Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR COLLIE LOVERS!

Wishing you all a year filled lots of puppy kisses and laughter. It has been quite a year for our little family and I'd like to thank each and every one of you for your support over the last few months. Here is to a bigger and better 2016!


Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Life in Pictures

My phone is always full of pictures of Holly, but what am I supposed to do? She is just too cute! Does anyone else have this problem?


Friday, 25 December 2015

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all a safe and very Merry Christmas, Hanukkah or whatever it is you celebrate.


Thursday, 24 December 2015

12 Dogs of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Twelve Dachshunds Dashing
Eleven Pugs Playing
Ten Greyhounds a-Leaping
Nine Dalmatians Dancing
Eight Shepherds a-Sleeping
Seven Labs a-Swimming
Six Weims a-Laying
Five Golden Retrievers
Four Howling Beagles
Three French Bulldogs
Two Shelties
And a Collie under the Tree


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

12 Dogs of Christmas

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Eleven Pugs Playing
Ten Greyhounds a-Leaping
Nine Dalmatians Dancing
Eight Shepherds a-Sleeping
Seven Labs a-Swimming
Six Weims a-Laying
Five Golden Retrievers
Four Howling Beagles
Three French Bulldogs
Two Shelties
And a Collie under the Tree


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

12 Dogs of Christmas

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Ten Greyhounds a-Leaping
Nine Dalmatians Dancing
Eight Shepherds a-Sleeping
Seven Labs a-Swimming
Six Weims a-Laying
Five Golden Retrievers
Four Howling Beagles
Three French Bulldogs
Two Shelties
And a Collie under the Tree


Monday, 21 December 2015

12 Dogs of Christmas

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Nine Dalmatians Dancing
Eight Shepherds a-Sleeping
Seven Labs a-Swimming
Six Weims a-Laying
Five Golden Retrievers
Four Howling Beagles
Three French Bulldogs
Two Shelties
And a Collie under the Tree


Sunday, 20 December 2015

12 Dogs of Christmas

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Eight Shepherds a-Sleeping
Seven Labs a-Swimming
Six Weims a-Laying
Five Golden Retrievers
Four Howling Beagles
Three French Bulldogs
Two Shelties
And a Collie under the Tree


Saturday, 19 December 2015

12 Dogs of Christmas

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Seven Labs a-Swimming
Six Weims a-Laying
Five Golden Retrievers
Four Howling Beagles
Three French Bulldogs
Two Shelties
And a Collie under the Tree


Friday, 18 December 2015

12 Dogs of Christmas

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Six Weims a-Laying
Five Golden Retrievers
Four Howling Beagles
Three French Bulldogs
Two Shelties
And a Collie under the Tree


Thursday, 17 December 2015

12 Dogs of Christmas

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Five Golden Retrievers
Four Howling Beagles
Three French Bulldogs
Two Shelties
And a Collie under the Tree


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

12 Dogs of Christmas

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Four Howling Beagles
Three French Bulldogs
Two Shelties
And a Collie under the Tree


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

12 Dogs of Christmas

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Three French Bulldogs
Two Shelties
And a Collie under the Tree




Monday, 14 December 2015

12 Dogs of Christmas

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Two Shelties
And a Collie under the Tree


Sunday, 13 December 2015

12 Dogs of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me
A Collie under the Tree


Friday, 11 December 2015

Oh Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree is up in our house and as usual Holly kept a close eye to make sure it was correctly decorated.


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Nurse Holly

Holly is a very sweet girl, she seems to be able to pick up on when her people aren't feeling well and always tries to help look after us.


Friday, 4 December 2015

Didn't Feel a Thing

Holly lacks spatial awareness when she is inside. She is always crashing into walls or bumping her nose on things, thankfully she never hurts herself.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Dirty Work

I can always tell when Holly has been trying to bury stuff. She will have dirt on her nose and whatever it was that she was trying to bury will be half sitting out of the dirty. I think she does it so she doesn't have to remember where it is.

Friday, 27 November 2015

The Magpie

It's magpie season here in Aus. I love magpies, they have beautiful songs, they are an iconic species, and I have never been swooped. A lot of people don't share my enthusiasm for them though, Holly is on of them.


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

If The Shoe Fits

I've been sent a lot of great collie stories over the last few months, but one of my favourites is from Lou Ann Norquist and her dog Abby, which has inspired this cartoon.

"Every morning as I'm watching T.V. and drinking coffee, Abby signals it's time for a walk by dropping shoes in my lap.  What I think is so clever is that she always brings an exact pair of weather appropriate shoes whether it's summer flip-flops or winter boots. Of course if I don't respond in 2 minutes, I'm likely to have every shoe in the house on me."

Keep sending in your cute and funny stories, I love reading them and I may even turn some of them into a cartoon!


