This blog is in memory of our beloved Border Collie Tippy who died on July 28th 2010. Every Sunday over the course of the next few months I will post memories and pictures of her life with us, both as a working farm dog, family pet, best friend and work mate.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Easy Rider.

In this picture you can see Tippy on the quad bike with daughter Fallon. From just a few months old Tippy leant to ride the quad bike and became totally at one with it, I only ever know of her falling off it one time by accident and even then the bike was virtually on it's side after I drove it in to a hidden gully on John Mosley's moor.

Her first ever ride was from the car garage to the gate at the end of the drive and she showed no signs of wanting to escape the noisey machine. For a while she would ride it sitting between my legs as she is with Fallon in the picture. This was mainly so I could protect her from falling off and not to prevent her from escaping. Eventually she became to big for me to ride with her this way so she promoted to the carrier behind me. This became her own space, not even the scariest cow could remove her from it. You could tell her to get on the bike and you knew she would stay on the bike until you told her to get off it. Even when herding the sheep and she was busting to join in the fun she wouldn't get off the bike until I told her to and this is how it should be because there were time that I sent her there for her own well being like for instance when dealing with cows or traveling on the road between fields. As you can imagine the last thing anyone wanted was for her to be jumping off in front of cars. If anyone was to see us sometimes though you would have thought that at any moment she was about to part company with the bike as she used to cling to the very edges of it all the time. The only time she lay down on it was when it was parked up somewhere. When in hot pursuit of something she would be jumping around all over the back in excitement but she was obviously master of the situation and at one with the bike and its motions.

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