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Glen Highland Farm now has the first facility devoted to the needs of this group

THE FARMHOUSE SANCTUARY

where only aging and ill Border Collies live.  

 

This is a major milestone in the Farm's history with earmarked funds as well as a 3,000 square foot home redesigned around them.

These particular dogs have one Caretaker solely focused on their healing, sensitive to their emotional condition as well as their physical problems.

 

The floors are covered with mats for the old timers who slip easily; food bowls are elevated; special supplements are mixed; thick, cushy bedding is everywhere and of course, all the couches are for the dogs!  

They are on a special outdoor schedule to be sure they get enough exercise without overdoing it since many are weak. Their medical conditions are monitored carefully, providing whatever vetting is needed. No detail is overlooked.

 

The Farmhouse is much quieter now than in the last 12 years where dozens and dozens of puppies and other foster dogs lived with the Founders. But, it only seems fitting that a 250 year old farmhouse is transformed for old and sick BCs who need a place to rest while they heal. We are already witnessing how quickly they blossom when the world is carefully suited to them.   

Of course, being Border Collies, they love to explore the fields at the Farm, following all the commotion and meeting other BC friends. This simplified country paradise is now theirs to enjoy until they are ready for adoption or for some, they will be here the rest of their lives.


FARMHOUSE RESIDENTS HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS.
IF, BY CHANCE, YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING ONE OF THEM, PLEASE DO INQUIRE.
WE ARE HAPPY TO DISCUSS THEIR CONDITIONS IN DEPTH.


FRANNIE will live out her life at the Farm .
Please consider supporting her care by being her angel. 
We will need ongoing financial assistance for her needs.

 
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EVERY GHF SENIOR COSTS $1500 IN VETTING TO INSURE THEY ARE IN GOOD HEALTH. 




Frannie's Angels
-Michael & Wendy Stahl, Lulu & Teddy ( GHF Alum) & Cody ( In spirit)
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Patricia Maier, in memory of Bob Maier
- The Arrison gang:  Leela, Rudy, Reggie (in spirit) and DeeDee.
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Chris & Meg Veno
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Erin, John and Freja Islo

Sweet FRANNIE charmed us all upon her arrival in late September and we had so hoped she’d find a new home to call her own and in fact, she did and it’s the Farmhouse Senior Sanctuary.  This petite ball nut has very diminished eyesight which seems to be worsening and she has very diminished hearing, if any.  It would be so unfair for her to be separated from her BC pal, Betsie, since they clearly are quite a well matched pair.

So we welcome Frannie home permanently at GHF!  We all just adore her and the antics between she and Betsie are so fun to see!

FRANNIE: A petite 10 year old Border Collie, little Frannie is a spitfire about her toys, truly coming to life non-stop for play and loving the game with her person. She is full of spunk even with a backend that’s a bit wobbly - there's no stopping this girl from her game! She is curious and outgoing with a new setting and wants to say hello to people. Frannie has hearing deficits so will need a fenced yard. She is about 30 pounds and not yet tested on cats.


BETSIE will live out her life at the Farm .
Please consider supporting her care by being her angel. 
We will need ongoing financial assistance for her needs.

 
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EVERY GHF SENIOR COSTS $1500 IN VETTING TO INSURE THEY ARE IN GOOD HEALTH. 



Betsie's Angels
-Michael & Wendy Stahl, Lulu & Teddy ( GHF Alum) & Cody ( In spirit)
-Tracy & Bill Blevins, Grace & Tucker (GHF Alum)
- The Arrison gang:  Leela, Rudy, Reggie (in spirit) and DeeDee.
-Imbi Kiss
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Phyllis Granoff & Koichi Shinohara
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Caitlin Lovinger, in memory of Lady
 As we’ve gotten to know BETSIE, it’s clear that she’s a happy, healthy senior with lots of energy to herd other dogs and enjoy life. And, it’s also clear she’ll be happiest in the simpler, dog focused life at GHF.  She is very skittish about anyone new and has taken a very long time to accept our Senior Caretaker so at her age, we’ll just let her take whatever time she needs to find her way. We’ll adjust to suit her comfort level without forcing her into a new world.  We’re happy to have this petite sweetheart here and will enjoy watching her unfold.  Welcome to the Farmhouse Sanctuary Betsie!

BETSIE: A petite 12 year old Border Collie, Betsie is quite the herder, very eager to chase and circle and catch the action of another BC with a toy. She is normally very shy but comes right to life when she has action to follow - quite adorable. Betsie has just arrived at GHF so we’ll update her bio after we spend more time with her during the hiatus and handle her vet needs fully. She is about 30 pounds and not yet tested on cats.


SHILO will live out his life at the Farm .
Please consider supporting his care by being his angel. 
We will need ongoing financial assistance for his needs.

 
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EVERY GHF SENIOR COSTS $1500 IN VETTING TO INSURE THEY ARE IN GOOD HEALTH. 


 Shilo's Angels
 -Rene & Jim Duffy
 -Marcy Levine
 -Lisa Barrett 
 -Lydia & John Henshaw 
 -Timothy Hunt 
 -Taboo,Lucid, and Tracey
 -Deb Meyers & Eugene Bleecker 
 -BC rescue, Twist

SHILO: A 13 year old Border Collie, this girl is one gorgeous, good-natured BC, absolutely the quintessential personality of what draws everyone to want this breed. She is smart, focused and super friendly. However, she is serious about her ‘work’…her ball play…always just hoping for one more throw. With that charming, eager look of ‘how about it?!’…it’s hard to resist not tossing one more toy her way and she knows that! Shilo is lovely and so much fun, a spirited girl. Sometimes, people think age 12 is old but if you really spend time with this breed, you know first-hand that many mature dogs have the energy of a youthful dog cause when they have drive to ‘work/play’, they want to go, go, go, no matter their age and that is Shilo for sure. Shilo was from a PA home that bred Border Collies, relinquished to GHF when they wanted to stop breeding. She is about 40 pounds and good with dog savvy cats.

CASSY will live out her life at the Farm due to health issues.
Please consider supporting her care by being her angel. 
We will need ongoing financial assistance for her needs.

 
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EVERY GHF SENIOR COSTS $1500 IN VETTING TO INSURE THEY ARE IN GOOD HEALTH. 


At 16, Cassy loving that spring is here!! fresh air and some outside time coming up!

