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Usually going out is a huge event for the collies and they bounce and bark and carry on each time like it is an event… and it is when they act like that. But what was up this day?

 

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Dad! All I want is a drink!  Look how hard the water is. Can you buy me a water softener?

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-Yeah dad, we want one too!!!

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-See, this is why I should be world Dictator!  The old guy obviously cant get it done… time for new leadership. Back me, overthrow the old guy and I promise soft water forever, of course you will have to pay me for it, but we will worry about that when we get power! Support Ginger for World Dictator!

It Looks Insane

As it gets colder our play here at the Meadow transforms.  We do much more running since we have to stay warm somehow.  I throw all the toys that get thrown and after Lad’s ball flies I run across the yard behind him with all the collies chasing me!!!  Well, today I had to stop for it was the most ridiculous thing I had ever seen.

In front of me was Branwen running around with her bat, Walter with his football, Lad with his ball while I was running up to them with Ginger hanging on one leg, Hallie hanging from a arm and Mick running next to me grinning like a fool and barking ceaselessly!  Then, next wasEllie clinging to Skylight who was chasing us barking loudly.  Last came Rutherford dragging a big long L branch from a tree that was three times the length of his body!!!

Then, Lad, Branwen and Walter would run back with their toys with Lad joining them and I would throw Rutherford’s limb with the others in various stages of clinging to me and barking wildly.  Then, back I would toss their toys and it would start all over again with similar results except Ginger might grab a toy and Mick also proudly carrying them to one end of the yard and back again so we could start all over again.

It was a rather weird site with you would have to admit. What made it even more funny was the looks of glee on their faces…..what a motley bunch we were to see! The funniest was coming up behind with Rutherford dragging that huge limb grinning like a fool!  Ah, just another insane day at the Meadow!  The major question is who is more insane the crazy collies inmates or the crazy human caretaker?  On second thought… dont answer that….

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We all know who the real nut around here is…. it definitely is not one of us collies….-

We collies listen to the old guy tell his stories.  We get a kick out of them.  As Hallie sits at his feet and he tells them Lad will look intently at him and then give him a look of dismay, then yawn and go to sleep!  hehehe….  Ginger of course listens closely and then goes off afterwards to see if she can use if for her plotting… the rest of us just love the time with him….

One day he came home after driving that big old red tractor into town.  He grinned as he sat down and told his story. Seems the M which has been clocked at 23 mph  which he took into town came up on a slow moving car going through downtown.  HE says the car couldnt have been going more than 15 mph if that and as they rolled up behind it he looked and there were no other cars behind or in front of them.

 

So, he opened the big red tractor wide open which made her snort and then growl loudly. He passed the car and waived to them and then turned forward on the seat as they came back into the lane and he saw ppl pointing and laughing.  Yeah, the old guy says he could see where it could be perceived to be funny to be passed by a tractor… then after a moment he added.. it aint perception it is darn funny!!!

Ginger now thinks if she can get her paws on that 6600 pound behemoth she can bust through the fence and escape to Georgee…. but the old guy keeps her far away from the M.  hehehehe

 

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On January 8th

January 8th is the birthday of three of our collie girls.  What makes this an amazing birthday is that two of the three are sisters and the other girl was born on this date 3 years later!

The first one to celebrate this birthday is Branwen.  The daughter of Trevor and Anya, Branwen is big, sassy and the Alpha Female here.  Her favorite thing is food, her next favorite thing is chasing her bat and her stuffed toy.  By the way, did I mention her favorite thing is food?  Branwen believes whatever is yours is hers and what is hers is hers and she has been known to get mad at other collies for breathing HER air! LOL  As you have gathered she is bossy…..  yet for being bossy she loves to cuddle, to snuggle and she loves pillows and the bed!  She has also been known to love up another collie with tons of licks when they may not feel well or perhaps are not happy.   She is lovable at heart but likes to make the world think she is a toughie…. Also, do not breathe her air!!!!

Here is Branwen with one of her plastic bats playing with lil Hallie and her sister Ellie…..

