Border Crazy Mom chronicles the learnings and adventures of a new dog mom who is crazy about her border collie rescue pup even though Kora can drive her crazy.

Most of my friends thought I was just a cat person. I had two cat babies, Spanky and Alfalfa, for 17 years, having raised them since they were eight weeks old. After they died several years ago, I rescued another cat, Hollywood, a Maine Coone mix. Hollywood is now about nine years old. So, yes, I do love cats. But I’ve always wanted a dog too. When I got Spanky and Alfalfa, I was fresh out of college. I wanted a dog too, but I didn’t think it was fair to get a dog when I lived in an apartment and was just starting a new career. As the cats aged and I moved into a house, it didn’t seem fair to bring a dog into the mix. Plus, my husband really didn’t want a dog.

For the past several years, I’ve had a “dog file” – a folder where I put information I come across that has anything to do with owning a dog (e.g. doggy day care places, nearby dog washing locales, dog training info), as well as photos of cute dogs. This past summer, the time was finally right. Well, right for me. My husband still didn’t want a dog. On August 23, 2012, I met Kora. I’ve always loved Australian Shepherds, so I searched on Petfinder to find one. Although Kora was billed as an Australian Shepherd, she’s actually a Border Collie mix (which I came to find out about a week after having her).

It’s been an adventure to say the least – 1) to be a new dog mom, 2) with a husband who was less than excited to have a dog (though he is now, thankfully, fully on board) and 3) with a dog breed that all the books say is not ideal for a first-time dog owner. Oh, and 4) did I mention she was only a year old when I got her and 5) being a rescue dog she has some, well, quirks.

This blog was started to help me keep my sanity and laugh at the craziness that has become my life. I want to share with other new dog owners some of the things I’ve learned to hopefully help the learning curve be not as steep (or at least to realize you are not alone). Through trial and error, I’ve found healthy food choices, best toys for serious chewers, creative ways to entertain a high-energy dog, and so much more. I’m sure I still have a lot more I can learn from veteran dog owners, so I’d like Border Crazy Mom to be a community place where we can share stories, ask advice, and spread doggy love.

Read through the blog and chime in with tales of your dog adventures!

Kora, 2012-Present

Hollywood, 2008-Present

Spanky and Alfalfa, 1990-2007


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