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 June 15, 2015


Mountains and the Ocean …

By Gall


I’ve heard the saying, “He can’t see the forest for the trees.” and I reckon that means that someone is so focused on some sort of detail (and those details don't HAVE to be related - could be "How can I finagle a better job for my spouse, that might look less like nepotism?") that he can’t see the big picture.  I can see how that might happen to a more worse than bad manager … this certainly doesn't apply to Momma Roo though!  You see, recently, I was watching her, watch a hole, that a blue lizard had run into just a couple of hours earlier, when I saw her look around slowly and motion for me to keep still – you see, she saw an ol’ jack easing up toward the fence … she didn’t order the attack immediately, even though she saw it … she let that sucker get just a little further into the place before discharging her best athlete and rabbit getter (that'd be me) on it!  Yeah, she IS a good manager!!  Not much is gonna slip past her!


I understand that some of the lesser managers might be caught with their pants down and be surprised when their star folks have a significant announcement that impacts the team … really though, there shouldn’t be any reason to be surprised though - is there?  I mean … they’re your stars … were they receiving the Aaron Rodgers treatment??  If they would’ve, I bet that the good ones would’ve stuck it out … Really!  Or, at a minimum, they would’ve shared with you the concerns that they were facing and PROBABLY would’ve offered you some suggestions for fixing (or at least mitigating!) those concerns!!  But as a blind manager, if you just take from, and crap on, ol’ Aaron - with no respect at all for him as a person (or the team as a whole) … you can just imagine where you’ll wind up – and then to say that you never saw it coming!  That’s sad!!


I believe that I am a pretty valuable part of the little ol’ BC Crew on this place … heck, after all, I am called “killer” for a reason!  Well, if you haven’t noticed, there haven’t been too many rabbit articles in the last couple of years … WONDER WHY?!  Well, I’ll ‘splain it to you right now … listen closely, I’m only gonna say it once … we have been in a drought!  And there just aren’t many rabbits around anymore … even down at our favorite neighbor to the south’s place!  Yeah, pickins sure have gotten slim!  I, as the star BC on this place, have options … I thought them over … really, I did!  But, since I am treated REALLY WELL around here (I’ll even bet that Aaron is a little jealous), and, by nature, I have a real tendency to ride for the brand[i] – I mean, I do have nearly 38 years on this place (that’d be in dog years, or dad beers (on a good weekend!)!)!!  Anyway, I didn’t even have to really discuss my concerns with my immediate supervisor; however, she actually came to me!  She was observant and noted my concern and restlessness.  She couldn’t really offer me anything in addition to what I was already receiving with respect to compensation (and I fully respect the position that she was in), but I really appreciated that she did not insult my intelligence by offering me stuff that there was no way in heck that she could ever deliver (and if she could have, she already should have!!)!  Rather, she did AGAIN express her support and praise for my performance (as she ALWAYS has) and committed to pass my concerns on up the chain.


Well, dad called me over during one of our slow, down times … I was hesitant – didn’t want one of “those” talks … but it all turned out real good!  Dad explained, “We know that the pickins aren’t all that great right now … but we are still keeping you on the ‘spensive food (EDITORS NOTE:  Actually all of us are … even the porch holder downer!), your ‘pay and benefits’ haven’t been decreased, and you’ll continue to get a real raise again this year.  We’re happy and more than willing to do this because we know, that at some point, those ol’ rabbits are gonna come springing out from all of the corners, and, further, we KNOW that we will need someone of your caliber to help keep everything in check while training on the less experienced and picking up the slack on the differently abled members of our team.”


DANG!!  I REALLY appreciated that!!  You know, it doesn’t take all that much to keep me around this ol’ place anyway!  I know that I am trusted, respected, and appreciated … that, right there, goes a long way!!  You can keep the raise[ii], just a sincere communication like this every so often means so much more than money!  REALLY – it does!!!


Yeah, I reckon that some folks just can’t see the mountains for the ocean …


That, REALLY IS, sad!


Keep on, keeping on - my friends!!!!


Gallsophine The Great!






Some Additional Thoughts To Leave You With …


Your best shot at happiness, self-worth and personal satisfaction - the things that constitute real success - is not in earning as much as you can but in performing as well as you can something that you consider worthwhile.

William Raspberry


There needs to be bolder thinking, ... on how to measure the quality of life of men and women in the work force.  Currently, success is measured by material advancements.  We need to readjust the definition of success to account for time outside of work and satisfaction of life, not just the dollars-and-cents bottom line.

Betty Friedan


The real satisfaction which praise can afford, is when what is repeated aloud agrees with the whispers of conscience, by showing us that we have not endeavored to deserve well in vain.



See, that's all you're thinking about, is winning.  You're confirming your sense of self-worth through outward reward instead of through inner appreciation.

Barbara Hall


Appreciation can make a day, even change a life.  Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.

Margaret Cousins


I know, indeed, of nothing more subtly satisfying and cheering than a knowledge of the real good will and appreciation of others.  Such happiness does not come with money, nor does it flow from fine physical state. It cannot be brought.  But it is the keenest joy, after all; and the toiler's truest and best reward.

William Dean Howells


Money is not a good motivator for me ... It is an excellent equalizer, though.

Dad (he thinks that this is original thought, placed in words ... sorry if we ripped anyone off!)






[i] “Riding for the Brand” was the code of the Wild West.  According to famed Western writer Louis L’Amour, the expression meant “loyalty to a man’s employer or the particular outfit he rode for.”  Today, most people think of a brand as a recognizable symbol burned onto the backsides of cattle.  But in the Wild West, the actual expression of the brand was much more than just a mark to determine ownership of livestock.  It was a symbol for those who lived and worked on the ranch—a visual representation of the values and principles they believed in.  For further reference and insight, please refer back to THIS previous article.


[ii] It really ain’t ever been about the money with us!  For further reference and insight, please refer back to THIS previous article.





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