I was about 4 when I first spent time around a border collie - my grandparents’ dog, Bertie. My granny had brought the pup home in her coat pocket - after the farmer said he’d “bang that one on the head” (Bert was the runt of the litter & considered useless for work).
One of the things I loved most about Bertie & what set him apart from my grandparents’ other “normal” dogs, was that when we played together, he’d constantly hide. More like a strange pointy-nosed cat, than a dog. Bert would sneak off under bushes, behind trees, in long grass… he wasn’t very good at being sneaky but he was very determined. I was endlessly amused.
As I got older, I also came to love border collies for their working heritage, their intelligence, their eagerness to work with people etc… but even now I understand why they do it - & more than 20 years after I first played with Bertie - I still find it pretty hilarious when they try (generally unsuccessfully) to hide. Barney’s not so keen on the game but Flynn is convinced he’s a super sneaky ninja collie!
I don’t have many photos of Bert - this is him aged about 15, a year or so before he passed away. He was a good old dog - & the reason I have Barney & Flynn today.