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If I Were A Dog, I Would Be A Terrier

If I were a dog, I would be a Terrier. But because I am a parent, friend, and daughter, most days I live as a more mild-mannered and easy going breed like a Golden Retriever. Not that I don’t love Golden Retrievers; I do. Everybody does. But it’s not really me. I’m a free spirit, feisty, idealistic, impractical, and sometimes mischievous. I do my best to impersonate a Golden, but every once in awhile I get a little crazy and rip up the drapes (not really), vow to quit my job and become a street artist, give a bunch of money away to animal in need OR better yet, bring that animal in need home without discussing it with the rest of my family.

If I were a dog I would be a terrier

And this is where my other half enters the picture. You see, my husband is more of a Border collie. He works and works and works some more. He is practical, a here-and-now kind of guy. And well, I’m neither of those things. I am a fierce dreamer and I hold onto my dreams with the tenacity of, you guessed it, a Terrier. I call this faith and imagination and he calls it magical thinking. He only believes in what he can see, hear, or touch and worries that I live with my head in the clouds (he’s right and it’s going to stay there). He likes to ask me if I think money is going to fall from the sky. I answer yes, I think it might and if it does, I will be there to catch it because I’m a Terrier and we are very good at catching stuff.

What actually happens when a Terrier and a Border collie unite? Well, the Border collie spends lots of time sniffing around, trying to herd the Terrier into behaving appropriately. The Border collie believes he is doing his job, and I suppose he is. But the Terrier doesn’t like being herded or told what to do. Have you ever seen a Terrier herded? No? Me either.

If I were a dog I'd be a terrier

Now, the Border collie and I have been together for twenty years since we were practically pups, I mean kids. For the most part, we accept and appreciate our differences. Like a good Border collie, he senses when I’m up to something. And like a true Terrier, I know how to outfox him and when necessary, send him down the proverbial rabbit hole.

And if you are wondering what happens when the Border collie and the Terrier have a little mixed breed. Well, the jury is still out, but it looks like the pup has more of a Terrier approach to life. She likes to write stories, make art, dance, make movies and she doesn’t much like being told what to do, especially if it involves putting her art supplies or magical creatures away in the middle of a project.

So now the Border collie has two Terriers to herd. And for the most part, we oblige. But for the record, despite what the Border collie tells us, we Terriers believe in magical things, following our dreams, changing the world and yes, money falling from the sky …because our mentor, fearless leader, fellow Terrier and much loved Pip, is up there and if anyone is going to drop money or dreams from the sky, it’s going to be him. And by gosh, we will be there to catch it when he does.



  1. Julie
    April 24, 2015 / 11:31 am

    HeHe, I luffs the idea of being a non-herdable terrier. Butts, being a soppy spaniel I try and get my own way wiv sad but cute looks!Loves and licky kissesPrincess Leah xx

  2. Mark Muller
    April 24, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    That was a super post! I said "YES!" 87 times while reading. And I bet the most of your readers will ponder what kind of dog they could be…. I would like to be a Weimaraner … but Easy said PFFF NO WAY! :o)easy rider

  3. Yamini MacLean
    April 24, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    Hari OMAm I the long-lost offspring then…. cuz I def have both these in this one body… yup, I'm a mongrel. Heinz 57. Fabby offering for FFHT!!! hugs and wags….. YAM (aunty) xxx

  4. Oz theTerrier
    April 24, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    Hmmm, your house sounds a bit like my house. It's great to be a Terrier though most other "dogs" don't really understand our true nature. Happy FridayOz

  5. Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs
    April 24, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    Oh we love the new look to your blog …it is perfect. You know we were reading people often get dogs that in many ways resemble themselves both in looks and personality.i have always had long hair and have always had long haired breeds of dogs and without a doubt Reilly has hubbies outgoing happy to meet everyone personality and my calmness. Denny has my reserve when it comes to meeting new people but hubbies love of cuddles. I think we are a four pack of shelties 🙂

  6. stellaroselong
    April 24, 2015 / 1:25 pm

    OhmYPUG we loved this post, it was funny, and enlightening and very very heartfelt, and I imagine most of it if not all of it is true!!!!! Loved it!!!!!stella rose and momma

