BCBCI QUESTIONNAIRE UPDATE -AND- SOCIAL LIFE HIGHLIGHTS

Dear Mr. Magic:

Your questionnaire is INCOMPLETE.  Please answer ALL questions by July 15, 2015.

Please provide information on your sense of hearing:

Just one look at my ears should provide all the information you need.

These ears have SUPER POWERS!!!

These ears have SUPER POWERS!!!

But My Dad wants me to provide two examples:

1)  While sleeping near the sliding door to the patio one evening, I suddenly awoke and walked fifteen feet from my sleeping position to an entry table by the front door.  My Dad saw me place my head under the table and stare at something….that SOMETHING was a quarter-sized spider walking on the carpet along the baseboard…REALLY!!!

2)  While sleeping on My Dad’s bed one morning, I suddenly awoke and ran 30 feet to the CLOSED sliding glass door that looks out onto the concrete patio…a small toad was hopping across the concrete from north to south…REALLY!!!

I have a very rich and involved social life…some examples:

Brandy loves me.  She LOVES IT when I nibble on her neck.

Brandy loves me. She LOVES IT when I nibble on her neck.

Brandy always looks off in the distance when I am nibbling her neck.

Brandy always looks off in the distance when I am nibbling her neck.

This is PATRICK, my very good friend and play-fighter.  PATRICK wears a MODPAWED dog ID tag, too.

This is PATRICK, my very good friend and play-fighter. PATRICK wears a MODPAWED dog ID tag, too.

Patrick modeling his MODPAWED ID tag, the "T-REX" model.

Patrick modeling his MODPAWED ID tag, the “T-REX” model.

This is my Uncle Ed, he babysits me sometimes and we stay up late and watch movies...he's cool!

This is my Uncle Ed, he babysits me sometimes and we stay up late and watch movies…he’s cool!

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“NILLA” COMIN’ IN ON A V-TAIL AT KBUU (A GLBCR STORY)

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“Can you explain Doctor Killer to me one more time?”

Blah…blah…blah…the important part of the story is that My Dad and I drove up to the Burlington, WI Municipal Airport (KBUU) in the Scion xB to retrieve a young female Border Collie who was being flown in from Campbellsville, Kentucky.  Her flight was on-again, off-again, on-again, due to weather and pilot availability issues, and we finally got the green light to GO at 2:00 p.m.  When I jumped into the back of the xB, I got worried…the CRATE had been installed in the back.  My Dad didn’t say anything about me having to go in the crate.  He did make a comment about an adventure that featured hamburgers.  Hey, I’m IN!  The drive was about 80 minutes up to Burlington (population about 10,000) and My Dad always seems to know where he is going.

The airport was cool, and no one seemed to mind a well-behaved Border collie walking the flightline.  In the background is a Pilatus PC-12, built in Switzerland.

The airport was cool, and no one seemed to mind a well-behaved Border collie walking the flightline. In the background is a Pilatus PC-12, built in Switzerland.

My Dad talks to everyone, and always introduces me.  This WACO bi-wing pilot is based in Waukegan and flies 767s for American Airlines...formerly military aviator.

My Dad talks to everyone, and always introduces me. This WACO biplane pilot is based in Waukegan and flies 767s for American Airlines…a former military aviator.

The co-pilot of the flight in-bound from Kentucky was texting My Dad that his ETA was 5:00 p.m.  Right at 4:59 p.m. a Beech V-Tail, landed to the west and back-taxied to the terminal.  So, as I understand My Dad, this aircraft type, BEECH BONANZA, has a reputation as a tricky aircraft to fly with it’s high performance capabilities and “ruddervator” V-Tail. Buddy Holly died in a crash of this type in February 1959.  See Wikipedia piece below:

Model 35

The “Doctor Killer” got it’s reputation from being too much aircraft for an amateur pilot. The Beechcraft Bonanza is a radical design, low-wing, fixed landing gear aircraft with a signature V-tail introduced in 1947 by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. It is currently still in production by Hawker Beechcraft. It is one of the most influential aircrafts in history. More than 17,000 Bonanzas of all types have been produced.

The V-35 Beech Bonanza is the first truly modern high-performance personal aircraft. The signature V-tail is unconventional structuring of the tail. By replacing the horizontal design of the tail with a V-shaped configuration made up of two hinged pieces, the tail now combine the tasks of rudders and elevators – now affectionately called “ruddervators.”

The Beech Bonanza V-Tail, aka The DOCTOR KILLER.

The Beech Bonanza V-35

My Dad left me tethered at the xB and he met the V-Tail at the terminal.  NILLA was unloaded by the two pilots and the first thing she did was to put her front paws on My Dad and gave him a hug and a kiss on the ear – something I like to do.

I gave NILLA a quick briefing, we touched noses, and My Dad took her for a walk.  She was very thirsty.

I gave NILLA a quick briefing, we touched noses, and My Dad took her for a walk. She was very thirsty.

NILLA was very quiet in her crate on the drive home.  My Dad gave a bath with warm wet towels and he asked me to give her a warmer welcome...no problem, I like everyone!