A special thanks to Brenda Grove, Patti Brauer, Sue Myers and Jane Locacio for making sure Cassy made it to GHF.
Cassy's Angels
-Evenlyn & Steve Ehrlich; For sweet Lenna & Jillian, always present
- The Arrison gang:  Leela, Rudy, Reggie (in spirit) and DeeDee.
-Zach & Tux in memory of their mom, Theresa Opalinski
-John and Bonnie Yurga, IN LOVING MEMORY OF REMBRANDT, OSCAR AND JASMINE
-Pete & Renate Goodloe & Doc & Rosie
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Cathy & Steve Bouck & GHF alum, Mika
CASSY: A petite 16, YES SIXTEEN year old Border Collie made it to GHF in time for the holidays and we’re all thankful she is here! Originally, she was taken to a PA shelter to be euthanized but their vet felt she had lots of life left so came to the Farm. After living with one guardian all her life, we’re not quite sure how this will all unfold for her but she’s doing well so far...eating great, curious about everything and while her backend is a bit compromised, her spirit certainly is not. This girl Cassy is full of spunk and clearly focused like every Border Collie we know, even with diminished eyesight! She is a testament to this breed with their will and intensity still at work even at 16!
Vet radiographs reveal this girl is in serious pain with a partially dislocated hip - her back left leg swings loosely and she won’t use it except for tip toe balancing. Thankfully, we can now provide pain relief to her. She is also lyme and anaplasmosis positive with no sense of how long she’s endured this disease as far as damage to her health. We’ll update more as we know it. She is extremely thin so may have a disease process underway but no matter what we find, we’ll be sure to give this girl whatever she needs to be happy.

BO will live out his life at the Farm.
Please consider supporting his care by being his angel. 
We will need ongoing financial assistance for his needs.

 
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EVERY GHF SENIOR COSTS $1500 IN VETTING TO INSURE THEY ARE IN GOOD HEALTH. 





Bo's Angels
-
Anne Conn
- The Arrison gang:  Leela, Rudy, Reggie (in spirit) and DeeDee.
-Aki Ohno: in memory of Buster
-
Susan Strange

BO: A 18 year old Border Collie mix, Bo needed a place to hang his hat when his person had to move to a campground that didn’t take dogs.  He’s lived with one person since 6 months old so this is not the easiest change for him but we’re working hard to give him the feeling of home. Bo is now our office dog so he has someone with him almost all the time which he loves. This sweet, wonderful boy quietly lays inside, undisturbed by all the activity cause he just loves being WITH someone!  Bo is also quite athletic, faster than most seniors we see, going for a speedy run around the yard. He’s happy as can be when he can run and explore.  He is great with other dogs and cats alike. Bo has had all had all the health diagnostics done and doing beautifully.  He’s a petite guy, at 30 pounds. He was purchased by his guardian long ago, at a PA flea market. 

BO, is officially the oldest senior in Border Collie rescue at GHF, ever! He is turning 18 this month! Bo is in foster care in Ct with a GHF adopter, Cheryl Lewis, and her BC pack, happily sharing her home and her heart with this sweet boy. We are so grateful that he is having a grand time! He loves the walks on the Ct beach!


Special thanks to Cheryl Lewis for fostering Bo in CT




March 2017

A day of sadness, saying good-bye to THEO is also a day of celebration knowing that
1 1/2 years at GHF, so many of us got to meet this fantastic boy and watch him transform from a sad, confused fellow to a boldly happy, confident dog. Nearing 17, we are honored to have known Theo, a calm, graceful giant (part collie) roaming with the wildly busy Border Collies. Always good for a chuckle, Theo lumbered over to say hello to anyone with a treat and surveyed the land of active herding dogs, just keeping his own pace, enjoying the great outdoors at about half their speed. We’ll deeply miss his presence. There will never be another Theo. Godspeed big man.

THEO: A 15 year old Border Collie mix, this big boy (77 pounds!) is a gentle giant, so sweet and soulful, it makes you cry. He hasn’t had a great life with appropriate care, evidenced by his skin infection and horribly long nails but this boy is harboring no anger - he absolutely loves everyone. As only loving dogs can do, he thinks life is a-ok and he’s game for anything new! What a gem and what a special boy who clearly deserved a chance at better health and happiness. Theo has just come to GHF so will undergo complete vetting - his teeth are just awful and he needs serious attention to improve his health. His hair was a stinky, matted disgusting mess but now with his bath, he’s looking pretty grand! So, Theo will enjoy whatever days are ahead, however long, fully loved and cherished. He is a remarkable boy and we’re glad to be helping give him comfort and care, neither of which was ever provided properly before. He was abandoned at a MD shelter, with two other dogs. The shelter team reached out to GHF.




 January 2017

At 13, we said goodbye to CRISSY. Her seizures began increasing, causing confusion for her and extreme discomfort. This girl was not one to enjoy life without a clear focus on her mission! So, it was time to let her return to spirit.  

CRISSY was one of those Border Collies with mischief in her eyes. Yes, of course she was sweet and smart and gorgeous but there was a gleam in her eyes for sure! Well, little did we know that this girl was a food thief of magnificent proportions…ironically, her new home in the Farmhouse was the kitchen cause she needed her own space and a way to keep a close eye on her. Well, that watchful supervision failed numerous times when she stole:  

-Full plate of pasta and garlic bread
-Various half-finished plates of diinner or lunches
-Open and closed cans of dog food from the counter
-A can of vienna sausages - she actaully opened the flip top can
-Bag of smoked almonds
-Bag of senior dog vitamin chews
-Cheese and cracker plate
-Countless sandwiches
-Empty potato chip bags she would magically extract from the trash can
-Several jacket pockets
-Dishes and dog bowls out of the sink, she could remove a stack of 11 dog bowls out of the sink
-and a Xmas card from Lillie that must have had food smells on it 

As a testament to her brilliance and determination, she ’stole’ a grilled cheese off the counter today soon as the Caretaker exited the room!  You go Crissy, now you can nab anything you like since your spirit is faster than your body now!

Everyone at GHF will miss this wonderful girl and are so grateful to have had one year with her.

Sweet CRISSY is joining other seniors as a resident at the Farmhouse Sanctuary. We’re very happy to have this lovely sweetheart spend the rest of her life here and she sure seems to be quite thrilled, too!  Crissy is a major ball dog having tons of fun each day and she also loves exploring the fields.  However, she has been having seizures so rather than have her stressed through a major change, she’s now home!!!   We’re managing her medical needs to keep her safe and comfortable.

