We are hoping to heal Mack's nerve
damage in the next 3-6 weeks
Hoping for a miracle!
MACK had a special Cornell visit 1/13 with the
veterinary experts at the Pain Desk, Dr. Andi Looney and her team. He of
course won their hearts instantly with his incredible gaze and sweet,
gentle nature. He gently stands up on his hind legs, resting his paws on
your hands and looks right at you with his beautiful golden, brown eyes
and he melts every person. He is therapy dog material for sure!
The remarkable news today was that Mack was wagging
his tail! Everyone saw the bottom half move whenever anyone new came into
the room! And, he walked into the exam room and lifted his leg in three
different places, not a lot came out but he did give it a royal try.
So, the plan involve a step by step
process, hoping for improvements. Mack had a special treatment for spinal
injuries - http://nanotechwire.com/news.asp?nid=6721&ntid=190&pg=1
this treatment of a material called PEG for spinal injuries is having
great results...yet to be seen if Mack's injury was too long ago to
have an impact but we wanted to try nonetheless. He also has acupuncture
while under sedation in order to stimulate flow in his back end area.
We've also started Mack on a human drug, pregabalin, that may also help
the nerve damage. We saw the actual xray of injury and it appears there is
a spinal injury and a fracture right at the top of the tail where
the tail bone is moved inches over from the trauma. Because
the nerves controlling the bladder are above the actual injuries, it is
believed he may regain his bladder control fully.
It is unlikely he'll regain bowel control. Mack
will also begin Tellington Touch treatments shortly as well as other
healing energy work and we'll update his bio step by step. We're
excited with the possibilities of all the unusual approaches working
together to help him.
MACK UPDATE: We're happy to
report that Mack is doing really well. He has been receiving energetic
work and daily Tellington Touch sessions with Dawn Hayman of Spring Farm
Cares. Mack is a very willing client, happily sitting or standing right in
front, calmly allowing her to do this special work.
Mack has also been to
Cornell with Dr. Andi Looney's pain clinic team, receiving acupuncture in
addition to special medicines.
The GREAT NEWS is that Mack is holding his
tail higher now, actually pooping more normally and urinating on his own.
While each day varies in his ability to do this, we are incredibly
encouraged by the results. Mack is making tremendous strides with
A 4 year old Border Collie, Mack is a remarkable sweet guy with an
unbeatable spirit. He is incredibly sweet and friendly. He also loves toys
of any kind - the ball, the squeaky- he is ready to play! We all adore
this guy! Mack has some trauma evident in his back-end impacting his
ability to control pooping and peeing. In seeing a surgical specialist,
Mack apparently injured his spine weeks ago which is the cause of his
problem. It was fractured right near the end of his back causing the
loss of control of the tail, anus and bladder. Any further up the
spine, and he would be in a wheelchair. There is a possibility of the
nerve damage healing, a long shot, but a possibility. So, we are
beginning homeopathic treatment and Tellington Touch massage with hopes we
can see some changes in three - six weeks. Please send Mack your good thoughts...he really deserves them. He was found in an area
where dogs are often dumped. Mack
is very underweight now. He was found near Fort Drum in upstate NY, basically a bag of bones.
Scott & Yvette Babiyan,
Linda Wood, Lucy & Rio,
Lynn and Larry
nine years, we have watched as Border Collie after Border Collie come to Glen
Highland Farm to find their new work. No longer herding sheep,
they are focused on people and what they can do to help them find joy and
purpose. As their people bring them into their hearts, something is set
free in both dog and humans. We know this because we hear it, see it and
live it ourselves, just by being with them in rescue and then hearing from
our adopters. Miracles are happening all the time in this search for dogs
to find their people and people to find their dogs.
And, now another miracle is underway. Mack has
found his work - his calling - with children and with people, way beyond
|For Mack, the
journey has been a tough one, at least six months of being in the
wilderness of upstate NY and now battling through health situations that
make it tough for him to find a 'normal' home. His continence is improved
but certainly not normal. Now, he doesn't have to look for anything normal
any longer. Mack will be staying at Spring Farm Cares, the sanctuary that
has been helping him heal. http://www.springfarmcares.org/miracles.htm#mack
All this became clear when Mack recently met local
school children visiting Spring Farm one day, as part of their program on
Humane Education. Words cannot describe the amazing heart work that
unfolded as Mack realized he had found his true work. Every staff member
saw him come to life in a way that brought tears to their eyes. He was a
magnet for children, the stuff of children's tales in storybooks. Mack
found hearts so open and willing to meet his, that they rejoiced in their
||For those of us who have
actually had the privilege to meet him, his heartfelt love for each person
he meets is larger than life. He literally wraps himself around you with a
sense of joy and caring, an amazing experience to feel. Whether it was the
team at Cornell or the caretakers at GHF or the employees at Spring Farm
or the people who helped transport Mack the day he was found, Mack has
made his mark, deeply in their hearts.
