Within a day, my husband decided that we were getting another Border Collie because the house was far too quiet. He also suggested that since Chile was older, we ought to get two because we didn't want to go down to one dog. Chile died in November 2012 so we had him for much longer than expected.
|Tess and Hardy in mischevious mode as puppies|
What I hadn't realised doing a pair of puppies is like doing twin voluntarily. If one dog doesn't think up the mischief, the other one will. This is why they got into the store cupboard and became flour monsters. They also discovered the raisins my eldest had been snacking on, earning Hardy a trip to the vet when he was very small as raisins are poisonous to dogs.
The other day, my husband forgot and left some cheese out. (You'd think after all this time...) Cue no cheese and two happy collies. Possibly one happy cat but Heathcliff had the sense to be scarce.
Hardy decided quite early on that the place for him was under my desk. Now the collies take in turns to sleep there when I am working. So I have Heathcliff watching from the desk and a dog sleeping at my feet.
|Tess in playful mode|
They are good listeners when I want to hold forth on a plot problem though.
Because Tess likes to sleep by the Aga, I have been known to sit on her bed and do my initial note board. She will normally curl up next to me.
One game my daughter invented was Advanced collie spotting. She was away at university and missing her dogs and she noticed if you look, you will often see collies in the oddest of situations. My husband's spot of a collie seeming to drive a motor scooter in Sicily currently holds the top position but you do see collies in ads and other unlikely places.
The great thing about collies is that they are dogs with personality and a whole lot of heart. And once you take a Border collie into your home, you will never be the same again.