The following are letters we have received from the wonderful people who have adopted our rescue dogs. It is so rewarding when we bring together great dogs with great people!
February 20, 2012
We finally got some snow and Nala (formerly Daisy) just loves it! We took her snowshoeing for the first time last week and she thought that was great. We started a new class at a place in Carson City that just opened up. They have the regular obedience classes and then have classes to get the dogs ready for agility, therapy, etc. One of the assistants at the vet has Australian shepards and she teaches classes there, and she told us we should take this class we are in now called Focus. It shows you how to work with your dog in a non-verbal way to get them to control themselves and also commands to have them focus on you, which will be of use in all the later classes. Nala learns very quickly of course being a BC, and Curt works with her a lot at home as well. She is such a great girl and definitely keeps us hopping, but it’s a lot of fun.
We went to Palm Springs and rented a house with some friends that also have dogs, so that worked out really well. She is great in the car and PS is really dog friendly, so she got lots of socialization in. We also took her in the pool and showed her how she could swim – she wasn’t thrilled! She still loves her crate so that worked out really well for the rental house.
February 20, 2012
photo attached I've titled "puppy love" because Sophie & Milo (formerly Huey)
are truly in love. They play all day and snuggle at night and in the morning.
Sometimes they even eat out of the same bowl and share treats. Sophie has been
an extremely tolerant big sis.
Milo is really good overall. He learns really fast and listens well. We are very happy to have him.
Milo is just loving Lake Tahoe and his forever family. He still hasn't gotten up the nerve to swim in the lake but I don't blame him. As soon as it warms up a little, I'm sure he'll be a swimmer.
He does have fun watching Sophie swim and he will go in up to his belly after a stick or pine cone.
Hi BC Rescue!
We adopted 9 month old Hamish (now called Murray) on April 1, 2011. It has been 7 months and we're all doing great.
After some months of some separation anxiety issues, which were pretty tough, Murray is doing great. He didn't know what toys were, was scared of anything with a squeaker and didn't even really know what to do with a chewy. He was so serious and afraid of everything, but within a month everything was different.
Murray is fantastic will all other dogs. We go to the dog park almost every day, and even aggressive dogs he laughs off with a signature humor (like his namesake Bill Murray). Any dog that wants to play like a puppy gets 55 lbs of excitement! I tell people at the park he's having a second puppyhood. He LOVES his cat Miller (who looks suspiciously like a BC), and tries really hard to make the other cat like him as well. As with most dogs, the cat that doesn't run is special, and luckily both of our cats are willing to chill with Murray (or too lazy to run?). As long as he gets a good run next to the bike on the bike trail or a good time at the dog park or dog beach every day or so, he's a model dog.
Murray wasn't great at being alone, but with some incremental training (starting with 10 minutes and going from there), he's now totally fine by himself - no crate needed. He's also great at going to work with Mom at a photo studio. He greets clients and goes to his spot to hang out, the flash doesn't bother him at all. Even with our weird schedule, not really waking at the same time every day, he's figured us out and worked in great. He'll sleep in if he sees that's the theme of the day, stay up a bit later if there's guests to hang out with, or go back to being a "normal" guy who wakes up early too.
He's not much for the ball, and his best trick is a fantastic head tilt back and forth if you ask him nonsensical questions. He's a born good listener. He pretends to know so much English. We've done a few training courses, which any BC owner will attest, he was top of his class. He came to us with a docked tail from his prior situation, but he does have one little bit of "fringe" left from what would have been an amazing BC tail. So now he when he gets happy he wags a long little 5" length of hair quite furiously.
Murray is only a year and a half at this point, and I can honestly say that I'm so thrilled we get to know this amazing guy for many years to come. Northern California Border Collie Rescue was amazing at helping match us with the perfect dog. Their years of knowledge of Border Collies helped them understand how sweet Murray was and helped him find his home here.
