Border Collie/Beagle
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Home:Boiling Springs, PA  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 12 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-service dog -dog rescue

March 24th 2004

Being with people, licking faces, playing, tugging on other dogs' leashes.

At night, reflections in the windows of the sun room--they're spooky!

Favorite Toy:
ball--I can play ball endlessly!

Favorite Food:
"Black bones" (charcoal treats)

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere, everywhere. I like being "on the go."

Best Tricks:
Just starting to learn to herd things, such as my human parents. When I need attention, I have a bark that sounds just like a donkey!

Arrival Story:
My parents were looking to rescue a dog to add to their beagle family. I qualified because I was half beagle, and they love border collies, too, so I'm now the latest babe of the family!

I was in a shelter, saved by a border collie rescue organization, and then my adoptive mom found me locally, but online. Once she & my new dad met me in person, I was a total shoe-in. My sister beagles (already in the family) could've been a bit more welcoming, but I've won them over. One of the rescue cats LOVES me bigtime. My mom has been using me as a therapy dog, helping out with play therapy!

Forums Motto:
My work is to play...

The Groups I'm In:
***The Pet's Fun Forum***, P.A. Border Collies

I've Been On Dogster Since:
March 20th 2005 More than 11 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Meet my family
Jagen & CorkyBartTippy CatPugsy

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Why Don't Beagles Like to Be Herded??

Fame Doesn't Go to My Head

January 31st 2008 9:47 am
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Well, pals, I've been busy working with kids, trying to keep my rambunctiousness under control, and helping my human mother do some writing. I've now helped her with several professional articles, and I'm going to be on the cover of the March 2008 Play Therapy Magazine!! I also helped her with her new book that's coming out very soon - Play Therapy for Kids and Canines. I can't wait. I have to get my paw in shape for book signings, I think. Although you might think that all this attention would go to my head, I'm really just as humble and playful as ever. Since I don't have to worry about the necessities--food, shelter, love--I really only focus on one thing in my life - playing ball (& also playing with the kids). Give me my ball--but it has to be my SPECIAL ball, not just any old ball--and I'm in heaven. I still try to give it the border collie "eye" and even try to herd it from afar. Never a dull moment. Hope all you other pooches out there are having a good 2008 so far!!


Poochie Play Therapy

June 25th 2006 8:46 am
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It's pouring outside today, so I'm stuck in here with not much to do. Time for another diary entry. The great news is that I'm now doing "poochie play therapy" with kids and families, and I've also been helping my human mom do training programs for other people who want to use animals in their play therapy work. This all began when I helped one of the cats, Tippy Cat, who had some serious trauma and attachment problems. He didn't trust much of anyone. Well, I kept trying and trying to get him to play, and finally one day he did! He began chasing me all over the room and meowing loudly. My human folks thought I was pestering him again and came in to scold me, but then they saw what was happening. Ole Tippy was meowing and chasing, and I was PRETENDING to run away. We did it over and over again.

After a while, we got tired and curled up together on the chair (see my photos). Ever since, I've been having play sessions with Tippy, and his social adjustment is vastly better. We're great buds. I do the same type of work with children--we do lots of playing and connecting together, and once they learn they can connect to me, then they seem to trust people a bit more. It's great. I recently even got to go to a seminar that mom was having at the beach. After I did my workshop bit, I got to play a lot on the beach. Loved it all. Keep playing, my fellow pooches!


The Trouble with Herding Cats

January 31st 2006 4:52 pm
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I've been busy the last bunch of months and haven't had much time for writing in my diary. Things are going along great for me. I've been coming along with my therapy dog training and have worked with some great kids. I'm learning new things quickly, including things I'm not supposed to learn--like how to pull up on the beagles' leashes when they're on a tall stake out in the grass to get them free so they can play with me. After I perfected that little trick, the beagles are spending most of their outdoor time in our large pen, while I go free. How was I supposed to know that they just tend to follow their noses and run off? Lucky for me, they stayed with me when I got them loose or else I would've been in deep stuff. The cats provide hours of endless entertainment. They both like me and will cuddle, but they also keep inviting me to chase them. I have tried herding them around the place, but they aren't very good herd animals, I'm afraid. They just don't have it in them. My main joy in life, though, is playing ball. I can tell the direction it's going in way in advance just from the way that mom and dad tilt their shoulders. Can you believe they even try to fool me with their eyes, by looking in a different direction? How silly is that!?! They NEVER can fool me. I play ball several times every day and have become the best athlete of the family. My mom (the child/family psychologist) just started doing a neat research study on the use of pets in play therapy, and I was her inspiration!

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