As a border collie owner, I often find myself wondering what type of human Holly would be. Would she be an intellectual? A teacher? A leader? Soldier? No, I have a sneaky feeling she would enjoy being a prison guard or a bodyguard.
At just over a year old, Holly’s farm dog genes are really kicking in (every time Holly tries to see off a farmer’s land rover, cattle, or more recently, horse-the-farmer-is-riding, I hear the shout above the urgent barking: “that’ll make a nice sheepdog”). She wants to herd: to control, guide, bend to her will. But she mostly wants to protect the pack (members and territory) from danger. Unfortunately, anything big or unusual that moves is considered by Holly to be dangerous.
So, we are out walking and pass by a field. Two horses wander over to see who we are. Holly goes batshit at them. These cob mares really don’t give a monkeys what Holly does, so I let her have a little bit of exposure therapy. Here’s what happened.
So – prison guard – control, punish, escort? Or bodyguard – protect, escort, defend? I suspect the human Holly would enjoy both those jobs.