KRYSTAL (Elena) is
witness a joyous occasion!
here.... Krystal walks!
A FINAL UPDATE!!
GREAT NEWS! Krystal has full
permission to run! The vet said 100% normal use is called for now - just
let her be a puppy! So, she's off to run, jump, fall, on furniture, up and
down stairs, she can play like everyone else and she certainly is:
"she is running in the yard and playing!!! RUNNING!!! She wants to
constantly play with us. She jumped all over me. Grabbed my shirt
collar.... my hair.... a normal puppy!" We are so happy to report
that this little pup beat the odds and will have a wonderful active life.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO WISHED HER WELL
AND SUPPORTED HER CARE.
Her foster family is thrilled to see her
progress, almost to normal. They put in long hours and many vet visits to
make sure this little pup got everything she needed to recover and she's
definitely on her way. Krystal is not out of the woods totally since her
muscle on the right leg could seize up and prevent movement plus there is
no surety of the growth of the length of the leg but her left hip is
working just fine and she clearly is voting to walk and run!
We are so
excited for Krystal and happy to announce that as might be expected, her
foster family has fallen deeply in love. Little Krystal will grow up
having all the care she needs and all the physical support to insure her
legs work as best they can. Most importantly, her heart works wonders on
everyone she meets and that will continue to be the case as she joins in
workshops at Spring Farm Cares, one of the wisest teachers in a small
package! She is joining the Spring Farm animals who share their spirits
and hearts at the sanctuary.
Thank you all for supporting her needs and
helping with your heartfelt love and caring. She felt that from everyone
who helped to make this all possible.
We'll continue to update Krystal's progress
over the next few months.
ELENA: At eleven pounds
and 10 weeks old, Elena met a rough fate early when someone backed the car
right over her. Her little body took it hard with a fractured hip on the
left side and a fractured leg on the right, separating the joint away from
the leg bones, by far one of the worst xrays to see. Elena's pain must
have been unbearable. She was brought to us by her
guardians who could not handle the vet needs and we rushed her to our
favorite Orthopedic surgeon who has worked miracles before with other
rescues at the Farm. Elena underwent surgery Friday,
the 14th, on the right leg and Monday, the 17th, on the left hip. She came
through the procedures well and though feeling pain, it's far different
from the days before when she was hobbling around undiagnosed. Of course, Elena is charming
everyone at the vet hospital as well as all of us who met her. A little
bundle of sweetness, Elena's got the spirit to survive this though we are
not certain how her right leg will heal. The good news will be full use,
the bad news could be a shorter leg due to the impact on the growth plate
or potentially amputation. We are all holding good thoughts for this
little pup and so thankful that she made it to us at the Farm. A special thanks to Dr. Paul
Bookbinder of Upstate Veterinary Surgical Center in Canastota NY
who stayed late Friday to make sure surgery happened right away before her
bones began setting, making any help impossible.
STUEY won the hearts
of his new guardians very quickly when he ran over to say hello and give a
kiss. He loved them all, but he and the teenage son hit it off, a perfect
match. Stuey will have also a big canine brother, Spike, and tons of
attention and love, as well as frisbee, ball and soccer game playing too.
He spent the night in the nearby Inn, happily sleeping with his new young
guardian and headed out the next day to a new life in PA.
A 9 month old Border Collie,
Stuey is a loving friend, very eager to be in your lap for kisses and
attention. He loves everyone. Stuey is also full of energy, like any young
Border Collie so needs another young dog or an active home. He is curious
about everything and eager to learn. Stuey is also a gentle dog, and very
good natured, not hyper or chaotic. He can easily enjoy some down time
inside with his person. Stuey is very smart and will be a wonderful friend
for life. He is about 35 pounds and good with cats. He was given up
from a NY family who did not have time for him.
LEWIS found his family
and a wonderful life where he would be adored and cherished as well as add
tons of enjoyment and friendship to his new young friend and even have a
canine friend, Zia, to herd! Most importantly, he'll now have his own boy
to play soccer and love and laugh and share moments of joy. His new family
fell in love instantly and knew he was the perfect fit for their family
and their hearts. We loved seeing Lewis in all his happiness. He now lives
is a 6 year old Border Collie who is loving, gentle and very good natured.
He also loves to play with the ball and herd other dogs. He is always
eager to play but also happy to be next to you, content to be by your
side. Lewis is very affectionate and loves to connect with people, great
with everyone. He's also great on the leash and good in the car, happy to
be with his person. He is a great companion, like all the mature Border
Collies, not a frantic, chaotic youngster. He was surrendered to a
PA shelter. Lewis is currently being fostered in NJ and can be seen
at the Farm.
LUKE: When hearts
meet, an unexpected surprise often happens and that is exactly what
happened with Luke. His foster Mom agreed to take him in to help him have
a more normal life filled with fairness, consistency and love, rather than
torment. Well, the gentleness of Luke won her over and within short
order, she couldn't imagine sending him anywhere else. He quickly
blossomed, happier and content, trusting her completely. Luke now has a
canine family, too and will be trying agility and all other Border Collie
games. He lives in upstate NY and may visit the Farm from time to time
which we would all love.
