border collies. They teach him to herd sheep. Farmer Hoggett is amazed by it. This is great movie for kids and grownups, a love story of a different kind. Young or old, don’t miss it. Four hearts.

That will do pig.

 NEED A FEEL-GOOD READ? FALL IN LOVE  Her Country Heart by Reggi Allder

Amy Long needs a forever home. Downsized, she lost her apartment in the city and returns to the small town of Sierra Creek to find a fresh start. Does she belong? Cowboy Wyatt Cameron doesn’t think so. She’s in the way of his plans. Sparks fly when opposites attract in the small town.

The Sierra Creek Series Book 1


OUR COUNTRY HEART by Reggi Allder Sierra Creek Series Book 3

Have you ever made a mistake you would do anything to change?

Two people return to the small town of Sierra Creek to right a wrong. Can they ignore the past and put aside their personal problems for the good of the town? Are they wrong to have confidence in their ability to work together without breaking a heart? Sam McLean is in town to help with the reopening of the lumber mill. Will he get in their way and cause trouble?


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Vicki Batman says:

    Good morning, Reggi! Growing up, we had cats. We had cats until Baxter, a humongous sheep dog. Then cats, then cats and two malti-poos. Sadly, our cats left at 23 and 17. The adora-poos are super friendly and smart, a good size–about 20 lbs–and don’t shed! I loved Babe. Such a clever, heart-warming movie.

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    1. Reggi Allder says:

      Good morning, Vicki! Amazing how long your cats lived. Dogs need a longer life span. Love the name adora-poos. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Just watched “Babe” a few days ago. It’s so endearing! We had cats growing up and until recently. I’ve never been a dog person, but I know people LOVE them! Nice post!

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  3. Reggi Allder says:

    Hi Darlene, cats are wonderful too! BTW, I just posted a photo of a mom and baby kitty on my FB page. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  4. Hi Reggi, My favourite was a dog we called Ginseng (we’d just returned from a year in Japan) who was given to us because he was bullied by the owner’s other dog. He was amazing, so patient with the kids when they were little. If I was feeling sad, he’d come and lean against my leg. Broke my heart when he left us. But so thankful we had those years with him.

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  5. I love reading books with cats or dogs.

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    1. Reggi Allder says:

      Hi Angelina, I do too. They add so much and of isn’t fun to have the characters talk to a dog and share feelings, when they aren’t able to express it with another person in the story? Thanks for visiting!. 🙂


  6. Reggi Allder says:

    Hi Sylvie, Ginseng sounds like the perfect dog. Isn’t it amazing a dog can feel our emotions and want to help? Thanks for stopping by and sharing a memory! 🙂


  7. Reggi, I’m so sorry I missed this last Friday. What an awesome post. I’m totally a dog person. I refer to them all as pups regardless of their age. I’ve used three of our pups in two of my books. It was fun to write about them. The pics of your pups are wonderful. Such great eyes. I’ll share even though it’s late. 🙂

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    1. Reggi Allder says:

      Thanks, Marsha! 🙂


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