CRISSY: A 12 year old Border Collie with ABCA papers, Crissy is a lovely girl, full of spunk and totally ready to enjoy a great ball toss game! She is a hoot! Crissy is smart as can be, sweet and observant, taking in everything around her quickly and easily, adjusting beautifully to her new ‘digs’ at GHF. She is a classic BC in nature, a bit independent but loves to be with you, too. She has lived as a solo dog all her life so not too easy with other dogs and is not good with cats. Crissy’s guardian died and she was moved from home to home, trying to find a place for her til finally GHF was contacted for help.

 



Little MISTY moved into spirit 11/25/16 as her cancer progressed and it was time to let her go. Misty’s previous guardian came to be with her in a poignant good-bye that we were pleased to make possible. Both Misty and her adopter had been parted due to illness but in this very important moment, they had time together for final whispers and sweet touching that was their own intimate connection of sharing love. A tearful experience for them and for those of us who humbly watch it unfold.  Godspeed Misty, you did great work helping your humans.

Little MISTY, now at age 12 is back at GHF due to an illness with her guardian. She is a scared little girl, pretty much like she was the day she left us in 2013 however she is adjusting well, enjoying her ‘job’ watching all the other dogs and giving them a loud bark or two! Misty has a safe little world in the Farmhouse Senior Sanctuary which suits her beautifully. She’ll be with us til her own illness overcomes her. Upon return, we found a hard mass in her abdomen which has been removed and diagnosed as mammary cancer. The cancer has spread into her vascular system, giving her only a short time left. We are happy to make this sweet girl as content as possible in her final days.





There are many hellos and many goodbyes at GHF but in the Farmhouse Senior Sancutary, this weekend touched us all so deeply as we took a final trail walk with Annie, saying goodbye to one of the great ones. Her quality of life had diminished significantly, leaving her with less strength to carry on. She told us it was time to go.

Annie was plain and simple - one of the greatest to land here. Just shy of age 14, she graced us with her presence for 1 1/2 years, relinquished directly to GHF. This magnificent, brilliant BC was full of spunk with a focused presence that said, ‘my way or the highway’! Thankfully, Annie loved including people in ‘her way’, happy for a serious ball toss game or some scratches around the ears. She greeted dozens of vacationing dog lovers on the weekly tours each summer, proving just how special senior Border Collies really can be. Annie had an important message for everyone - “live life with intention; do what you love and share your heart”. She loved her time at GHF, giving her purpose and satisfaction as a messenger of great wisdom.

We heard you Annie…we thank you for all you shared with us and everyone so very, very lucky to have met you. And, an incredibly huge thanks to you for helping so many of the newbie seniors who learned the ropes living with you. They felt your strength which gave them great hope to carry on through some tough transitions… a petite powerhouse as strong as could be - for humans and canines alike -

Godspeed sweet one. (2016)

 

A wise matriarch of dogs, JENNEY carried the secrets of balancing chaos all so well as she lived with a disorderly life of the Sprakers NY backyard breeder mess, mother to many of the pups and adults stranded there.   Along with 46 Border Collies, Jenney gained her freedom with the confiscation event in January 2014. Thankfully, she found peace at GHF, enjoying the country setting, being fully loved and cared for properly.  She left us today, July 3rd, from neurological problems from which she could not recover. We are so grateful that she had 2 1/2 years of nurturing, tailored just to her needs. Whatever worked to give Jenney happiness, was done at GHF. She, like all those mistreated sweet dogs, deserved better so we are grateful we could play a small part in her life to give her so much more than she ever had.  A wise soul, Jenney managed more around her than most humans do in a lifetime.  Godspeed Jenney. (2016)

It’s only fitting to make the announcement today - JENNEY, a former Sprakers BC - is home. She is now OURS! One year after Jenney was freed from the living hell of an uncaring, awful life, she clearly needs to be at GHF.  She is safely thriving with a simpler life with few people and the consistency of easy seniors that she likes and knows.  This very unhealthy, scared, shut down dog transformed into a radiant, curious, beautiful girl however she has lots of worries and often feels she must defend herself with strangers and new situations.  We completely understand how her abusive former life would have created anxieties and reactions that make it hard for her to handle much.  So, we’re celebrating today because at GHF, we can provide her with exactly is what is ENOUGH, Jenney style…enough love, enough great food, enough fun and action and most importantly, with ENOUGH COMMITTMENT to her total well-being and happiness.  She, like every other dog from this Sprakers mess, truly deserves the best.  Jenney is happy and we’re happy to have her with us til the end of her life.

Thank you all for caring about the Sprakers dogs and making it possible for them to have new lives

JENNEY: An 12 year old Border Collie, Jenney is a real love, just all about being the center of attention and sharing her heart.She is smart as can be and eager to join in whatever is going on around her. Jenney can also be a bit timid at first so does well when someone is patient and not overwhelming so she trusts it’s ok to be herself. Speaking to her in a gentle voice calms any worries and she’s as sweet as can be.  She loves to take walks and check out the great outdoors, trotting along on her own or with her person.  As her Foster Mom says, Jenney is a very spunky gal with a big heart, like Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady.  She’s happy to have a cozy warm indoor life now, snuggling and also out sniffing around the great outdoors! Jenney was one of the 46 confiscated Sprakers/Flat Creek dogs so had a hard life living outside 24/7 without human interaction. She now clearly cherishes all that humans can give and has blossomed beautifully.  Jenney loves her puzzle toys and will take on the challenge to figure out whatever is asked of her. She is about 40 pounds and is good with cats. Jenney could live with an easy going submissive male BC or as a solo dog. Jenney will only be placed in an adult home with a hard fenced yard. She will do best with patient guardians who understand her skittish nature.



Life is full of joyful and painful experiences and at GHF, we face this every single day. The hello of a new Border Collie expectedly looking for the next step…the goodbye of one barely here long enough to share their wisdom…everyone here opens their hearts fully knowing that we never know what’s ahead…happiness or sadness. Stella brought us both.

