Coley’s Rules – The Dog Who Brought Joy to a Small Town

Coley’s Rules – The Dog Who Brought Joy to a Small Town

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Coley the Border Collie lived in the small village of Ammanford where he became a beloved, friend-to-all.  On any given day you could find him sitting patiently beside a bench on a main road in the Penybanc community.

Unfortunately, Coley passed in late summer, but the community has reacted to his passing in the most touching way.  Get to know more about this amazing Border Collie in this touching write-up from his beloved owner, Lesley Jones.

Coley lived in Ammanford South Wales UK for nearly 11 years. He came into our life after nagging my husband, Phil, about getting a dog for six months.  So, he ended up buying Coley from a working farm as my birthday gift.

We decided to name him Coley as I had a coal fireplace to heat our home and when he was a puppy, he would steal a lump of coal to chew. He’d end up filthy and covered in coal dust with everyone frantically chasing him worried he’d choke!  So, he became Coley.

We live down a lane just off a busy main road. The road leads into the Town and many villages.  At the top of my lane is a corner with a bus stop and a bench.

One day, when Coley was still a puppy, he goes on one of his walks with Phil and the two of them end up  sitting on that bench for a while and they wait there for me to come home. Coley sat and watched the cars passing. He knew my car and got so excited when I pulled into the lane. I can remember it to this day, Coley waiting there for me all excited to see me.

Phil then decided to do this every night and Coley found a spot on the corner, sort-of half-on/half-off the pavement where he could watch out for me. He looked so comical, laying perfectly still watching and waiting flat on the ground.  Everyone started seeing him, children would giggle and people would smile when they saw him.

Coley also enjoyed this game so much! If I had a day off, he insisted Phil take him so he could watch and herd everyone else.

As you know, Border Collies need a job to be happy and Coley had found a job!  He had to go every night in any type of weather to sit in the corner and watch everyone pass.

Soon children made their parents pass this way to see if he was there, they’d get so excited and wave to him.  Adults saw him as a sign they were nearly home, he looked welcoming. Everyone knew him, he was funny.  He soon became a landmark that people used for directions. People would stop to pet him.  He soon became loved by hundreds.

In the end, the most important thing you should know about Coley was that herding us all from the street corner was his job. He was so dedicated that he never left his spot.  Since Coley passed away, I miss everything about him. His warmth. Him knowing when I feel low and need a hug.  He knew if I was unwell and looked after me. I miss Coley. He was so bossy, but comical.  But, my home was always full of laughter. He ruled us all, we are lost without him and my home is silent.



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Border Collies with Heterochromia

Border Collies with Heterochromia

Meet Molly, a border collie cross who was rejected by hundreds of families because of her unusual, odd-coloured eyes.

 

Have you ever wondered why some border collies have different coloured eyes?  This phenomenon is formally called heterochromia, an eye condition caused by a lack of pigment in the eye.  

This condition does not have any known, adverse health affects on border collies who have this condition, but nonetheless some potential dog owners may be put off by the ‘odd-look’ this may create. 

In fact, there was one famous case a years ago where a border collie named Molly was supposedly abandoned because she had this condition, giving her different coloured eyes (one brown and one pale blue).

Molly, together with her brown-eyed sister, Holly, was picked up as strays in Wales during the autumn in 2014. They were later taken in by the Dogs’ Trust, a UK dog rescue located in Newbury, Berkshire, where Holly quickly found a home.

However, Molly was not so lucky as her sister.  According to the Dogs’ Trust, some potential adopters were put off by Molly’s unusual eye combination even though there was nothing wrong with her sight. In fact, they noted that Molly would make a great pet given that she gets the right owner.  The good news is that Molly eventually found a new home with a family in Hampshire.

Dog breeds with Heterochromia

Did you know that Border Collies are among the most common dog breeds with different colored eyes?