November 10, 2011
A success story from TAZZY's new owner:
I was a lonely and solitary child, living three miles from the nearest neighbor. My border collie ¨Bess¨ did her best to bring me up, taking me out ¨sniffing down gopher holes¨ for entertainment. Fast forward 50 years and I was once again looking for a great companion. This time my companion has to get along with the cats, cope with the small flat in the city, go to the mountains, go to work with me on the ranch and hike with me. A tall order. My introduction to ¨Maise¨ was not encouraging. She hid. Other collies at the foster home piled on top of me. She crawled behind the patio furniture. On the leash she tried to refuse to leave the yard. I spent half an hour convincing her to move 70 feet up the trail. At the top she bolted away from my partner Donald. Her blue merle coat stuck out in odd directions making her look lopsided. Back at her foster home she ignored both of us and hid again. I talked it over with Donald. Were we willing to commit to this scared dog? I almost said no, but a couple of things kept coming back to me: when she arrived at her foster home she wouldn't play, but now two or three weeks later she was showing the first signs of playing. She bonded with both foster parents, so she could be socialized. In the past I've done well with scared animals. Donald and I said Yes and her foster father loaded her into the car. After much discussion we renamed her Tazlina or ¨swiftly running river¨ in an Alaskan native language.
Two and a half anxious hours later we arrived at our San Francisco house. She was so scared she could not navigate our front stairs and fell three times getting up them. The stairs were such a problem that I had to carry her down them the first three or four times. She bolted from people on the street, especially child sized ones, trembling in fear. She refused to go potty for more than 48 hours because she didn't feel safe. We walked, and walked, and walked until she finally felt safe enough, and desperate enough to do her business. She ran away from other dogs, even tiny ones, with her tail tucked between her legs, hitting the end of her leash running. Later, at the ranch, the horses scared her into repeatedly jumping -into- the car through an open window. Her terror of strangers and especially children led her to bolt to the end of the leash when she saw a pedestrian across the street. We have a grammar school playground across the street from us. We quickly learned not to try and walk her during school hours. She growled at both Donald and Marty in the first week, warning them away from her nice safe crate.
After the first day or two Tazlina had two things clearly in mind. I was her “person” and I had given her a job: learn to live with me and my “pack”. As far as I can see there is nothing that a border collie loves more than a job, unless it is her ¨person¨. She has worked incredibly hard to become the dog that I want her to be.
She quickly learned to navigate the stairs, both front and the more scary open back stairs. She spent days getting used to Uncle Marty's flat and then she took advantage of the fact that she could see a very busy street from a very safe window. At first she just sniffed the air coming through the window, then she leaned her head out it and watched the street. Eventually she graduated to sitting on Uncle Marty's steps where she could watch people (and dogs) go by. At home she listened to the noise of the school all day long.
As I write it is exactly two months since we picked Tazlina up. To say that she has made progress would be a huge understatement. Almost every day we see her gain confidence and we see joy come into her life. She no longer runs from children unless they are in the act of shrieking, and even then she will walk down our street with a slack leash as long as the kids are not actually on the street. Today she calmly walked past an entire group of very small, but quiet children. She greets strangers with either a tail wag and an upraised head, or if she really doesn't like them she ignores them. She has learned to sniff noses with other dogs, and yesterday she spent half an hour in a dog park watching other dogs play without cowering.
She greets all three of her human “pack” members with huge tail wags that bend her body in two, licking their ears if they let her. She gives little twirling jumps of excitement and pleasure and races around whenever she is especially excited, usually at the Ranch or the beach. Her lovely grey, black and white coat is now glossy and lies flat along her body.
Training her has been a pleasure. She is -so- eager to please. This evening we worked on the command “way out” to tell her to move further away from me. Her eyes sparkled, she wiggled and danced as she moved one more (small) increment further away. In addition to “way out” which she sort of understands, she is confident in: sit, down, come, stay, wait, go in the other room, load up, off, NO, that's enough.
We think that Tazzy is our “perfect dog”.
November 8, 2011
It has been a learning experience for all of us, and a lot of work, but Tuco is everything we could have asked for and more.
He is sweet and energetic, with a herding instinct like none I've ever seen before, and he is fast as lightning.
He loves to play chase, fetch his ball, and show off his tricks like weaving through our legs and jumping through
We took him for a herding instinct test, and even though he's still a puppy and had never seen a sheep before,
He is such a smart dog, sweet and loving, who loves to meet new people, especially kids.
Would love to hear how other folks who adopted from Tuco's litter are doing-
Thank you for bringing this wonderful little pup into our lives.
