Likes: going for car rides with her daddy, having her butt scratched, any kind of attention at all, playing fetch with everything
Pet-Peeves: getting wet when it's not HER idea! LOL!
Favorite Toy: compressed rawhide "chewies"
Favorite Food: Blue Buffalo
Favorite Walk: in the pasture to check fences, and anywhere there are lots of folks to love on her
Best Tricks: sit, down, high five, shake, and spearing people in the groin with her pointy ol' nose! LOL!
Arrival Story: When my long-coated Akita, Nala, had become too arthritic to do therapy work, I retired her to her rightful place as couch potato, and began looking for a collie pup to continue on. I searched breeders online and in the papers until I found a breeder about 3 hours from us. She had a litter of pups and one female left...when she emailed the photo of Trocair to me, I wept. I knew at that instant that Trocair was the one! She looks so much like the collie I grew up with.
We brought Trocair home, and introduced her to Nala, who assumed the role of surrogate momma. Trocair never did qualify for becoming a therapy dog because she is so vocal when she wants attention, or is enjoying her petting. I still have hopes that she may one day be able to continue Nala's legacy.
Trocair is a beautiful soul...kind, loving, and fun. She's just an amazing girl, and is dearly loved by our family.
Bio: Trocair loves everyone and everything! She's been a surrogate mother to many, many orphaned kittens, puppies, calves....she's just an awesome dog. She is very vocal, and excitedly greets all who walk through the door with happy barks and lots of spinning circles...if you don't pay instant attention to her, she will spear you with her nose, then back away to the perfect petting position. LOL! She will never make a watch dog. She doesn't make a peep if someone knocks on the door. However, you'd better be ready to give her lots of love and butt scratches when you come in! :)
Trocair is a lover. She is sweet, gentle, and a very nurturing girl. Cats adore her, and many an orphaned kitten has found a soft, warm, safe sleeping place on top of her. Trocair is the epitome of what a Collie should be!
TROCAIR WAS HIT AND KILLED BY A CAR ON SEPT. 22, 2011. SHE AND HER BROTHER, RIO, DECIDED TO GO ON AN "ADVENTURE" WHEN THEY WERE LET OUT FOR THEIR MORNING CONSTITUTIONAL, AND IN A CRAZY SHORT TIME ENDED UP OVER 2 MILES AWAY. WE WERE FRANTICALLY LOOKING FOR THEM WHEN WE WERE NOTIFIED BY A SHERIFF'S UNIT THAT HE HAD FOUND HER HIT UP ON THE HIGHWAY. RIO MUST HAVE RUN STRAIGHT BACK HOME WHEN THAT HAPPENED, AND HE WAS THERE WAITING WHEN WE GOT BACK.
So, I'm trying to be a good big sister, and trying to find games that both Manny and I can play together. One of our favorite games is tag, which sometimes turns into hide and seek. I have to admit, I really enjoy playing this.
I have been trying to get the little guy to play other games as well. I will pick up a toy and go over to him with it in hopes he will play. In the process, I've learned some things NOT to do with smaller pups:
#1... Tug-o-war. This game usually ends up with the pup being tossed like a flailing boomerang.
#2...Pawing at the other pup. This generally sends them sprawling, causing them to yip and run when you do that. Apparently it's not an enticement to play.
#3...Drop a tennis ball on their head. Again, this doesn't seem to entice the little buggers to want to play - for a WHILE. He kind of acts like he got a bomb dropped on him or something. I think he's just trying to get attention....
#4...Mouth "wrestle". BAD idea. Someone usually has to do the heimlich maneuver on me to get the little furball out.
You can't really do alot with these li'l guys, but what you can do is alot of fun. And don't tell mom, I actually have LOADS of fun doing all the things I just mentioned! Ha!