A Dynamic Duo! Candi & Fish

A Dynamic Duo! Candi & Fish

Here are two, true Border Collie friends, Candi & Fish!  Find out more about this dynamic-duo in their Intros & Hellos profile below!  Pictures and text courtesy of Carri Sellung.

 

Candi is our a 12.5 yr old Border Collie who still looks young.  We got her at 7 weeks old from a farmer for our 5 yr old son.  We live in Northern Wisconsin and she ran like lightening thru our field.  She LOVES to play ball, frisbee, stuffed toy hedgehogs, loves to swim, loves to herd the kids, loves to chase squirrels and chipmunks.  She is just a sweetie and we enjoy having her!!!!

We adopted Fish a 3 yr old on 7/11/19.  He was named Fish cuz when his owner was going to go fishing – his wife said don’t come home without fish – he brought home Fish!

Unfortunately, his previous owner surrendered him three months ago due to having cancer and not having much longer to live.  It took a couple days for him to get along with Candi but they are buddies now.  He doesn’t know how to play – we throw a ball and he cowers or chases Candi to stop her from getting it.  He’s very well behaved and a big ol’ teddy bear.  He was an outdoor kenneled dog but now he’s an indoor dog.  He’s very timid and skiddish with other dogs and people.  Nonetheless, he’s a wonderful addition to our family.

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20 Popular Names for Border Collies

20 Popular Names for Border Collies

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Have you adopted a new border collie? If so, naming your new addition is a job that can feel difficult and confusing at times.  You want something short and sweet, but at the same time, it should reflect the personality of your new, fur-baby.

We’ve tried to make the task easier by listing some of the best and most popular names for your new pet. Here are the 20 most popular names for a border collie!  Below are our suggested male and female names for your new one.

 

Naming your Border Collie

Naming your border collie should be fun. You should want something ‘sweet’ and at the same time it should be short with one or two syllables. In no particular order, here are the best names for both male and female border collies.

 

Popular Male Names for Border Collie

1. Ben – short and sweet, the name is a popular one and means something relating to mountains. Nothing better than giving a ‘pastoral’ sort of name to your pooch.

2. Rye – an easy to pronounce name, which means “Island meadows.”

3. Luke – sounds bit masculine and suits a sturdy build border collie. It means ‘light giving’, and will surely bring some light in your life.

4. Bob – nothing beats the traditional names; they have their own charm. Bob means bright and shining – a good choice for your companion.

5. Alfie – this sweet little name reflects your affection for your furry friend. It’s a popular name meaning “sane” or “wise”.

6. Chester – a bit of a ‘Hollywood’ kind-of name that would surely suit your new buddy. The name means a “fortress” or “walled town”.

7. Keith – good name, especially if you want a different name. The name means wood or wind.

8. Lex – its another short and sweet name that means “defender” in Greek.

9. Cody – this name can sound a little funny, but is a good choice if you have a pet with a pleasant demeanour. It means “wealthy”.

10. Bailey – Its an old name with a musical rhythm. The easy to pronounce name means “city fortification”.

 

Popular Female Names for Border Collie

Now, let’s look at some of the best female names of your border collie, again in no particular order.

1. Meg – this name may sounds too common, but the name has a delightful association with it. The Greek origin means “Pearl”.

2. Jess – Sounds very sweet and means “rich”. A good name for a homely girl.

3. Ana – the name has a royal grace and is never out of fashion. It means “Gracious”.

4. Molly – sounds musical and friendly and is a good choice for your little girl meaning “bitter”.

5. Nell – sounds friendly and strong. The name is easy to pronounce and means “bright”.

6. Ash – jere is a stylish name for your little friend. It’s a tree name, but has a fashionable ring to it.

7. Rose – it’s a ‘never-out-of-fashion’ sort of name and has a very pleasant feminine association with beauty.

8. Daisy – this one is another cool name that gives a fresh feel. It’s a flower name that means “day’s eye”.

9. Sioux – for those that like to have more unique names, this one sounds mysterious and means “little snake”.

10. Misty – this one is a common, short, and sweet name for your female border collie. The name has a poetic ring and means “water”.

Hopefully, this list of popular border collie names have given you some good suggestions to help you find the perfect name for your new buddy!  Now, it’s your turn to share!  Please share your thoughts in the comments section below and tell us what you think is a good name for a border collie! 

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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!

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