All in the Family


Border Collie

Owain is the man in my life. He was born in May 2001, on a sheep farm in Pennsylvania. We were looking for a border collie to work our sheep and when we visited the farm, we fell in love. Mom and I made a two-day trip from Missouri to Pennsylvania and back to get Owain when he was old enough, and by the time we got home, we were head-over-heels. Owain (pronounced Owen)truly is the smartest dog we've ever owned. He learned all the traditional sheep-herding commands by the time he was nine months old but he didn't stop there: Today, at nine years old, Owain's vocabulary is huge. He knows all of us by name, he knows several football plays (crossing-pattern, go out for a long one, and button-hook), he can tell his toys apart by color and type (if you ask him to get the "baby dragon," he'll get it, but not the bigger "Mommy Dragon). He knows Christmas means presents and from the day the tree goes up, Owain checks to see if any of the presents are his. If he finds a bag he thinks has a toy in it, he'll bark to ask if he can open it. The list of things Owain knows is almost endless. Owain's favorite passtime is watching movies with animals in them. Naturally, his favorite movie is "Babe." He will sit on the couch and watch the whole movie by himself. When the movie gets sad (a sheep is killed by dogs) he finds Mom and asks to be hugged. All dogs are like people to our family, but Owain is so close to being human he can almost speak. Being a border collie means being energetic and even at his age Owain needs lots of activity. He barks at Mom's birds, chases squirrels, and plays endless games of catch with me when we watch TV in the evening. Its a marvelous life!

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Comments (18)
Jan 14, 2010 dogsilove
Buddys :D
Jan 14, 2010 cjp
I have no doubt Owain is an incredible dog - he sounds like an amazing worker and compassionate companion. Not to mention, quite a looker! Thank you for nurturing his true potential!
Jan 14, 2010 27Superdog27
What a great looking dog!
Jan 14, 2010 Baja
he is adorable
Jan 14, 2010 wolfgirl66
Handsome Owain has very beautiful soft brown eyes!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 14, 2010 wolfgirl66
Great Snow Scene! Let it SNOW, Let it SNOW, Let it SNOW!!!! Being from Michigan I can relate to this!!!! LOL! It looks like adorable Owain likes the snow!
Jan 14, 2010 bugchick67
Sounds like he is a great dog. I had a border collie mix, and he was also very smart. What a good boy!
May 3, 2010 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 9th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
May 3, 2010 Wendy & Aussies
Happy Birthday!
May 3, 2010 weaverpup
oh boy, i fell in love with Owain just from your writeup, and then i saw the pictures! what a beautiful boy! he can herd *and* he can run a crossing pattern? and he sounds soooo smart. i'm so glad you're giving him the wonderful outdoors life that a border collie deserves. just reading this has brightened my day!! :-)
May 3, 2010 georgia04
Owain truly does sound like a four legged human, he's an extraordinary boy! Not to mention stunningly beautiful. Happy birthday to him, and many more!
May 3, 2011 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 10th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
May 3, 2012 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 11th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
May 3, 2012 brinkboomer
He's beautiful!!
May 3, 2013 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 12th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
May 3, 2013 brinkboomer
Love, your BC!
May 3, 2014 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 13th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
May 3, 2015 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 14th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
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