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Collies

When someone says, “Lassie,” we all think of the same dog. Collies are beautiful herding dogs, but they come in more colors than the tricolor we associate with Lassie. They also come in sable and white, blue merle and white varieties (predominantly white, preferably with markings).

The Collie is known for his elongated muzzle and coloration. This breed is very intelligent and keen on working since they have been bred to do the work of herding. They tend to be great with children of all ages, providing the dog is well trained and properly socialized. The breed is known for its gentleness and has an obedient nature – making it one of the easiest breeds in the world to train. 

Collies require a gentle hand to avoid shyness and generally have a very strong desire to please their owners. This breed has a very even and well-mannered temperament and therefore does well in homes with other animals and children. Since they were originally bred for herding, the dogs have the tendency to nip at ankles as a pup, however most grow out of this stage. Willing to learn and very loyal, the Collie will surely provide you with a lot of love and become a faithful companion.

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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Better Life, Friends For Life, Loyalty

 

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Call Me Beautiful

When it’s time for our sweet Collie-mix, Simon, to go outside to ‘use the facilities’, if there happens to be a single drop of precipitation in the air, this is what happens: he runs to the door in excited anticipation; he stops dead in his tracks as he smells the rain or snow; he slowly backs away from the door, sits, drops his ears, and begins to blink rapidly. His tail wags a little bit, and the message is clear. In his silent way, he is screaming the question – “You want me to get WET?!?!?”

Now imagine bath time. I don’t think I could physically wrestle him into the tub and have us both come away unscathed. Thanks to Dogma Pet Supply & Dog Wash, I don’t even have to make the attempt. They have some lovely people, including Sara and Angel, who are professionals of the highest standard. They will not only get my pup clean in the hard to reach places, and coax his thick fur into glossy beauty, but they will do it in a way that makes him feel adored and pampered. It’s a spa day for Simon, instead of mutual torture for the two of us if I tried groom him myself. I let the fabulous groomers at Dogma do all the work, and then happily receive the compliments I get at the dog park about my beautiful animal. If you like the idea of a grooming experience that is virtually pain-free for all concerned, then call for an appointment at Dogma, and take advantage of their spectacular full-grooming service.

 

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Faithful

Elizabeth Taylor, two time Academy Award Winner and undeniably one of the consummate queens of the silver screen died this week at the age of 79.  She is known for her vivid portrayals of loved and not so loved characters both as a child and as an adult, her stunning beauty, with eyes so blue they were said to be violet, and her eight marriages.  She was also a tremendous lover of dogs, almost any kind, owning Spaniels and Dachshunds, and a Collie that she was given on her sixtieth birthday, commemorating her starring role in the first movie named for the most famous Collie, Lassie Come Home.  While still acting, the dogs in whose company she was most often found were her brood of Pekingese, always two, sometimes more.  She rarely went anywhere without them.  Once, when she and then husband Richard Burton, went to England to make a film she was alarmed to find that her Pekingese would have to spend six months in quarantine before they would be allowed to romp on English soil.  Taylor and Burton, without blinking, bought a yacht and moored it on the Thames where they lived happily with their dogs during the filming without the dogs ever having to set foot on the English shore. In the last years of Elizabeth Taylor’s life she became attached to her white Maltese, of which she had several.  The small dogs were never far from her, always sitting in her lap, or settling next to her in bed as she was ill.  Taylor is quoted as saying that her best leading men were either dogs or horses.

 

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