Everyone has been rooting for Mack. And now, thanks
to the kindness of Spring Farm, he will do this heart work for the rest of
his life, with many many people and of course, children.
|Mack will visit GHF for
the summer Camp Border
Collie for Kids, too. GHF and SFC will construct a special
living situation for Mack that can handle his health needs. And, from this
wonderful sanctuary, he will become a legend we are sure. His story and
his message of hope and love and kindness will carry on, way beyond the
simple job of herding sheep.
We are thrilled for
HOME MACK!! Your
Spring Farm family!
letter from Mack
April 11, 2009
You have all
given me the greatest gift in the world.
When I was out wandering lost for so long, I truly lost all hope.
There was a person who I loved dearly and who loved me and we got
separated. All I wanted was
to find that person again. It
never occurred to me at the time, that there might be more to my life and
more to my mission. I knew I
had touched that other personís heart deeply and it meant a lot to me.
I still do miss him.
However, out of
much pain, sometimes comes the greatest healing.
My body suffered some serious blows, and my heart was giving up.
Then, like through magic, I found myself at Glen Highland Farm,
a place where border collies are understood, treasured, cherished,
and given reason to hope again. People
seemed to really like me and care about me.
They didnít cast me away. I
will forever be grateful to you for that space and that love and that
connection which I now know I will have forever.
Lillie, you helped me understand that my mission was intact even
though I couldnít see it. You
told me youíd find me a home and someone to share with and be with who
would also love me in return. You
were so right.
When I came here
to Spring Farm, I was worried as to now what would happen to me.
The other animals told me that it didnít matter if I was injured
or had problems. They told me
that they all had issues too but that people loved them for who they were.
I thought that was wonderful and wished I could find a place just
like that. Lillie kept
telling me not to worry, that I was safe and would find my place.
Dawn started working with me too and they told me just to relax and
heal. But I knew I was only
here for a brief time at the farm and I tried really fast to get better. The people here really seemed to care about me.
It didnít take long for me to really settle in and like it here
at the farm. I never want to
get lost again. I just want
to be in my home. They have
big towers here on the farm (the windmills) and I love to look out at
them. I can see them from my
room and no matter where I go on the farm, I can always see them.
I told myself that Iíd always watch for those towers and no
matter where I was, as long as I could see them, I was home. I really began to work with lots of people who take care of
me and who come to visit me. And,
just as Lillie told me, I found my mission again.
I found out that human hearts are really easy to reach and touch
and that they respond so well to me.
I love that. It felt
like the one thing I so desperately needed when I was lost, the one thing
that I myself had lost, was hope. And
now that is the gift I seem to be able to bring to them.
Its kind of funny really, but it all makes sense to me now.
It seemed like I
should never leave here. I
understood that I did find my home and where I wanted to be and the work
that I could do. From here, I
could still be a part of both farms, as I still see Lillie, and work with
her too. I think I actually found my paradise. The problem was that they thought I was only going to stay a
short while. I decided that I
couldnít lose that hope again. I
couldnít go off somewhere to start over one more time.
This was it. This was
the place I choose to work and live and heal.
I decided that if I couldnít stay here, then it was time to leave
this physical realm.
The gift you all
gave to me today is that you listened and heard me and you gave me the one
thing that means more to me than anything in my life.
You showed me that I can trust in a home. You will all be blessed by whatever my heart can offer to
you. You are all my family
now and together we can all live, give, and love.
It is my most perfect outcome.
I have found my home. Thank
you for sharing your hearts with me.
wonderful ZACH found his forever home with guardians who really
understand the breed and all their complexity. They loved his high drive
energy and quickly had him focused on every toy and frisbee out in the
field, which he loved. He'll get a chance to do lots of agility and
we suspect be quite the star! His new guardians fell in love instantly and
knew he would be a great addition to their family. He now lives in upstate
A 6 month old Border Collie, Zach is a high drive boy who wants to go,
go, go and LOVES ball play as well as any other toy. He is non-stop
action. Zach is also a serious tugger who brings any toy over,
pushing it at you to tug with him. He is wickedly smart and easy to
teach anything. He learns fast. Zach also loves to run and chase
with the other adult Border Collies and knows all the rules of the dog
pack, fitting right in. He is smart, attentive and focused and could
easily do sports. Zach also bonds very fast to a person because he was
left alone 8-10 hours a day. His emotional connection to a person is super
strong so he'll need someone who meets that need, not leaving him alone
long periods during the day. Zach settles well, left alone with
other dogs. Zach is typical in size for the breed. He was
abandoned at a PA shelter for too much energy. We are so
happy to have him in rescue where he can find the perfect spot for a great
found his forever home with another canine friend who thought he was a
great pal, quickly enjoying herding and chasing him as he played with his
jolly ball. Jax of course won the hearts of his new guardians soon as he
hugged them and gave them plenty of kisses and then happily hopped into
their truck for a test drive. He had one thing to say...let's go home! So,
Jax now lives on 26 acres where he'll have plenty of great explorations
and plenty of wonderful play time with his new friend. He now lives in
a 5 1/2 year old Border Collie, Jax is all about being with his person. He
loves people and is happy to accompany you wherever you go. He is very
easy going, good natured and relaxes well once inside. Outside, he loves
the ball, and will happily chase again and again for a good throw. He
also loves the frisbee and lots of other toys. Jax is very intelligent and
has lived with other dogs and several cats, but would be more than happy
to be the constant companion to his person. Jax is very good in the
car, enjoying being the co-pilot, likes to go for walks and give lots of
hugs and kisses. He is good with cats. He does best with
adults and older children so will be placed accordingly. Jax
was returned to the farm one year after adoption due to a move.