  7. Madi and Mom
    April 24, 2015 / 2:41 pm


  8. Murphy
    April 24, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    We loved your story too and it made us wonder if we need a "If I Were A Dog" Day? Well done!Your Pals,Murphy & Stanley

  9. Sketching with Dogs
    April 24, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    Terriers are so full of personality and vibrance. It's interesting to imagine what kind of dog you would be. I think I would make a pretty good chihuahua, timid, antisocial and likes naps, LOL.Lynne x

  10. Frankie Furter and Ernie
    April 24, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    WE are LOVING this Post like Crazy… Opposites ATTRACT… and the STICK TOGETHER like GLUE… and they make the world go round… We really do LOVE this post…

  11. Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs
    April 24, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    We loved your post although we have no idea what breed our Mom & Dad would be. We thinks Mommy is some weird Great Pyrenees Mix (like Fenris) and Cat.

  12. Ruby
    April 24, 2015 / 5:52 pm

    Terriers?? Yes!!! Oh, you forgots that terriers can also be goofy! Yuppers! At least we Airedales are! And, so is Ma, truth be told…. So I guess that makes her a terrier too! I guess with a little Old English Sheepdog thrown in (she likes to herd me, and she gots long hair, and she had an OES!)Anyhu, I thinks all doggies are pretty cool…we gots a good life indeed!Kisses,Ruby ♥(the OTHER Ruby…☺)

  13. da tabbies o trout towne
    April 24, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    a paws…a paws…a paws…. a paws !!! ♥♥♥ eggs cell ant post two day…. bloo haired ladee !! ~~~

  14. Oreo
    April 24, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    Gotta love the terriers, not that I am impartial or anything!!WagsOreo

  15. Marg
    April 24, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    WE think that both Terriers and Border Collies are great dogs. Well we have a border collie here and she does try to herd everything including the cats which doesn't work. So we bet the border collies would have trouble herding a terrier. You all have a great week end.

  16. Sweet William The Scot
    April 24, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Well I am sure glad I did not miss this post. Magical thinking love that and am so glad Pip's human sissy is a free spirit who loves make art, dance, playing guitar and write stories. This needs to be expanded into another book. Terriers all the way. Oh an Angel Pip about that money……..Thanks for being a friendSweet William The Scot

  17. Chef Sasha
    April 24, 2015 / 10:40 pm

    I love this post. Mommy loves all dogs too, but she is partial to the Shih Tzu, I can't imagine why(snickers). We all have our favorites and that is very cool.Loveys Sasha

  18. ♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥
    April 24, 2015 / 11:13 pm

    OMD – what a fantastic post!!! Your writing is superb – do we sense a new book in the works???Woos – Ciara and Lightning AND Mom

  19. Anonymous
    April 24, 2015 / 11:17 pm

    Barharhar…never thought about thinking what kind of pup we would be! Sounds like your mix works just fine!The Mad Scots

  20. Brian
    April 24, 2015 / 11:52 pm

    That was Pip purrfect!

  21. Bella Roxy & Macdui
    April 25, 2015 / 12:11 am

    That was fantastic. We're all terriers in our house, too.

  22. KB Bear
    April 25, 2015 / 12:47 am

    An absolutely wonderful essay!!!! You made me want to be a terrier, just like you and Angel Pip. And the last part about Angel Pip made me tear up. I miss that guy.

  23. Jans Funny Farm
    April 25, 2015 / 1:58 am

    We smell food, you smell trouble. 🙂

  24. The Island Cats
    April 25, 2015 / 2:10 am

    What a great post…and an interesting way to see yourself. 🙂

  25. Tweedles -- that's me
    April 25, 2015 / 2:33 am

    We love this post.. and every bit of it we think is the truth!lovetweedles

  26. Sarge
    April 25, 2015 / 2:41 am

    Wow, what a sweet and fun FFHT! Sounds to me like you are both perfect pooches and definitely perfect together! This was a beautiful post today. Since I'm a mutt, I tend to think I have multiple personalities. BOLGrr and Woof,Sarge, Police Commish

  27. Whitley Westie
    April 25, 2015 / 2:58 am

    My momma are definitely a terrier – too feisty for her own good and stubborn too!

