At Glen Highland Farm, we have absolutely
wonderful, sweet dogs coming into rescue. That's why we called it
"Sweet Border Collie Rescue"!. On the whole, most of them are one
to three years old and are just mismatched with the wrong home. They
are generally misunderstood and penalized for their natural Border Collie
instincts so once in the appropriate home, they flourish.
|| We believe
there are no bad dogs, only bad situations that cause behavior
issues. While not every issue can be transformed, we do feel
that with love, patience, positive training and alternative resources such
as energy balancing, acupuncture, T-touch, holistic remedies, clicker training and
animal communication, most dog's problems 'heal' and change.
Adopters are asked to continue whatever practice has been put into play in
order to help a dog. We feel that Border Collies and Border Collie
mixes possess an incredible intelligence that creates an unparalleled
| Bred to cover unlimited miles, independently
attending to sheep, working to solve problems, they are loyal and
intuitively connected to what a person needs from them. They are
eager and ready to work. While we are not all shepherds on a
farm, it's important to recognize the innate qualities of this breed.
They are not simple, low-key dogs. They love and need mental,
physical and emotional stimulation and need to be truly included in your
LIFE AT GLEN HIGHLAND FARM:
of Border Collies have found new homes thru the help of GHF, with
the majority being under the age of one year. An average of 35 dogs are
in residence at any given time at the farm and an additional 10 in foster
homes. Most come to us from the Northeast and some
from out of state. All dogs available through Sweet Border Collie
Rescue at Glen Highland Farm reside onsite for at least two weeks, some
for one month or more, depending on their needs.
|| Their daily life is
full of play with other border collies as they circulate among play
groups. They are thoroughly socialized here. Occasionally, a
border collie will not mix well with other dogs so is separated and then
adopted into a home without another dog.
| A dog's environment here is
full of toys, swimming tubs (which they LOVE) and they run on acres of
farm countryside. There are 175 acres here at the farm with about 20
acres devoted to open play areas for the rescue dogs
|| At night, they
each sleep inside the barn on cozy, fleece beds and enjoy their own meaty
knuckle bone treat! If they particularly like another dog, they will
often pair up at night, happiest with another companion.
|Each dog receives introductory obedience work:
sit, stay, come and many are introduced to clicker training which is
rapidly accepted by border collies since it stimulates their mind.
When possible, they each receive leash training, practice traveling in the
car and are cat tested to insure they can join a cat household. Some
dogs have specific fears so they undergo a program tailored to help them.
For example, many border collies coming into rescue have a fear of men,
loud noises and loud voices so they often cower or hesitate when meeting
new people. These behaviors are transformed as both John and Lillie
(the founders) work as a team to help them experience a safe, loving
relationship with people.
|At Glen Highland Farm, each and every dog receives
high quality veterinary care and are fully healthy upon adoption. Each dog is given rabies, distemper, a heartworm test, frontline for fleas
and ticks, heartworm preventative, worming medication and are altered
prior to adoption. Any special cases of heartworm disease, lyme
disease or other illnesses are treated before release. All the dogs
eat a quality dry food mixed with whole canned chicken.
|Since many come with some health
neglect, we feed the dogs one of the highest quality dog foods
available and our favorite for our family dogs. We also use Nupro which is
highly recommended as a vitamin supplement for joint support which is
especially good in active dogs like Border Collie and especially good for
older dogs. Both are more costly but we feel important for certain
older dogs or those needing a health boost.
Additionally, there are foster homes throughout
the Northeast working with Glen Highland Farm. Various dogs are
integrated into these home environments, residing there for two weeks to
one month or more. Loving foster families care for these dogs until
placed. **If you're interested in fostering, please contact us. We are
always in need of loving homes to help save dogs.
- January 2002
We're very excited with our new improvements
to the rescue facility...though we're in a luxury horse BARN, we're no
longer calling it that because this barn is so deluxe! Heating, a
fire alarm system, knotty pine paneling throughout and now....patterned
||Thanks to all the donations for
the holidays, we were finally able to cover the dirt floors used for
horses and officially, say it's for dogs now! A week's worth
of work by Matt & John and $2000 enabled the dogs to live just like
they would in any house. And, though some will miss digging and burying
their favorite bones, they will all be sooo much cleaner! (And,
cleaning is a lot easier for us, too!)
Plus, it's good to acclimate them to a more
'normal' housing environment, of course, complete with cozy fleece
bedding, and lots of toys and surprise
...even pictures on the walls.
|And, even more exciting for the
dogs...some of them get to enjoy their own furniture while residing with
us. Those that are completely trustworthy (housetrained &
non-chewers), get their own chairs and/or sofas!
||So, the former horse 'barn' is
now a beautiful big house for dogs complete with music playing day and
night and soft blue lighting at night to help calm their fears. A
visitor described the new changes as 'doggie apartments'!!!
Everything they could want is there, except of course, their new guardians
- they are all still eagerly awaiting your arrival!
But won't be GREAT
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