Now, everyone with half a thought can spout off on the latest issues -- whether their opinions are informed or not. And those views are mixed in with all the other views, and social media gives no weight to those that are thoughtful and well-reasoned over those that are ignorant and hateful.

Border collies are like gifted students in school; if they are not challenged, their behavior can sometimes become a problem. Oreo was no different; he constantly needed a task to perform.