Stella shared pure love and pure light. We wish, for selfish reasons, her body had been able to hang on longer so we could have walked in her grace longer but it was not meant to be. She renewed her strength in one week here, living inside, treated with the dignity she deserved and barely had a full trot around the Farm before she was in crisis with bloat. We pulled her through one episode and during the night, she bloated again. Our vet suspects a tumor, possibly related to the massive tumor on her leg. Surgery was not an option.

Today is far emptier without Stella who instantly grabbed us all with her ‘old soul’ energy, truly a ‘Buddha dog’ with so much deep understanding. To us on the outside, her life looked like a hell with no freedom, no care and no love which of course is the truth of what she experienced. However, spending a moment with Stella in deep heart connection, that is not the truth of who she was at all. She had focus and contentment and a richness about the earth and all the real truths. She was grounded in herself and her own journey.

Only Stella knows all that she accomplished in her life…perhaps she was the steady influence of sweetness and love for children also improperly cared for…perhaps she was the soft fur and quiet love for an adult in deep distress over life…perhaps she was the only constant to a crazy, chaotic household where living inside would have been far worse…we’ll never fully know but for sure, without a doubt, we know that Stella gave fully to each of us the minute she met us and that gift from her, no matter how long we experienced her giving it, is forever.

Stella is a soaring spirit now.
We are all grateful to have walked by her side, no matter how short the time.
Thank you Stella for coming to visit us and share your truth. You are amazing. (2016)





ROLLIE had been doing well at GHF, blossoming into a super happy, healthier dog. However, he came in with an underlying urinary issue that was finally diagnosed - bladder cancer. Sadly, there are no curative approaches once the disease is advanced as it was with him. We said goodbye today, 5/19/16, only six short weeks after he arrived. This very sweet, amazing dog had a magnetic presence. His last day at the Farm was filled with radiant picture-perfect moments where Rollie shone as bright as the sun. His energy while still in the physical, was that of spirit… a spiritual being readying for his return ‘home’. He shared his message: “Join us as spiritual walkers, side by side on a passage together, on earth and in spirit”. Death is how energy transforms. We are then spiritual partners working with you from the other side”.

Another humbling experience from a sage teacher we were lucky enough to know - godspeed Rollie. Thank you for coming. (2016)

ROLLIE: An 11 year old Border Collie, this handsome fella is also as sweet as he is good-looking! Just a wonderful nature. He came to the Farmhouse Sanctuary due to a divorce leaving the only home he’s known but slid right into the new life with ease. Happy to hang on the couch, meet the other seniors and enjoy lots of cuddling time as well as exploring outside! Rollie loves the great outdoors, going for walks and hanging with his person, an amicable boy.  He is good with cats and weighs 40 pounds. He previously lived in NJ but was being left alone all day which was not what his guardians felt was right since he’d always been with someone



 


SPIRIT: A 13 year old Border Collie, Spirit came to GHF once her guardian moved to assisted living since she could no longer care for herself. Spirit became her companion about 7 years ago and now, for the 2nd time, was in need of another home. Her guardian’s daughter brought Spirit to GHF, hoping perhaps she could find happiness at the Farm or in another home. However, it wasn’t destined to be. Spirit’s age had overcome her with cancerous masses, severe spondylosis, bladder stones and bad arthritis, making it hard for her to be mobile. While most of her medical needs could be overcome at a younger age, the recovery at this age prevented surgery. Pain medication was the only option.

Within days of arrival, it was clear Spirit had made her own decision about the next step and was ready to cross onto the other side, with peace and grace, letting go of her troubled body. We wished she could have rallied for more time at the Farm but it wasn’t meant to be. Spirit sailed back to spirit, sharing a lovely lick of thanks on our hands as she said goodbye. Such a magnificent exit marked a life well lived. (2016)




Fall 2015, Mav on the go at 13!


Maverick loved his foster time finding the smallest dog bed to call his own! and becoming quite the squeaky ball boy! He’s back at the Farm cause the urban setting and construction sounds made him too nervous.  He’s a country BC!

We said goodbye to MAVERICK after two years of being the ‘office dog’ at GHF.  He gained that important title since he would not happily accept other dogs around and needed his own space but over time as we grew to know him, we realized he was the master of his own fate. The humans around were mere pawns that he played only too well! More than having his own space, it was Mav’s way or the highway.  This opinionated, willful fellow crept into everyone’s hearts at such a deep level, truly gaining our love and more importantly, our respect, that losing him at almost age 15, was just too soon.  Bring on that stubborn Border Collie with the great mind… we’d eagerly sign up for another 15 years!!  This one time stray graced us with the lesson of a lifetime - be brave, be strong and stand for who you are, no matter what - yup, that was Mav. One of a kind. Sorely missed. Always holding a special place at GHF.  Thanks for visiting us ‘big fella’..come again anytime you like…we’ll be waiting.  We completely understand. (2016)

Amazing, brilliant MAVERICK surprised us with a spinal stroke the week of January 19th so we’re helping him recover to full use of his back legs. Unable to walk at all just days ago, he is now doing really really well!!! Since Mav has a new health challenge, he’s going to stay at GHF to live out his life - we just love this incredible boy - and know that his strength and will to ‘see the world’ will help him recover full use of his physical body. Such a majestic Border Collie, we are humbled by Maverick. Special thanks to Dr. Paul Bookbinder in Syracuse who really saved the day for Maverick.

MAVERICK: A 13 year old Border Collie, Maverick is a character - he is a strong willed guy who likes to check out everything going on around him!  He loves exploring outside to see where the Farm dogs are going and will happily trot along to join them, all about the action.  He is very athletic and loves his squeaky ball. He’s an engaging BC with plenty of spunk, a bit like the old style BC's from working farms who know how to think and observe and use their minds non-stop, very curious and ready to be a part of everything….he's quite special. Maverick is easy going but certainly a 'young senior' so would love a life where he has 'work' to do, hanging with his person.  He is about 50 pounds. He was a stray in PA, found matted, dirty and truly a mess. He is not good with cats.




We said goodbye to TRIPPER friday 2/26/16, a gentle old soul with a depth all his own. At age 13, he thoroughly enjoyed the Farm and the glorious days outside on jaunts around the field, eagerly greeting all who came in the gate, Tripper was clearly on his own journey. He was his own dog with his own point of view and when the time came to go, he let us know.  His work was now to be on the other side, crossing into spirit.  We are deeply grateful to have had time to know him, albeit only 9 months but nonetheless, very meaningful and touching.  A magical Border Collie on this side and on the other, Godspeed Tripper onto your next mission.  