It's been a little over a year since I adopted Callie (formly Tally). She became a family member immediately, becoming the ears for Fetch our 13yr old border collie, who became deaf just abt. 2 yrs ago. (Fetch, by the way we got from border collie rescue 9 years ago.) Callie makes everyone she encounters smile, with her one of a kind looks (1 ear always up, 1 ear always flopped down) and ever-ready to play personality. We are taking agility classes and sheep herding lessons and of course she's amazing at both. I retired this April, so now I have lots of time to camp and hike with the dogs. Her spirit makes every day with her a joy.... thank you.
October 22, 2011
adopted Star on January 29, 2011 and she was just a few days past 3
months old. We have been truly blessed with our Abbey (Star) in our
lives for the past 7 months. Her one year birthday is coming up on
October 26, 2011. She adjusted well to our home and family (the cats
were an issue at first). One of our cats "Lemieux" does not like
being chased or played with and keeps to himself pretty much now that
Abbey is in "DA" house. Our other cat "Nabby" does not seem to mind
the chasing, the playing and pretty much enjoys (tolerates?) Abbey.
She LOVES the FRISBEE, any kind of Ball, Tug Rope, Squeaky Toys,
Flashlights, and Laser Lights. We hope her brothers and sisters
(Tinsel, Dasher & Noel) were adopted and we wish them a very Happy
Birthday. Abbey was very very easy to train and exceptionally smart.
She starts obedience class next week. I have included some of our
favorite photos of her.
God bless Northern California Border Collie Rescue and Terri.
October 17, 2011
June 30, 2011
Just a quick update on Henny, the goof ball! We adopted Henny two years ago. He had been hit by a car as a puppy, a vet had set his leg (the x-rays are amazing!) and there was some concern over how well the leg would heal. I'd like to report that he is doing great! He has a little scar and his leg has a very slight curvature, but nothing slows him down! He is a very vocal dog, with his crazy upright tail wagging a million times a minute! He is such a smart dog,( tries to get away with a few things,) and we love him so much!! We adopted another BC this last year (locally) , to keep Henny company after our old lab died. He looks at us like "Really mom, you think I needed a puppy??"...but they get along great! Thank you so much for taking care of Henny before he found us (and thank you to the Yi's who fostered him)!
September 17, 2010
Had to share the latest portrait. My husband is thrilled because in dog
training class we are practicing down stays and that means Ben will hold
still for a photo now...much easier than before. He is doing great. We
just got back from Mendocino a few weeks ago where he stayed with us in the
Stanford Inn hotel, went to breakfast in their lobby and lay under the table
quietly during breakfast even though all sorts of other dogs were coming and
going. He got to play on the beach and he elected to go and swim around in
the water. He loves to swim! We were hiking up at Sunol and when our
Vischla went in - he followed and decided that paddling around was great
fun. He is a bit nervous of the waves but in Mendocino we were on the river
side and it was very calm so he just piled on in and paddled about on his
own. Very cute! He is doing better with heeling and settles when we need
him to...mysteriously, if he is going bonkers border collie style and we
need him to settle we just clip a leash on and put him at our feet and he
goes to sleep. Not sure how that happened but it is handy when we visit
friends:) He still hates the crate when we both have to leave him and I
enrolled him in doggie day care so that we have more options if we go out
for a longer period or something...haven't tried it yet but I suspect he
will love it. He loves other dogs at the dog park. He is very social. Our
only obstacle at this time is we can't leave him alone yet...he drags bath
mats out, still loves to chew shoes and that sort of thing. Yesterday he
grabbed the toilet brush five times! I finally gave up and put int on a
high shelf. Our house has never been so well picked up:)
Thanks again for helping us find this lovely, sweet puppy - he is curled up
snoozing under the edge of my bed at this moment on his back! Ha ha. Such
a puppy thing.
Just writing to let you know
how Lizzie (formerly Demi) is doing. In the year we've had her, she has grown
from a shy little pup into an outgoing, happy member of our family. She used to
be afraid of other dogs but now looks forward to our trips to the dog park! She
is the sweetest little soul, and is probably the smartest dog we've ever had.
