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Friday, October 21, 2016

If I Were A Dog, I Would Be A Terrier

If I were a dog, I would be a Terrier. But because I am a parent, friend, and daughter, most days I live as a more mild-mannered and easy going breed like a Golden Retriever. Not that I don't love Golden Retrievers; I do. Everybody does. But it's not really me. I'm a free spirit, feisty, idealistic, impractical, and sometimes mischievous. I do my best to impersonate a Golden, but every once in awhile I get a little crazy and rip up the drapes (not really), vow to quit my job and become a street artist, give a bunch of money away to animal in need OR better yet, bring that animal in need home without discussing it with the rest of my family. 

If I were a dog I would be a terrier

And this is where my other half enters the picture. You see, my husband is more of a Border collie. He works and works and works some more. He is practical, a here-and-now kind of guy. And well, I'm neither of those things. I am a fierce dreamer and I hold onto my dreams with the tenacity of, you guessed it, a Terrier. I call this faith and imagination and he calls it magical thinking. He only believes in what he can see, hear, or touch and worries that I live with my head in the clouds (he's right and it's going to stay there). He likes to ask me if I think money is going to fall from the sky. I answer yes, I think it might and if it does, I will be there to catch it because I'm a Terrier and we are very good at catching stuff. 

What actually happens when a Terrier and a Border collie unite? Well, the Border collie spends lots of time sniffing around, trying to herd the Terrier into behaving appropriately. The Border collie believes he is doing his job, and I suppose he is. But the Terrier doesn't like being herded or told what to do. Have you ever seen a Terrier herded? No? Me either.

If I were a dog I'd be a terrier

Now, the Border collie and I have been together for twenty years since we were practically pups, I mean kids. For the most part, we accept and appreciate our differences. Like a good Border collie, he senses when I'm up to something. And like a true Terrier, I know how to outfox him and when necessary, send him down the proverbial rabbit hole. 

And if you are wondering what happens when the Border collie and the Terrier have a little mixed breed. Well, the jury is still out, but it looks like the pup has more of a Terrier approach to life. She likes to write stories, make art, dance, make movies and she doesn't much like being told what to do, especially if it involves putting her art supplies or magical creatures away in the middle of a project. 

So now the Border collie has two Terriers to herd. And for the most part, we oblige. But for the record, despite what the Border collie tells us, we Terriers believe in magical things, following our dreams, changing the world and yes, money falling from the sky ...because our mentor, fearless leader, fellow Terrier and much loved Pip, is up there and if anyone is going to drop money or dreams from the sky, it's going to be him. And by gosh, we will be there to catch it when he does.

Originally published in 2015.  You can read part one of our memorial tribute to Pip here. 
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Julie said...

HeHe, I luffs the idea of being a non-herdable terrier. Butts, being a soppy spaniel I try and get my own way wiv sad but cute looks!
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xx

Mark Muller said...

That was a super post! I said "YES!" 87 times while reading. And I bet the most of your readers will ponder what kind of dog they could be.... I would like to be a Weimaraner ... but Easy said PFFF NO WAY! :o)
easy rider

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Am I the long-lost offspring then.... cuz I def have both these in this one body... yup, I'm a mongrel. Heinz 57. Fabby offering for FFHT!!! hugs and wags..... YAM (aunty) xxx

Oz theTerrier said...

Hmmm, your house sounds a bit like my house. It's great to be a Terrier though most other "dogs" don't really understand our true nature. Happy Friday
Oz

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Oh we love the new look to your blog ...it is perfect. You know we were reading people often get dogs that in many ways resemble themselves both in looks and personality.i have always had long hair and have always had long haired breeds of dogs and without a doubt Reilly has hubbies outgoing happy to meet everyone personality and my calmness. Denny has my reserve when it comes to meeting new people but hubbies love of cuddles. I think we are a four pack of shelties :)

stellaroselong said...

OhmYPUG we loved this post, it was funny, and enlightening and very very heartfelt, and I imagine most of it if not all of it is true!!!!! Loved it!!!!!
stella rose and momma

Madi and Mom said...

OH AP WHAT A GREAT GREAT GREAT STORY. MY MOM IS A TERRIER TOO AND SHE SAYS TO TELL YOU MY DAD IS BORDER COLLIE...EVIDENTLY OUR DADS SHARE MORE THAN JUST THEIR FIRST NAME. LOTS OF HUGS MADI AND MOM YOUR BFFFs

Murphy said...

We loved your story too and it made us wonder if we need a "If I Were A Dog" Day? Well done!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Sketching with Dogs said...

Terriers are so full of personality and vibrance. It's interesting to imagine what kind of dog you would be. I think I would make a pretty good chihuahua, timid, antisocial and likes naps, LOL.
Lynne x

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

WE are LOVING this Post like Crazy... Opposites ATTRACT... and the STICK TOGETHER like GLUE... and they make the world go round... We really do LOVE this post...

