Border Collie/Basenji
Picture of Iris, a female Border Collie/Basenji

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Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Irie Itis (for weird behavior), Irie Irie (for happy Jamaican) Bunny Rabbit (because every time we moved to a new ranch, Iris had a dead baby bunny in her mouth for a month)

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-dog rescue

July 7th 1996

To be with me - obsessively

Being petted after she has "gone to bed" on the end of my bed

Favorite Toy:
pink and black striped stuffed thing called "Little Creature"

Favorite Food:
Hip Action treats

Favorite Walk:
Any where with me. Especially if she can jump in an irrigation ditch

Best Tricks:
Not trained tricky tricks. Up until the week before she died, she loved to have a good sing with me. Or go "hay wire" and start chasing her tail and flipping around. Had to tell her to calm down. Not a spring chicken any more.

Arrival Story:
My 17 yr old daughter brought this pup to her own place from the Taos pound. I said,"Take her back!! She's a chow!!" Don't know what I have against Chows really. Vet said not to worry - she is a Border Collie/Basinji cross. What we didn't know was that this was a very psycho cross. Wanted to gather everything up and kill them all. Hyper energetic! Hyper sight,hearing,etc. Lately I have learned that Iris was a golden BC color. My daughter and her boyfriend went on vacation and left Iris w/a friend on the rez. When I checked on her, she had not been fed or let out for days. That was it - she was my dog. My heart dog for 13 years on remote project sites, ranches and farms. Carefully loved her horses. Never liked any cows. Dispersed herds of elk immediately.

Iris couldn't ride around with me in the pickup - she was so hyper sensitive to the motion. I thought it was my diesel pickup, but she was the same in a company gas pickup. Once I left Iris in a kennel for a weekend. The owner told me that no other dogs really care if their owners are gone - they are having fun with the other dogs. Except Iris. When Iris heard my diesel pickup (ten minutes before I got there), she started screaming like she was being stabbed. One summer, I went to Alaska to work the field season. Iris stayed in a nice kennel with her own run and a lot of rottweiller dogs trained to do some kind of German killer guard dog thing. The owner told me that after the first week, if he wanted to know if something was amiss, he would just have to look at Iris. Iris would promptly sit down, put her nose up in the air and take a reading with her pointy ears swiveling around. Then report very understandably. This is how we did security type stuff on the ranch. My mare came to the house to report any two legged or four leggged activity. Iris took over from there.

Forums Motto:
Iris-psycho dog I love you.

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Frustrated ranch resident looking for BCs to adopt

Iris and I learned to sing together while we were living and working on remote cattle ranches in Colorado. She was very heartfelt about her singing with me. Long howls and little (I guess) Basinji tweets. We were our only and best entertainment. Every day I am so happy that we had one last sing a couple of weeks before she died.

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