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The Lighter Side of Border Collies

| 4/8/2019 10:40:00 AM

Allie After a Bath

Miss Allie is not happy about her bath and she kept turning her head away from the camera, so I know she is guilty!

Miss Allie has always been overly intelligent and it has been a real treat for me to watch her behave in silly ways, to entertain me or others.  Her real intention is to get attention and sometimes that is good, then there are times she can be a real stinker and cause trouble for not only the other dogs but also herself.  But I still love her and am amazed at her sneaky tricks to get the other dogs in trouble.

Allie and I have had a little over 11 years together.  She has always loved attention and will behave in silly ways to get attention from me.  As the pups came along, she lost that single dog attention and had to share with her daughters and now granddaughter.  She is jealous and will often try her tricks, to get that attention.

When she first came to live with me, Allie was shy but that didn't last long!  She learned that I was her person and it was all about her.  It was also about her getting food.  She resorted to silliness, just to get a piece of cheese.  She would snort, raise her paw and even smile for food.  I figured I could teach her to smile on command for her food and that has always been one of her trademark tricks to entertain folks who visit us.  She smiles a full smile, baring all her teeth in hopes of food or attention and she usually gets it.  She also drops to the ground when I point at her and say, "bang!", although sometimes it takes several times before she 'falls down' and I have to say she is a hard kill.  This is how Allie gets attention but she is also a good one for getting the other dogs in the family in trouble.

On more than one occasion, she will start doing something and the other dogs fall in line with her.  She knows better and then gets the other dogs in trouble.  She has taught Joy to turn over the trash can and climb on the counter.  Yes, I saw her teaching Joy this trick, when Joy was about six months old!

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