found a great life with his new guardian who is part of a family owned
organic farming business with 80 acres for him to enjoy! He's joining
other Border Collies that live there with family members so he'll have
plenty of canine friends to herd and race and chase with, so we know
Jaq, who is already showing herding 'eye' will enjoy this big life with so
much to do! He'll be the constant companion to his new FurDad as he
grows up enjoying farm life in MA.
found his new life quickly with a new guardian who loves to do agility and
obedience and really wanted to enjoy doing all the fun stuff with a Border
Collie. She and Jiggs were the perfect fit, as well as he with all her
dogs, a great easy going, happy canine family. We know we'll hear lots of
great things about Jiggs as he grows up in the land of sports since he'll
be in the same club with one of our intake team, not far from the Farm.
Jiggs now lives in upstate NY.
JIGG & JAQ, two 9 week
old Border Collie pups have arrived at the Farm and are ready to go, go,
go. They are adorable, sweet and love people. They also love racing around
after the ball and other dogs, easily joining in a pack of adult dogs.
Curious explorers, they are already using their great minds to figure out
how everything works at the Farm and having a blast!. They will only be
adopted into border collie savvy homes, with experience, ideally with
another young Border Collie.
found a new home with a Border Collie friend she really liked and a new
guardian who fell in love with her gentle, sweet nature. This gorgeous
little pup will have 17 acres to explore, a horse farm to keep an eye on
and lots of toys to play with as she joins her new family in NY. Gael will
surely have plenty to do and most importantly, share her loving way with
all those who visit. Her new guardians love the breed and know exactly
what she needs to be happy. SOon as Gael's big 'brother' hopped into the
car, she wanted to join him!
GAEL: A 5 1/2 month old Border Collie,
(possibly mix), Gael is a sweet, happy, good natured pup who wants to be
with her person. She loves everyone and loves attention, too. Gael enjoys
playing ball and squeaky toys but isn't as intense as some BC pups so will
likely be a wonderful companion, not demanding non-stop play. She is good
with other dogs and enjoys joining in for play. She loves to run and get
the zoomies, even racing into the pond for a quick dip. Gael is a real
doll, even with the potential for therapy work since her nature is so good
and calm. She is good with cats and is about 25 pounds. Gael was
found as a stray and the PA shelter she landed in, asked us for
found the perfect home with two kids of her own that want to play, play,
play plus love having her cuddle on the bed with them. She now has her own
doggie paradise, living with guardians who understand the breed and fell
in love with her sweet nature, brilliance and love of play. She spent the
night with them in the Inn in town and happily checked each bed to make
sure everyone was right where they were supposed to be and then settled
with them as if she'd found the doggie heaven she'd been dreaming of for
so long. We are so thrilled for this sweet girl who deserved a life where
she could be cherished. She now lives in upstate NY.
A 3 year old Border Collie, Blast is smart as a whip. She knows
tons of tricks: sit, down, roll over, shake, back, wait, hugs, kisses and
look, plus she absolutely loves to learn whatever you want to teach her.
She is super smart and loves toys of any kind. She will retrieve
anything you toss her way!. Blast really bonds with her person and
blossoms with the attention of being a solo dog, loyal and content to be
your companion. She is incredibly friendly with everyone she meets
and able to jump to give you a quick lick on the nose to say hi.
Blast lives up to her name...a blast of energy and a blast of fun and
love, too. She was adopted from the Farm as a young pup and
has been living with a pack of shelties. Like most female
Border Collies, she is the dominant female so it's best for her to have a
home without other dogs or with a submissive male. This is very
common with this breed which is why we don't like to place females
together. Blast is about 35 pounds and good with cats. She
will be placed in a hard fence situation only, not underground electronic
came a long way from Kuwait to find her forever home with a loving family
in Vermont! The wonderful thing for her, is that they were surely HER
family. The minute they saw her and experienced her sweet, gentle, smart
nature, they were in love and she loved them right back. We think of
Shelbie as a princess who traveled from afar, a self-assured little pup,
who now has the life she wanted! We're so happy for her and her new
SHELBIE: A 5 1/2 month old Border
Collie, Shelbie is very smart, very observant and very confident. She
loves to explore wherever the other dogs go and is happily at ease. She
loves people and eagerly follows anyone who enjoys being with her. A real
cuddler, she hops right into your arms for attention and kisses. Shelbie
is a classic female Border Collie, already in charge of her universe and
eager to interact with everyone and anything around. She is good with
other dogs but could be happy as the solo dog in an active home. She will
only be placed in a Border Collie savvy home and will need stimulation
mentally to satisfy her, like all young BC's. Shelbie is fine with cats. She
was a stray in Kuwait. The Humane Society knows of GHF and asked
us to take her. She is the 2nd Border Collie we have taken from
found the perfect people for him...loving, caring, devoted Border Collie
lovers and he knew it instantly, sitting right with them asking for belly
rubs and attention. He was so happy to have his own people and a Border
Collie friend, too, that it was crystal clear that he had found his new
life! Bannin will have tons of attention and lots of BC game
playing, living in his new home in upstate NY. He happily hopped in the
car and cuddled on his way home!