She knows all of us (and her toys) by name, and her repertoire of tricks is
quite impressive. But along with those Border Collie smarts there is a bit of
Corgi attitude, and there are times when she gets frustrated because we don't
understand what she's trying to tell us. So we play 20 questions and when we hit
it right she licks her nose! She loves traveling, chasing squirrels in the back
yard, stretching out on the sofa, and chewing through indestructible dog toys :)
People often stop to tell us how pretty she is and ask if she's a designer breed. We always take the opportunity to tell them about BC Rescue and what a wonderful experience it has been. We said it before, and we'll say it again...thank you so much for rescuing her, and choosing us to be her forever home!
This is the latest on Flynn, who we adopted just over a year ago.
Our little boy is not so little anymore! He's gone from hating water to loving it- he's a great swimmer! He rides in the car like a big boy and has been cross country 2 times. (this is especially important as he hated the car when we got him - he was terrified)
His many travels include San Francisco, Sarasota, Florida, Joshua Tree National Park and everywhere in between.
He has his 2 big hikes every day and 2 small walks in between; he stops to say hello to everyone! He's just not getting good with letting out a "woor!" when he says hi! He puts a smile on our face and in our hearts every day!
Flynn has fun with his dog buddies in the neighborhood, and often has them over to play in the afternoon after their walk; Flynn's neighbor LadyBug the cat just sits by with a confused look wondering what they're doing throwing stuffed animals, balls and woobies around.
Can't tell you how happy we are to have Flynn in our family, he loves everyone! Dog, Cat, horse, and people, too! Thank you so much for letting us be Flynn's forever family.
June 5, 2010
Cash (formerly Dash)
He's getting vigorous ball-chasing at the
dogpark every morning, plus
three walks around the nabe. He has made huge strides in his
confidence with strangers, ESPECIALLY at the dog park, and is a lot
more confident generally. He has a platoon of fans around the
neighborhood already, human and canine.
Obedience school starts next Friday and I'm looking forward to it, though I am
already delighted at how much he knows, how quickly he learns, and
how good his instincts are. Unless he's doing victory laps with a
ball, at which time he cares for nothing else! But that only lasts as
long as he remembers he has to give me the ball if he wants me to
He's a GREAT dog. I'm really sorry he had to wait so long to get adopted, but I feel
very lucky that he's here.
February 22, 2010
Reba had her best day yet today, she spent the whole morning before the rain playing with Maverick, Dallas and Jessie, she runs like a crazy thing all over the ranch and is happy as a clam !! My horse vet was here today and she saw her a couple of days ago and couldn't believe the change in just a couple of days, she was truly waiting for me to come get her and I am so glad I did !! She is wonderful, although for some reason I keep calling her Bella !! Who knows why, she knows Reba so well but I guess something in her is a Bella to me, one of my very close friends in England is Bella so maybe that's why !! Anyway just wanted to let you know how well she is doing and to thank you and Border Collie Rescue for her !! She has a new pink collar and her name tag as well as the other tags which I transferred, and actually went to Petco with us to get them and handled that quite well. I can open the door to the ranch and let her go out as she pleases when I'm working in my office and when I call her she come full pelt to me every time. She has also discovered the creek and, although it's a little chilly, has been in a couple of times. Great dog, thanks again!
Dakota (Border Collie)
Dakota was adopted at age 8 weeks from border collie rescue. She was a bright and healthy pup with a brilliant future in training. No one would have known or even suspected the health issues to come. She was brilliant in puppy training (foundational/groundwork in agility and sheep herding) and showed an extremely promising future in any performance sport.
By 4 months of age, it was apparent that something was wrong. Dakota had lost a substantial amount of her fur on her eyes and legs; she didn't appear is if she felt well and she appeared uncomfortable a lot of the time. Despite very good nutrition, she was weak, sickly, thin and did not appear healthy. She was initially treated for an array of skin issues, however, the fur continued to fall off. Vet appointment after vet appointment provided no cure for her skin issues. Once the issues were really out of control, and her skin had opened up into oozing, bloody sores all over her body, she was diagnosed with dermatomyositis (DM), a genetic collie disease affecting skin and muscles. At this point, I began consultation with Texas A and M DM lab, in conjunction with Dakota's own vet. Dakota was placed on a very heavy cocktail of supplements and a human circulatory medication, Trental. While showing marked improvement over the next 11 months, Dakota still has small patches of hair loss and small patches where the skin follicles died from the disease and will not regenerate.