3 year old Border Collie,
Luke is a classic thinker, aware of everything around him and whatever he
is being asked to do. He is very very smart and will bond quickly to
someone who really understands him. Luke is attentive and eager to learn.
He is also a ball nut, fast and agile zooming quickly after each and every
ball. He loves chasing sticks and herding games with other Border Collies.
Luke can be sensitive about new situations so will be placed with another
Border Collie so he can have his confidence built even more. He is a
wonderful loving dog who is high energy and active outside but calm
inside. Luke is about 40 pounds and is good with cats. He was
relinquished to a shelter in NY that works with rescue. Luke was
originally purchased from a breeder in PA. Luke is being fostered in
upstate NY and can be seen at the Farm.
CLAIR found her
forever home with a former adopter who loves the breed and wanted to add
another focused fun girl to her life to do agility and lots of border
collie games - Clair won her heart with her gentle sweet nature and her
fired up focused play! Clair now lives in Pa, never again to be dumped and
abandoned, instead she will be adored and cherished and we'll even get to
see her at the Getaway camp!
CLAIR: A 5-6 month old Border Collie,
Clair is all about the action. She is focused, fast and ready to go, go,
go. She is a classic young Border Collie who needs an outlet for her mind,
and body in order to be happy. She is very friendly and outgoing, eager to
learn and responsive to everyone she meets. An incredible athlete, she
could excel at any sport, channeling her herding instinct in any
direction. Clair is about 30 pounds, typical for her age and not yet
tested on cats. She is great with other dogs and will be placed in a sport
home or with another young Border Collie. Clair could live with cats used
to border collies, since she herds them. Clair was dumped in the
front yard of a dog lover who contacted us, asking for help. She came from
upstate NY. She is such a sweetheart, a very affectionate and good
TOBY found his forever
home with a guardian who wants to play, do agility and hike - a perfect
life for him! He quickly won her heart with his affection and his fun
nudge of the ball to play, play, play. Toby now lives in Vermont where
there is lots of land for border collie fun!
TOBY: A 2 year old Border Collie with
ABCA papers, Toby is a wonderful, friendly, happy dog who wants to play
ball instantly after he's said his hellos. He loves everyone and is happy
to be in the action, mixing in with other dogs well and playing Border
Collie herding games. Toby is very skilled at catching tennis balls and
quickly nudging them back to you for another throw. A real toy dog, he's
happy enjoying retrieval games endlessly Toby is like any young BC, who
needs activities to stimulate his mind and body but he can also relax
after his exercise. Toby is very very sweet and quite focused and
intelligent, catching on quickly to what is being asked of him. He is
about 40 pounds, and will herd cats. He came from the PA area, a
product of a divorce where well meaning dog lovers tried to take him in so
he wouldn't go to a shelter but then realized he needed more than they
could offer him.
FINNEY found a loving
home with kids who are around all the time to play with him and teach him
new games since they are home schooled. Plus he'll have his own ten acres
to run and play and explore, including a pond for swimming. His new
guardians love the breed and absolutely fell in love with him He now lives
in upstate NY.
FINNEY: A 3 month old Border Collie,
Finney is a ball of fun and energy, classic border collie energy. He is
sweet, sweet, sweet and also busy, busy, busy. He'll enjoy any activity he
tries and is learning all about dogs at the Farm and enjoying that, too.
He is a focused boy with tons of potential, ready to bond and be with his
person. He is about 20 pounds, typical in size for his age. Finney
was relinquished to the Farm due to his energy level and a guardian who
loves the breed but felt she could not meet his needs. He came from
upstate NY, originally from a breeder in Maine.
Two of our favorite adopters
came back to the Farm late in the day Sunday and while this picture is
full of flash eyes cause it was dark , the room was full of joy and happy
dogs. Brandi (in the
middle on the couch) will be living with Haley and Scout, both adopted
from the Farm. This fun-filled picture actually captures real life too
because the people are friends and the dogs and kids all hang together as
one big happy play family. Brandi fit right in, racing outside in
the last daylight on the large field at the Farm and all enjoying the fun
of ball throwing inside and lots of loving. Brandi now lives in CT
BRANDI: A 6 month old
Border Collie, Brandi is a live wire, classic BC energy to go, go, go.
Like any young Border Collie, she wants to focus her mind and would excel
in sports. She is super fast and incredibly agile. Brandi is also a
gentle, sweet, loving girl who loves to cuddle. She also loves to learn
and is so excited by mental challenges and is eager to try anything. She
is very attentive and focused on a person when she is going through
training sessions so could easily develop a strong bond. She is also great
with other dogs and will be placed with another young BC. Brandi is about
30 pounds and good with cats. She was relinquished to the Farm from
PA where her former guardian could not meet her needs.