BANNIN: A 2 1/2 year old, Bannin is a
blast. He loves people and is super friendly, a really fun Border Collie.
He also loves other dogs and quickly makes friends with all of them,
racing, running and making up herding games. Bannin is very very smart and
attentive to everything and everyone around him. He could easily learn
anything asked of him and is eager to try things. Bannin has a great
temperament and personality. He is about 45 pounds and not good with cats. He was in one home in PA since a puppy, given up to the Farm
due to no time for him and his energy level.
found his forever home with guardians who were drawn him seeing him on the
site and soon as they met him, they knew they were even more sure. He and
their Border Collie spent the night in the nearby Inn in town and come
morning, they were most certainly in love. Puck was so comfortable with
them and his new canine friend, that he headed off to NJ for his new life.
He'll have plenty of land to explore, no longer constrained by a chain and
neglected. Puck will be deeply loved.
PUCK: A 4 year old Border Collie,
Puck is super friendly with everyone, nudging your hand for more petting
and attention. He is very smart, very alert and eager to please. He is a
gentle dog and not overly intense like many young Border Collies. He has a
wonderful personality and good nature. Puck is thrilled with his new
situation where he can run, run, run because he was chained out
previously. Puck would be happiest as
the solo dog. He is about 40 pounds and is best with dog savvy
cats since he will chase them but basically ignores them unless they are
came from PA when the SPCA confiscated him because his chain had gotten
caught leaving him exposed to horrible weather. He dug a hole in
the snow to attempt to protect himself and neighbors saw the distress
and fortunately contacted the SPCA. He's now happily enjoying a warm
bed and great food, truly having a blast.
found the perfect home for her where she is the center of attention and
the constant companion to her new guardians. Her new FurDad came to visit,
drawn to her picture on the site and he found exactly what he was hoping
for...a sweet, loving girl who responded instantly to him. She happily
enjoyed his company, playing and walking and easily at ease, a wonderful
pairing. Soon as she hopped into the car, it was clear Ceci knew she was
home for good! She now lives in upstate NY.
CECI: A 5 1/2 year old Border Collie
(possibly mix), Ceci is a friendly, outgoing, happy girl who jumps
straight up for a hello and attention, then races off to grab her toy. She
charges around the fields at the Farm, happily with her toy in her mouth.
She is adorable to watch. Ceci is very smart, watching everything around
her, figuring out exactly what's going on, very quickly. She is calm
inside but a real player outside, a great combination. Ceci is a great
hiking companion, too. Ceci does have some quirks about handling and also
meeting strangers so does needs some leadership for both, helping her to
feel comfortable. She is about 50 pounds and good with cats. Ceci is
afraid of children so will placed in an adult home. She was
given up from PA guardians when the two young boxers they added to the
family didn't get along with Ceci (formerly Stacy).
& SOX caught the attention of their new guardians when they looked
on the site for a pair of good canine friends and saw their sweet faces.
Their new FurDad and FurMom were completely taken by this duo and came to
take them home, sure they were exactly the fit for their lives. And, they
were certainly right. Jaz & Sox spent the night in the nearby Inn and
within short order, were going home, completely content with their new
guardian. Once back in their home in Canada, their FurMom reported all was
well with both cuddling on the couch watching tv after long hikes in the
woods. Jaz & Sox have acres and acres to explore while they enjoy tons
of love too.
JAZ & SOX are 1 1/2 year old
Collies (not siblings) who are gentle, sweet and sensitive dogs. They are
a lovely duo, easy to enjoy inside and a delight to watch outside, as they
run and play together. Jaz is the leader, more outgoing and Sox follows
whatever she does, a very happy duo. They will only be placed together
since their relationship is so positive for both of them. They are
interested in people but do need some time to feel safe and someone who is
sensitive to letting them adjust to a new situation. Both of them love
being outside and would happily enjoy an active person as their guardian.
