Chris and I had been thinking of getting a pair of border collies for a long time before we came across a border collie rescue outfit called Wiccaweys in Leicestershire.  They offered us Robyn (now called Freya) and Colin, a pair of young dogs that had formed a natural mutual affection while at Wiccaweys.  After spending an hour with them and with some doubts about their suitability we (mainly me) decided to bring them home.  On their first day in our garden they escaped and ran up Gillshill Road!  I was at work leaving Chris to spend a frantic ½ hour trying to get them back home!  That was 3½ years ago.

Colin & Freya

Colin & Freya

Colin again - a lovely lad

Colin again - a lovely lad

Freya is a tricoloured border collie, originally from southern Ireland.  She is 5½ years old, rather obstinate, prefers her own company most of the time and is happiest hunting and scavenging.  She is very friendly with other dog owners who give her treats – she can spot them from miles away.  Lately she has become intolerant with other dogs getting too intimate with her, resulting in her chasing and biting them.  Not nice, so Chris now keeps her on her lead all the time while walking in the park.  I let her off the lead for exercise but keep a much closer eye on her and have booked her in for more training at Oakwood.

Colin is a 4-year-old short-haired tricoloured border collie originally picked up by dog wardens from the streets of Salford.  He must have had a rough time – his teeth have been ground down from chewing stones and he used to curl up and hide under bushes whenever it rained.  He is a fantastic dog with lots of endearing habits.  Unlike Freya, he’s a real worker and wants to be on the go all the time – preferably chasing balls.  Why is he called Colin?  Well, apparently the dog wardens thought he was a girl and called him Coleen, so Wiccaweys changed it slightly to Colin to avoid confusing him.

There’s a lot more I could write about them both – maybe at some later date if Shaun and Kay can put up with the delay in me agreeing to write an article and actually doing it!!!

Phil