NILLA was very quiet in her crate on the drive home. My Dad gave her a bath with warm wet towels and he asked me to give her a warmer welcome…no problem, I like everyone!

NILLA is learning to go the bathroom OUTSIDE, and she is a quick learner.  She had a few accidents but My Dad has been very patient with her.  She can really eat!

QUESTIONNAIRE FROM BORDER COLLIE BEHAVIORAL CONTROL INSTITUTE (BCBCI)

Play-fighting with BOB...I am his first dog friend.

Play-fighting with BOB…I am his first dog friend.

“Magic, you have an email, looks important…”

“What…something about my $23 million  inheritance from Nigerian relatives, and I am required to pay a $1,000 transfer fee?”

“Ha!  I can tell you are on my laptop WAY too much.  Wait, you don’t respond to those scam emails…do you?”

“Mmmm…sort of, I tell them I will meet them at the airport in Lagos, give them the tail number of my Gulfstream IV, and that I will be arriving with my security force of 12 former special forces dudes…they never get back me…what a shock…so just what is this important email?

“They want you to answer some questions, looks sort of personal, something from the BCBCI. looks VERY official.”

“Yawn…OK…why don’t you wash the Scion xB, or play Scrabble, or something…let me take care of my own affairs…mmm…let me see…”

BORDER COLLIE BEHAVIORAL CONTROL INSTITUTE

COWLEY ROAD, CAMBRIDGE CB4OWS, UNITED KINGDOM

Dear Mr. Magic, 

As you are well aware, ALL Border collies are required to submit to an annual behavioral review.  The required form is attached and should be reviewed with ALL questions answered by midnight, 15 July 2015.  Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Please provide information on your relationship with other canines, including Border collies:

I get along with everyone.  My main girlfriends are Kaya, Brandy, and Coco.  Siri is a female Border collie and I am in negotiations with her for play fighting that is a bit more aggressive.  Coco is a small Maltese and I will lay down next to her so we can play.  She allows me to nibble on her legs.  Bob, a Shar-Pei, is another good friend.  I am his first dog friend.

Please provide information on fears, anxieties, and unusual behaviors on your part:

I am not afraid of thunder.  I am not afraid of fireworks. I am not afraid of any dogs…I stand my ground.  I enioy going with My Dad in the Scion xB.  My Dad always has water for me in the car and we frequently stop for hamburgers.  I have some concerns about sewer grates, manhole covers, and drainage openings…I am very careful when walking around them.

Please provide information on your favorite chew toys:

My Dad’s sunglasses are a favorite.  Bully sticks, any squeaky toys, My Dad’s shoes, watches, Sheepdog caps, his soccer referee red and yellow cards, his Samsung cell phone, anything from the recycling bin, especially Dasani water bottles. Anything that is within reach in the front seat or on the dashboard of the Scion xB

Please provide information on your current jobs that DO NOT relate to herding of animals:

I am a Therapy Dog in-training, blogging, providing play-fighting and pursuit game tactics to any canine who will listen, providing Private Detective security.

Please provide information on your relationship with moving motor vehicles:

When I was adopted in December, I really enjoyed LUNGING at passing cars. With careful and thoughtful guidance from My Dad, I have suppressed that urge (unless I am showing off to my canine friends).  My Dad wants you to know that I do not care about FedEx, UPS, or U.S. Mail trucks and that I do not bark in the car…and why is that important?  OK, OK, I will get back to work…

Please provide information on your obedience inclinations:

My Dad and I are always working on something different.  I am VERY good at SIT, SHAKE, DOWN, UP, and minding my own business, especially when strangers and other canines walk by.  The humans passing by always make comments about my good behavior (and how good-looking and handsome I am).  Last week, I finally realized that a Frisbee will not hurt me and My Dad is very happy when I catch the Frisbee.

Please provide your current weight AND your weight when you moved into your current residence:

I was a skinny guy when My Dad adopted me from Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue in early December of 2014, around 33 pounds.  My Dad had me weighed at the vet, last week.  I was 58.2 pounds.  My Dad keeps asking me where I am putting the weight.

Please provide your age:

When the vet examined me in December 2014, she thought I was just a baby, 8 to 12 months old.  My Dad gave me a birthday of February 8th, 2014.  I have VERY white teeth.

Please provide the circumstances of your current living situation:

I live with My Dad, I sleep wherever I want, I get 5 or 6 long walks every day, I get off-leash play with my main girlfriend, Kaya, almost every day, and I go for a lot of rides in the car.

Coco and Lolly are two of my very good friends.  I will lay down to play with them.

Coco and Lolly (foreground) are two of my very good friends. I will lay down to play with them.

On assignment with My Dad.  Nice ears, don't you think?

On assignment with My Dad. Nice ears, don’t you think?

All squeaky toys have their squeakers removed, usually through a small hole in the belly...surgical precision.

All squeaky toys have their squeakers removed, usually through a small hole in the belly…surgical precision.

Coco finds me irresistible, she is always escaping from home and running to my place.

Coco finds me irresistible, she is always escaping from home and running to my place.