Hoo boy… not again…..

you have to be kidding me…. um, time to play ball?

sweet lord, ha ha ha ha ha ha


Um… time to go in dad?  he he he

I dont know what you put in my drink Rutherford but you are in for it now!!!!

Um… perhaps I went too far this time?  er… did I ever tell you that you look great with yellow eyes?


Dad reads us this story every year and we collies listen intently.  This year we surprised him with a picture taken at the birth of Jesus! He loved the picture and we collies are posting it here with the story of the birth of Jesus!  Merry Christmas Everyone!

God Bless You!

The Collies of the Meadow


Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with Child. 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son,
and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger;
because there was no room for them in the inn.

2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the LORD came upon them, and the glory of the LORD shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the LORD. 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into Heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the LORD hath made known unto us. 2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 2:18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His Name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Here is the recently uncovered picture of the Manger with Joseph, Mary, Jesus and the Shepherd and the Wise Men!

  Photo taken by the Texas Collie and Sheltie Rescue.

We have been enjoying our colllie indoor plumbing and take this moment to remember Skylight who loved Christmas…..


We Collies post this song for this is the Old Guy’s favorite song and we love it also;

Yes, that is right. I Ginger have walked on water to once again prove my worthiness as World Dictator. How can you not support me now?


-Just for you all, a beautiful shot of me to hang on your wall….. oh, oh here comes the old guy… what is he up too?


-Het Old Guy, what are you doing with our pools?  Leave them there!  How else am I gonna practive my walking on water?  Wjhat?  What do you mean it is ice?  Its just frozen water and I am walking on it…




Hard to believe they are both gone, but the first night Skylight and Anya came to live with us…

IT was a cold and stormy wintry night as I drove up to pick up Anya and Skylight.  I arrived safely and bundled them into the car and we took off through the blowing, bitter, wet snow.  I came up to the freeway and pulled over on the shoulder and opened the back door as the snow blew onto my back and down my neck.  Brrrrr…. Anya and Skylight were cuddled together, scared for they were going God knows where and Skylight had his head on top of Anya protecting her.

I rubbed their ears and gave them a few treats and they eyed me suspiciously.  I took out their favorite blankies and wrapped them in it and it was then I heard it….  A squeeling, whining noise…. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee………. it was nasal too… now I have heard this before what is it?  eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee,,,,,,,
I look around in the blowing snow and again…. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…………… eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee……………. then directly behind me in the blowing, icy, wet snow is the culprit!  Not more than 50 feet away…. eeeeeeeeeeeeeee…… haaaaaaaaaazaaaaw……… eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee………. eeeeeeeeeeeeeee   haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw….. eeeee haaaaaw….

By now I am laughing and I yell…. You dangblasted fool go get in your barn!  What you doing out in this weather! Go on… in the barn!

Well, his ear flicked and he turned around and headed…. for the barn! LOL….
I look into the car and Anya and Skylight are looking out at that donkey and their eyes say it all.. what a fool!!!! LOL

It was a long ride home on bad roads but I kept the car toasty and Anya and Skylight worried all the way home.  Then they got out into the yard and they met Trevor, Lad, Hallie and Smoke… whom they knew well and they felt a lot better that night and quickly became part of our collie family!  Wr still have Skylight… But, Anya, like Trevor and Hallie is now gone….. but I will never forget the night they came home and that fool donkey! 🙂


Anya…. RIP Sweetie!


After spending most of the day sleeping Skylight was obviously close to the end of his life and we moved him to our bedroom so he would not die alone. It was only a minute, but I walked out and came back and he had moved.  I then realized while I was out of the room he had passed into the afterlife and now was with Trevor, his mommie Hallie and his daddy Marcus and all the other collies he had known through his life.

I never wrote much about  Skylight because… well because he was such a happy guy that nothing bothered and he rarely did anything annoying. He loved girls.. no, I mean he LOVED girls.  He was a charmer and he had a long line of puppies to prove it before he even came to live with us.