In the meantime, at about 5-6 months old, Dakota went lame on her front leg. She had had an accidental jump from a deck which was attributed to the cause. She was placed on 6 weeks bedrest, which is always a challenge for a young border collie. She was also placed on sedatives to help facilitate this process and she instantly had a very adverse reaction to the sedatives, kicking her dermatomyositis into high gear again, and thus losing large amounts of fur again. After 6 weeks of bedrest, Dakota seemed better for a few weeks/month, however, she later went lame again. Her condition was such that she could not stand, could not get herself up from a down/seated position, and needed stairs to get onto the bed. It was suggested that her condition might worsen to the inevitable. A whole panel of x-rays was conducted and Dakota was diagnosed with shoulder osteochondritis and hip dysplasia. At this point, because she could barely move, but really wanted to be a young border collie, I sought consult after consult with professionals to determine what to do. Dakota was seen in numerous places and began hydrotherapy to provide her with exercise. It was later determined that she needed surgery for the shoulder osteochondritis, however, she was unable to undergo anasthesia due to the state of her dermatomyositis. It began to be a race for her health as the longer the surgery was prolonged, the worse arthritis could set into the joint, however, rushing to surgery could end fatally if the dermatomyositis was not at a stable state. Hours of consults, xrays, diagnoses, treatment, trips to specialists, research and thousands of dollars later (8K to be exact), Dakota's dermatomyositis was improving and it was looking like she might be able to undergo surgery, however the least invasive, most state of the art surgical methods were imperative due to her weakened condition. Many miracles were then to follow, including Dr. Andrew Sams of Mill Valley, an orthopaedic and arthroscopic surgeon, who completed Dakota's surgery with huge success....Sarah Johnson, who helped tirelessly towards Dakota's rehabilitation....the Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation who contributed generous assistance towards the cost of the surgery.....Dr. Carol Jean Tillman at Geary Veterinary Hospital in Walnut Creek who gave countless hours of consultation and assistance, the Canine Rehabilitation Center in Walnut Creek who tried to help Dakota through hydrotherapy prior to surgery...the list goes on...for miles.... Today, Dakota is one year post surgery. After months of rehabilitation, exercises, retraining muscles, teaching jumping, etc., Dakota is finally competing at the novice level in jumpers, predominantly NADAC at thist point, with high hopes to also compete in AKC and USDAA. Although 2 years and 2 months old, developmentally and muscularly, she is a very young pup still due to all of the health problems, and often struggles to find the coordination to make it all happen. The perseverance, dedication and love for what she does is unparalleled in this pup...she is a daily inspiration to myself and my other dogs in our agility endeavours....and there is a not a night that goes by, that we don't all give thanks to the stars...and wish on one more, for Dakota.
November 9, 2009
Just letting you know how well Bodie is doing now. We are an active team with Lend A Heart in the Sacramento area and he is perfect for that! I have taken him to places and he has warmed everyone's heart, as he has done with me and anyone he meets.
A success story for you....as a Lend A Heart team, Bodie and I were at a tour for a new facility that we are going to be Team leaders for. As we entered the memory care unit, a lady came up to us and began talking to Bodie. He of course gave his nose to her hand, licked her and gave that BC look that nobody can deny. She talked to us and smiled and life was good. As we left our visit, a nurse came to me and said that lady had never spoke a word since she entered their home 8 months prior. My Bodie had that look that warmed her heart and made her feel comfortable enough to talk to us.
I can't tell you enough, how every day, I thank God Bodie came to me and I know as he is aging, my days are numbered. When that time comes, I will be back for another BC to fill some VERY BIG PAWS.....
Just wanted to give you an update on
Eddie Green. He's a wonderful, active, confident, friendly, intelligent puppy.
He's almost mastered "sit" and is doing very well with house training. He
watched Moksha playing frisbee and learned very quickly that the frisbee is a
wonderful thing. It might be hard to keep him from playing frisbee until he
develops. In 2 meals he learned where his food is kept and cries at the cabinet
when he's hungry, despite being fed on a schedule. Moksha is adjusting, and I'm
sure they'll be buddies before long. I named him Rishi, which means "sage" in
Good luck finding homes for all of those other puppies, and thank you again for all you do.
