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June 7, 2009 11:37 PM   Subscribe

Three Woofs and a Woo: the daily life of some border collies and the canine photographer who loves them.
posted by Ms. Saint (18 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've posted a lot of photos of my dog on the internet too. I'm not going to link to them.
posted by collywobbles at 12:11 AM on June 8, 2009 [1 favorite]

Border collies are an interesting breed with remarkable ancestors. They vary in appearance more than most because the emphasis has always been on performance, not looks, which is surely as it should be. Their intelligence and independence makes them ideal working dogs, but training isn't necessarily straightforward.
posted by Phanx at 1:47 AM on June 8, 2009

Our border collies are awesome. I also will not link to the many, many, many photos of them.
posted by maxwelton at 1:55 AM on June 8, 2009

My family had a border collie when I was growing up. The daft thing was scared of sheep and, in fact, any animal bigger than he was. When we were out on a hike, the only way we could get him to pass, say, a cow or a donkey that happened to be standing on the other side of a fence, was to put the leash on him and lead him. He would be straining and leaning as far away from the fearsome beastie as possible, virtually flat on the ground.

Again, no pics.
posted by kcds at 4:08 AM on June 8, 2009

Is this one of those Mefi things, where linking to your dog pics is frowned upon for being too plebeian?
posted by Fleebnork at 6:40 AM on June 8, 2009 [3 favorites]

I dunno, I liked the pictures, although I also recognize that if pet pictures were considered fair game then we'd be drowning in them.

Even so, I vote they stay for reason of great cuteness and scary canine intelligence. Did you notice the look in those dogs' eyes in the banner? They can see me through the internet connection, I'm sure of it.
posted by JHarris at 6:43 AM on June 8, 2009

collywobbles: "I've posted a lot of photos of my dog on the internet too. I'm not going to link to them."

Reggie and Emma don't understand people who "feh" on dog blogs.

They would also like to go to the park now.
posted by Joe Beese at 6:44 AM on June 8, 2009 [1 favorite]

Reggie and Emma are not amused. Awesome.
posted by The Bellman at 6:46 AM on June 8, 2009

I also had border collies growing up and they herded cars, one died and we gave the other away to a farm but it may have run off. They are scary smart, like owning a pet Monkey smart. If they are not fully trained and kept occupied they cause trouble.
posted by stbalbach at 6:48 AM on June 8, 2009

The pics were delightful.

The captions made me think, "this woman is going to be an absolute nightmare if she gets to the point where she has grandkids, instead of just dogs."
posted by availablelight at 6:59 AM on June 8, 2009

Dammit, Metafilter, I want a dog now.
posted by Decimask at 7:19 AM on June 8, 2009

MetaFilter: Scary smart, like pet monkey smart
posted by Joe Beese at 7:32 AM on June 8, 2009 [1 favorite]

I guess there isn't a potential topic, even photos of happy dogs frolicking on the beach, that won't earn Metafilter's undying, withering contempt.
posted by blucevalo at 8:27 AM on June 8, 2009

you wimps... I'm not afraid to link to a photo of my dog!
posted by HuronBob at 9:16 AM on June 8, 2009

My favorite thing about the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival was watching the herding dog trials. The trainer's gestures are so subtle, it almost seems like the dogs are doing their thing just for kicks. My friend's border collie used to instinctively herd us at sleepover parties.
posted by jake at 9:27 AM on June 8, 2009

The Doberman's discovery of whipped cream is priceless.
posted by Decimask at 9:29 AM on June 8, 2009 [1 favorite]

Maybe I expected too much, but there's nothing remarkable about any of these photos.

They're mediocre photographs of some typical dogs. I've got thousands like them of my own on my hard drive. All this guy has is a decent camera with a lot of time.

Dogs look healthy. That's something at least.
posted by Malice at 10:31 AM on June 8, 2009

I guess I was the only one who felt very upbeat after reading the captions! Maybe it's because I'm pet-starved on my third year of not living with pets :(

(luckily I have my mussie to go home to on the weekends)
posted by rubah at 6:08 PM on June 8, 2009

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