Nicknames: Puck, Puck Robin, Ucky Puck, Pineapple Upside-Down Puck, Badness, Watch Your Mouth!, Teaser-Teaser Boy, Goofball, Hey Beautiful, Beauty-Boy, (singing the Annie tune) "Puck Robin, Puck Robin, I love ya, Puck Robin, you're only four feet a-waaay!"
Birthday: December 12th 2002
Likes: Me--I hope :-) Sheepherding, Flyball, Tug-of-War, raising hell, being bad, herding Hope (his sister), and food! Oh, and Puck LOVES Bit! Best playmate he's ever had :-).
Pet-Peeves: Pippin the cat, school busses, any dog that wants my attention, Post Office van, boiled chicken livers, bicyclists.
Favorite Toy: Sheep :-). He also loves tug toys--take this, TAKE this, Take THIS! NO!! It's MINE! Pull, pull, PULL dagnabbit!!
Favorite Food: Sheep "candy". He also loves Ginger Altoids, and he'll eat--or at least taste--almost anything else he can fit in his mouth. And would you believe he loves to drink out of a glass, just like a "real" man?
Favorite Walk: Huh? WALK? He's a Border Collie---surely you jest!
Best Tricks: Puck has the best "beg" I've ever seen--and he taught it to himself. Now he uses it whenever he wants anything--snackies, his leash, a hug, whatever.
Arrival Story: Bad me... I saw him in a tiny cage in a pet store when he was 3 months old. He'd been there a month, and was absolutely manic. I couldn't let him stay in there--Border Collies don't belong in cages, so we paid his $350 "bail" and sprung him! After that experience, it's a wonder we ever got him crate trained....
Bio: Puck Robin Dogfellow was named from the moment we got him home. His manic, mischievous, over-the-top devilishness reminded us of "that shrewd and knavish sprite", Puck , aka Robin Goodfellow (an interesting history of the original can be found here ). Puck lives up to his name every waking moment. He could probably give his namesake lessons! Perhaps somewhat amazingly, he has grown up to be an incredibly beautiful dog with a loving, expressive personality and a true affection for puppies! When Puck isn't being a rambunctious border collie, he likes to pretend he's a man. He sits on the couch like a man, with his tail under his backside, his hind legs straight out, his spine straight up, and his front feet off the ground, just relaxing as if he's awaiting his cup of hot cocoa and his bowl of popcorn. In that position, he can sit for as long as he feels like it. He watches t.v. or looks out the window in this position. He doesn't need to brace himself against anything to achieve the "man effect". Sometimes he sits by himself, and sometimes he'll sit right next to me, often with one of his front "arms" protectively (or, more likely, dominantly!) draped over one of mine and with an extremely serious look on his face. Being a man is serious business, after all! Then he'll forget himself and go steal the Kong from Bit :-). Despite his weirdness, Puck Robin is the canine light and love of my life. For more info about Puck, see him at http://www.CollieCapers.com
So Mom and Dad took me, along with Bitsy and Foxworthy, to Lincoln City and Neskowin today. It was SO much fun! A sunny, warm day, and we got to run and run and run! Well, Foxworthy didn't run much--he didn't seem to like the beach! Didn't like his sand hot, or cool and wet. Didn't want to play in the water. Only wanted Dad or Mom to carry him. I just don't understand it! Bit and I played tag, we fetched and tugged a stick, we met other dogs and played with them, we swam in the ocean. In short, we had a GREAT time! I came home happy and tired. Thanks for making my day, Dad and Mom! I love ya!
That's me! Mom says so with a smile and in teasing, so it must be a good thing :-). Winter weather has kept me inside a lot--that and my daytime terror of going outside lest a school bus should drive by--so I make up for in girth what I've lacked in exercise. Now with spring here, I'm hoping to get to play more at dog parks and in the mountains and at the beach. Fatty McFatty or Skinny Stringbean, though, Mom says I still have the softest, shiniest fur she's ever felt on a BC. Must be all those human table snackies....
That new fuzzy duster, Merry Merry Man, has turned out to be a fantastic play toy. In some ways more fun even than Bit, who is very submissive and a bit of a weeny, if you ask me. Merry, however, is a little spitfire, and can always be counted upon to be a LOT of fun in a wrestling or tugging match. He doesn't know he's tiny, and if I upset him, MAN does he let me know! Those little teeth make it QUITE clear that their owner is ready and willing to use them if needs be. Our favorite game is for me to be Pineapple Upside Down Puck so that he can crawl all over my chest and chew on my throat like a tiny little miniature (how's that for redundancy!) wolf out for the kill. Bit'll make feints and swipe at my throat, then gently grab me and growl happily in his deep, throaty way, but not Merry! He goes for the gusto, and it's so much fun! After 15 minutes or so of pretending I'm being submissive, I'll jump up and whup 'em both into line. Fun!
Dad's mother is flying in from Scotland in May to spend 10 days with us, and I'm thinking she'll have lots o'fun in a houseful of 8 dogs. Mom keeps wondering about sending us off to a kennel for 10 days, but I know it'll never happen. How would she get through the days without us?
The nice people at Dogster have finally chosen a border collie to be Dog of the Day! "Casey" is one of our Pup Pals, and we're SO happy for her. Couldn't happen to a prettier lady :-). We bcs here at Collie Capers have always wondered why so many little dogs (chihuahas always seem to be so well-represented, for example) get chosen, but border collies always seemed to be ignored. Perhaps there just aren't enough of us on here to get noticed (after all, the 2-footers' jeep DOES have a bumper sticker that says "You Can Never Have Enough Border Collies")? Now that Casey has been chosen the daily Breed Ambassador, we're all so proud and happy, and hope that more people see what beautiful and wonderful dogs we are. Not that we're at all biased or anything *grins*. Good going, Casey! Congratulations!