They are 40 pounds and good with dog savvy cats. Jaz & Sox
were living with a NY guardian who felt they had too much to handle
to have two more dogs. They had bought them from someone who had
them as a breeding pair but decided to not pursue breeding border collies,
found the perfect people to fall in love with her powerhouse nature, a
petite package of fun and games. They chuckled and watched her with her
fast game of chase and funny antics, knowing they couldn't leave the Farm
without her! She won their hearts quickly and once they'd spent the night
at the nearby Inn, she was part of their life forever. Eme now lives in
Canada, their constant companion cavorting around town.
petite 5 year old Border Collie mix, Eme is very very smart and very eager
to interact with a person, playing ball and retrieving. She has a
number of commands and is very attentive to learning anything new. She is
brilliant and can learn anything instantly. Eme is super sweet,
nudging you for attention and loves people, but she is high drive and
absolutely eager to play ball endlessly. She's fast and loves to play. She
is great off leash and loves to chase squirrels and even geese for fun,
but will come back well. Eme is good with other dogs but could be a
solo dog, too. She is best with male dogs since she can be a classic bossy
female. She is about 35 pounds, more petite than the typical size.
She is good with cats. She
came to the Farm from NY, being
returned to the farm due to the guardian's personal problems and a move to
found the perfect life with plenty of acreage for exploring and ball play
and guardians who were thrilled to have a new partner in their lives.
He'll be with them 24/7, at home and at work on their tree farm, a
gorgeous paradise he can call his own, accompanying them day in and day
out. And, best of all, they fell in love with his brilliance and sweet,
good natured ways plus his incredible talent in catching anything thrown
his way...a great canine friend for tons of fun! He now lives in PA.
JACK: An 11 year old Border Collie, Jack
is a very classic Border Collie, a perfect combination of sweetness and
drive. Jack LOVES frisbee, although playing ball comes in a close
second and would love to have someone to play with regularly. Jack
knows many obedience commands, and enjoys working one-on-one with a person
who will challenge him to use his mind. Jack is a complete gentleman
and seems to love everyone. He is fine with small animals and other
dogs, enjoys car rides and walks and loves making new friends - two legged
and four legged alike. Jack will connect with someone who is looking
for a dog who exemplifies all of the things a that make him a Border
Collie, without the overwhelming energy of a younger dog. Jack is
being relinquished from someone who took him because a relative could no
longer care for him and then they felt their
situation didn't fit him either. Jack is being
fostered in NY
has found his new forever home! He headed off to foster care with adopters
from the Farm who have 4 GHF rescue dogs and within the day, they knew
they wanted him to join their pack. Waiting to see how things
unfolded within the canine group, it was a matter of days and then the
email came: "Dale
is thriving...he's even barking and has learned how to use the doggie
door. He's a delight. Last night, he slept on our bed the
entire night. We can't imagine deciding not to adopt him. We
are now calling him Micah, which, in Hebrew, means "Gift from
G-d." He truly is and that was a major factor in selecting his
name. We promise to give him our love and
devotion, and to nurture him. His future furry brothers and sisters
concur that he is a good addition to the family."
DALE: A 7 month old
Border Collie with ABCA papers, Dale is super smart, incredibly sweet and
very focused. Dale
has a good eye for working sheep or possibly geese. Dale is also
a cuddler and happy go lucky guy so could be happy with other BC's in an
active home. He is great with dogs and cats. He loves to swim
and has good recall and joins into the action easily. Dale had one
seizure so we are watching him for a few months to see what might be
needed for him to live a happy, healthy life. He came to us
from a NY guardian who felt she could not manage his needs.
error, we misunderstood, Dale was not bred by Carol Campion.)
found a wonderful home with loving guardians who were drawn to his
remarkable spirit and when they met him, knew he was the one for them. He
raced and chased and showed his loving nature, winning their hearts
quickly and easily. Mickee will have a canine friend to join him in a life
of fun and play and lots of exploring, exactly what he likes to do best.
He will definitely be adored forever, a great match. His new guardians
said they have his jolly ball ready! They were so pleased he was still
available since they'd had their eye on him long ago. Mickee now lives in
A gorgeous, sweet, super friendly 5 1/2
yr old Border Collie with ABCA papers, Mickee has an incredible spirit and
a contagious enthusiasm to play. He is so full of life and outgoing, that
everyone who meets him is drawn to say hello. He absolutely loves people
and would be a marvelous family dog because he also adores kids. Mickee is
a real play dog, happy to chase after any toy but he is crazy for his
jolly balls and even entertains himself endlessly. Mickee enjoys swimming
and exploring in the woods. Mickee enjoys the fun of being with other dogs
but could also be the only dog. He is not good with cats. Mickee
is about 50 pounds. Mickee recently had an injury which left him with less
control of his back leg. He runs and walks without any problems at all,
just a little less weight one of the back legs. He can fit into an
active home life or a calmer one where playing with toys is an outlet for
his energy. Like any active Border Collie, Mickee carries on, undeterred
by any worry in the world. He loves life and is a joy to be around.
