I’ve bred Rough Collies for many years, and about 7 years ago decided to buy a dog from another breeder, someone whose animals I had admired for a very long time. My youngest daughter and I went, initially to look at puppies of a different colour and gender, but came home instead with a sable and white boy – 13 weeks old – who was absolutely stunning! We called him “Phoenix” for the phoenix named “Fawkes” from the Harry Potter stories, and he also answers to the nicknames ‘Pooh, Poohie, Poohie-dooie and Handsome’.
The plan was that he would get me back out into the show / obedience rings again, but it quickly became apparent that while I was ‘okay’ in his mind, his heart belongs 100% to my daughter, Meaganne, who loves him back just as much.
Phoenix is 7 1/2 years old, and at present he is our oldest dog. He has a number of official CKC titles, as well as several unofficial ones too. Meaganne suffered a nasty spinal injury 15 years ago that has left her with chronic pain, among other things. Phoenix has become her ‘unofficial’ service dog. He will pick things up for her, when she can’t reach them, and seems to know just when she really needs pressure or heat along the length of her back. He will lie, stretched out along her whole body for hours.
Phoenix is gracious enough to allow her to share HIS double bed, pretty much whenever she wants to, especially if she is settling in with a book and SNACK ( potato chips, sandwich, cheese slices, etc.) If he feels she is not sharing enough of her snack, he is most willing to paw her or woof at her – just in case she hasn’t noticed the 80 lb furball drooling all over the bedding…..
Phoenix loves to have a job to do , whether it is retrieving his dumbbell, doing ‘jumpies’, or posing for photos. His favourite job at the moment is picking up everyone’s bowl after they are fed. Once he’s brought them to us in the correct order, he gets a treat. He also really enjoys playing with our other two dogs. He likes to search through the doggy toy box until he finds just which toy he wants to play with, and on occasion will even put them all back in the box when asked to do so. Going for van rides, especially to ‘schoolies’ (obedience classes) are also favourite things to do.
He is always willing to share big old wet Phoenix style ‘lickie – lickies’ with any bare piece of human flesh he can find, whenever he thinks he can get away with it – not so affectionately referred to around here as being ‘Pooh – gooed’ If he has an itchy spot, he ‘talks’ to it the whole time he scratches.
He is a really sweet boy, who genuinely enjoys being around the people in his family all the time, especially his own personal human. He likes to sniff the flowers in our gardens, reminding us of the ‘Ferdinand the Bull’ story. He makes us smile and laugh at all his antics all the time. We are so lucky to have him in our lives.
Thank you to Phoenix’s grandma for the wonderful write up!