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We loved your post although we have no idea what breed our Mom & Dad would be. We thinks Mommy is some weird Great Pyrenees Mix (like Fenris) and Cat.

Ruby said...

Terriers?? Yes!!! Oh, you forgots that terriers can also be goofy! Yuppers! At least we Airedales are! And, so is Ma, truth be told.... So I guess that makes her a terrier too! I guess with a little Old English Sheepdog thrown in (she likes to herd me, and she gots long hair, and she had an OES!)
Anyhu, I thinks all doggies are pretty cool...we gots a good life indeed!
Kisses,
Ruby ♥
(the OTHER Ruby...☺)

da tabbies o trout towne said...

a paws...a paws...a paws.... a paws !!! ♥♥♥

eggs cell ant post two day.... bloo haired ladee !! ~~~

Oreo said...

Gotta love the terriers, not that I am impartial or anything!!

Wags
Oreo

Marg said...

WE think that both Terriers and Border Collies are great dogs. Well we have a border collie here and she does try to herd everything including the cats which doesn't work. So we bet the border collies would have trouble herding a terrier.
You all have a great week end.

Sweet William The Scot said...

Well I am sure glad I did not miss this post. Magical thinking love that and am so glad Pip's human sissy is a free spirit who loves make art, dance, playing guitar and write stories. This needs to be expanded into another book. Terriers all the way. Oh an Angel Pip about that money........
Thanks for being a friend
Sweet William The Scot

Chef Sasha said...

I love this post. Mommy loves all dogs too, but she is partial to the Shih Tzu, I can't imagine why(snickers). We all have our favorites and that is very cool.

Loveys Sasha

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

OMD - what a fantastic post!!! Your writing is superb - do we sense a new book in the works???

Woos - Ciara and Lightning AND Mom

Susie and Sidebite said...

Barharhar...never thought about thinking what kind of pup we would be! Sounds like your mix works just fine!

The Mad Scots

Brian said...

That was Pip purrfect!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

That was fantastic. We're all terriers in our house, too.

KB Bear said...

An absolutely wonderful essay!!!! You made me want to be a terrier, just like you and Angel Pip. And the last part about Angel Pip made me tear up. I miss that guy.

Jans Funny Farm said...

We smell food, you smell trouble. :)

The Island Cats said...

What a great post...and an interesting way to see yourself. :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We love this post.. and every bit of it we think is the truth!
love
tweedles

Sarge said...

Wow, what a sweet and fun FFHT! Sounds to me like you are both perfect pooches and definitely perfect together! This was a beautiful post today. Since I'm a mutt, I tend to think I have multiple personalities. BOL
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, Police Commish

Whitley Westie said...

My momma are definitely a terrier - too feisty for her own good and stubborn too!

Dory and the Mama said...

What a wonderful love story!!
Smileys!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Love the pictures of Pip as a giant in that city. Mommy said she would be a turtle- oh wait, thats not a dog. Oh well.

The Green Dogs said...

I love this post. A lot. I think I would be a lazy breed of dog on that likes to, but one that gets irritable it if sits still for too long, because it has to do something... A crossbreed.

Hilary said...

I love this post… If I was a dog, I'd want to be a bichon… and just cuddle up on someone's lap all day..

haopee said...

I want to be an askal. Yes, a "breedless" mutt with robust health and a tummy of steel. It's amazing how askals--local dogs--survive the streets. And when they find forever home, they know that their masters/pawrents see them for what they are and not from where they were born.

Freya Rose Blossom said...

ER, what about Cavaliers, hope you luvs us too.
Luvs Freya Rose Blossom X

Foley Monster and Pocket said...

We are a terrier family. Terrier pups and Terrier humans. Small and tough, that is us

Bouncing Bertie said...

Well I am a terrier but I think Gail might have a bit of a cross breed - the independence of a terrier for sure, but something of the steady, responsible characteristics of a Golden retriever too perhaps?
Toodle pip!
Bertie.

Maxwell Faraday Richman said...

MOL!! We're trying to figure out the feline analog. Our dad's most definitely a - uhm, what woudl a scientist be anyways? And our mom is a teririer who functions as a border collie (OY VEY!!)

Sully said...

Thanks for stopping by and wishing me a happy birthday.

Aroo to you,
Sully

LP said...

That sounds a lot like our house. We like to play that game too...if we were dogs... and we extend the game to our friends ! :) Dream catchers are the best....we keep the world interesting and colourful! :)

the critters in the cottage xo

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

As I was reading this, I was thinking, I want to be more like a terrier!!!

Madi and Mom said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhh Kristin this is so a sweet and well written post. I recall reading the it the first time but I could read it over and over!! I love the line about being a street artist. LOL
If I were a dog, I'd be a dachshund. Yep!!
Hugs Cecilia

The Menagerie Mom said...

This post transcends words. Perfect. For the record, I think living a magical life with your head in the clouds is the only way to go.

