Mocca’s Story

by Melissa R. on September 23, 2009

Happy Dog!

Happy Dog!

Mocca is a 10 year old Border Collie. Her coat color is described as “Liver-Tri” (which means she is liver-colored mostly, with white and tan highlights) and is registered with the Border Collie Association. She has an ILP (Indefinate Listing Privilege) from the AKC to allow us to compete in AKC Agility trials. An ILP basically means your dog is a registered breed, just not with the AKC, but that’s okay! She is from a line of working collies from North Carolina, and is a bit larger, and has a heavier coat than you usually see in a Border Collie.

How did Mocca come into my life? Well, Mocca was actually my sister-in-law’s dog! When my sister-in-law got Mocca as a puppy, she was single, and expected to do search & rescue with her, along with anything else that came along like agility, etc. After she & my brother met (he also had a dog and a cat), they married, and got another dog…. Along the way they started a family, and realized eventually that Mocca wasn’t getting the type of activity she needed. Border Collies need to be very active, and although they did their best by her, they knew she needed more.

At the time, I had an elderly Irish Setter, Molly, who I had adopted from a rescue group a couple years before. After some thinking, I decided Molly would benefit from having a friend around to keep her active. Therefore, I was happy to “adopt” Mocca in 2003. My sister-in-law is infinitely happy that Mocca is with me and living the life she always wanted for her. Luckily, they don’t live too far away, so they get to see Mocca often and even come watch her compete at the dog agility trials!

Mocca & Molly sharing the couch

Mocca & Molly sharing the couch

About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the and websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

brooke September 28, 2009 at 9:02 am

We raise border collies and they are may favorite pet. They have so much enthusiam and intelligence. Your Mocca is a beautiful dog.

Melissa September 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Thank you for your kind comment! I agree she is beautiful, but I am a little biased I suppose. 🙂 She is my 1st Border Collie, but not my last…!

Lisa October 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Molly & Mocca are beautiful. I had an Irish Setter/German Shepherd mix, “Jackson”, as a child, seeing Molly makes me miss him. Jackson was as big as she is in this picture as a 6mo old puppy! He was huge. He made a great pillow to cuddle with. He was a bundle of high energy all the time. He was a quick learner and took to training easily. Will always miss him.

Melissa October 12, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Thank you Lisa! Isnt it funny how the big guys always make the best pillows….especially since they like to take up all the room on the couch! Molly was forever finding a spot for herself on the couch, even if somebody was already sitting there. She’d just climb on up and sit down on whoever was there. I think she figured they’d move sooner or later…which they did! LOL…Love ’em!

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