The Border Collie Chronicles
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 4, 2012


Why Can’t We All Just Get Along …

By Bubba

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Gall and Annie have never gee-hawed too much (but, occasionally, they forget that they don’t like each other and actually co-exist pretty well).  Patches has only ever really liked Gall and Roo (and she adores both!)  Roo – well, she’s my Momma Roo … but, she loves us all pretty equally and shows us regularly – but, she’s not really our friend, she’s our Mom!  And yes, even though I’m not a parent … I understand the difference!  Annie, she is so hot and cold … she tries sooooo hard, but her passive-aggressive behavior toward the other pups (especially Gall) hasn’t won her any friends – except Momma Roo and me.  Now, I am pretty oblivious to all of the politics and other petty nonsense, and try like heck to get along with everyone … I mean, really … Life Is Good!!  Plenty of food, plenty of water (drinking and swimming – that is), lots of territory to ‘splore, good folks live here and nice people visit.  What’s to be grumpy about?!   


But, almost always, in every crowd, there is someone who thrives on drama[i] … and that can feed everyone else’s needs and desires for drama.  Some of us think that we’re above that … and strive to avoid the drama, but … sometimes it’s like driving past a bad wreck, you hope everything is ok, you don’t really want to see any hurt people, but you do slow down and look --- that means that you are contributing to the drama[ii].  Many times, you don’t want to contribute, sometimes you’re drawn in … what to do?[iii] 


Annie has now become a semi-loner.  She still really likes me and Rooney, but we’re generally socializing with the others – so, she has started just hanging out in “her spot” in the shop (even when dad isn’t in there! or she’s hanging out in “her room” in the doggie condo (even if it’s 107 degrees))!  Dad is constantly calling her out to “play” and be with “the family” – but she just appears to be content to stay by herself (unless she gets dad by herself).  However, I’ve noticed here lately (with the cooler weather) that she’s been a lot more sociable and appears ready to play.  Also, dad’s taking a little more time in the evenings to play with us (he says that he is just caught up on his chores, but I am thinking that he is just being lazy) and that has really helped get everyone pumped up!


Why Can't We All Get Along 02I am always pestering Gall (but I think that she is REALLY enjoying the playful and active company).  So, this leaves Patches just hanging out in whatever shade is closest to “the action”.  If Annie or me gets too close to her comfort zone (say a 50’ radius) – she starts her menacing growl (and it IS menacing!!).  Some kind of bug flew up her butt the other day – she was laying by the main water and anytime that ANYONE, except Roo (and that includes her bestest bud, Gall), came close to the water – she let out a ferocious growl[iv].  What was up with that??!!  Drama, we don’t need it!  Patches is usually pretty good about providing a wide drama free zone – as dad says, “She’s the Happy Dog!!”  I’m thinking that she was just having a bad day, since when she started all that garbage, I just got dad’s Zune (remember, he doesn’t do i stuff), and mom-D’s new ear buds and just jammed out to some Buffet (remember what Betty Confidential said in endnote iii – yeah, some of them will take you pretty deep!!).  Patch seemed back to normal when my batteries wore out – didn’t run out of Buffet though … dad has a COLLECTION! (though, I think that she and dad “had a little visit”).Why Can't We All Get Along 03


Roo remains calm and cool with everyone!  By far, she is Ms. Equal Opportunity.  She’ll give everyone the opportunity to understand the situation HER way before she starts ‘splaining it to you (kinda like David … maybe that’s why they get along so well??!)  No, really she is a fairly patient pup … except when it comes to feeding time or something that she is chasing!  When we go out to the rabbit patch (where the rabbits, by the way, have been decimated!  None here!  100% success … I understand that Ronnie does have a rabbit problem now though?!) and chase lizards (they don’t mess with the trees though)  – everyone wants to be with momma Roo!  She’s still teaching us.  Gall gets a little upset, but has finally started doing a little teaching herself.  Both her and momma Roo are catching tasties and turning them over to us to taste too!  Pretty cool, huh?!  But, one of the best views is Annie and Roo playing.  I almost always jump in!  It’s also cool and fun!


Gall and Patches don’t play much anymore … either me or Annie sees them playing and one, or both, of us try to jump in … and the playing stops.  Gall is still very active.  Like I said, me and she are big buddies and we do play quite a bit.  Momma Roo and Gall also get into tussles when no one else is around (Gall says that the black belts don’t like the green belts watching their practices).  Pretty much the best way to get along with Killer is just like in the old westerns and Willie Nelson songs[v].  She really is a sweet, loving gal … you just have to accept her for who she is, and she’ll probably accept you (or maybe she'll take your jugular out!).


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Nah .. you know that we all love each other!  Just like you humans – we get moody.  Dogs cycle a little longer than people, so it appears that we’re more civil and typically get along better – that’s why ya’ll think we’re happy all the time!  Plus, since some cool (and WET) weather has moved into the place, it’s got all of us a little worked up, and much more frisky!  We know that dad hates winter, but we ALL love autumn!!  Dad always says that this time of year always reminds him of the (in)famous poem “One Night In October” (… we never get tired of hearing that one!!  It’s a good ‘un!)  Plus dad is heading out soon to see the Preacher Man – so that’s a good thing too!  You know, when it comes right down to it … all we’ve got, and all we need – is friends and family!  And that’s what it’s all really about, isn’t it?!!  Yeah, we all gotta get along!  We need to!  If it makes you feel better … go ahead and figure out who it is that is at fault – then YOU go ahead and CHANGE!!  Bite the bullet!  Fall on the sword!  Whatever it takes, don’t lose your friends and family … Yeah, it is THAT important!!


Here’s wishing the best to all of you!!







“Well, I'm glad I ain't scared to be lazy.” - Gus McCrae to Woodrow Call in “Lonesome Dove



"A really companionable and indispensable dog is an accident of nature. You can't get it by breeding for it, and you can't buy it with money. It just happens along." - E.B. White



“May those that love us, love us.
And to those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if he doesn’t turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping.”





[i] For a small percentage of people, an overdeveloped tendency toward drama is symptomatic of a deeper personality disorder. People with histrionic (or hysterical) personality disorder exhibit excessive, almost childlike emotionality and conspicuous attention seeking.


[ii] Highway wrecks.  Slasher movies.  Celebrity scandals. You don't want to look, but you somehow can't seem to turn away. What is it about human nature that makes us want to feast our eyes on the strange, upsetting, or downright macabre?


[iii] Advice from Betty Confidential “Just as in high school, staying out of the drama can be a challenge, but if you’re committed to living a happier, healthier life, it’s necessary. If all else fails, slap on the headphones and pump the George Michael until the storm has passed. It worked then; maybe it’ll work now.


[iv] … in some cases a tendency to guard people, places, or things becomes detrimental to the canine-human relationship. Some dogs can become aggressive towards their own family in an effort to guard things they consider their possessions. This can include food, toys, people, and territory.


[v] “Don't cross him, don't boss him.  He's wild in his sorrow.  He's ridin' an' hidin' his pain.  Don't fight him, don't spite him.  Just wait till tomorrow.  Maybe he'll ride on again” … lyrics to “Red Headed Stranger” Don't cross him, don't boss him.  He's wild in his sorrow.  He's ridin' an' hidin' his pain.  Don't fight him, don't spite him.  Just wait till tomorrow.  Maybe he'll ride on again” … lyrics to “Red Headed Stranger  Don't cross him, don't boss him.  He's wild in his sorrow.  He's ridin' an' hidin' his pain.  Don't fight him, don't spite him.  Just wait till tomorrow.  Maybe he'll ride on again” … lyrics to “Red Headed Stranger 





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