Mickee is in foster care in upstate NY
with one of our adopters, who owns and runs THERAVET Acres
Rehabilitation and Fitness Clinic.
he's getting better muscle development thanks to their wonderful resources
found a fabulous home with a former adopter who saw her on the site and
knew she was the one for them to meet. Getting a chance to see Donato, all
grown up from his puppy days at the Farm was fun but watching Maggie and
her new friend discover each other, was even more fun. Her new guardians
were charmed, as everyone has been, by this sweet, loving, long-legged
ball of energy! So, Maggie headed out to a life of fun, agility, hiking,
and love of course! She now lives in upstate NY.
MAGGIE: A 5 month old Border Collie
mix, Maggie is all about love, cuddles and belly rubs. She absolutely
loves every person she meets and wants to jump into their arms or laps.
She is also super athletic with long legs that allow her to race at full
speed and jump high. She could do agility for sure though as a pup, she
still has that gangly a bit uncoordinated nature to all that movement,
providing endless chuckles about her antics. Maggie is super sweet and
very attentive so could easily learn anything. She loves toys of any kind
and will entertain herself as well as join in games with other dogs. She
is fine with cats, about 35 pounds. She was relinquished to the Farm
from a PA guardian who could not meet her needs since she had a houseful
of toddlers, too. We were told her grandmother is bc/ shepherd and
her mother was border collie.
A 2 year old Border Collie/Aussie found his home soon after he came to GHF.
He showed his sweet, smart nature and won their hearts instantly so off he
went to five acres of his own to explore and enjoy. He'll be the constant
companion to his FurDad who works from home. So, Romeo has his new life of
love, fun and freedom. He was relinquished to GHF due to no time for him.
truly picked her family. She met a few people in the past few weeks but
when her new guardians arrived, she quickly decided they fit her
perfectly. After a walk around the Farm, she settled right in front of
them, not budging an inch. They were thrilled because she was the only one
they came to see and were hoping she would be theirs and she is! Tessie
will be the center of attention at her new home and even have 20 acres in
the country to enjoy! She lives in Ct.
TESSIE: A 3 year old Border Collie mix,
Tessie is a lovely, good natured, friendly girl who wants to be with her
person more than anything. She is gentle and easy to be with but also gets
so excited to play ball, quite the catch! She plays with enthusiasm but
then relaxes and enjoys exploring the fields. Tessie is very smart and
aware of all that goes on around her. She could easily join someone as
their constant companion and she could also enjoy other canine friends,
too. She's very sweet and loves to be connected with people. Tessie is
about 50 pounds , and is good with cats. She was in one home since
a puppy, originally from a shelter but then abandoned in the same shelter,
years later, when the family could not meet her needs any longer.
found the perfect people and dogs and life for her...with one of our
dearest Friends of the Farm, the people who supply our food, DogWild.
She will join two other Border Collies adopted from GHF so we know
she'll have a great time playing and running and being herself, the real
BC that we see but most visitors cannot since she's so shy. Her
canine pack includes two older dogs too so she feels right at home. We've
been waiting to hear of her development and are so happy to know she's
settling in well and now will have a life to call her own, forever. Sometimes
it takes awhile for the skittish rescues to find their place but when they
do, it's always just perfect! Emma lives near the Farm, so we get to
see her when the dog food is delivered...she happily sits in the back of
the car with a big doggie smile!
A 4 year old Border Collie,
is a gorgeous girl, the rare sable color. She is one of the sweetest, most
gentle dogs, too. She loves to be by your side and nudge you for
attention. Emma is a bit shy with a lot of people but a real lovey with
one person who understands her. She is good with other dogs, happiest with
submissive dogs who like to play. Once she comes out of her shell, she
loves to run and wrestle and herd, though not intense. Emma is learning
about toys, dogs and people since she lived outside previously. When in
the house, she is very calm and needs some reassurance to feel confident
which is why we will only place her in a home with other dogs. She will
blossom beautifully in a patient understanding home. She is about 35
pounds and good with cats. Emma will be placed in a hard fence
situation only, not underground electronic fence systems She came from PA given up due to
found the perfect life of lots of love, other canine friends (including a
BC adopted from the Farm not pictured here) and sports! He'll get a
chance to try agility and every other sport that is interesting to
him. We know he'll have a blast cause he loves to learn and go, go,
go. His new guardian was waiting for that special blue merle BC to find
her, watching our site for years and when Orin popped up, she had to meet
him! Orin gave his vote of approval and off they went together for
his new life in Vermont.
ORIN: A petite 7 month old Border
Collie, Orin is all action, a classic Border Collie who is raring to go
and will go, go, go. He is smart, focused and super fast. He is showing a
great BC 'eye' already herding the other dogs. He loves to race, chase and
make up herding games, clearly agile and amazing. Orin could easily do
sports and would do well. He is great with other dogs and will only go to
a Border Collie experienced home. Orin is a sweet, cuddly, good natured
easy companion but he is also incredibly active and needs a real outlet
for his mind, body and emotions. He is about 35 pounds and not yet tested
on cats. He was abandoned at a CT shelter by people unable to meet
his needs. Orin is being fostered in Massachusetts
to get a chance to try agility.
came through the gate to say hello with all the energy he could muster,
racing out with a dash to grab a jolly ball and play! His new guardians
were smitten by his brilliance and then got to experience his sweet,
cuddly nature as he hopped up into their laps for a quick hello kiss
before he headed back out for more play. He felt just right for their
lives, exactly like their Border Collie, Bella, also a ball of energy.
