Why is it, that border collies love balls and Frisbees? It’s nothing like their intended job which is herding. The Border Collie is descended from landrace collies, a type found widely in the British Isles. The name for the breed came from its probable place of origin along the Scottish English borders. Mention of the "Collie" or "Colley" type first appeared toward the end of the 19th century, although the word "collie" is older than this and has its origin in Lowland Scotts dialects. Many of the best Border Collies today can be traced back to a dog known as Old Hemp which was a tricolor dog, born in September 1893 and he died in May 1902. He was bred by Adam Telfer from Roy, a black and tan dog, and Meg, a black-coated, strong-eyed dog. Hemp was a quiet, powerful dog that sheep responded to easily. Many shepherds used him for stud and Hemp's working style became the Border Collie style. All pure Border Collies alive today can trace an ancestral line back to Old Hemp. I’m sure that “Old Hemp” would not know what a tennis ball or Frisbee was, nor would he show any interest in either. But it still doesn’t answer the question.
At the point of passing the “toy chest” the dogs are on a mission to find a ball so we can play, which they usually do. Just yesterday, Clancy found a bleached out ball that had roots growing in the fuzz and I’m sure it had been in a undisturbed place for several years, but it was still round and still had lots of fun left in it and as we usually do, we tossed it, how can you say “no” at that point. Truth be known, somewhere around the farm, there are hundreds of tennis balls in a hollow log just for emergencies.
|Size doesn't matter|
|You CANNOT play Frisbee in the boat|
|Old Hemp 1893-1902|