Bayley’s “Goals” For 2021

What a lucky dog I am!

2021 started off with my moms celebrating and doing a happy dance because something closed and then they got to pick up a check and go to lunch – I’m not sure what that was all about but it made me happy to be included in the celebrations.

A few weeks into this new year I overheard a conversation about a new place for me to stay while my moms go on their trip (I guess they’re going to see a bald guy and then smoking something in the mountains. I don’t know).*** That got me thinking about things I want to do this year while they are gone. Here’s what I have decided for my goals for the year.

Number one: Spread the love!

The first thing I will do when spending time away from home is to scout out the new property and pee on every rock, tree, plant, and fence post that I can find! This way all the critters that live there will know I am the Queen Border Collie and will show me respect and bring me all their toys and let me be first in line for treats. At least I hope that’s how it will work out anyway.

Number two: Get in good with the feline of the household.

Next on my list will be to ask if there are any cats in the house. If there are, I will find them and stare at them for a loooooong time so that we have an understanding. They will be my secret spies and tell me when another dog has peed over my pee so I can go right outside and put fresh pee on their pee, asserting my dominance in the pack.

Number three: The nose knows.

Because I will be staying with two different families at two different properties over a 6 month period, I think I will have plenty of opportunity to smell everything that looks interesting. When we are on our normal walks my moms let me sniff stuff, but not to the extent that I would like. Sometimes a dog needs to spend a little extra time analyzing a smell and they just don’t get that. I will spend as much time as I like sniffing new stuff in my new environments!

Number four: Eat stuff that makes me feel good.

There is no doubt that I will have a chance to broaden my horizons when it comes to cuisine. There is sure to be a change in my food offerings, and if there are cats in the house I can’t wait to see what’s in their dish (and what they might bring to the back door after a few hours of hunting!)

Number five: Be my best self.

As always, I will continue to work hard at being a good girl. I know there will be a lot of changes in my routine between now and the fall and I plan on going with the flow and letting the humans who are taking care of me know that I am very grateful for their love and kindness. Besides, I’m a Border Collie. I have to do my best always!

Thoughts shared by Bayley

*** For clarification on Bayley’s thoughts here, the first leg of our Appalachian Trail adventure has us starting at Wayah Bald in North Carolina and making our way through Smoky Mountain National Park. We are NOT spending time with a bald guy nor do we plan on smoking anything while we are on our trip!

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