Aside from Border Collies, the following dog breeds also shared the same eye condition:

  • Huskies
  • Alaskan Malamutes
  • Dalmatians
  • Beagles
  • Great Danes
  • Dachshunds
  • Welsh Corgis
  • Shih Tzus
  • Chihuahuas

 

The reason why there particular dog breeds seem more prone to heterochromia is still not completely understood because the genes responsible for the dog’s eye color is hard to track down and verify.

To make matters more complicated, did you know that sometimes, the genes for eye color expression in dogs are also the same genes responsible for their coat color? The same genes can also be linked to certain genetic based traits such as certain conditions or illnesses such as deafness. However, there is no confirmed link between deafness and heterochromia in dogs, according to canine specialists.

But in most cases, dogs with one lighter eye and one darker eye still see out of both eyes.

In Molly’s case, she is such a happy and healthy dog who deserves to be treated just like the other dogs without heterochromia. We are happy that Molly has now found a new family who will give her the love she deserves.

 

Do you have a dog with heterochromia? We’d love to hear your story. Write it in the comment box below.

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Historically, Border Collies are known as a working dog breed. Due to this very fact there are certain dog behaviors and instincts particular to Border Collies only. These behaviors and instincts define the personality of the dog. Understanding these behaviors and instincts is imperative if you desire a well-trained/behaved dog. This book is based on years of experience and thorough research helping you to choose, raise, train and live in harmony with your Border Collie. This book has been written by truly taking into consideration the breed as well as its abilities as this aspect is often ignored by owners of this dog. The content of this book will provide you with an insight of how a Border Collie relates and interacts with its owner and the outside world. Once you’ve read this book, you’ll be better equipped to own and take care of a Border Collie so that it becomes the wonderful companion it’s meant to be!

Fame the Border Collie Wins 2018 Masters Agility Championship

Fame the Border Collie Wins 2018 Masters Agility Championship

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Meet Fame the Champion Border Collie

Have you heard of a Border Collie named Fame? If not, well what you are about to read is definitely an awesome and wonderful story.

Fame is arguably one of the greatest dog-athlete you will ever see!  This is mainly because this wonder-dog recently smashed the 2018 Masters Agility Championship course in merely eight and a half seconds!

Yep, you read it right. In just a matter of eight and a half seconds, this wonder dog left her other competitors in the dust during the Westminster Kennel Club 2018 Masters Agility Championship.  This seven-year-old border collie is the latest winner of this world-renowned competition, which was held at the Madison Garden.

 

Border Collies Are No Strangers When It Comes to Agility

Out of the 330 dogs who competed at the 2018 Masters Agility Championship, Fame beat all of the agility competitors. In the four years of the competition has existed, border collies have won four out of the five. In 2017, another border collie named Trick, grabbed the title.

Generally, their agility, speed and stamina have allowed border collies to dominate in dog activities such as flyball and disc dog competitions. With proper training, border collies also excel in dog dancing competitions.

Apart from  their agility, border collies have a highly developed sense of smell. Because of this, they can also make excellent tracking dogs for tracking trials. Tracking trials simulates finding a lost person in a controlled situation. This is where a dog’s performance is evaluated, and border collies are also know to excel in this particular category.

Watch Fame win the 2018  Master’s Agility Championship below.

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The Talented Mr. Biscuit

The Talented Mr. Biscuit

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Meet Mr Biscuit, the adorable pup that knows over 300 tricks & 900 words. This amazing Border Collie learns 3 to 4 new words everyday without any actual training sessions! Mr. Biscuit has been featured on MSN, Daily Mail, Yahoo News, Aol.com and many other media outlets!

So how does he learn so much so fast? It’s easy.  He doesn’t have to be trained, so to speak! It’s all about training the handler, not the dog. So throw your clickers & treats away and learn how to communicate with your dog and you’ll never have to train a dog again! Dogs love to interact and play with their owners more than anything in the world, this not only creates a great bond between the dog and their owner, but also helps the dog and their owners learn each other’s patterns of expected behaviors. 

 See more of Mr. Biscuit on his Facebook page.

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