Vanessa Morgan said...

Aww. I'm melting. Way too adorable for words

Three Chatty Cats said...

Love this! Cutest post ever! Now you've got me thinking as to what breeds me and my husband would be...probably mutts!

Kimberly Freeman said...

I have. Ever thought of comparing myself to a dog.
I think I am a retriever also but sometimes want to be a hound lol

Brian said...

That was terrific! If I were a dog my sisters would be not happy!

Sweet Purrfections said...

Love this! I'd probably be a Persian - likes to lie around and be pampered!

Pawesome Cats said...

Great post - although I'm not sure what breed I'd be!? The only dog I've ever had was a St Bernard (an adorable, slobbering giant of a dog) who was a great companion.

Katie A. said...

I think I would be a Siberian Husky like my dogs- friendly and energetic, but independent and clever. I also have long hair that sheds a lot. Lol!

Kerri Irwin said...

such a fun post! I dont know what dog I'd want to be I love the energy of a australian shepherd but i also think a chihuahua would be fun!

Dean said...

Aww what a great post!! In love with that cute little face. Thank you so much for sharing with us! :)

Kim

Joely Smith said...

Wow this was an awesome read! I never thought about my dog personality before but I am going to discuss this with the hubby tonight! LOVED THIS!!

Hindy Pearson said...

What a brilliant post, loved reading it! I never thought about this before but I'm a terrier like you, and my husband has some border collie in him, but he knows not to try and wrangle me!

Ruth Epstein said...

Great post, gave me a giggle and loved it thanks

Jana Rade said...

We feel we need a couple of herding dogs to keep Cookie close around LOL

The Adventures of The Bell Fur Zoo said...

BOL MOL dat sounds just like our Mama and Daddy ;)

xoxo,
Matt & Matilda

ChristaV said...

How absolutely perfect. My words can't compare. Pip was adorable, that's for certain. I'll contemplate what type of dog I am in my heart of hearts. But as you know, I'm very, very drawn to the pibbles... I'll keep you posted on my musings. <3

Robin Mudge said...

It sounds like you and your boarder collie are a perfect combination! There will always be little tiffs that happen in life, but it is nice to have someone whose personality compliments yours more often than not. Cats are perfect for my husband and I because they represent our personalities well too. I'm quiet, but highly observant and I have quite the playful side to me. My husband is a social butterfly - a bit of a gentle giant. We've been married 13 years and are better for it. :)
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I loved this!
love
tweedles

Talent Hounds said...

What a lovely post. I think I may be a bit of terrier too and my husband sounds like yours. He is certainly more practical and organized than me. We both work very hard. We have been together for more than 30 years so I guess we keep each other in balance and happy for the most part.

Cathy Armato said...

That was so beautifully written, I love it! I'm definitely more Terrier & my hubby is definitely more Border Collie! He'd probably love it if I ditched the blogging & went back to a corporate job with great pay & even better health insurance. But I say no, no, NO! Glad I'm not the only one who believes in magical things & money falling from the sky, mine will come from a Golden named Ginny.
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

Cathy Armato said...

That was so beautifully written, I love it! I'm definitely more Terrier & my hubby is definitely more Border Collie! He'd probably love it if I ditched the blogging & went back to a corporate job with great pay & even better health insurance. But I say no, no, NO! Glad I'm not the only one who believes in magical things & money falling from the sky, mine will come from a Golden named Ginny.
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

Janet Keefe said...

You have me believing that Pip will be sending money and dreams from the sky down to you. ♥
Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya Wilhelm said...

That's pretty funny. Money from the sky, oh wow! Yes, please.

Golden Daily Scoop said...

What a great post! You had us at money falling from the sky! lol

FiveSibesMom said...

I love this! I am smiling from ear to ear! Now you have me thinking...my husband is definitely a working breed dog, he may very well be a Siberian Husky - as he works all day long, covers great distances, and on very little food! LOL! Now I have to think about what I would be...! Love the adorable pics!

Tenacious Little Terrier said...

I think I'm definitely more of a terrier and the bf a BC (although less neurotic?) type. I will say though that Mr. N has been accused several times of trying to herd Herders! Got to keep them in line.

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

Love this post! I would like to say that if I were a dog I would be a husky.... they are goofy and playful same as me but...... they are incredibly active. I am still working on that bit haha!

Club-Doggie said...

Funny! I actually have Border Collies and a terrier. They get along great, but the terrier does sing her own tune :)

Jessi Lashakmitis said...

What a great photo! Thanks for the share, keep up the posts!
Kim

Wyatt said...

What happens when the whole family is terriers? Oh dear.....we need a collie to keep it together!!

Wyatt and family

Kitties Blue said...

Absolutely loved this creative post and story of who you and your family are. I've never thought of my husband and myself in terms of dogs, but I have always been told I am tenacious. I am going to have to give this some though. Hugs, Janet

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