Hi, hi, hi, my name is Sam and I am a good dog. Did I mention that I am a Border Collie? That makes me a busy, busy boy.
I loved my family and they loved me. The problem was, when they went to work they'd tie me up in the yard. I get bored easily, so I'd just slip out of my collar and run to where I could find people and other dogs--I love people and dogs!
Sometimes, I'd stay gone for days. Kind humans always took me to the shelter, where the caring staff would check me in and get me settled. I was what they called a "frequent flier". Many times I visited there, and every time my family would come to get me back.
My friend Andrea at the shelter got to know me well and mentioned to my family that someone
she knew, who lived on a ranch where there are always many things to be done, was
interested in me. The next time I had to be reclaimed, my Dad made the tough decision to give
me up to this new family. He cared so much for me that he paid my shelter fee one last time,
and headed out with me to my new home, so that he could be sure I would be happy and loved
Everything went well at first, until I became bored again in my new backyard. I found a weak
spot in the fence, and off I ran. This time, though, I had my collar on with the contact
information for my new family. They were able to come and get me right away. I confess, I
escaped one more time before I realized, Wait. I HAVE A JOB TO DO HERE! My new family
is counting on me to work for them.
I have to break up cat fights, I watch over the chickens when they are allowed to roam, and I
really like to watch the cows. My favorite thing of all is to greet visitors. I can be found hanging
out on the deck or front porch during the day. At night, I have my own comfy bed. At first, I was
squeezing myself into the tiny bed of my new small-breed dog-sister. My new family would just
laugh and laugh, but
was not amused.
I really am happy in my new home and am so grateful Andrea was looking out for me. I have
decided to stay in my new home where I am wanted and needed. I may be 10 years old, but as
I said, I'm a busy boy and happy to have a home with so many jobs to do. I need to get
to work now, the chickens are out and I am on watch duty.