Nicknames: Bit, Bitty Bat Ears, Bitty Boy, Bitsy, (singing the "Frere Jacques" tune) "Itsy Bitsy, Itsy Bitsy, We love you, we love you. Mom loves Itsy Bitsy, Mom loves Itsy Bitsy, Dad does too, dad does too".
Birthday: April 11th 2004
Likes: EGG EGG EGG! Footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, soft balls, tennis balls! Chasing sheep! Playing w/ dogs. Playing with water jetted from a hose. Laying in Mom's lap. He loves his long-distance gal-pal, Sumelocenna`s High Speed Hope, aka "Hopey"
Pet-Peeves: Loud Things. Things that Meow. Miniature Humans. Agility Teeter-Totters. Doggles. Sheepherding Instructor--aka "Man With Stick".
Favorite Toy: The Egg (aka the Greta Scrambler). Hose water.
Favorite Food: Anything he can actually swallow. He's such a chowhound that he'll try--and most likely eat--almost anything from human food to bits of stuff and things that could in no way be described as "food" in even the furthest stretch of the imagination!
Favorite Walk: Anywhere he can run full-tilt, chase a ball, herd his packmates, or chase other dogs out into water. He especially loves the beach.
Best Tricks: For some reason, Bit thinks the words "Home Depot?" sound like "Go Pee Pee Outside?", and if you ask either question, he'll run to the door and spin in circles. Weird, but cute :-). Barks on command. Never, otherwise. I had to teach him to bark :-).
Arrival Story: Bit was born April 11, 2004. He joined our family on June 29, 2004. Bit came to us from a working sheep ranch near the coast. He was one of a litter of 6 male pups. I chose the smallest pup because of his small size, his non-alpha personality (Puck and Rex are alphas--we don't need anymore of THAT in this house!) and his classic markings. A huge "thank you" to my loving husband (pictured with Bit on the day we brought him home) for allowing me to welcome yet one more perfect border collie into our family. Love is a beautiful thing :-).
Bio: On May 20th, 2005, Bitsy passed the CGC test and became a Canine Good Citizen. Congratulations, Perfect Bitsy!!!! I am SO proud of you! Bitsy is my "heart dog". My shy guy is everything I ever hoped for in a border collie companion: Extremely intelligent, incredibly loving, sweet and intense. He truly wants to do whatever it takes to make us happy. He loves everyone and every dog he's ever met, and I think of him as our "Ambassador" when lost or foster dogs come to stay with us for awhile. Bitsy is a "Momma's Dog". He'll give "kisses" or lay on his back in my lap to have his tummy rubbed one moment, and the next second he's spinning at the front door, ready to go outside to play hard, while I'm all but forgotten--for maybe 30 seconds, when he looks up from obsessing on "The Egg" to make sure I'm there where he can see me. He loves hanging out in my lap with his head out the window during car rides. He likes to sit in my lap at home while I watch TV, happily blocking my view so that I know that he's really the only thing worth paying attention to. He stares intently with his strange, amber-colored eyes, and you just know he's either trying to tell you something, or that he's using the canine version of a Vulcan Mind Meld to read your mind.... Bitsy takes Advanced Obedience, Agility, Rally and Herding lessons. In my eyes, he is, quite simply, perfect! You can read his full story and see many, many more photos of him here
Bitsy has been poisoned by a malicious neighbor on Saturday morning, December 29th, 2012 (the neighbor, who hates our dogs, is suspected, but his participation in this horrendous act has not been proven--yet). The vet says he won't live. That said, Bitsy is doing far better at home than anyone expected, and actually seems to be improving. If you're the praying sort, please pray for a miracle. 99% or more of the dogs who show symptoms of Bromethalin poisoning (a strong rodenticide developed to combat warfarin-resistant rats, that is also used to kill moles and voles) don't survive. With luck, prayers, and the best care we can give him, we're hoping for that miracle! C'mon Bitsy! You can do it!
As in, I had the honor of being chosen the Doggy Diary of the Day here, yesterday, on Hallowe'en. Mom was so happy for me, she about blew a gasket :-). It also evolved into a day full of new Pup Pal requests, not just for me, but for everydog in the pack, so I'm happy and grateful to Dogster HQ for choosing me.
As for Hallowe'en evening, it went fine. Lots of compliments on Mom and Dad's decorating efforts. Lots of candy given out. No fireworks or mini-monsters in the house, where the pack all hid out during the festivities. So we all got through the evening peacefully, and today we'll help Mom take down the "scary" decorations, and start the just plain autumn and Thanksgiving decorating.
Mom and Dad took me to a Hallowe'en party for dogs and their humans tonight, given by the people at the place where I take my various obedience, agility and rally classes. Mom made me this sheep costume (she was pretty proud of herself, as she made it up from her own pattern and ever'thing). I went as.... du dum.... a SheepDog! BOL! I HATE wearing costumes, but I put up with it--mostly 'cause I didn't have any choice! hehe!
Anyway, we played Musical Dogs (like musical chairs, only with mats--we dogs had to sit on the mats). I won one of those games, 'cause Dad and I were fast, AND I have my "sit" command down better and faster than the other dogs I was competing with! Another guy and his dog got to the last mat at the same time we did, but I sat immediately, and the other dog didn't, which is why I won. I got a cool Halloweeny ribbon in orange and black. Then we won a raffle prize! A whole bag of Canidae snack biscuits--I like that! And finally, and best of all in Mom's eyes, when they had the dog costume contest, guess who won the grand prize? ME!! That's right--ME--The SheepDog! A brand new collar and leash was my prize :-). Mom's prize was knowing that the 12 or so hours she put into making it was appreciated. There were about 2 dozen doggies there, so she felt pretty good. I felt pretty good, too--when I finally got to take it off! *grins*