Friday, 20 November 2015

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The Cleaner

I've found it is good to have a dog around when I'm cooking, Holly is like my own personal clean up crew for any little spills that get away from me and she is always very enthusiastic about it.




Friday, 13 November 2015

Say Cheese

I see a lot of beautiful pictures of collies, usually somewhere scenic with the dog looking very majestic and noble. I try to take pictures like that of Holly but it is like she knows I'm taking her picture and pulls a silly face on purpose. One day I might actually get one where she looks majestic and noble. For now, I have 100s of pictures where she is being silly or looks kind of derpy. I love her even if she hates having her picture taken.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Lassie

This is a conversation I typically have with people when they first meet Holly.
Person "What kind of dog is that?"
Me "She is a rough collie, like Lassie"
Person "Huh, I always thought they were bigger"
Me "Well, Lassie is always played by a boy because they are a bit bigger"
Person "Really?"



Friday, 6 November 2015

Mistaken Identity

Where we live collie are few and far between, we've seen just a handful in the almost 6 years we've had Holly. So, because she is fairly unique she gets a lot of attention on walks. Lots of people stop to say hello, ask if they can pat her, that sort of thing, but so few people actually know what kind of dog she is.

If you haven't already, take a look at The Collie Shop https://shop.spreadshirt.com.au/HollytheCollie


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Birthday Party

Six years ago today Holly was born. It was a few weeks before my 21st birthday, I'd never had a pet dog before but had wanted one for longer than I could remember. 23 days after Holly was born I turned 21 and my friends and family gave me money to buy my first puppy. The fates aligned a few weeks later and we found Holly in a classified ad. Matt and I drove 2 hours to pick her up and it was love at first sight. I have loved Holly everyday since and am grateful to have her in my life. So today we celebrate her and shower her with treats, toys and love because our lives would not be the same without her.

Happy 6th birthday pup.


Happy Birthday!

Today is Hollys 6th Birthday!


Friday, 30 October 2015

A Collie's Guide to Comfort

Is it just Holly or do dogs have some weird ways of getting comfy?

Don't forget to check out The Collie Shop https://shop.spreadshirt.com.au/HollytheCollie


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Who Needs an Alarm Clock?

I think Holly enjoys beating the alarm clock to waking me up. She snuffle, huffle, snorts at me until I wake up and give her butt scratches. I have often woken up to a collie nose in my face, checking to make sure I still smell the same as I did the night before.

Don't forget to jump over to The Collie Shop and have a look https://shop.spreadshirt.com.au/HollytheCollie/

Friday, 23 October 2015

Collie Song

Holly does a lot of things well, howling is not one of them. Every now and then she will hear some sirens and decide that she needs to sing to the people inside the ambulance or fire truck. Unfortunately, she can never quite get the right pitch or hold a note. It is both hilarious and embarrassing.

Don't forget to jump over to The Collie Shop and have a look https://shop.spreadshirt.com.au/HollytheCollie/

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Daddy's Girl



Holly is a total Daddy's girl. I can call her and call her and promise every treat in the house and she won't budge, Matt can call her once from the other side of the house and she will come running.


Friday, 16 October 2015

Minor Movement, Major Inconvenience

Holly isn't a big fan of change. We moved her bed about 2ft and she was super annoyed with us for hours afterwards.


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Security Holly

Over the weekend my brother came to stay with us from Tasmania. Even though Holly has met him many times before she still had to give him a very thorough once over when he arrived.


Friday, 9 October 2015

Site Supervisor

Whenever Matt is doing something around the house, Holly is always right there with him checking his work.


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Holly's Worst Nightmare

Holly's biggest fear - lawn mowers. She hates them and barks frantically whenever she hears one close by. Even mimicking the noise of a lawn mower riles her up.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Optimal Sleeping Locations

Holly loves to be wherever we are, which usually results in her getting comfy in a spot that is entirely in the way.


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Sweet Dreams

Sweet dreams are made of sheep.
I don't know what Holly dreams about, but when she is deep asleep half off her bed with her little paws going like she is running through a grassy meadow, I imagine that she is chasing sheep in dreamland.


Friday, 25 September 2015

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Zoomies

I think every collie owner can relate to this one. The mad dog, full speed run around the yard for no particular reason, it goes by many names, we call it zoomies.


Friday, 18 September 2015

Hero Holly

Thankfully I have never been stuck in a well, but I'm sure if I ever do Holly will save me. Right?


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Internet Star

Holly has been getting a bit of attention online lately, she is oblivious to her new found fame.


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Bath Time

Holly usually keeps herself fairly clean, but she doesn't like to be too clean.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

The Round Up

My cousin has a cluster of pugs. The first time Holly met them, she spent a good deal of time moving them from one part of the yard to the other. Do your dogs round up other animals?