Which brings us to the second birthday to celebrate!  That is the last one born 6 years ago in the same litter as Branwen.  Thats right, our Ellie celebrates her birthday too.   The last one of a litter of nine, Ellie is almost the opposite of her big sister Branwen.  She is small, a fun loving girl who loves the puppies born here becoming their playmate till they find a forever home, is half the size of her sister and gentle and loving yet sassy when she sees someone leaving for she wants to go for a ride also.  Ellie loves to snuggle, cuddle, play and also loves the bed but unlike her big sister who curls up at the foot of the bed Ellie is a bed hog! LOL…. she loves pillows, going for rides and taking her for a walk is fun for she loves to bunny hop as she goes on a walk.  Ellie loves everyone, except for her main rival Branwen.  You see, Branwen has been known to push Ellie to the ground and sit on her as she eats her food for a few seconds until I am standing there saying “get off her.”  Of course Branwen looks at me like she is asking “Off who?”  I point to Ellie and Branwen looks at Ellie and then looks at me like “How did she get there?”  My expression makes her get up and go back to her own bowl where she barks to let the world know she is still the Alpha Female and not to mess with her.

Ellie of course gloats that Branwen is in trouble and struts by naughtily teasing Branwen who gets mad of course… so we now feed Branwen in another room so there are no more rivalry problems.    Ellie is a sweetie and we are so grateful to God that she is here for her 6th birthday!

The last birthday girl is of course the ever loving Ginger who is one of the smartest collies we have ever known.  She can count with me up to five as I say the number she barks it out…. one.. bark… two bark, bark all the way up to five.  But, at five she can’t stand it anymore and screams in annoyance and struts off to find better things to do. LOL

Here is Ginger and Austin her brother with their mother Trisha!  The daughter of big Hallie I have always loved Trisha from afar and when Glendale told me she was going to have puppies I secretly wished I had the money to get one.  However, my friends at Glendale asked me ” if you were to get a puppy what would you like.. a girl or a boy?  I told them a girl and they then told me if a little girl was born they would give me her.  When I asked how much, they told me.. no she will be a gift for you are our friend and we know you will love her and give her a good home.  We want you to have a girl for a gift for you are our friend!

Needless to say I was floored… stunned and yet my heart lept for a Trisha baby, a grandaughter of my Hallie was coming here.  How kind of them…. well on January 8th Trisha began having puppies!  The first one out was, you got it.. Ginger!!!!  Then her brother was born and the next two born were still born.   So, Glendale have a Trisha baby named Austin and we have Ginger!!!

Austin and Ginger were best buddies and here they are together… Ginger on the right!  We got pictures everyday of her and her progress and it was wonderful to see her.  Yet the wait seemed forever!  But the day came when she was coming here and I used the plane tracker to follow her in the air every minute until a half hour before they were to land and off we went to get her.

The moment I met my Ginger for the first time!  She went home and met all the collies and one of the strangest things was Mick, our other white collie took her under his wing.  He cuddled up with her as she took her first nap, showed her around and was by her side the first several weeks.  How ironic the two white collies became best buddies.  Ginger however is a very curious and very, very smart collie and has become a collie who loves everyone but would rather be off on her own half the time.  However, she is a rabble rouser.  One day I saw her take off in the hunched up run of a collie who wants to be chased and is wanting to have fun.  She bumped into Lad, pulled Mick’s tail, stole Branwen’s bat and stepped on Ellie’s tail as she whacked skylight with the end of the bat as she ran by.  Needless to say, Ginger got her chase as the collies ran after her to get her for her misdeeds.  Grinning evilly Ginger had the time of her life.

Ginger is a sassy, rough and tumble girl who can be very loving one moment and slyly plotting something rotten the next.  When she had been her for a week she walked up to Mick who was around 100 pounds at the time and she grabbed his back leg and yanked!  Mick looked down at her and then flopped over on his back as she gleefully climbed up on him and proceeded to pull the hair on his mane! LOL

She was here for a week when we took her for her first walk and she mastered it within a 100 yards and then proceeded to be curious at all we saw yet bored with walking for you could see she was thinking.. what is the point of this walking when we have a car?!!!

Ginger Schnap is extremely smart and I have watched her use her brilliance for naughtiness as she will wrinkle up her nose in delight as she harasses the other collies.  I have also watched her study a problem like how to get to something and come up with some of the most unique answers and successfully achieve her goals as I stand there in disbelief.

