The Border Collie Chronicles

Observations from (arguably) the World's Smartest Dogs;
(but, without question, the bestest friends!)
or, Life As We Understand It, as told from dad's shop.

Posted October 24, 2013

Enthusiasm 01

Enthusiasm 02
Yeah ... What??

Enthusiasm 03
Hmmmm ...

Enthusiasm 04
Hey ... What do we have?

Enthusiasm 05
Yeah, I'm READY!  SuperStar Athlete!!

Enthusiasm 06
We're Congregating!

Enthusiasm 07
... And we're OFF!!!!!

Enthusiasm 08
Resting after a job well done!

Enthusiasm 09
Foghorn Leghorn

Enthusiasm 10
Henery Hawk, aka Chicken Hawk

Enthusiasm 11



By Gall


Those of you that have been reading this little ol’ ongoing BC series realize that all of us have had our “trying times” – but lately, things seem to be turning around for dad – and I, among many, am just plumb tickled pink!!  I’ve heard him tell several folks lately “Heck, I don’t know why I didn’t do this 15 or 20 years ago!”  (Though, one of dad’s wiser friends stated that he wasn’t worth (knowledge wise) what he is now, 15 or 20 years ago!!  This is too true!!)  While, I am excited and happy for him, I’m not sure why he is as excited about it as he is … I mean, he leaves for work later, and comes back home way earlier – I mean, since he doesn’t stay nearly as long at work as he used to, it can’t be that much fun, can it??!  But he keeps saying that it is, so I gotta believe him.  Hey, whatever works for him, I guess!


Following is an article that I started last winter, but never finished – I was looking through my notes and re-read it and decided to update it a bit and put it out there for yalls consideration (I think it has some good basis for thought) … now, remember that this is the thought processes that were floating around back when dad was “otherwise” employed and was dealing with “stuff” (which he tells me now, these concerns are no longer a problem, but he feels for, and will continue to fight for, those that do have them, and he is still making concerted steps to insure that his peeps won’t have these feelings!)


Anyway. Back last winter, sitting in the shop, dad got unusually excited about some unrelated deal and made his “get the goats” noise (why he couldn’t make an unrelated excitement noise, I have no idea) – and all of us pups immediately perked up, but, unfortunately, we were closed up in our shop and the stinky ol’ goats were out in “their” pasture.  Well, needless to say, we anyway got very excited, and it seemed that our enthusiasm only added to dads!  As his excitement grew, ours grew, which in turn increased his even more!  Then, he started “whooping” – which worked us all up into a frenzy, which, you guessed it - increased his!  It was then that I realized that we just wanted to please dad, and he just wanted to please us – the more we gave, the more he gave, and vice-versa!!  Talk about a symbiotic relationship[i]!  We’re really supporting each other!!!!  We all knew that the other couldn’t complete what it was that they’re wanting to do, but we are all excited about the prospect of completing the tasks and our excitement is contagious!!  How cool is that?!


Now this may seem simple in thought – but think about your life … are you giving as much as you are (or would like to be) receiving?  How about your job … ?  What can you do to increase that “symbiotic relationship” with your boss?  Can you go the “extra mile” – or is your boss simply past his/her expiration?


Well, the story continues … Dad then got even more excited (I think it was me doing backflips that got him worked up (BUBBA HERE – she was simply jumping up and down (I was too, but I only have a two inch vertical leap, one leg at a time) compared to her 42”) and he started clapping (that always gets us really worked up since he only does that when he wants our FULL attention) – well, of course, our excitement grew exponentially, as did our responsiveness!  He whooped some more, we barked and jumped – wow!!!!  If someone would have only opened the door!!


That’s when I paralleled this to stuff that dad has been preaching about for some time – recognition is GOOD!  We all realize that inputs can be strained and limited at times (and in certain circumstances) – see Castration, by Annie last April if you need a reference – and when there ain’t any money, guess what … ummmm, there ain’t any money!  But when his old job did have money, dad used to joke that he would spend the amount that he would receive on beer to just write one article!!  So maybe, It Ain’t About The Money (or The Stuff) (by Me a year ago August)!!  But why isn’t there a better recognition system where dad used to work?  No one knows what anyone else gets as a performance rating – so that’s a secret.  All of the cash awards were secret … Even the special authorities are secret!!  What kind of award system is so full of secrets?  Doesn’t sound like any kind of award that I would like to receive!!  The Association has awards – but, I wonder, are those awards based on the personal productivity/effectiveness of the nominee or are they like, what seems like everything else these days, and simply political? 


Seems to me that rewards should really be tied to some sort of tangible item, instead of playing some kind of gamification scheme on the employees (go ahead and re-read the articles … this really HAS BEEN a recurring theme!) or, in the times of budget shortfalls, at a minimum, some sort of public recognition.


Prioritize employee recognition and you can ensure a positive, productive, innovative organizational climate.  Provide employee recognition to say thank you and to encourage more of the actions and thinking that you believe will make your organization successful.  People who feel appreciated are more positive about themselves and their ability to contribute.  People with positive self-esteem are potentially your best employees.  These beliefs about employee recognition are common among employers even if not commonly carried out.  Why then is employee recognition so closely guarded in many organizations?[ii]


Just remember … A real boss recognizes talent before it walks out the door and tries to take proactive steps to retain it.




Some thoughts from some other folks to ponder on …


“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.”
Arthur Conan Doyle,
The Valley of Fear


“To treat everyone equally is offensive, because it fails to recognize anyone as an individual.
Jarod Kintz,
This Book Has No Title


“You have to give yourself credit, not too much because that would be bragging.”
Frank McCourt,
Teacher Man


“One thing about a skunk - once you recognize the markings, you know things are gonna stink.”
Richelle E. Goodrich


"Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.“

Abraham Lincoln


"There are two things people want more than sex and money -- recognition and praise."
Mary Kay Ash


”Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.”
Theodore Roosevelt



PS – I would like to admit a mistake of mine that I have been making for the past several years – I have generally referred to Senor Bubba as “Mr. Chicken Hawk” from the old Foghorn Leghorn cartoons that dad lets us watch on the cooler Saturday mornings.  You see, I always thought of ol’ Chicken Hawk as an individual that (although small and generally adorable) was constantly running around and fouling up the process for everyone else since he didn’t really understand the processes that were going on around him.  However, recently, Patches showed me the definition of a Chicken Hawk that she found on the internet[iii] … needless to say, this has me concerned … I don’t know how I will ever be able to tell dad!!??



[i] A symbiotic is a relationship in which everyone involved is completely dependent on the other one for survival. The organisms involved in a symbiotic relationship are most often two different species.  GALL HERE – Well, this may be an exaggeration – neither dad, nor the bupps, are TOTALLY dependent on the other, but it makes us all sad as hell to imagine the day that we’re not all together.  But life will go on!!

[iii] Chicken Hawk:  A Gay term for an older man that constantly chases after younger men typically in their 20's.  The heterosexual female equivalent is the Cougar.  As used in a sentence, “Edward is such a Chicken Hawk.  He was hanging out at the coffee shop again trying to pick up skateboarders half his age!”  From Urban Dictionary:





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