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.
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.
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.
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?