Well, I have to admit, my backyard charges HAVE been trying to help lift my spirits. They don't get the whole "birthday" concept, but they do get that I have been wearing sadness like a mantle. They try to be good buddies. I can see that. And, their efforts HAVE given me moments of reprieve from the weight of my sadness. So, I thought I would feature Rivie in this post. She was delighted to pose for photographs and I think I caught a little of her personality in them!
This is Rivie on alert: (I'll give her credit, she IS on alert 99% of her waking moments. She IS a pretty good watch dog. And she CAN run REALLY fast when we are in pursuit of a trespassor! She gets low to the ground and streaks like a black bullet at her unsuspecting target. She is great at darting in from behind, LOW to the ground under the radar! Me? I prefer to let my enemy see me coming and to quake in fear at my size and the deepness of my growl, but, Rivie ALWAYS attacks in STEALTH mode from behind...and ONLY after a lengthy head-low-to-the-ground-STARE! Her targets never know she is coming until they feel her teeth sinking into their nasty heels! And then she darts back out again! The little rat NEVER stands her ground...just goes for sneak attacks and runs! I will give her credit, though, she is relentless with her darting in and out...she always comes back in for a second or third nip! Her attacks are more like mosquito, bites, though. I mean, she has never even broken skin! I keep telling her, "You need to SINK your teeth in DEEP and hang on...then shake your head vigorously to rip a little muscle!", but she's just a Border Collie, what can I say?!)
This is Rivie looking GUILTY: (She has many, many, many reasons to look guilty!!! Believe me, she is one SNEAKY pup! Don't misunderstand...she never FEELS guilty, she just cops the LOOK for the sake of the domineering Spokeswoman!)
And, finally we have Rivie contemplating flipping over into mild psychosis: (She never flips without thoroughly PLANNING it out in advance! Her flavor of psychosis is always diabolically PURPOSEFUL!)