He was the sunshine in the meadow and life will now be a lot darker without his beautiful presence.  They didnt come anymore gentle or happy or fun loving than Skylight.  I miss you already and somehow I will live through this, but my heart will never be the same… goodbye my sunshine of the meadow…. I love you Skylight, my dear boogie.   Till we meet again….. till we meet again….



A week ago we saw him show signs of slowing down and a week later I am holding him as he slowly slides into the great beyond.  Our beautiful, wonderful, happy and loving Skylight “boogie” as I call him because he always dances when I came home is not long for this world now.


Once again what is left of my heart is ripped apart by another loss of a collie who is close to 11 years old now.  No collie was ever more good and even tempered than Skylight.  He was always happy and tonight I called home and they said he was looking around crying. So, they put the phone up to his ear and I talked to him an they said he grinned and looked so happy. He then calmed down and went to sleep until I got home where he looked up at me happily as I came through the door and hugged him.


Of all the older collie he was the one I thought would outlast them all. Always healthy he never was a problem in anyway except he LIKED girls, well, more than liked girls. LOL… We just never expected him to slide away so soon.  But, that is life and sometimes the surprises are brutal.

We are making him as comfortable as he fades from this life. There is nothing anyone can do and he right now is grinning up at me and as long as he remains happy we will continue forward.

My only prayer is that when the Lord calls him I get to be by his side holding him and comforting him as he leaves this earth. He deserves nothing less than to be held and loved at his final moment.

I love you my “Boogie”… my wonderful Skylight who has left so many puppies behind to continue your line.  Skylight is of course the son of our beloved Big Hallie.  I have had four generations of her line and sadly we have now way to continue that line now…  All we can do is treasure and cherish them while they are here.

May God Bless my Skylight…. my Skylight of the Meadow.


skylight wondering

With thoughts of thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and the smell of Turkey in the air my thoughts wandered back to the Plimouth Plantation and the dogs there.  The only thing worse than being a human coming over on the Mayflower must’ve been being a dog on that rough ride.  But, ride it out they did!

Two dogs are recorded as having come over on the Mayflower.  The man who brought them over was John Goodman who reportedly died during the first winter leaving his companions to his fellow Pilgrims who cared for them.

The first was a Mastiff who can go up to 200 pounds and the other a English Springer Spaniel.  Both would be useful in the wilds of the new world for the Mastiff would be great at protection and big game hunting while the Spaniel would be a great hunting dog for smaller game.

There are three references about these two dogs  and they are as follows;

Goodman and a companion became lost during inclement weather and had to brave the storm out ill-dressed for the event overnight with the two dogs with them.  They could hear “Lions” roaring which were probably mountain lions or cougars who lived in the area at that time.  They reportedly had to hold the dogs all night to keep them from breaking for the “lions”.  They obviously found their way back after daybreak which must’ve came as a relief in many ways for these two guys.

The second is that Goodman was out with his Spaniel when a pack of Wolves appeared.  The Spaniel ran to Goodman for protection and he being unarmed did what any guy might do, he picked up a stick and threw it at one of the Wolves and hit it.  Not sure that is what I would’ve done… but it obviously worked. For the Wolves looked at them and Goodman threw another stick and the wolves sat down and observed them for what was described a very long time as the Spaniel stayed between Goodman’s legs.  Smart dog!  Finally, the Wolves wandered off which was lucky for Goodman, who perhaps brought about the saying three strikes your out for Bradford shows him as having died the first winter although other records show him to have died after that but before 1627.

The final note about these two dogs was that when the pilgrims planted crops they had to tie up the dogs to keep them from digging up the fish they put in with the seeds for fertilizer.  Now tied up is different here for it is reported they tied their front legs up to keep them from digging.

So, there you have it. The Mayflower dogs who we remember this Thanksgiving.  Wonder if they left any descendents?

Give thanks for your family and for the love you have in your life…..

We will take a moment to remember those who are no longer with us…… miss you ol’ Boo…..