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 21, 2018

I wouldn’t have picked you!

By Taffy


Yeah … there we were in the Whataburger parking lot when this guy and girl came walking up to me smiling.  I was a little taken back at first – I mean, this wasn’t really what I was thinking about when I hopped in the car.  These people were kinda funny looking – homely, you might say.  But I guess that I was committed … have to follow through now!


… EDITOR’S INTERJECTION:  Hold on there Ms. Taff … you’re getting your story kinda messed up … when I first saw you – my first thought was … “What an ugly dog!”  Gangly and thin – not to mention uncoordinated – and more than just a little scared!  When we picked up Merritt – she just trotted (that is … hopped) right over to me, looked me in the eye and drug me on the leash out into the DQ yard and dropped a big ol’ deuce!


Yeah … ok … I was just working on my “power of positive thinking” deal there.  I guess dad – I mean the editor – is right … maybe I am a little a little aesthetically challenged, some might even say cosmetically different, but I don’t really think that I am as FUGLY as dad says!


I know that he loves me though, because he tells me so (every day) and shows me so (every day)!  But, I sure am glad that that ol’ first impression didn’t stick with him, and he gave this crippled dog, with unconventional looks, a chance!!


Speaking of first impressions – I understand that dad (and even mom-D) wasn’t really too keen on keeping Patches – the way I’ve heard the story is that they were down to 3 puppies from the first litter, Baby, Gall, ad Patches.  Dad had already proclaimed that they were only keeping ONE and that was Gall!  So, when these people came to take one of the puppies, mom-D told them that Gall was already spoken for, and even though she really liked Baby’s looks – she gave them the choice between homely Patch and cute Baby … they chose Baby and Mom-D chose Patches!


Again, with the second litter – dad again decreed “Only ONE!”, and he chose Bubba.  Mom-D liked Annie’s looks and declared that she was staying as well!


A lot of choices revolve around looks and other physical traits … Rooney was chosen because she was the only pup from two litters who stood her ground and didn’t run and cover from those two strangers that invaded her pen that night in October!  Gall for her perfect BC form and athleticism, and Bubba for his freakishly huge size (even as a puppy)!  I also understand that ol’ Hardway was also buppy whose looks caused her to be one that only a mother could love (but that she did have a good physique).


However, as we all know, it isn’t always about the looks folks!  Sometimes you have to give the ugly ones a chance too!  I sure am glad that I did, and it’s worked out pretty danged well!  (See there, I did that ‘positive thinking’ thing again and spun those tables back on that ol’ editor!)


EDITOR’S NOTE:  Yep, I’ll be the first to state that my first impression of Taff was – “Dang!  She’s ugly and gangly!”  Well, in my opinion (mom-D lies and says that she doesn’t think so) that assessment has not changed one iota!  However, now that I KNOW Miss Taffy, I know that she is the sweetest, most sensitive and compassionate BC on the place!  She may be FUGLY on the outside, but she is a BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS on the inside!  Love me some Taffy!!!


Yeah … I wouldn't have picked you, but I sure am glad that we got you!!!!

Some Favorite Quotes (and more)

Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.

Muhammad Ali


Yeah, I know I'm ugly... I said to a bartender, 'Make me a zombie.' He said 'God beat me to it.'

Rodney Dangerfield


I am ugly, but what I do have is charm.



Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, "Certainly, I can!" Then get busy and find out how to do it.

Theodore Roosevelt  



If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.

Gerald Good





Here’s a song, dad, that might just fit this story:


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