MY MARVELOUS MARKINGS

My Dad got his Scion xB back from the repair shop today.  Remember, he drove over a trailer hitch on Route 53?  Thought he was going to clear it…nope.  $3,000 in damage to the bottom of the xB, but, all fixed now.  My Dad kept referring to the rental Dodge Avenger as the essence of mediocrity.  So back to me, me as in CODY, the Border collie.  Most people have NO idea I am a Border collie.  I have been asked if I am a Dalmatian, an English setter, a (cringe) Springer Spaniel…some people look at me as if I am the second-coming of Godzilla, as they cross to the other side of the street, then keep looking behind themselves to see what I am doing.  If you see Border collies competing on AKC televised championships, you see the classical, traditional Border collie – black and white, perfectly coiffed.  Don’t get me wrong, they’re still GORGEOUS dogs (like all Border collies).  Here is where you have to pay attention.  The pictures below are of me, taken a few minutes ago.  (I HATE HAVING MY PICTURE TAKEN…USUALLY I WILL TURN MY BACK TO YOU OR JUST WALK AWAY…REALLY!)  I have lots of ticking, the area around my back end is almost pure white, as is my tail.  I have very symmetrical ticking on my front legs, my face is VERY interesting, and I have some pure white patches around my shoulders.  So, lets get to the pictures.  Don’t everyone hold your breath at at the same time.

Here is the right side of my face.  If you look carefully at my muzzle you’ll see the number 4.  My Dad calls that black swish to the left of my eye “warpaint.”  To the right are my very symmetrical front legs – lots of ticking.  Ignore the squeaky toy in the background.

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Here is the left side of my face, the all black split-face…with some ticking.  To the right is my caboose, a light of plain white on the tail, my hips, and back legs.  All of the grayish ticking is where God meant me to be black, oh well.

 

 

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And here, you can see my mostly white neck.  That’s my minion in the left background, Finnegan.  He treats me like the (subtle) Alpha-male I am.

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4 thoughts on “MY MARVELOUS MARKINGS

  1. Dear Codeman,
    I think you are quite beautiful. I love your ticking too! My border collie doesn’t like to have his picture taken either. He gets nervous and sensitive, and then he turns away as soon as he hears the click. I love that you don’t look like a traditional BC. That’s just one more reason that BC’s are better than all the rest. Please don’t tell my other dogs if you see them in the park one day. My BC knows it, but he keeps it to himself. I like the part about your minions; it made me laugh out loud. And, I love your header image…all those BC’s?! I wrote a post called “you know you love herding dogs when…” I bet your dad could add a few more things to that list! I think I need to add something about “you know what it means when someone says ‘ticking'”.

    • The header image is from TEXAS SHEEP DOGS. They are on Facebook. All five BC’s are owned by Betty Gillis out of LaVernia, TX. The tan-ticked one is a female called Stella. To her right, with one blue eye and one brown eye, is her litter-mate, Billy. Gorgeous dogs, all. -Cody’s Dad

  2. Dear Codeman,
    I think you are quite beautiful. I love your ticking too! My border collie doesn’t like to have his picture taken either. He gets nervous and sensitive, and then he turns away as soon as he hears the click. I love that you don’t look like a traditional BC. That’s just one more reason that BC’s are better than all the rest. Please don’t tell my other dogs if you see them in the park one day. My BC knows it, but he keeps it to himself. I like the part about your minions; it made me laugh out loud. And, I love your header image…all those BC’s?! I wrote a post called “you know you love herding dogs when…” I bet your dad could add a few more things to that list! I think I need to add something about “you know what it means when someone says ‘ticking’”.

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