I more or less knew what I was getting into when I brought a border collie pup into my life. I was already living with Luc, a collie I adopted at 1 year old, but Cass, the puppy, still startles me. Most dogs I know are relatively indifferent to the doings of humans if their interests are not directly affected, but Cass is concerned with the world in a much more catholic sense. Her understanding of things that she should notice and study seems unbounded. A few days ago on a jobsite where we’ve been spending a lot of time, Cass let me know that a Prius was parked in the driveway next door. Previously, only a red pickup had used the driveway, so she barked at the newly-installed Prius until I acknowledged the change in the neighbor’s environmental policy.
Today, I had a fellow repairing the roof on my wood shed. When we got home from our morning walk, he was already at work, and Cass ran over to watch him until I made her come inside. She immediately ran to my bedroom upstairs so she could continue her observations: