Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

A Rare Public Appearance



A rare portrait of Moss, she dislikes the camera, well that and a host of things actually, to her the world is black and white, she loves something or dislikes it, there is no middle ground: the kennels describe her as a ‘ladies dog’ it’s true she is not all that welcoming of men who have beards are bald or wear glasses, or any combination of the three, so this rules out a warm welcome for a lot of blokes!

Despite prolonged exposure to the camera she is still very nervous of it and if it’s pointed in her direction she always adopts a cowering pose, that if I were to publish it, would have the RSPCA inspector beating a path to our door. However Tom was throwing snowballs for her to catch the other day and it provided sufficient distraction for me to sneak a photo or two.


She will ‘play ball’ for hours,

Hot dog, cool day

like a friends dog that used to chase gulls on the beach (the gulls always won ) to the point where it was so exhausted it couldn’t walk home and had to carried.

Look into my eyes

She is (like most Border Collies) very intelligent, but in a quirky ‘nervous genius’ sort of way. One farmer claimed that Border Collies don’t settle down till ‘they’ve a year under each paw’ she’s 4 now so we have high hopes!


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

16 thoughts on “A Rare Public Appearance

  1. Oh my, how nice to meet Moss in the fur! Clearly Tom is one of the people who passes muster in her black and white world. And what a good idea to make her portrait while she’s focused on something other than the Evil Camera.

    One of my favorite experiences ever was watching a Border Collie at work, full of joy and intelligence.

  2. She’s a beautiful girl! Thank goodness for snowballs and sons to play catch with her – great captures!

  3. What bright intelligent eyes, she has ~ My friend on the farm had a beautiful border collie, too, and she always greeted me with a smile. Glad you were able to take the photos while she was chasing snowballs ~ and presenting them in black and white, of course 😉

  4. Wonderful photos of a lovely looking dog! xx

  5. Those pictures are brilliant. She is a lovely border collie. Yes they are intelligent, very much so although mine chewed the sky remote last night which i think was my punishment for not taking him for a run for two days.

  6. What a lovely dog is Moss! My dog Logan is half Border Collie and half Queensland Healer. He’s JUST the same as Moss around a camera. I have to catch him completely off guard to get a decent photo. Perhaps it’s the breed? Or maybe they feel we’re stealing their souls? Logan also likes catching snowballs — it’s his favorite winter play, when we have snow.

    • Wren, I can see that the Queensland Heelers have a lot in common with Border Collies, especially getting into mischief is their very active brain is not kept busy!
      I think she sees the camera as a very large eye that is attempting to ‘stare her out,’ so yes it might be an attempt to steal her soul, or at the very least her place in the pack hierarchy!

  7. its funny about cameras – i have a little point and shoot which joker has been fine about for years – when my dad gave me his old pentax slr joker wouldn’t look at it so i got loads of rather odd pictures of him – he is the same with my nikon d70. i reckon it is because the lens looks like a long nose so he thinks it is a big dog!

    i had a lovely border collie called lad for many years – he was rescued and nervy but very loyal to me.

  8. Hi Mrs. Uhdd –

    Just catching up here – so many new beautiful pictures. What is the status of your book?

  9. Gorgeous photos, what a beautiful looking dog.

  10. Our old dog who was half border collie, half labrador and is sadly no longer with us, would chase clay pigeons, pouncing on them when they hit the ground and crunching them to pieces. He used to get so exhausted he had to be carried home and lay flopped for the rest of the day. We jokingly called him our ‘gun dog’ – you only had to yell ‘pull’ and he was off!

  11. KVS, the book still hasn’t happened (hasty note the ‘book’ is a year book, just for family, I planned to do with some of my photos, mainly for my mum because now we’ve gone ‘digital’ she never gets to see any prints.

    Lavenderjack, your comment is not linking back to your site, I can’t quite remember why it happens, I think it is something to do with how you are logged on in WordPress

  12. It has always amazed me how much focus they have. I think it is that factor that can make them a bit nervous because they are so aware of every little thing. Lovely photos, I really like the first one!

  13. What a beautiful dog. Border collies are so neat. I fostered one named Shyanne. She was very old and died of old age before she was ever adopted. I had her for only a few months but it hurt so when she passed on.

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