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.
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.
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.
You can read part one of our memorial tribute to Pip here.