Sunday, November 9, 2008

running with ghosts

It is said that all Border Collies trace back to Old Hemp (born in 1893) and Old Kep (born in 1901). These words that I read once about Old Hemp have stayed with me: "Hemp flashed liked a meteor across the sheepdog horizon...". Old Kep was known as much for his kindness as he was for his working ability.

While it is true that Sophie has the blood of both these great dogs in her veins, I am more touched by the notion that there are times, when she is running wild and free and spirited, that I almost catch a glimpse of the ghosts of Old Hemp and Old Kep running along side of her.

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