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


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

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!