Standing your ground

Standing your ground.  No, no, no….don’t get the wrong idea.  Nothing like that George guy in Florida.  A LOT MORE SERIOUS!  Pit Bulls v. me, the Border collie.  My Dad told me about comments on the American Kennel Club (AKC) website concerning the Border collie temperament… “When approached, the Border Collie should stand its ground. It should be alert and interested, never showing fear, dullness or resentment.”

When I meet a new dog, my semi-erect ears go alert, my fluffy white tail stands up and wags briskly…AND…I stand my ground.  I am OK with a dog approaching me, checking me out.  “But you had better be polite about it, or I will turn it into a teaching moment!”  I am VERY confident in my dog-ness, my Border collie-ness.  I am smart, intelligent and intuitive.  So, lets get back to the Pit bulls…

Two summers ago, an August evening.  My Dad and I are out for the final walk of the day.  As always, I am off-leash.  I am suddenly faced with two pit bulls, one tan, the other gray.  Running right at me, nothing about being friends, they are trying to bite my neck.  Now, now…before you throw yourself into a tizzy, you must realize that I am a ROUGH coat Border collie.  We come in SMOOTH, SEMI-ROUGH, AND ROUGH coats.  About once or twice a year, my Dad takes me in for a grooming, a puppy cut, and so, for awhile, I look like a SMOOTH coat Border collie – actually I look VERY handsome and my exposed under coat is very smooth and very soft.  But enough about me…back to those gang-banger Pit bulls.  On this particular evening, I am a ROUGH coat Border collie.  And, I STAND MY GROUND.  Bring it on creeps!  Actually I was much more composed than my Dad.  But, there was still BARKING – SNARLING – GROWLING.   And then, just as quick as they started this unnecessary affront, they left.  Perhaps a 15 – 20 second dust up.  My Dad checked me out…no bites, no cuts, no blood.  My rough coat fur around my neck was wet with their creepo saliva…….but no damage.  Phew.Image

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