TRIPPER, a petite 13 yr old border collie, this sweet marvelous boy is coming to life at GHF, blossoming into a state of happiness that makes us all smile! We’d like to keep it simple and allow him to continue this path, enjoying the freedom of a gorgeous green yard; lots of BC buddies and a loving Caretaker totally focused on his needs..so Tripper is going to become a Farmhouse Sanctuary resident! Welcome home Tripper… we’re all so happy to have you stay…a charmer this boy, clearly in need of TLC and the entire GHF team is more than happy to give him just that!

TRIPPER: A petite 12 1/2 year old Border Collie, this is one sweet, clever boy who is starting to enjoy the new experiences he’s finding at GHF. Tripper is quite a charmer, with a gentle way about him, asking for a bit of attention and then exploring his new surroundings - other senior buddies and a Caretaker who is very attentive to his every need. This all seems to be suiting him well. His daily accidents in his previous house are now gone and the routine of in and out during the day seems to suit him. Tripper’s got a bounce to his step and a little mischief in his eyes so we’re hoping he really blossoms at the Farmhouse. He is about 40 pounds and goods with cats. He’s passed all his vetting diagnostics with flying colors so he could easily be adopted. Tripper has lived in one home since a pup but his age plus aging parents, made it too hard to care for all of them, so Tripper needed to find safe haven in rescue. His previous NY guardian felt GHF was perfect for him.





At age 16, there is only one word that embodies the best goodbye to Jack and that is CELEBRATION…Jack landed at GHF 3 1/2 years ago and was clearly determined to live a big life at GHF and that he did! He became the icon for what the Farmhouse Sanctuary could be for so many Border Collies in need.

Extremely emaciated upon arrival and suffering from heartworm, he looked awful but nothing stopped this boy from transforming into a handsome, completely content character that graced the yard day in and day out. Jack was the star of the vacation tours and won the hearts of all the team here. He set the example of what true healing could mean to each and every dog that came to GHF. And, like any brilliant Border Collie, he wasn’t without his opinions about how things should run, giving a growl or grimace to anyone that was out of line, (in his opinion.) Jack would never hurt anyone but he did run the place, after all, so had to show that wisdom to all of us, just to be clear! He helped newbie dogs get grounded in their new surroundings, showing them the ropes and he shared his special strength to ‘continue on’, focused on the work of being a Border Collie.

Jack was a great ambassador of all that is this breed. Everyone loved this boy, a one-of-a-kind spectacular being with so much gusto, we know he’ll be back for another round one day! We’d all love to spend time with him again, soon. The reality of his deteriorating heart didn’t stop him from making it to 16 so we know that whatever Jack wants, Jack will make happen!

See you soon…we’ll be here at the Farm waiting for you. (2016)

JACK: A 16 yr old Border Collie, Jack is so cool - he loves life - running, chasing, exploring, playing ball, greeting everyone with his distinctive bark. He adores people and will take all the attention and affection you are willing to give.  Jack is a trooper for sure, he sailed through his heartworm treatment – his attitude was and is- that everyday is a day to be lived and enjoyed. We're thrilled to have Jack here at the Farm, a great inspiration to everyone. He is smart, super sweet, ready to stay by your side, in tune with you and sharing his heart and his goofy smile. This incredible boy is agile and active even with some bum back legs (from falling in a hole years ago). He loves toys of any kind and will happily entertain himself if you are busy. He is fine with cats. Jack came to GHF after his VA guardians foreclosure. He was father to many litters over the years.  



One of the great characters of the Farm left us today, peacefully crossing over to the spirit side. A huge personality at GHF, he will be surely missed cause no one could make us all smile like Toby! This old boy crossed the yard so fast for food, everyone had to chuckle with those long non-BC ears flapping high and mighty! Not a toy boy, he was a foodie through and through so today’s departure was filled with pizza, a burger, cookies and lots of yummy treats which he devoured. This one of a kind charmer gained back his health in the year at the Farm but there was no turning back the clock of aging. Godspeed TOBY!!! (2016)

TOBY, a 14 yr old bc mix, has grown into a gorgeous, healthy, joyful boy so we know he’s happier in life than ever before but we’re seeing this sweet guy start to really slow down. Our vacation camp just started and Toby is no longer enthusiastic with his grand hellos to new people, like he used to be. That has us feeling it’s time to let him know he’s officially home! While all seniors who come to the GHF Farmhouse Sanctuary can stay forever, some clearly arrive and are ready and raring for a new life where they are in the spotlight. So, in they come and out they go, no matter their age! Others, we wait to see what they want and then decide, WITH them. Toby is one of those where he arrived in December 2014 in such horrible shape, we wanted to see how things unfolded. He’s a handsome guy now, finally living in a home where his meals are always certain and the love flows his way day in and day out. SOOOOOO, WELCOME HOME TOBY…you’re now an official GHF resident! Life unfed in an outside pen is a long long ago piece of your history!




Sweet, loving MICKEY quietly rested before leaving us today from an illness from which he could not recover. Countless diagnostics and treatments at Cornell yielded no results as Mickey weakened. He suffered from PLE, Protein Loosing Enteropathy, causing severe intestinal problems, unable to hold in any nutrition. His system rejected all the treatments that were tried and his condition worsened.

Mickey graced us with such joy, chasing any ball or frisbee endlessly. He loved swimming in the creek. He loved greeting every guest who came through the gate at GHF. He will be so missed…a truly loving, wonderful Border Collie. We are all forever changed by his generous spirit. Godspeed Mickey…please come again. We only knew you for a short while but we’ll know you forever. (2016)



Today started like any other but for ACE, it was his last day at the Farm. A hidden tumor led to the emergency run to the vet, revealing the end was near. Ever strong in spirit, ACE left us in great grace. Certain senior Border Collies come to the Farmhouse with real character, willing to show us exactly what they need to be happy and Ace was one of those strong-willed, spunky guys. He landed at GHF 15 months ago, a bit confused but searching for his next step. As we grew to know him, his true nature surfaced and this gorgeous boy turned into being in charge, happy to control the other dogs and step into being the boss. We chuckled watching this boy unfold, proud and happy of his leadership style! He managed other dogs with one helluva stare or herded them right into the corner, holding them til the Farmhouse Caretaker saved them…Ace meant business. Today, he carried on with that same will, with a clearcut goodbye, fast and peaceful so he could be on his way. This wonderful boy will be missed, a true one- of a kind Border Collie. (2015)

ACE: A 11 year old Border Collie, ACE is such a wonderful guy, with the sweetest nature! Ace loves tennis balls and really any toy you toss for him - he goes to pick up a toy before heading outside so it’s handy for that game of fetch. After a few tosses and some happy ‘woo woo’ howls, he loves to walk with you, or explore the yard on his own. Ace has a great recall! Indoors he’s very content to hang out with you, such an easy-going guy! He “aced” his heartworm treatment and is ready to enjoy a loving, happy life with someone special. Ace is 45 pounds, he is not good with cats and would do best as an only dog. He was a stray in Pennsylvania, landing in a shelter that fortunately works with GHF.