Ginger is one of the nicest and greatest gifts I ever received in my life and we will always be thankful to the girls at Glendale Farm Collies. :)  God Bless Them!

So, that is the trio whose birthday was the 8th.  Branwen and Ellie are 9 and Ginger 6.

Sadie

We picked her up at the age of 6, her show days over and in need of a good home.  Sadie was stubbborn, food was her life, she had attitude yet she was funny and despite her toughness she had a soft side that surprised us all.  Sadie was funny and would pull Ginger like antics and follow it up with attitude.  She made her own decisions in her life and it was she that retired herself from walking by running to the bedroom and taking a nap when asked if she wanted to go for a walk.

She loved food…. any food… even stuff that wasnt food! LOL….  Her favorite trick was if the kids were on the couch eating a sandwich she would rub down the couch and as she passed by she would, without turning her head or without blinking or without stopping rubbing she would walk past and snatch the sandwich and keep going like nothing happened! LOL….  She once came up by the table as I made a ham sandwich, she pushed the top piece of bread up with her nose and with her tongue snatched the piece of ham out and walked away eating it as she looked for more food.

When we brought Teddy home as a puppy she adopted him and raised him as her own puppy. She would play with him roaring like a dinosaur and when she had enough she would head butt him and he would slide ten feet across the floor as she strutted off for a nap.  She loved naps…. she loved food, she loved sassing, she loved being alone at times.  Every night she would snore and I would tell her good night Sadie,,,, she would snarl and growl and I would call her our tater pup and she would snarl more with her teeth showing… We laughed for she wouldnt bite anyone but she hated her sleep being interrupted and she had attitude.

Sadie had expressions of disgust, anger, snarling that would make your blood curdle, unless you knew her and then you would laugh.  She loved to bark when outside… bark at the clouds, the birds, a dirt devil swirling by, ants, butterflies, the wind.. you name it and she barked at it.

She hate being brushed, she hated having her toenails trimmed, but would tolerate it as long as she got a steady stream of treats.  Rowdy, loud and naughty Sadie was funny and fun to be around for her antics always made us laugh.   When called to come in, Sadie would think about it… then slowly walk the other way and go around the yard slowly till she got to the door going as slowly as she could.  LOL…..

One of our favorite memories is of her when she was older and her eyes were not very good…. she walked up to where the fence was… well used to be for we were putting up a new fence so there was no fence at all there.  She stopped where the fence had been… looked for about 5 minutes across the field and barked sassily and walked back to the door…..  she never realized the fence was gone… :)

We all loved Sadie, but she never had a human she adopted…. she loved food more… LOL…  She was a delight to be with for she could have fun…. but only as long as she wanted to have fun…. then it was bedtime and God help you if you tried to stop her…

Sadie lived to be 16 years old….. dieing of old age surrounded by those who loved her.  We will always remember you Sadie, daughter of the great Champion The Meadows Notorious, a cousin of our Niamh and we will always love you and miss you for you were one of the more interesting and lovable collies we ever loved!

Sadie is on the far right…
Niamh is in the center and Niamh’s Father was also a Champion, Champion ROM Twin Acres Concert Master, Teddy is on the left… bloodlines past parents unknown…. :)

Sadie giving Laddie the stink eye… LOL

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Happy Sadie….

Sadie with Teddy….

Sadie with Niamh and Teddy…

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Tater pup was only two points away from becoming a Champion in her own right.  Born in 1994 Sadie had puppies and was to enter her last contest for her championship when it was discovered she was a carrier of the Collie eyes diseases… and her puppies had them…..  So, Sadie was never made into the Champion for part of the reward for Championships are selling Championship puppies…. instead she was given a great life for a couple of years and then they searched hard to find her a good adoptive home and that was us. She lived a wonderful life here and enjoyed every minute of it in her own way…. One of our more interesting characters …. We miss you and love you Sadie….till we meet again old tater pup…… til we meet again…

When you get a mysterious charge on your card for the price of an ad in the newspaper and then you see this ad and well, Ginger lives with you what would your conclusion be?  Could it be the telephone number that really gave her away?

Evil Genius

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0- What? You thought I was joking? Remember, 1-800-Muwh-haha

 

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