It's been 2 weeks since Rishi joined our pack, and he is doing well. Moksha is still not entirely on board with the decision to bring a puppy into the pack, but he's trying. Rishi is in the phase of experiencing the world through his teeth, and Moksha is being very patient with him, or at least trying to be. Rishi is very smart and much more bold and outgoing than Moksha. It's fun to have him around. He likes fetch, understands "sit" and "come", and is working on "down", "stay", and "leave it", and he doesn't even start school for another few weeks.
I adopted Red from you guys just a little over a year ago and have been wanting to let you know how well he is doing. He continues to be a most wonderful dog and adores me and his Golden Retriever "brother" Bentley. Red had been given the name of Rob-Roy when you guys got him in but never responded to that so I changed it back to his original name Red. Anyway, I just love Red and he is so happy and very adjusted to everything in his life. Attached are a few photos. I wish there was some way of letting Red's original owner know that Red is loved and thriving! Thank you so much for Red!
I just wanted to let you know how much we love sweet Tulsa (formerly Camille). She is such a joy! At first she was pretty shy and timid.......but now she is confident and goofy. She is low energy for a Border but that is just fine with us! She does a lot of camping with us and enjoys hiking and hanging out. As long as I am with her she is happy. While I'm away she is patient and content. This summer we started beginning agility and she loves it! That is everything but the tunnel! She bucks like a bronco horse whenever I try! Oh well I'll be patient and she'll do it in her own time. When my daughter brings her Aussie puppy home from college playtime is on!! Tulsa and the pup tumble, wrestle, dunk in the pond and run until they drop and then start all over again! Thank you so very much for rescuing are precious girl!!
you might be interested in seeing how Ellie Mae is doing.
Just a bit of background. The summer of 2006, 3 year old Ellie was
surrendered to the shelter pregnant with heartworm. She was due to be put
down due to the expense of heartworm treatment when BCR rescued her.
Within 24 hours of being rescued she littered. After weaning all of
her pups (they were pure BCs and all were adopted), she went through 6
weeks of heartworm treatment and was then spayed. We adopted her 1
Ellie was very timid and insecure, a real Velcro dog. She didn't know
how to walk on a leash, afraid of cars, didn't bark, etc. Within a
month (Jan 2007) we started agility classes. The agility instructor
had her doubts about how far Ellie would go in agility due to her
insecurities. Ellie started slow, but about 6 months later it clicked
and she really started excelling in agility. Jan 2009 she participated
in an agility demonstration at the Cow Palace. In Feb 2009 we started
competing in agility. She is doing so well. After only 7 trials, she
earned 2 legs towards her Open JWW and won her Open Standard title.
We wanted to find out if she had any herding instinct, so we had her
tested the first month we had her. She failed the first instinct test
as well as the second test a month later. After building up her
confidence with 2 years of agility, we tried herding again and she did
We thought Ellie would make a good therapy dog, so after having her for
about 6 months we had her tested and she became a therapy dog (visiting
convalescent centers, etc). She tolerated it, but didn't seem to enjoy
it, so after only a few months we stopped. Agility and herding is what
she loves, so that is where we are focusing.
Ellie is a very happy dog. We are so glad that she was rescued and
part of our family.
Just what would life be without Katie (originally Lizzy) or Tucker? We can’t imagine!
The first two months were really trying, I think it was trying for them too, but we all hung in there and the rewards are beyond anything we could have imagined! That it has been four years now, tells you what a busy, full life we all have had together!!
Katie was renamed as Gregg felt under that black coat was really a redhead and so she just had to be Irish! He began calling her Katie O’Leary. She was definitely the wild child! We are sure her exuberance (what we love) is the very thing she was beat and abused for. She is now our clown! We are so proud of her changes and she has proved that love and stability can overcome some really big odds!! She is all girl, plays ball but there will be no dirty sheep in her life!!!
Tucker is a “soft” dog. He was 3 days past his kill date (lost paperwork) when he was rescued! His foster mom, Jeanne, told us he was special but we had no idea how special! His issues were from neglect along with some major health problems. By continuing the care that BCRNC had started, we began to uncover the dog he was meant to be. His groomer kept encouraging us to test him for herding instinct. It was instant love. He now trains at Herding 4 Ewe in Vacaville with Debbie Pollard. Tuck’s biggest issue now is waiting for his Dad to catch up as his herding handler in the field!
