I love my job because I constantly travel to new places and meet new people. This week I stole a bookmobile. Not really, but I did jump in the seat and stare out the front glass. We were performing for the kids at a bookmobile stop in Arapahoe. I noticed the driver’s seat was empty. I wanted to drive the bookmobile to the next stop. If only I could reach the pedals! Maybe there is a reason to have Joey around. He could be the pedal man while I’m the driver. We could hit the road together!
If I worked on a bookmobile, I would deliver books to children and adults everywhere. We’d park the bookmobile at parks and at apartment complexes. The people would cheer as we arrived. They would chant: “We Love Books!” They would give me a milk bone and maybe give one to Joey too. Then I would let them check out all the books they wanted.
I visited two bookmobile stops this week. Our audiences were very enthusiastic and they loved the dog tricks. We even shared some dog training tips with them. We also visited some library branches in Arapahoe, some senior facilities in Colorado Springs, and a preschool. Even though it was a busy week, I still exercised, played with Joey, and kept an eye on our neighbors. Our neighbors look very suspicious.
This week, we all travel to Oklahoma for shows. I sure hope Joey doesn’t eat the car seat. It’s going to be a long, hot drive. Hopefully, he’ll sleep and not lean against me too much!!! I don’t like it when he touches me…
I am a working dog. I'm a Border Collie and Border Collies are working dogs. We love to be needed. Some Border Collies herd sheep, others herd children—but you are not supposed to herd the two-legged children. I love my job. Someone asked my upright when I plan on retiring. What? I will never retire!
Would you retire if you received treats, hikes, fun walks, road trips, car trips, and lots of petting from children? No? Me neither.
A typical day for me begins with either a run, or a walk, or just playing with Joey in our huge backyard. I will admit that I enjoy chasing him. I also love to patrol our fence line. I keep an eye on our neighbors; they look suspicious.
Then we travel to a show. I perform some tricks, I take a nap, I relish the attention and the petting. Next is usually a walk or playtime in a dog park--my reward for a great show. Then I perform again in the afternoon and I receive more treats and lots of love. I sleep in the car as we drive home. In the evening I chase Joey, eat my dinner, watch some TV (but not too much), then I bark at the moon to alert my upright that the moon is watching us. I usually go to bed around 9:30pm.
My days are busy, but also filled with lots of fun time. Sometimes people think I'm tired because I snooze before our show begins. I figure I might as well take a quick nap before I perform my tricks. Unlike humans I don't suffer from stage fright. And usually the libraries and Senior facilities are air conditioned. I love air conditioning!
This week we visited libraries and daycares. I loved performing even though Joey was there. I counted how many treats we each receive during the show and I'm happy to say that I receive more! As long as I continue to reap more treats, Joey can tag along.
I love traveling in the car and visiting new places, smelling new things, and performing for smiling audiences. I don’t enjoy traveling with Joey, the Puppy. He used to ride in a box, but now he’s outgrown it. He’s almost as big as me—argh!!!! We are supposed to share the back seat, but he leans against me. Sometimes that naughty puppy sits on my side of the car! The box contained him. He would sometimes poke his head out of the box and lick my ear, but now he tries to kiss me while we’re driving down the road. Ugh! Puppy kisses are nasty!
We traveled a lot over the past few weeks because of our busy summer schedule. In the summer, we travel around Colorado and even go to other states performing at public libraries for the Summer Reading programs. We journeyed to Woodland Park library on June 1st to kick off their summer reading program. We had a fun audience who enjoyed my tricks and tales! But then Joey stole the show. (If you could see my face, you would see that I’m pouting.) My upright, Denise, brought Joey out at the end for the “Grande Finale.” I played dead. Then I turned my back on the audience. How dare they clap for him!!! What about me? After the little twerp performs a few mundane tricks which made the audience ooohh and aaahhh, my upright had Joey and I perform some tricks together. I twirled, I jumped, and I only snapped at him once which I thought was pretty good.
But this week, we traveled all the way to Cortez and Telluride. The ride was about 7 hours. We stopped along the river. Water roared past us and I will admit that I considered pushing Joey in, but I didn’t. I figured my upright would have been upset. The program in Cortez was held in a library that contained beautiful murals. They had a fun children’s area. The crowd was large and enthusiastic. I loved it—until Joey emerged from his pop-up tent. He performed his tricks which I could have performed while sleeping!
From Cortez, we traveled to Telluride and performed in their gorgeous children’s area. I played in their treehouse which was located INSIDE the children’s area. I met a bear who turned out to be stuffed. I made sure he couldn’t harm any children!
Our journey continued to Broomfield Auditorium in Denver. We performed on stage. I love the stage. I love being the center of attention. I’m a bit of a diva. The audience clapped, cheered, and loved the show. I snarled at Joey once, but in my defense I felt he could have performed better.
Everyone loves Joey. I’m feeling a bit left out. I feel like everyone is excited to see him. But what about me? So, the next time we were in the car, I snarled at him in the car and refused to let him kiss me. Joey decided to chew on a pillow. Ha, Ha. Now my upright is upset. The pillow is ruined and she’s worried he might chew on the car next. I kind of hope he does!!!!
Sienna, The Smartest Border Collie!
I'm a red and white Border Collie. I love performing with my upright, Denise Gard. I call all humans uprights, just so you know! This blog will detail all of my adventures and contain some useful dog tips for all dog lovers!