Whenever life gets you down, just watch this video of a super cute border collie puppy playing ‘peak-a-boo’ in the grass! 😀
The bush fires that has engulfed Australia has been a devastating and terrible thing to see from afar with so many lives (both humans and animals) lost to the fire. Out of this tragedy, however, comes tales of heroism and bravery, such as this one featuring Patsy the Wonderdog who has heroically kept on doing her job and tending to the over 1000 sheep that she’s responsible for.
Patsy the border collie rounded up the sheep and brought them to a safe paddock on her owner’s farm in Corryong, Victoria. Meanwhile, her owner also heroically tried to put out the fire bearing down on their property with a tractor equipped with a tank of water. So far, they’ve managed to save most all of the sheep from the fire.
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Many people have asked for the original video of Patsy to be put up, so here it is....when I stood in this burnt black paddock after the fire ripped through our family farm in Corryong, all I wanted to do was show our friends and family that we were ok, that we were still here, and that even in all the devastation we still had so much to be grateful for. So many others have lost quite literally everything they have. I never dreamed that these 20 seconds of Patsy in a paddock would spread across the world, and that me posting pictures of a little black and white dog would become my way to help my hometown recover from the worst fires in living memory. It’s funny how life works sometimes... These fires are not over. Not even close to being over. They will burn for weeks, months even, and communities all over Australia are going to be hit just like Corryong has been. Our fire season here isn’t even half way through, and it seems like nowhere is safe. It’s easy to feel helpless. But, it’s also easy to help. Make a donation to bushfire relief, no matter how small it is, trust me it will be appreciated. Every little bit helps!
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:
- Alaskan Malamutes
- Great Danes
- Welsh Corgis
- Shih Tzus
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!
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.