Last weekend at an AKC trial Tucker qualified and placed first in Started Course A (sheep) and as if we couldn’t be any prouder he was also High in Trial! The feelings that well up in us each time this dog runs and works sheep is more than we can put in words. Katie is always there, too, as the cheerleader!
Tucker has been such an ambassador for Border Collie rescue as he is right up there with purebred, papered and pedigreed dogs, holding his own! People are so surprised when they hear his story. We travel and camp with these two and every one falls in love with them too.
We are so grateful you chose us to be the forever home these two wonderful dogs so deserved.
August 16, 2009
We adopted one of your puppies - "Diesel" on July 4th. We just wanted you and his foster mom to know that he is doing well, other than being loved to death! He now answers to his new name - Riptide and can sit, give his paw, lay down and speak on command. He is house-trained and is coming along on coming when he's called (he gets a bit distracted by other dogs and people) and not begging for food. He is still a little "mouthy" with our son, but we think that will let up when we get our son trained!
Thanks so much again for your organization and also to his wonderful foster mom, who was clearly very good to him and worked with regularly. He has already brought so much joy to our family and we are very grateful for him and for you.
August 15, 2009
Lizzie, formerly Demi, has started puppy classes at the SPCA. She is wonderful around humans, but is afraid of other dogs and we are working with her to overcome that. She is smart as a whip and knows sit, stay, down and beg. She's good on recall as long as there are no squirrels around :-) Everyone tells us how lucky we are to have her!
Thanks again for saving her and for choosing us!
This success story is long overdue, but
well worth the wait.
I adopted Augie-Doggie (previously Laddie) in June of 2005. I think were both a bit uncertain about what our new lives were going to be like with each other. Due to Augie’s fearfulness and shy demeanor, we were given extra time to sort out our new arrangement. Augie was afraid of many things, including people, unfamiliar sounds, squeaky toys, and our cats. He is still fearful of squeaky toys (I think he must have been harassed with one in his earlier life), and he still keeps his distance from the 2 older cats. Since I got him I rescued 4 kittens, so he now lives with 6 cats and we’ve never had any problems. He has come a long way from being the timid dog I met in foster care. He is now so friendly with both dogs and people, that it’s an effort for me to keep him from rushing to meet anyone we encounter on the trails near home, or at the office when he’s allowed to visit. He absolutely LOVES other dogs, regardless of whether they’re likewise excited and sniffing, or growling at him. I get a lot of comments on the spot on his head, or his one ear up and one ear down, and what a good dog he is since he’s so obedient. One day I got two “what a well-behaved dog!” compliments in the same day, one from someone who isn’t that easy to please. I was so thrilled, and proud of my once-upon-a-time tail tucking, ear drooping Augie-Doggie. He fetches like a pro and drops his toy (usually a BALL) at my feet (in foster he wouldn’t retrieve). He’s also learned to catch and retrieve a rubber frisbee, which is a favorite toy in the snow. Oh, did I mention SNOW? He absolutely LOVES being in the snow. Augie is a very happy, wiggly dog. He doesn’t keep still for long, unless we’ve been on a long walk, he’s had dinner, and we’re both relaxing. Many thanks to Janie and Brett and the Northern CA Border Collie Rescue for bringing us together. One day I hope to bring another doggie into our home as a companion for Augie (and the rest of us). Who knows what awaits us. Right now we have a pretty big crew. Cheers, and many thanks!
We just wanted you to know how Epic, the wonderdog, has been since we adopted him in July of 2007.
February 1, 2008
I thought you might enjoy this picture of
Sunny and Star cuddling on the
Today I saw the sweetest thing I have seen to date between two dogs. We
got home from playing in the snow and were all soaking wet. Star
(formally Argos) and I were cuddled on the couch, next to the
woodstove, trying to get warm.
Sunny came over and ever so gently licked Star 's coat until he was dry!
He started on top of his head, even licked Star's eyes and then worked
his way down his back. Star seemed to really enjoy this kindness and
held perfectly still. Now Star has the softest, cleanest fur on his head