When Codie left them so they could meet another candidate, he longingly
looked back and resisted going away, clearly sure THEY were HIS people!
And, so it came to be. Codie now lives in PA where he'll be the center of
attention, playing non-stop and being cherished and adored.
petite 1 year old Border Collie, Codie is all about action -he loves to
run, run, run. He is very active and enjoys playing with other Border
Collies so would be happiest with another friend. He is also super focused
with quite an eye and could excel in an sport activity. He has been on
agility equipment and is fearless, smart and eager to try anything. Codie
is also a sweet guy who loves attention and relaxes well once he's had
enough activity. He will be placed in a Border Collie savvy home since
Codie is a very active, energetic, focused BC. He is 35 pounds and fine
with cats. He was a stray in PA. Codie
was evaluated on agility equipment and showed interest and talent. He is
fearless about all the obstacles and eager to learn and do anything asked
Cadee went to foster with dear Friends of the Farm who have four
GHF rescues and here is what happened!
Once again itís time to say
Our dear, sweet foster is here to stay
She was used for six litters in her four short years
It left her hallow with nothing but fears
But with much time, love, and devotion
Sheís getting the notion
That life can be good--the way that it should
Mom and dad werenít expecting me
They just lost their dearly beloved Plaidy
But sometimes in life things come your way
That you thank God out loud for each time you pray
I gobble my supper and look all around
I spook at any movement or the slightest of sound
Iím learning to drink from the big water bowl
But I have my own little dish until I feel whole.
Iím content to sit on my dadís comfy lap
He puts up his feet and we both take a nap
I love my four sisters and my brother, too
Iím still scared of everything
But they all help me through
My one sister MacCroi looks a lot like me
Dad gets us confused as if he canít see.
Mom call us twins born years apart
ďCroi,Ē you know, is Scottish for heart
I was a mother to many but no one mothered me
Now my mom loves me dearly
She thinks Iím cute as could be
Inside of me somewhere is a very happy little girl
I slap with my front paws, stand there and whirl
Mom says ďgood jobĒ
And I wiggle my sheltie-like butt
Iím a very unique blue-gray border collie and a bit of a nut
I have two new collars and a blanket trimmed in pink
A house full of dog toys and baths in the sink.
Itís not a big farm with kids everywhere
Just my mom and my dad with a great love to share
At night I sit with them at the computer while they play a game
I wish I were here as a puppy, Oh! what a shame
But my life has taken a turn for the best
Lillie you helped me find my forever home
Now Iíll do the rest
My new nameís MacBlae (aka Blaezee), which is Scottish for clan of
Itís easy to spell and just fun to say
Iím FIVE from the Farm: thereís Brither and Meghan and MacCroi and
And letís not forget Zaine from Maine, whoís as old as could be.
So my adoption fee is in the mail
Please put up my BIG red heart
Iím so happy to be home, I canít stop wagging my tail!!!!!
|CADEE: A 3 year old Border Collie,
Cadee is very petite and a beautiful BLUE, the rare grey-blue color in
Border Collies. She is sweet as they come and loves to play with other
Border Collies. She is gentle and also skittish at first so will only be
placed with other dogs. She loves attention but does need a BC savvy home
that understands her shyness and sound sensitivity. Cadee is fine with
cats, weighs about 30 pounds. She was purchased from a NJ breeder
but the person who bought her felt she was too shut down in their home.
Fortunately, she came to the Farm and is doing beautifully with other
Border Collies. Cadee is being fostered in NY
found the perfect spot with a new FurMom who really understands Border
Collies, having them all her life. He joins a pack of two others, elder
BC's, so he'll be the active guy who gets to try agility and hike each day
with her. He will flourish, we're sure, on acres of land, not far from the
Farm. We're thrilled for Baily who really wants to join his person as
their constant companion which he'll now be. He lives in upstate NY. Special
thanks to fosterers Ashley Porter and Shad Treat who helped Baily get
ready for his new life.
3 1/2 year old Border Collie, Baily is all about fun -frisbee, balls, toys
of any kind- he's ready to go! He is super smart, obedient and very eager
to connect with someone who will play with him. He loves people and truly
wants someone to connect to for something fun to do, a classic Border
Collie. Baily would be a great hiking partner, with perfect recall. He is
very good with other dogs and happy to interact though could easily enjoy
being a solo dog with someone who is active. Baily is 45 pounds and good
with cats, though he will herd them. He is trained on the Invisible Fence. Baily
was relinquished to the Farm due to nipping children, very common in
active Border Collies. He will only be placed in an adult home with
seasoned BC adopters who understand his issues with children. He came from
a home in PA where he lived since a puppy. Baily is being
fostered in VT and can be seen at the Farm
found the perfect life for a young Border Collie! She will be doing
agility and frisbee and playing with a canine pack, including two Border
Collies adopted from the Farm and she'll be on long hikes in the great
outdoors of Vermont! Lilah's life will be full of lots to do and tons of
love as she joins her new FurMom who fell in love with her eyes the minute
she saw her on the site and instantly drove down to the Farm to meet her.
