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 August 22, 2013


The Grass Ain’t Always Greener …

(Can I laminate that for you?)[i]
By Rooney


Yeah, we’ve all heard all the sayings about “Watching out for what you wish for”, and “Sometimes you don’t know just how good you have it until it’s gone” …


WOW!!!  Change can be (and often is) scary!  I remember back when dad and mom-D came and got me on that October evening a LONG TIME ago – I had grown accustomed, during my short six-week life, to my surroundings.  All my brothers and sisters were around (though none of them were as brave as I was!!) and my mom was there too!  Anyway, they took me away (forcibly, but I never let them see me sweat) from my comfort zone and thrust me into that “new place”.  The smells were different and there were other dogs there that I didn’t know (and they weren’t really all that friendly either!).  And then, of course, there were the new people – my old people didn’t mess with me too awfully much (they mostly just brought in groceries, which was pretty cool), and that was just fine with me!  Heck, it’s what I had grown accustomed to, and I thought that I HAD IT ALL!


I did my best to resist it!  I hid behind anything that was handy – at least that lady left the next day, so I only had that strange guy messing with me and he always had that silver can in his hand (plus, you do know that it is easier to hide from one person than it is to hide from two?).  And the big white dog mostly stayed outside and away from me (she didn’t really like me), while the other “fluffy” dog pretty much just ignored me and stayed in the back of the house (I think that she just plain thought that she was better than me and she wasn’t even really sure why I was even there!).  Well that guy kept pestering me … he seemed ok – sort of (and that silver can was always pretty cold) – and then I got to thinking (yeah, I started early) …


… you know, there’s always the flip side of that coin … “Don't knock it if you haven't tried it”[ii], I'm not gonna try it—you try it! … Let's get Mikey … he hates everything." [iii], and does anyone remember having to take “Three Courtesy Bites?”.  Anyway, I decided to give it that “ol’ college try” – I went ahead and crawled out from behind that potted plant and went to see why that guy kept trying to coax me over ... you know what? … all he wanted to do was rub my belly, pet on me, and just, in general, be nice and love on me!  That was cool!!  Well, of course, after a while, I relented – those belly rubs and butt scratches will eventually break down even the most solid of resolutions!  (kinda like Chinese Water Torture, I guess!).  You know what? – that guy turned out to be pretty cool and soon became my duddy!  But, then I had to go through that same process when that lady came back that Sunday – but, I decided that mom-D was really pretty cool too (mostly ; )  )!  And those other two dogs – HW became my mentor and we became pretty dang good buds!  Shooter always did to think that she was a little better than me, but I always DID have her back!


Everything turned out pretty well after all – looking back (you know that hindsight is 20 20[iv]) – I’m glad that I decided to go to the “other side” – all the doomsday stuff that I feared … well, heck, for me, it just plain didn’t exist!  “It is what it is[v]”, AND it is also - “It is, what you make of it![vi]  And now, looking back at my last 9 years – I’m glad that I made that change, and regret a little bit, that I didn't make it earlier!  It gave me the opportunity to go out hunting and kill something … but I don’t usually drag what I kill back home – I generally just eat it there![vii]



The grass ain't always greener on the other side, but it is green where you water it!



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I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance. – Unknown


Its not hard to move on, it’s just hard to leave behind what you are not supposed to bring along. – Unknown


You have to learn the rules of the game, and then you have to play better than anyone else. – Albert Einstein


Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. – Les Brown


Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. – Grandma Moses




This one doesn’t really fit this article … but I still thought that it was REALLY good:

“Don’t accept no from someone who can’t say yes.  Bureaucracies are built on the back of rigid rules and hierarchical structures, but even the most rigid systems need room for exceptions.  But empowering individuals at all levels to make those exceptions is the antithesis of what bureaucracy stands for, so these organizations only give the exception-making ability to those at the top.  But the hapless victims of the bureaucracy constantly want more exceptions than those at the top have time to handle, so the solution is simple: have the minions at the bottom just turn down any requests for exceptions to the rules as a matter of course.  It doesn’t matter that those minions couldn’t approve the exception if they wanted to, because the victim asking for the exception probably won’t push it.”







Publisher’s comment:  You know, the BC’s are pretty dang smart … when it turns dark – all of the pups come into the shop – make the most of your day!




[i] I just kinda threw that one in there for dad since he was really the inspiration for this article!  You do know that he recently “jumped the fence” and was pretty scared about it, but on his first day he was asking for a copy of the recommended pricing list and the young lady helping him offered to LAMINATE it for him!!  Wow!!  He wasn’t sure if he had the authority to authorize such an elaborate action for a new employee – talk about a shock and a change coming from a place where he had to supply his own pens!!


[ii] While this really can't be said of everything, it's still sage advice. Exploring new people, places, ideas and things that may otherwise seem undesirable generally tends to expand one's personal base of knowledge. As it is said, experience is the best teacher. So, try something different. Even if it's not to your liking, at least your verdict will be founded on what you actually know.


[iv] The phrase 'hindsight is 20-20' refers to retrospection. Someone usually wishes they had done something differently in the past. You may not always have 'the clearest vision' when you are making a decision, but given a little more time, your 'vision' seems to clear. That's why anything in hindsight (retrospection) is always seen more clearly (with 20-20 vision).


[v] This circumstance is simply a fact and must be accepted or dealt with as it exists.


[vi] The cliché that “life is what you make of it” is actually true. In a free and developed country, whatever job, friends, or relationships you have are all dependent on you. You have the power to change any of them, just by choosing to do so. And whether you become a wildly successful author, artist, inventor, entrepreneur, or marry a wonderful person, or have a fantastic set of friends, that is solely dependent on you.  Unfortunately, for most people, that’s not that great a piece of news.


[vii] If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, it's yours. If it's run over by a car, you don't want it. - ALF (TV Show from the mid-eighties – one of Dad’s favorites – heck if I know why!)




"Gonna go swimming as soon as this sucker fills up!  I can wait."




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