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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Fences & Border Collies Who Climb Them

I haven't been out with camera very much lately and have been concerned with an elderly dog which got me thinking about the ones that came before him. So, thought I'd share a couple of photos of Zack, the wild border collie, who was a champion fence climber in the mid-80s, among other mischiefs.

In this photo my neighbor and I were chatting across the fence. Zack paid regular visits with her dog. As you can see, sometimes he tunneled under the fence, but mostly he thought it showed more flair to just climb over!


Here's Zack at about 6-8 weeks old having his first sleepover with our friends while I was working out of town. As you can see, the climbing genes were there from the start.



And finally, 16 years later here he is. Still beautiful and mischievous, but he had given up fence climbing by then.

For some great fences from all over be sure to visit Janis at Life According to Jan and Jer .

23 comments:

Linda said...

A few months ago I posted about the dogs in my life. I had a border collie, Bullet, who was also a fence climber! They are wonderful dogs - I was always amazed at his intelligence!

Jan n Jer said...

LOL...caught in the act on the first one! Love that shot!

Tanya said...

oh what a cutie! and so smart!!

Sayre said...

Zach was a beautiful dog! And apparently smart too - not every dog figures out that climbing thing. My parents had a 6 ft. fence at the house I grew up in and a german shepherd that could jump over it. I was always awed by his jumping ability!

Amy Burzese said...

Some are determined to do what they aren't supposed to do! Following with GFC!

TexWisGirl said...

handsome and smart! can't beat that kind of dog. :) i do hope your old one will be able to ease out of this life in a gentle manner... always so hard...

Carletta said...

The first shot reminds me of "Don't Fence Me In". :)
What a sweet shot in the bathroom. That just made me smile.
Zack is a beautiful dog!

Rose said...

Some dogs are just determined...my brother had a beagle one time that you could not keep in a pen..she would climb over or dig under no matter how you did the fence.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous dog, Faye... My son and family had a little dog who dug out under their fence and was NEVER seen again... They were heart-broken... But--dogs do that!!!

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

What a dog! Climbing fences, never heard of a dog climbing a fence before! LoL =)

I didn't grow up on the farm in my post, but my parents had that property all thru my childhood, they just never did anything w/ it until later in life, after I moved out, but I've been going out there now for at least 20 years, so we've all benefit from the place! We love it =)
Thanks for visiting & commenting =)

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

ps mom doesn't raise horses but she has 3 at the farm now... she's had several over the years =)

Betty Roan said...

LOL! My dog could have jumped over fences if only he could have figured out how to go forward while in mid air, he always jumped straight up higher than the fence. Now he's too old and decrepit to jump. Loved this post.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Beautiful dog. Cute picture of him at his first sleep over.

heyBJK said...

What a beautiful dog! Love the fence climbing!

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

What a wonderful post, very smart dog.

Marie said...

He's a really beautiful dog! My husband tells about a dog they had when he was a child that climbed a very tall fence that was topped with electric wire, yelping as he made it over...they couldn't keep him fenced in no matter what! :-)

Kim, USA said...

Oh my gush he is funny dog! Very mischievous and fiery huh!


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Life Is A Road Trip said...

What a beautiful and amazing pup!

Madge Bloom said...

What a beautiful boy! Don't we just love them??!

Ebie said...

He knows a lot of tricks, that others don't.

What a fine dog, a man's best friend.

EG CameraGirl said...

Zack must be quite a character!

Beth said...

i never knew dogs climbed fences how interesting. & different. (:

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