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 April 7, 2016



Good News … and Bad!

Stolen (almost verbatim) from


Well, as we are sure that all of you are well aware (and have already planned all of the necessary celebrations), April 7th is National Beer Day!!!!  We were FORCED to post this article a little early since dad is in Cow Town - without doubt, enjoying too many frosties with JC … while at a seminar??!!  (Do George and Sammy know that they sent these boys out – together – on NATIONAL BEER DAY????!!!!).  However, we would like to educate our esteemed readers on the finer points regarding PIVO[i]!!!


When an advertising agency, S. H. Benson, conducted market research during the 1920s to find out what people liked about a well-known stout and people responded that they felt good when they drank the stout, the slogan "Guinness is Good for You" was born.  It is still used in some countries (notably in Africa) that do not regulate advertising claims as zealously as the U.K. and North America.


We could consider this stout a proxy for beer — what's good in stout is good in other beers, and what's not so good isn't.  That said, not all beers are alike.  Some contain more calories, some more carbohydrates, etc.


Meanwhile, the medical profession faces its own dilemma: Is it ethical to advocate drinking alcoholic drinks; Or is it ethical not to when the benefits are well established?


With that in mind, we've tried to stick with the facts.


Beer contains no fat.
Beer contains alcohol, and there are about 7 calories per gram of alcohol, compared to 4 calories for carbohydrates or protein.  Fat has about 9 calories per gram.
Beer is low in sugar.
Alcohol can cause blood sugar levels to drop more rapidly.  That can stimulate your appetite, and disrupt your ability to tell when you've had enough to eat.  This can also create fatigue and your energy level will suffer. is a source of soluble fiber which is derived from the cell walls of malted barley.  A liter of beer contains an average of 20% of the recommended daily intake of fiber and some beers can provide up to 60%.  As well as aiding healthy bowel function, this has a further benefit by slowing down the digestion and absorption of food and reducing cholesterol levels, which may help to reduce the risk of heart disease.  Beer itself has no cholesterol. alcohol interferes with the body's absorption of vitamins and minerals, it can lessen the body's ability to burn stored fat.  Calories from alcohol may go right to your stomach.  Also, alcohol is detoxified by the liver.  In the process of metabolizing excess quantities of alcohol, the liver swells and may itself become filled with fat.  All these factors contribute to what is known as a "beer belly." 12-ounce serving of "regular" (150 calories) beer per night adds more than 1,000 calories a week to a diet, and that works out to an extra 15 pounds per year.  One light beer per night adds 10 pounds. 5-foot-9, 160-pound, 30-year-old man must walk only about 40 minutes at 3 miles per hour (moderate pace) to burn 150 calories. levels of consumption of beer have been shown to reduce stress and the chances of heart disease. can impair your judgment, causing you to drink more than you should.  To top it off, many people eat high-calorie, high-sodium snacks when they drink. contains significant amounts of magnesium, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, biotin, and is chock full of B vitamins. destroys Vitamin C and Vitamin B complex.  Drinking beer that has not filtered out the Vitamin B (such as English "real ale," many microbrewed beers and homebrew) will help combat the effects of alcohol — most notably a hangover.

Hey … it’s up for to you to decide for yourself … Good or Bad???  And just HOW MUCH is moderate??!!  And does that 40 minutes of walking at 3 mph include time (and distance) spent walking to the cooler/beer machine?  Cause it seems that dad walks faster and across more of the shop as the night progresses!  We think that he’s working on getting his mileage in!!!




Of COURSE, we have quotes, please … partake and enjoy!:


Drunk words are sober thoughts.




You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.

Jimmy Dean



Is 24 hours in a day and 24 beers in a case a coincidence?  I think not.




I snuck a bunch of booze into work today, using my stomach.




I remember the times that I had.

Some were happy, some were sad.

Memories, me and my partners in crime.

Throwing up a thousand times.

We’re not gonna tell you who – but we’ve heard dad tell him to wake up and have another beer!



An Old Irish Blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,

The foresight to know where you are going,

And the insight to know when you have gone too far.


Always remember to forget,

The troubles that passed away.

But never forget to remember,

The blessings that come each day.





AMEN, our friends!!!





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 Thanks to for the cartoons!


[i] For a full explanation, please refer to – we don’t have the space in this article to explain it to you!


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