Xena Jumps Ship   2 comments

I haven’t mentioned Xena the last few days.  There’s a reason for that.

Last week, I decided it would be a good idea for Xena to start wearing a collar.  It would be fun to take her places, like the Farmer’s Market (always awash with dogs) or PetSmart; and it would be necessary if she needed to go to the vet.

Now working Border Collies almost never wear collars.  There’s too much chance of getting hung up in the brush.  I should have remembered that the last time Xena wore a collar was when she went to be spayed.  She certainly did.

I bought a pretty little collar and got a tag engraved with her name, my phone number, and Andrew’s phone number.  I didn’t even get it on her before I noticed the “Uh-oh” expression on her face.  I put it on, nonetheless, petted and made a fuss of her, and gave her some treats.  She slunk out the doggie door and vanished.

I found her hiding under the welding truck, petted her and made a fuss, gave her a treat, and . . . she went and hid again.  This was repeated several times.

All might yet have been well, but about that time Andrew showed up to trim some horses, including my ponies.  I had to leave, but figured she’d be fine with Andrew there.  When I got back, though, she was gone.  I walked and called, called and walked, but no Xena.  I had a pretty good idea of where she might be, though, and phoned Andrew.  Sure enough, he said — a bit sheepishly — yes, he had her; he had been halfway home before he noticed there were three dogs on the back of the truck, not two.

That would be a pretty fishy story in most cases, but Xena and Gena look so much alike that it would be easy not to realize there were two red-and-white heads popping up back there, not one — and that one was not secured.

Anyway, Xena’s up in the mountains herding cattle with Spanky and Gena, until Andrew makes his next trip to town.  I’m in two minds about it; she’s a wonderful dog and I love having her here, but I know she’s only really happy when she’s working.  On the other hand, it’s hard, dangerous work.  I imagine there aren’t many cow dogs that live to a ripe old age.  But they love doing it so . . .

One thing for sure, though; the next time I put a collar on Xena, I’ll wait until just before we’re going somewhere!


Posted April 29, 2012 by stablewoman in Pets

2 responses to “Xena Jumps Ship

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  1. Xena had snuck into the truck?

    • Well, onto the truck. It’s a flatbed, and the dogs ride on the back, with short leashes to keep them from falling off. All Andrew can see from the cab was their heads if they sit up.

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