Milo changed everything and I thank him every day for being such an amazing dog. He’s a border collie we adopted from the Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue back in 2010. The MABCR is one of my favorite organization. Situated on Victory Farm in Chestertown Maryland, there is no better spot for a Border Collie to learn how to be a Border Collie. When you decide you would like a Border Collie there is a rigorous process of interviews and home visits judging your merits as a potential dog owner. At the time, I thought it was a bit much, but looking back and seeing how other, seemingly fine individuals, treat their dogs, think everyone should be vetted similarly. Here’s a video I filmed at the farm a few years back while they hosted an Alternative Spring Break.
Before Milo, I never had a dog. I grew up with cats because they took care of themselves for the most part. As kids we knew having a dog was a responsibility and no one wanted that. Years later, I married Karen who loves all dogs. She’d love to have any breed of dog, but I agreed to having a dog under one condition. It has to be a Border Collie. I had some limited exposure to Border Collies and loved their fitness and intelligence. I love taking my camera down some trails and love having a dog that can lead the way.
He’s the most gentle soul, taking good care of our cat as she grew increasingly frail. Then he wondered from a distance what those 5lb kids were doing in the house, but his careful approach to them without instruction boggled my mind at the time. Now that the kids run around he loves to join in and they love their furry dog brother.
There’s commitment when getting any dog, but especially one like Milo. He’s smart and likely smarter than we’d ever know. He needs to get out to run twice a day. Being self-employed, we’re both lucky we can hang out at our office all day. When we walk around Berlin everyone knows Milo, but not so sure who I am. I’m fine with that. He’s stayed at hotels, done long care rides. Hiked all day. Swam the ocean. He joins in everything we do and catches a Frisbee brilliantly.
They’ll be lots more mentions of Milo in the future but just wanted to introduce you to this amazing dog.