It only took moments together, for her to know Lilah was HER dog!
found a wonderful life with a new guardian who came just for him! He
didn't want to meet anyone else and drove from Canada to discover that
Merlin was, as he had hoped and felt, exactly the dog for him! Merlin will
have a great time hiking through forests and exploring the great outdoors
and also being the constant companion to his new FurDad. He happily hopped
into the car and set off on his new journey!
MERLIN: A 5 year old
Border Collie mix, is a sweet, energetic boy. Fabulous with children
of all ages, he is eager to make new friends and please old ones. He
has the potential to do well in advanced obedience training, as he wants
to please. He is a wonderful companion inside the house, and a great
walking buddy outside - he adores a long walk in the woods and swimming
three seasons of the year, and is happy to provide a nice cuddle on the
cold winter days. He will sit, lie down, and stay on command, and
wait until instructed to eat his meals. He has lived on
a busy road with an electric fence and is very comfortable with boundaries
once he understands them. He can be very territorial about his
"turf", but gets along with other dogs on their property or
neutral territory. Merlin would be happiest as the only dog in the
home. He lives with an outdoor cat
that he tolerates with good humor. He would be best with dog savvy cats or
no cats at all He is not destructive, though he
does occasionally find reason to dig and counter surf, is completely
house-trained, and has a tendency to bark at motorcycle traffic and loud
machinery. His family is only giving him up because their living
circumstances have changed and they will no longer be able to offer him
the country setting that he has enjoyed and requires. He truly has a
most generous and loving heart. He was relinquished from his home in western
found her forever home with a former adopter who was ready to add a new
rescue Border Collie to her life after loosing her beloved Farm rescue
girl, Flora. Well, little Leigh caught her eye and she knew she had to
come meet her. No stranger to high energy and focused BC's, Leigh's new
guardian felt she was a perfect addition to her life. She'll go everywhere
with her, day in and day out, even to the horse barn where she works,
joining other dogs on hikes and playing. Leigh, now Lea, quickly agreed
that her person had finally come to give her the forever home she
deserved...they were an instant match. Leigh/Lea now lives in NJ.
LEIGH: A 5 month old Border Collie,
Leigh is ALL action - she is fast and loves to run, turn, chase and race,
stalking the other dogs as they move. She is a classic high energy young
BC who will only be placed in a sports home or with experienced BC savvy
people who have plenty of time and physical and mental stimulation for
her. Leigh is smart and focused and very food motivated and bonds
instantly with her person, clearly well loved in her previous home. She is
sweet and loves to cuddle next to you but that's after she's had plenty to
do for the day. She is about 25 pounds and may be petite or grow a bit
more, she's pretty normal size for her age. Leigh came from a
guardian in PA who bought from a breeder in Texas. She has
introduced her to some agility equipment which Leigh absolutely loved. She
also loves the water and dives in for a swim and play. She was too much
energy for the guardian's life so she was relinquished directly to the
or BEAR (his original name) landed at the Farm with front elbows that
clearly caused pain and frustration when he went running for balls. It was
heartbreaking to see him suffering when he so wanted to race and chase
around like the other Border Collies. His physical disability limited his
play as did his emotional worry, clearly with a history of abuse. Bear was
afraid to go through the doorways and hit the floor ready to cower,
expecting a blow. His sweet, gentle nature was so fragile, as was his
body. After a few weeks, it became clear that Bear could blossom living
with the founders of the Farm, with no timeline pushing him to trust too
fast. He could also continue his trips to Cornell for innovative shock
wave treatment to help gain some mobility. Both reasons led us to add him
to our pack, as well as the true fact that we fell in love from the minute
he landed at the Farm.
BEAU: An 8 year old Border Collie, Beau
is classic in his focus and love for toys. He will chase anything thrown
his way and is happiest doing so. He is fast and fun to play with plus has
a wonderful gentle nature. Beau loves people and easily fits in wherever
he is, as well as being fantastic with other dogs and cats. For Beau, life is all
about a good game with his person. Beau is very smart and responsive and
can be a bit sensitive so needs guardians who understand his nature so he
trusts that he is loved and hasn't done anything wrong. He is very eager
to please. Beau loves the water, happily going in to swim and would enjoy
retrieving a stick endlessly. Beau does have arthritis in his front elbow so while he wants
to go non-stop, does need to rest, too. Beau was abandoned at a CT
shelter from someone who had an unfenced yard and did nothing to meet