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One of Smoke’s favorite ploys was to start a ruckus or do something like lead the charge to dump over the Christmas tree and then stand there acting like nothing happened. When I would point it out he would look at the other collies like “do you know what he is talking about?” Then he and they would look at me and I would point to what had been done.  Then he would look at each of them “did you do it?” and then look at me like “I don’t know how it happened.   I had to laugh…..  Then Smoke would walk off and take a nap… and smile as he dreamed about his triumph!    Good ol’ Smoke…. We love him dearly and miss him.  How can a home full of collies seem so empty right now?

I will miss you Smoke……  I don’t understand why you had to leave us so soon….. you were a good boy…. a rascal when you were younger you turned out to be a great Alpha……  RIP my dear Friend and Family member…..

 

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Another Smoke memory….

For years, Smoke and Lad have had a sort of rivalry that has had its humorous and not so humorous moments.  They competed in everything. Laddie was the faster more acrobatic collie and Smoke was the bigger more powerful collie.  They had a one upmanship going for years and here is one fo the scarier moments of that rivalry.

They used to run around the yard at full speed…. I mean as fast as a collie can run and it was at time scary as they would run very close to things and with all the other collies trying to keep up it would sound like a herd of buffalo running around.

One day as I watched them running full speed side-by-side I saw Laddie bump Smoke and my heart quit beating as SMoke flipped forward and flipped over and over again! The dust flew, all I could see were his feet flopping in and out of view as he flopped like a ragdoll!!!  I ran towards them and all of a sudden up went Smoke’s head and he was grinning from ear to ear….. sigh….  Laddie caught the what for for the move and he knew it was a no-no!

A few minutes later off they went again and this time I swear they ran even harder than ever.  As they raced side by side I saw Smoke make the same move and as I screamed NO I saw Laddie begin flipping…… This time I was furious!  Smoke caught his what for scolding and I am thrilled to say I have never saw this ever done again.

Later that day I talked with my friends who have collies and mentioned it to them and they laughed and told me that their daddy Marcus and his brother Wyatt used to do the same thing too.  However, they would do it along a washout and when they flipped they would roll down into it and would come crawling out of it grinning from ear to ear.  Sigh… so it runs in the family…..

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Would I do such a thing?  Hey Smoke, want to go for a run?  Muwahahahahahahah

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Would I do that?  Sure Laddie, lets go for a run… it will be fun (seeing your body print in the fence) muwahahaahah

Another memory I posted earlier about Smoke shortly after he moved up to the Alpha role….

 

 

With Trevor gone now Smoke has now become a leader of sorts finally… he leads the escapes into the “forbidden zones” where collies are not allowed because of potential dangers to them or the items residing there.  In the past Trevor, Hallie and Niamh enforced the ban on anyone going into these places when the gates are open due to work being done or stuff being moved through the area.

Trevor would stand guard and no one dared pass and so did Hallie and before them Niamh.  These three collies were the only ones ever allowed into these areas because when they came with me they stayed at my side and never got into things or left my side.  Even so, they did not go often.

One of the forbidden zones is the garage.  Full of tractors, cars, chemicals, paints, oils, anti-freeze, ect. a locked door and a 6 foot high fence with a locked gate keeps them out.  But, the other day as I worked on building a implement shed I finished up and opened the gate, the door and began carrying things in.  I try to close the entries behind me but with my hands full it didnt happen and as I entered with my back to the door and put stuff on the shelf in less than a minute (I didnt want to set it down since some of it was paint and chemical based primer and didnt want to chance a collie sneaking through to get into it) turned around to find Ellie coming through the door into the garage.

No!  Get! I commanded and she turned around and left and I walked the 6 steps to the doorway and looked… hmmmm….. some collies are missing!!

So, I turned around and looked into the darkness of the garage and said “You know better, come on!”  In the darkness I see movement and out comes Smoke into the daylight….. followed by his band of merrymen (Walter, Mick and Rutherford).  As I stepped aside they all ran past me out into the yard and I turned and looked at them and said “You know better! No!  No Garage!”   Smoke of course looked at me with the expression “What Garage?” Then he looked at the other collies like it was their idea…..

Yeah… for the past week Smoke has led on excursion after another into areas not allowed when the gates were opened momentarily.  Of course, I am a bit lax since for well over a decade I have had a enforcer to stop them.  Apparently, so far no one has taken that role although lil Hallie after I say something goes around and lets them know not to do it again!  Hopefully, she will soon adopt the role of enforcer which I am sure she will since she is showing the signs of becoming my lieutenant more each day. It takes time to grow into these roles…

So, with my laxness and Smoke’s new role as excursion leader I am having to play catchup and rethink how I do things. We will adapt and in time things will get back to normal.