We knew the day would come when 15 year old Bentley would say good-bye. This remarkably gentle, innocent soul arrived almost three years ago, in very, very rough shape from a life left outside, eating horrible food without proper vet care.  His lot in life was a sad one.

However, once he was given loving care and proper medical treatment, this boy blossomed, step by step.  Countless pictures capture that inner sweetness, just content to happily accept whatever life sent his way but saying good-bye left us with an even greater sense of how he really transformed. 

Bentley matured and found his place on earth, where he deeply shared his heart with our Senior Caretaker, allowing him to finally find fulfillment with a caring human. This beautiful canine/human connection changed Bentley as it did our Caretaker and all of us who got to witness this transformation.  He finally belonged WITH someone.  His happiness inside shown outside.

Bentley left us with the wisdom of the heart and the real gift of seeing how love changes everything.  He is proof that the simple act of truly joining with another, is a sacred experience, TOGETHER.  Thank you Bentley for all the grace you shared with those who watched you.  What a gem.  What a teacher. The “Buddha dog” - that’s you, now and forever. (2015)

BENTLEY: A 14 year old Border Collie mix, Bentley is not only adorable, he is a character, about as charming as any dog who has ever landed at GHF. He absolutely loves to say hello to everyone. He parades around with a nylabone or a ball in his mouth, happy as can be, tail always wagging. This is one easy-going boy! He is definitely people-oriented and likes to follow you around and be close to you. Bentley is delightfully curious, taking in new things with wide-eyed wonder, very puppy-like. He is enjoying the freedom of the yard and meeting other dogs.  Bentley is great with other dogs but can get overwhelmed by numbers and strong personalities so would prefer more one on one attention from his person. He is fine with cats.

Bentley came to GHF when his NY guardian landed in the hospital with a terminal disease.  He lived outside all his life with two other dogs. With laser treatment and anti- inflammatory meds, Bentley's degenerative disc disease can be managed.  Aside from this challenge, he is in good health with solid bloodwork, thyroid testing and urinalysis - a full geriatric screen gave him a good bill of health. Bentley is about 40 pounds. 

 




A very sad day at the Farm 12/27/14, saying good-bye to Lacie. Unexpected seizures and a supposed mast cell tumor out of nowhere, finally led to the end. We valiantly spent whatever we could the last 24 hours in hopes to pull off a miracle cause Lacie still had so much life to live. She had recently rallied from her kidney problems so we had high hopes, however seems more illness was lurking. So, it was only fair to let her go, releasing her troubled body.  Today’s good-bye at the vet was incredibly tough as her tail wagged non-stop, even while laying on her side, only a bit of spunk left but, there she was still showing that remarkable spirit to the end.  This little powerhouse ran the Farm yard, herding everyone and keeping track of everything going on…we just loved this girl. A short 10 months with us, she’s one who clearly left her mark here. Lots of love to Lacie…so sorry it was so soon.  We already miss you.

Well! New news on Lacie that we are pleased to report…she’s not out of the woods but she does NOT have cancer!  Lacie has a massive kidney infection stemming from an e-coli infection that is extremely resistant to normal antibiotics.  The specialists were stunned by the culture results and informed us that the infection is so bad, it’s typical that a kidney is removed,  however that can’t happen for Lacie since it’s both of her kidneys.  We will now start an aggressive protocol with a special ‘cocktail’ of antibiotics administered at the hospital. Please keep Lacie in your thoughts and prayers as this little girl now has a fighting chance of many years ahead !!

LACIE An 11 year old Border Collie, Lacie is the cutest thing. She's got plenty of spunk and total confidence about everything she wants to do and willingly checks out the world as if she can handle it all! She's a classic BC. One of the reasons she's so secure in her own way of handling the world is because she did in fact work on a sheep farm, so her brilliance was put to good use. Lacie is good with other dogs and likes her ball games, too!  She found herself without a home when her guardian aged so his grandson was selling her for $50 since she was old.  Lacie lived outside all her life but is loving the Farmhouse Sanctuary, happy to be warm and cozy. She has perfect manners and such a friendly personality, it's hard to imagine anyone parting with these really wonderful girl. Fortunately, we were able to bring her into rescue at GHF. She is not good with cats.



Jesse left us today (8/26/14) from cancer and though her return to the Farm was only a bit over a month, we know this girl was in charge til the very end. A strong willed character with tons of spunk, Jessie had a big purpose while on earth…both guardians, the first 9 years ago and then in 2014, were elderly people who passed on, leaving her homeless. If you knew Jesse, you would know that she did her job well, giving each of these guardians the true love she had to offer. Jesse was one steadfast focused girl when it came to being with her person…on task, she was side by side, ready to assist in whatever way they needed. .sometimes being their true friend, other times being the mischief maker who made them laugh… no matter what there will never be another Jesse. She lived a life of purpose, in her own style. She’ll never be forgotten and we’re sure on the other side, she’ll be marching to the drum she calls her own, ready for her next assignment. Godspeed Jesse.

JESSE, now at age 12, finds herself returning to GHF due to the illness of her guardians. She’s spent 8 years side by side with her FurMom and her daughter, both of which had to go to assisted living  and hospice situations.  They cherished this petite little girl and were so comforted to know that Jesse had a safe place to go at GHF.  Sweet Jesse did her best work all these years as their dearest friend, day by day, moment by moment, loving them and giving them so much joy.  We hope that Jesse decides to share her wonderful nature here, yet again, as she did back in 2006.  She will stay at the Farm for the remainder of her life.  Upon return, she was happy to say hello the many seniors in the Farmhouse Sanctuary and settled in, thinking through this big transition.  We will do all we can to make her feel wanted and welcome, again. 



