Charlie is our fifth dog, yet I feel like a first-time dog owner most of the time! All of our previous dogs were Bearded Collies, and although their personalities were very different and distinct from each other, some traits ran deep within the breed. First off, they were easy to train, bright and caught on quickly to whatever I wanted to teach them. Despite their “bouncy” personalities, they were sensitive and intuitive.
I’m not saying that Charlie isn’t bright, lovable, adorable, sweet and fun (she is all those things, and more)…I’m just saying that she is very busy, strong-willed, and confident with a mind of her own…all good qualities that you want for your puppy. Is it possible I may have forgotten what it’s like to have a puppy?
Charlie has been my shadow all summer. If I’m bent over weeding or planting, she’s underfoot with her nose to the ground, and if she’s lucky, she has managed to run away with whatever tools I’m using.
The roses have been chewed off before they’d had a chance to show off, the hydrangeas have been tugged on, and thankfully the planters are a bit too tall for her to jump in…something she has tried to do all summer.
Charlie is as scruffy as all our other dogs were. After a summer of running through the garden, digging up the grass, and rolling in the dirt, it’s time for a bath and grooming that I know will not go over well!
Fall and winter spent mostly indoors will not be near as much fun!