I do have to admit it is sort of interesting and funny to see this group of Smoke and his Merryman going on a excursion as SMoke charges out ahead and the others merrily strut along acting like children getting away with something… “We put one over on the old guy didnt we” they look to be thinking as they merrily escape into forbidden areas…..

Luckily, I have always tried to be prepared for such eventualities and the potential dangers are up on shelves but there are still things within reach of the collies such as implements…..

After over 20 years the escape into the garage is the first such incident so our record is great at protecting them…. but what if I hadnt spotted Ellie?  Most likely they would be okay, but cuts scrapes and bruises cold still happen…..

So, my guard is up and my eyes wide open to potential excursions now, like into the garden, garage, forbidden rooms with breakable and cherished items, ect.  I shouldnt be surprised though, Smoke’s dad is a escape and excursion artist also…..  sort of runs in the family…..

As I look at Smoke I tell him that yeah, while I am working you have 24/7 to plot….  ah yes….. so the battle of wits is on now….. a tired old guy taking care of life against a group of merrymen who plot 24/7 for the possibilities of going into the forbidden zones if given a second’s  chance.. LOL….

Go ahead dad, open that gate.. I want to mark those tractors….. they have dirty tires so it will also wash them…. muwahahahaha 

It was a lazy, warm afternoon and as I lay in the hammock reading and getting some much needed relaxation with the soft wind blowing and the sun shining while I enjoyed the coolness of the shade and the birds singing the collies broke out into a chase.  As I lay there trying to read Smoke was leading the pack as they came around the curve behind the shed.

Now, it sounded like a stampede and they were going flat out full speed.  They rumbled by brushing against the hammock and the frame making me swing wildly as I choked on the dust…. I yelled playfully at them  and they rumbled away from me across the yard.  But, Smoke was out to prove he could outrun everyone. So, around they came again and they were not slowing down.  Behind SMoke was the crazy pack of collies barking crazily and as they rounded towards me I looked and saw they had Smoke hemmed in and he was heading for the hammock.  I braced myself for it looked like a collision for sure!

Suddenly, Smoke lept into the air at the last split second and soared over me as the rest of the collies at the last second turned enough to go around me making me swing wildly again and this time I sat up and shook my fist at Smoke and Yelled “Smoke you dirt $%$!$#%!!!”  Of course I was playing, but part of me wasn;t for I thought he was going smash into me for sure.  Around they came again and Smoke had his lead back but I could see Laddie and big Hallie were positioning themselves, they would pounce right after the hammock.  But, I braced myself as Smoke headed right towards me again.

This time he soared over me again. But, as I looked up he was looking down, grinning like a fool, his tongue out of one side of his mouth and his eyes seemed to be saying “look at me dad! Ain’t I cool!”  Over me he went and I just shook my head as Lad and big Hallie made their move and sent Smoke flipping into the dirt.

Smoke is one of the oddest collies we have. He is so quiet and timid part of the time and the rest of the time he is a rabble rouser who finds all kinds of mischief to get into.  But, let other collies try that and he expresses his disapproval of their antics….

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Um, did I do that?  Well….. um… well…

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Of course I did and it was fun

 

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457185_3954236739059_1374417534_3604546_1766665688_o-Goodbye my friend… till we meet again.  Say hello to Trevor and all the others for me…… I Love you Smoke……

 

 

 

RIP Smoke

After brief illness in which Smoke looked like he had was almost recovered from Smoke passed in the night.  One of our greatest characters Smokie was deeply loved and will be horribly missed.  A true clown he was also a collie who always was so smart that he could do things perfectly like go for a walk on a leash the first time ever by emulating his best friend Trevor.  He loved Trevor and now is running the meadows of heaven with Trevor.  Goodbye my Smokie……  I love you…

 

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100_6109Wheeeeeeee!! Come on everybody lets go!!!!

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100_6104COme on!  Go!!!

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100_5709Charge!!!!!!!!!!  Wheeeeeee!!!!!

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430137_3548365752538_1374417534_3427292_605219746_nHuh… wonder who put that rope across their path and pulled it tight just as they passed by!  What a train wreck! Wow…..  why are you looking at me old guy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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