BELLA had to leave us, after her bout with an aggressive cancerous process. This darling girl charmed everyone who met her, leaving us all at a loss with her passing. She clearly loved people and they loved her, equally the same. (2014)

BELLA: A gorgeous 10 year old, Bella is the name that describes this wonderful girl - she is a delightful bell of the ball! Happy to meet everyone with a tail wag and big hello, she makes friends instantly.  For Bella, people are her main focus along with some ball and frisbee play which she just loves.  Everything about Bella is the classic BC - brilliant, sweet, athletic and good natured - however Bella has a special need - she has anxiety when left alone.  She was adopted two years ago and returned due to her panic when left. She is doing beautifully at the Farm where someone can be with her all the time. However, the sad news is that Bella now has cancer. We removed a mammary mass upon her return and had hoped it it would not reoccur but it has, unfortunately.  Bella will remain at the Farm to keep her as comfortable as possible. 

It is very common for female dogs to develop mammary tumors when spaying is done late in life. We see this happen all the time, some masses are benign, some not but almost all the older females need surgery to be sure.


We said goodbye to sweet CHARLIE, knowing that we had to make the tough decision best for his quality of life. Charlie's backend had always been extremely weak so a simple tumble off the ramp left him weakened and unable to stand up without assistance.  A week of pain meds didn't help so it was important to give Charlie a peaceful exit without causing him frustration and pain.  We will miss this character - a BC boy with a personality all his own - Charlie only did what Charlie wanted to do which included a great non-stop stroll through the farmyard.  He wouldn't allow any physical touching or help when he'd get stuck while investigating the yard since this boy had his own will to do it 'his way'.  Godspeed to Charlie and a huge thanks for spending time with us at the Farm…we are always changed by those that grace us with their presence.  

FROM JOYCELENE, the senior farmhouse caretaker: I'll miss this boy, he was a big presence here in the Farmhouse. He was willful, stubborn and grumpy but somehow it worked for Charlie, because I became very fond of him. (2013)

CHARLIE: A 12 year old Border Collie, Charlie is a sweet guy who is quite the thinker, making sense of all these dogs and all these new people. He likes the company of people, wanting to be near you inside or following you around outside. Though he's a more conservative boy, needing time to reflect and take in his surroundings, when he warms up, it's a gift that will make you smile, he loves to give gentle kisses on your hands. Charlie is a doll and at this age, doing beautifully with all this change especially considering he rarely left home and he never went to a vet. Charlie enjoys meeting all the other BCs and seems pretty content with all these new friends. Charlie is ok with dog saavy cats. His PA guardian had to move to assisted living, leaving Charlie in need of help.  Family members stepped in, contacting GHF for help.



We said good-bye to Jasmine today, due to organ failure. At 13, she'd almost made a full year with us but no matter how long the time we had, we're all grateful to have met her…such a marvelous, spunky, fun filled girl…a classic Border Collie brain with all the gusto and focus that goes along with the breed.  Imagining Jasmine in her younger days was easy cause as a senior, she was so full of drive to go!   She met numerous summer vacationers as they came up for a GHF Tour and got to see just how special the seniors all were, playing, racing and running in the Farm yard.  She was the perfect diplomat for all that makes Border Collies special.  She will be sorely missed but has left the Farm with her special energy and we are honored to have had her at the Farmhouse Sanctuary, sharing her heart with so many. (2014)

JASMINE: A 12 year old Border Collie, Jasmine is a love and a major ball girl! She's just adorable, full of spunk and sweet as can be, happy to hang with the dogs or people and most happy, going for that ball! She's got a lot of focus and intensity when the ball comes out but otherwise, she's just one happy go-lucky, friendly, loving girl. This is one very special BC with lots of love to give and truly a treasure to be around. Jasmine is about 60 pounds but will trim up now that she's getting proper exercise again. Her former guardian died, leaving Jasmine with nowhere to go so she was abandoned at a PA shelter. Fortunately, the shelter works with GHF and asked us for help.  She is good with cats. Jasmine needs a ranch style home since her backend is a bit weak, making a lot of stairs too challenging.





All the dogs in rescue are sweet as can be but sometimes, there will be one or two that are just remarkable and that was CODEY. We lost him to a tumor ‘bleed-out’ today. Up until the last few hours, he still had that special charm all his own, with a big grin that made everyone feel happy and content. THAT was Codey’s teaching…to show all the humans he met, that life was really about being happy - ‘take it as it comes’ - was an expression that suited Codey well. Always even-tempered, content and sweet as can be with a bit of mischief in his eyes, Codey will be sorely missed by all of us at GHF. Only back with us for four short months, he’s left a lasting impression. In fact, campers on this past saturday’s tour were so taken by Codey, he was the hit of the Farmhouse seniors. A final blast to share his heart…we get it Codey and we love you for helping us all feel the truth about life! . (2014)

CODEY, a 13 yr old bc mix,  is a gentle soul, truly such a doll and could easily join people who love a sweet character with lots of love to give. He just radiates when with people and everyone is drawn to him!  Codey is like the 'rock' who hangs by your side, letting you know that all is well, no matter what unfolds.  He is a very special GHF dog, having endured nine years of challenges due to family allergies, financial problems and then divorce. He and Kirke deserve another chance to share their hearts with someone new.

As with all seniors, we have done diagnostic work to insure they are healthy  -  dental procedures and had bloodwork, thyroid and urine checks so we appreciate the angel support.



Sweet, majestic, graceful BLAZE left us on 9/26/13 due to the bad news of spleenic tumors. We awoke with a trip to the vet, not knowing today would end with his departure but once the facts were clear, it was time to let him pass peacefully. We have been so touched by this gorgeous Border Collie, only with us 6 months since his person passed. About to turn 14 in November, Blaze is now in spirit, side by side with the woman who completely cherished him and made sure he had a safe place to be, upon her death. She willed him to the Farm and knew he would be well cared for.  We loved knowing you Blaze…the perfect senior, brilliant and beautiful…godspeed Blaze, rejoining the one he loved.

