Kelsey (aka, Kelsey-Bird, The bird, Squirrelly-girl) is not an easy dog to photograph, at least not for my very slow, battered old camera that has taken all the photos on this blog. If I had a fancy camera that thinks quick enough to get good action shots, Kelsey would be a great subject. She is the true epitome of Border Collie and is the living example of nearly every Border Collie stereotype ever uttered. A quirky, intense, driven, hyper, sensitive and sweet little creature who, as long as she is awake, is always moving. Even when she appears to be still, she is in fact a bundle of live wire ready to take on any job, be it chasing frisbees, corralling cattle or moving sheep.
Kelsey has been on the farm just over a year now and she loves it. She wasn't cut out for the stress of herding competitions and life in a big, busy kennel with little personal one-on-one time. She has thrived with the responsibilities of farm work and frisbee combined with having her very own person and a place on the couch.
She has also been good for the boys, who both adore her. Tanner, especially, likes Kelsey and the two of them play all the time, in their no-touching-or-wrestling-allowed BC way. Tanner loves to play, but he doesn't like playing with most dogs because they want to touch him and that is not allowed in the BC Book of Rules and Regulations.
I think this is still my favorite picture of the Border Collie Brigade, it just sums them up so well. That is Tanner on the right and Scout on the left and Kelsey, of course, always looking for a job.
Happy Birthday Kelsey-Bird