Pinny, our 2 ½ year old Border Collie is one “smart pup”. Before Pinny joined our family, I was skeptical about the Border Collie’s high level of intelligence. After living with and training our beautiful girlie for a little over two years, I am 150% convinced that the Border Collie IS the smartest dog breed around.
Hubby and I train with Pinny regularly in both agility and obedience, though our focus lately has been on obedience training. Now please do not misunderstand and think that she has an obedience issue. On the contrary, she is the best-behaved little girl and wants to please us at every turn and command. Right now with the transformation project in full gear and the backyard unfinished, there really is no place for her to safely run her agility equipment. Our hope is to remedy this sometime next year for her.
Since she was a small puppy, we’ve taught her a number of toy names. At first it was just for fun, and visitors to our home would be amazed at her ability to retrieve the correct toy by name. Then, we just kept going and made it a fun game for her (and us). Border Collie’s are extremely active dogs and need to be constantly challenged, so this is one way to fulfill that need.
How many toys does Pinny know? Hubby and I haven’t been counting so neither of us knows the answer. So I thought it would be fun to include a count and short description at the very end of a couple of posts each week about Pinny and her toys.
What does this have to do with our transformation project or gardening? Pinny is an integral part of our garden’s success and Border Collies are naturally great farm dogs. See, she regularly scares birds and squirrels away from our fruit trees and later will have the job of doing the same in our veggie garden. When we get our chickens, she’ll also help watch over them while they are out stretching their legs and getting some fresh air. Besides, Pinny jumps into practically every photo I take so I thought it would be nice for you to get to know her a little better – and I just thought it would be fun.
Fun Fact: As of October 2010, a female Border Collie named Chaser was taught the names of 1,022 toys and could accurately retrieve each one by name – pretty amazing. With the cost of 1,022+ toys, this number may be beyond Pinny’s future.
Toy #1: Mollie
This is Mollie (which is short for molecule – it has three lobes on it and sort of looks like a molecule). Pinny has two of the same toy – one orange and the other aqua – and has a hard time differentiating between the two colors, so we allow her to retrieve either one when asked, “Where’s Mollie?”.
Have a great holiday weekend.
The Artistic Desert Gardener