  28. Dory and the Mama
    April 25, 2015 / 3:20 am

    What a wonderful love story!!Smileys!Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  29. Lassiter Chase and Benjamin
    April 25, 2015 / 8:20 am

    Love the pictures of Pip as a giant in that city. Mommy said she would be a turtle- oh wait, thats not a dog. Oh well.

  30. The Green Dogs
    April 25, 2015 / 9:13 am

    I love this post. A lot. I think I would be a lazy breed of dog on that likes to, but one that gets irritable it if sits still for too long, because it has to do something… A crossbreed.

  31. Hilary
    April 25, 2015 / 11:26 am

    I love this post… If I was a dog, I'd want to be a bichon… and just cuddle up on someone's lap all day..

  32. haopee
    April 25, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    I want to be an askal. Yes, a "breedless" mutt with robust health and a tummy of steel. It's amazing how askals–local dogs–survive the streets. And when they find forever home, they know that their masters/pawrents see them for what they are and not from where they were born.

  33. Freya Rose Blossom
    April 25, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    ER, what about Cavaliers, hope you luvs us too. Luvs Freya Rose Blossom X

  34. Foley Monster and Pocket
    April 26, 2015 / 12:01 am

    We are a terrier family. Terrier pups and Terrier humans. Small and tough, that is us

  35. Bouncing Bertie
    April 26, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Well I am a terrier but I think Gail might have a bit of a cross breed – the independence of a terrier for sure, but something of the steady, responsible characteristics of a Golden retriever too perhaps? Toodle pip!Bertie.

  36. Maxwell Faraday Richman
    April 26, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    MOL!! We're trying to figure out the feline analog. Our dad's most definitely a – uhm, what woudl a scientist be anyways? And our mom is a teririer who functions as a border collie (OY VEY!!)

  37. Sully
    April 27, 2015 / 12:56 am

    Thanks for stopping by and wishing me a happy birthday.Aroo to you,Sully

  38. LP
    April 27, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    That sounds a lot like our house. We like to play that game too…if we were dogs… and we extend the game to our friends ! 🙂 Dream catchers are the best….we keep the world interesting and colourful! :)the critters in the cottage xo

  39. Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat
    October 21, 2016 / 6:27 am

    As I was reading this, I was thinking, I want to be more like a terrier!!!

  40. Madi and Mom
    October 21, 2016 / 11:00 am

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh Kristin this is so a sweet and well written post. I recall reading the it the first time but I could read it over and over!! I love the line about being a street artist. LOL If I were a dog, I'd be a dachshund. Yep!!Hugs Cecilia

  41. The Menagerie Mom
    October 21, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    This post transcends words. Perfect. For the record, I think living a magical life with your head in the clouds is the only way to go.

  42. Vanessa Morgan
    October 21, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Aww. I'm melting. Way too adorable for words

  43. Three Chatty Cats
    October 21, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    Love this! Cutest post ever! Now you've got me thinking as to what breeds me and my husband would be…probably mutts!

  44. Kimberly Freeman
    October 21, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    I have. Ever thought of comparing myself to a dog.I think I am a retriever also but sometimes want to be a hound lol

  45. Brian
    October 21, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    That was terrific! If I were a dog my sisters would be not happy!

  46. Sweet Purrfections
    October 21, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Love this! I'd probably be a Persian – likes to lie around and be pampered!

  47. Pawesome Cats
    October 21, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Great post – although I'm not sure what breed I'd be!? The only dog I've ever had was a St Bernard (an adorable, slobbering giant of a dog) who was a great companion.

  48. Katie A.
    October 21, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    I think I would be a Siberian Husky like my dogs- friendly and energetic, but independent and clever. I also have long hair that sheds a lot. Lol!

  49. Kerri Irwin
    October 21, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    such a fun post! I dont know what dog I'd want to be I love the energy of a australian shepherd but i also think a chihuahua would be fun!

  50. Dean
    October 21, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    Aww what a great post!! In love with that cute little face. Thank you so much for sharing with us! 🙂 Kim

  51. Joely Smith
    October 22, 2016 / 12:22 am

    Wow this was an awesome read! I never thought about my dog personality before but I am going to discuss this with the hubby tonight! LOVED THIS!!

