Lynda Reeves: Meet My Bearded Collie, Dundee
Bearded Collies or “Beardies” hail from the highlands of Scotland where they were working dogs used for herding. Dundee is from what my breeder calls “old bloodlines.” I have had his grandfather, his grandmother, his uncle, and now him, all from the same bloodline.
I remember when Dundee arrived at our house. He was a beautiful, strong, and confident puppy. My breeder explained that as the only boy in a litter of two, Dundee had a continual “milk bar.” That might help explain why he is so incredibly smart and outgoing.I know that he loves me, but from the minute he saw Michel, he was smitten. His master is definitely his favorite person.
Beardies are high maintenance. Besides his weekly groom, Dundee needs loads of exercise and space to run. But they are the most loving dogs that just want to please you. And they are funny — filled with quirks and phobias, which has earned them the nickname, among dog trainers, of “Weirdy Beardie.” Here are some of my favorite pics of Dundee’s adventures.
“Me with my mom. I love to pose for the camera”
“Here I am at only a few weeks old. Too little to go to my new home.”
“Here I am on my first walk on a leash with Michel, my favorite person.”
“This photo of me as a teenager hangs on the wall just above my water bowl.”
“This puppy shot was my first H&H photoshoot. I love the camera crew because it always means lots of treats for me!”
“I go on lots of adventures in the car. Sometimes with the top down…
…and sometimes to the doggy bakery where I get my favorite treats.”
“Sometimes I travel by plane, which is totally fun.”
“I also like to just hang out. Napping with Michel by the sofa, or on my cushion in the kitchen with my teddy.”
“I like to sleep at the top of the stairs where I can see who is coming up. And when I’m hot, I sleep outside the bedroom window.”
“I have a busy social life. Here I am at a dinner party.”
“My good friends Eddie, on the left, and Gus.”
“My cousins Beatrice and Ellery are my favorites.”
“I especially love going for walks or car rides with them.”
“This is at the H&H offices. I only come in for important meetings.”
“With Baby Lucas at my house. Sometimes I let him ride on my back!”
“I have a great life in the city and the country, where I can run and play all I want.”
“If you’re wondering how I stay white and camera ready…it’s all those baths.”
“I really think I should be getting a pay cheque from House & Home…don’t you?”