They should come with a label that says…. you're going to fall hopelessly in love. They will show you sunrises and sunsets that you wouldn't otherwise have seen. They will teach you that snow is a gift ….that the ocean is there for swimming…. that the coldest winter mornings and the hottest summer days are never as bad as people say.
They will introduce you to people, kind people, whom you otherwise wouldn't have met. They will force you to take time every morning to contemplate the day ahead. With their tail-swishing swagger, they will teach you to slow down, the journey being as good as the destination.
They will be an anchor in bad times, a ballast amid occasional uncertainty, a dose of humility when things might be going a little too well. A Collie will be a sanctuary, a confidant, and an occasional excuse. They will regard it as a personal mission to make you laugh, whether by a ritualistic dance over a pig's ear or a gushing lick to the face. They never, ever say the wrong thing, and it's impossible to be in a bad mood around them.