  52. Hindy Pearson
    October 22, 2016 / 9:00 am

    What a brilliant post, loved reading it! I never thought about this before but I'm a terrier like you, and my husband has some border collie in him, but he knows not to try and wrangle me!

  53. Ruth Epstein
    October 22, 2016 / 9:40 am

    Great post, gave me a giggle and loved it thanks

  54. Jana Rade
    October 22, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    We feel we need a couple of herding dogs to keep Cookie close around LOL

  55. The Adventures of The Bell Fur Zoo
    October 22, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    BOL MOL dat sounds just like our Mama and Daddy ;)xoxo,Matt & Matilda

  56. ChristaV
    October 22, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    How absolutely perfect. My words can't compare. Pip was adorable, that's for certain. I'll contemplate what type of dog I am in my heart of hearts. But as you know, I'm very, very drawn to the pibbles… I'll keep you posted on my musings. <3

  57. Robin Mudge
    October 23, 2016 / 3:52 am

    It sounds like you and your boarder collie are a perfect combination! There will always be little tiffs that happen in life, but it is nice to have someone whose personality compliments yours more often than not. Cats are perfect for my husband and I because they represent our personalities well too. I'm quiet, but highly observant and I have quite the playful side to me. My husband is a social butterfly – a bit of a gentle giant. We've been married 13 years and are better for it. :)-Purrs from your friends at

  58. Tweedles -- that's me
    October 23, 2016 / 4:19 am

    I loved this!lovetweedles

  59. Talent Hounds
    October 23, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    What a lovely post. I think I may be a bit of terrier too and my husband sounds like yours. He is certainly more practical and organized than me. We both work very hard. We have been together for more than 30 years so I guess we keep each other in balance and happy for the most part.

  60. Cathy Armato
    October 23, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    That was so beautifully written, I love it! I'm definitely more Terrier & my hubby is definitely more Border Collie! He'd probably love it if I ditched the blogging & went back to a corporate job with great pay & even better health insurance. But I say no, no, NO! Glad I'm not the only one who believes in magical things & money falling from the sky, mine will come from a Golden named Ginny.Love & biscuits,Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  61. Cathy Armato
    October 23, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    That was so beautifully written, I love it! I'm definitely more Terrier & my hubby is definitely more Border Collie! He'd probably love it if I ditched the blogging & went back to a corporate job with great pay & even better health insurance. But I say no, no, NO! Glad I'm not the only one who believes in magical things & money falling from the sky, mine will come from a Golden named Ginny.Love & biscuits,Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  62. Janet Keefe
    October 23, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    You have me believing that Pip will be sending money and dreams from the sky down to you. ♥Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  63. Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya Wilhelm
    October 23, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    That's pretty funny. Money from the sky, oh wow! Yes, please.

  64. Golden Daily Scoop
    October 24, 2016 / 12:09 am

    What a great post! You had us at money falling from the sky! lol

  65. FiveSibesMom
    October 24, 2016 / 1:21 am

    I love this! I am smiling from ear to ear! Now you have me thinking…my husband is definitely a working breed dog, he may very well be a Siberian Husky – as he works all day long, covers great distances, and on very little food! LOL! Now I have to think about what I would be…! Love the adorable pics!

  66. Tenacious Little Terrier
    October 24, 2016 / 8:18 am

    I think I'm definitely more of a terrier and the bf a BC (although less neurotic?) type. I will say though that Mr. N has been accused several times of trying to herd Herders! Got to keep them in line.

  67. Jenna,Mark Drady
    October 24, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Love this post! I would like to say that if I were a dog I would be a husky…. they are goofy and playful same as me but…… they are incredibly active. I am still working on that bit haha!

  68. Club-Doggie
    October 24, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    Funny! I actually have Border Collies and a terrier. They get along great, but the terrier does sing her own tune 🙂

  69. Jessi Lashakmitis
    October 25, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    What a great photo! Thanks for the share, keep up the posts! Kim

  70. Wyatt
    October 26, 2016 / 1:20 am

    What happens when the whole family is terriers? Oh dear…..we need a collie to keep it together!!Wyatt and family

  71. Kitties Blue
    October 26, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    Absolutely loved this creative post and story of who you and your family are. I've never thought of my husband and myself in terms of dogs, but I have always been told I am tenacious. I am going to have to give this some though. Hugs, Janet

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