by Ann Blackburn



When Patches Introduced herself to people, the first thing that they saw was a beautiful black and white border collie with long, silky hair and I am sure that she knew what a very pretty girl she was. It was her happy, magically loving spirit that really took control of people, drawing them into her rainbow like a magnet. Patchy’s life was full of friends, human and animal. If she wasn’t able to form an immediate friendship, which was her goal, she would work at forming a friendship over time. Since her life was spent primarily on a ranch, she did have her share of excitement and danger, but most of her days were happy and free.

Border collies need to be kept busy, exercised, have a job and they love to work. Patches was no exception in that she loved to work, strived to do her best and true to her breed, she was dedicated to her family and had a strong desire to please us. She was lucky enough to have cattle in her life and was able to do all of the things that go along with raising cattle that her breed loves to do. They all seem to form an attachment for their pickup trucks, their four wheelers, their hay wagons and, not to mention, their cattle or sheep. It is not uncommon to see them riding on a hay wagon, a truck or a four-wheeler and with big smiles on their faces.

For the most part, border collies in general have that light, loving personality that is so endearing. My Patchy was no different in that respect, but she had a way of sharing her happiness. I might be prejudiced, but there was no doubt that my girl possessed a gift that anyone who met her could feel and I was lucky to be a part of it every day. On any given morning, I could walk out my door and be met by that darling Patchy face with her smile that would light up my day. She had a way of communicating with me that allowed her to share many things that were of interest to her or that she was enjoying.  To this day, she is still finding ways to make me smile.



What this author said about working with us...

I want to emphasize that working with the Luminare staff on my book, "Cowgirl: the Life & Times of a Special border Collie", was delightful. It was a very educational and rewarding experience, and I am now working with them on the second edition of "The Light and Loves of My Life". I am so excited!! "Cowgirl" turned out beautifully. I have no doubt that when I see the finished product of my new book, that I will be just as pleased or more so. I can't wait!! Ann Blackburn