BLAZE: A 13 year old Border Collie with ABCA papers, Blaze is wonderful boy with the thoughtful traits we see in the seniors, quality BC's bred years ago. Not chaotic or confused, he's intelligent, watchful and tuned in to everything going on around him, ready to understand what he needs to do…the kind of Border Collie that has a good mind and composed nature. Blaze is delightful and responsive to people, friendly and loving. He is handling this big change pretty well, enjoying all the Farmhouse Sanctuary seniors who find themselves in a new life, too.  His tail wags happily as he greets others and is learning to get around the Farm. He is good with cats and about 50 pounds.  His PA guardian died recently, leaving provisions for him to come to GHF since she'd been a supporter for many years and knew he would be safe in good hands here. We are very happy to have Blaze with us.



We had to say good-bye to JASPER today due to organ failure. This wonderful boy was happily cruising around the Farm this weekend but failing on Monday. His incredible sweet nature caught everyone’s attention as he joined the Sanctuary gang as if he’d lived here all his life. Only with us a short time, we’re grateful to have met this remarkable boy. (2014)

JASPER: A 14 year old Border Collie, possibly mix, Jasper is a charmer! He’s an easy boy to enjoy and he thinks the Farmhouse Sanctuary is just the best!  He happily relaxes inside and then explores with gusto outside, just going everywhere to check out everything! Jasper joined the Farmhouse gang like he’d lived here all his life. He’s a super sweet boy who loves attention and loves to pass along his gentle, loving nature to everyone he meets! He is about 40 pounds and not good with cats. He was placed into a home by a PA shelter and then returned a few years later when his guardian died. At age 14, we feel he doesn’t need to be moved anywhere again. 



Sweet COVE left us today (5/29/14) with a sudden internal problem that made it clear it was time to let him pass.  This lovely, gentle soul was only at the Farm for a few months but charmed everyone with his wonderful nature. Content to trot along in the yard, he never missed a beat to take in all that was around, alert and content to 'see the world'. At almost 15, we're all grateful we had a chance to meet him and no matter how short the time together, we will never forget him Cove was one of the sweetest Border Collies to grace the Farmhouse Sanctuary.

COVE: A 14 year old Border Collie, this boy is a doll. He's curious and loves to explore, trotting around the Farm, checking everything out. Inside he's the same, boldly heading right up the steps to see where our Caretaker has gone!  Cove is a gentle guy with a super sweet nature, clearly a people dog.  We're working through his health needs, included recently diagnosed anaplasmosis and other medical concerns and will update his bio as we know more. We hope he can have a few years ahead at the Sanctuary, enjoying all the Farm has to offer!  He came to GHF from a Massachusetts guardian who had him 6 months, taking him from someone else who could no longer keep him





Dogs teach us about living in the present and if we can do this, life will reward us tenfold. Here is Casey at 3pm on Tues, happy, scenting in the air, enjoying a roll in the grass, truly loving life. That is how Casey WAS. At 6pm, he was in the throws of a tumor ‘bleed-out’ where clearly whatever had been brewing inside was now overtaking him. We allowed Casey to pass in peace, with great love and respect for this remarkable boy. There will never be another Casey..he came to us at 13 yrs old, almost a year ago to the day…such a spirit, such spunk, such reverence for life and clearly, a dog on a mission…whatever he wanted, he went for it! Oh Casey, we thank you for showing us the truth of a good life, a full life and a celebration of life! Godspeed Casey..we will sorely miss you.

A grand hooray for YOU….and lots of love sent with you to spirit. (2014)

CASEY: A petite 14 year old Border Collie with ABCA papers, Casey is a character. He's lived on a farm all his life, having the delight of herding livestock long ago so is pretty much an independent fellow who likes action. He thinks people are just fine, too, of course but he's looking for his job to do! He's still got the focused 'bc eye', though now, his eyesight is a bit different as is his hearing however his desire to be in the middle of everything, is still strong as ever. He's focused on the dogs as they race around the Farm, as well as his frisbee and ball, eager to jump into the fun. This friendly boy lived in one home since a pup, living outside in a pen except when working but as he aged, so did his guardian who then had no need for him. Casey came to GHF from NY. He is not good with cats but certainly still loves his frisbee and ball!!! He is about 40 pounds.





SKIP headed out on the trails and loved them, ball in mouth of course!

Thanks to Linda Whitman, Skip is resting happily on a brand new bed just for him! and his tennis ball, of course!

We said goodbye to the sweetest senior SKIP! Just four months shy of being 17, this boy lived a joyful life! He loved being outdoors and loved playing with his ball, totally focused on having fun. His boundless spirit overcame a weak backend til the very end, willing to drag himself as far as he could just to get yet another ball toss! He slowed down significantly in his final months but never lost that spark that we’ll always know as special just to Skip…a brilliant wise boy who loved life on earth! His eyes twinkled with mischief, waiting to see what he could uncover each day….we all loved having you here, giving us almost 2 years of laughs and wisdom. Catch that ball Skip….you can easily soar. (2014)

SKIP is a marvelous 16 year old Border Collie and we're honored to have him here! Oh boy is he sweet, fun and full of spunk!!!! A true testament to the fact that BC's age beautifully. Bright-eyed as ever, Skip is trotting around the Farm having a blast exploring. And, he was the first senior to decide that digging a snow-stuck tennis ball, was worth his time and of course, it was! He's a ball boy for sure.

Skip is enjoying life inside the warm Farmhouse Sanctuary now, something he has NEVER done before. He was tied outside all his life, nothing any of us would want to see happen. However, he was loved and there were grandkids in the family who played with him all the time. Skip rode in the pick-up truck as his FurDad's best friend.

We are absolutely thrilled to have SKIP here and surely hope he decides that a couple more years of life is his to enjoy. His vet work looks good so far, amazingly good. We'll do everything possible to enhance Skip's health and new life at the Farm. He is a resident Sanctuary BC, sharing his amazing spirit with everyone who visits.   More updates to come on SKIP...the Senior Elder of the gang now here. 

Skip's person could no longer care for him so he was abandoned in a shelter in PA that works with GHF.


A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to all of you who were exceptionally
generous  helping GHF rescue Border Collies.

We so appreciate the numerous angel sponsorships as well as the many
significant donations that came to help with the
Farmhouse Sanctuary

 

Contact the Farm rescue@glenhighlandfarm.com
Glen Highland Farm
217 Pegg Rd, Morris, NY  13808
Phone: (607)263-5415  Fax:  (607)263-5325