ANNE in her usual ball
crazed style has one eye out on the camera and one eye ready to catch the
ball that one of her new guardians is about to throw! Annie-Fannie, as we
affectionately call her, won the whole family over with her comical,
fast-paced, style and wiggly-giggly body that gets so excited for
attention. They quickly saw how special this petite little girl really is
and felt she had to come home to live with them! Anne will have a fun life
of lots of ball throwing plus her own summer lake house and weekend
getaway to 70 acres in upstate NY. For Anne, all that space just means
more room to fly across the grass in pursuit of a ball. She is one fast
little Border Collie and now, about to be one very happy girl. She'll
never be abandoned again.
very petite 1 yr old Border Collie, Anne
is a serious ball player already, ready to focus instantly and all the
time on her favorite toy - the tennis ball. She is very very sweet and
super smart, bonds quickly and likes affection but she is also a classic
Border Collie who needs a job and for her, the ball is perfect. Anne is a
great frisbee player, perfect at catching every time! She has a
wonderful grin she gives you when she says hello! Anne is
already a strong female with other dogs so does best with submissive dogs.
She is very quiet and calm inside, happy to lay near you waiting for that
fun moment of work and play to begin! Anne could be happy with another dog
or as a solo dog in an active home. She is approx 25lbs and is good with cats. Anne was picked up by animal
control in Maryland when neighbors reported seeing a pup running
JACQUE found his new
home on the ride from New Jersey to the Farm late one friday. His new
guardian fell in love with him as he cuddled next to her for the ride and
once here, decided she had to come back and meet him. Soon as the dogs
met, the match was perfect, from chasing and tugging to wonderful play
bows, it was perfect. This lucky guy will be adored forever, living in PA,
having a blast! He waited quite awhile in an empty house when his former
guardians moved, and then a few weeks in our foster home, but took no time
at all to let his person know - she was his pick, too!!
4 year old border collie, Jacque is all about the ball,
focused, fast and ready to go. He also loves the frisbee and lots of
other toys, too. Jacque 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. Jacque is very good in the car, enjoying
being the co-pilot, likes to go for walks and give lots of hugs and
kisses. Jacque is carrying a little extra weight, which will come off
quickly at the Farm. He is good with cats. Jacque was
relinquished in NJ due to a move with his family.
JESTER & JAXIE
went together to a new life that is wonderful, joining 3 other dogs from
the Farm as well as other canine friends, a pack of nine. These two will
fit in beautifully and happily headed out to their new home with their
furDad who they absolutely loved. Their furMom came from California for a
visit not long ago and again fell in love so a cross country trip to get
them west came true again. Good friends of the farm, we are thrilled that
Jaxie & Jester will join their home and hearts, joining Ben, Shep and
Rio who made the same trip the same way long ago!
JESTER: A 2 1/2 year old Border Collie,
Jester is a wonderfully affectionate, good natured, friendly guy. He
enjoys meeting everyone and greets everyone with the same nudge of the arm
or cuddly hello. He loves people. Jester is also quite the herder, happy
to herd other dogs or anything that moves. He gets along beautifully with
other dogs so could easily enjoy canine friends or being with a person who
involves him completely in their life. Jester is very well balanced, smart
and sweet. He is carrying a bit of extra weight which will come off at the
Farm easily. He is good with cats. He previously lived on a
hobby farm with goats and horses and was allowed to run free which is
probably how he lost his front leg, chasing a car. He was picked up
by Animal Control and the guardians did not want to pay money to reclaim
him. The upstate NY shelter staff works with the Farm so were happy to
have him come to us.
Sweet EMIE found her
forever home with a family that adored her instantly. The amazing thing to
see was how she picked her family, too. She absolutely loved the two boys
and bonded with them as if they were long lost friends. Emie will be
adored and also be the constant companion to her new furMom plus they'll
be back in a few months to find a friend for her! She happily headed out
to her new life in upstate NY
EMIE: A 5 month old Border Collie mix
pup, this little wonder girl is full of energy and non-stop play. She is
fun, fun, fun and really needs another young canine friend to be happy.
She does love people just as much, cuddling with you at night, her head by
yours right on the pillow. She just has to be near her person and loves
being close. Emie is a wonderful little pup with so much potential, super
athletic and eager to learn anything. She is good in the car, settles well
when inside but for sure, needs an active home with plenty of room to run.
The pictures don't show her beauty - she is just gorgeous. We feel
convinced that Emie is a Border Collie/ Portugese Water Dog...she looks so
similar to a recent pup we met and acts so similar too. She is fine
with cats and is about 25 pounds. Emie was a stray in Long Island,
picked up by caring dog lovers who made sure she got to safety at the
CARR found a wonderful home with 40 acres for exploring and play, plus
two friends who think just like he does, frisbee and ball players, too.
The trio were immediately comfortable together, went for a ride in town
and had the perfect chemistry for a great life together. Besides enjoying
a doggie paradise, he'll be going to school spending time where one of his
new guardians' teaches. He'll be the hit of the place, just like he was in
Camp Border Collie for Kids, a natural with children. Carr happily headed
out to his new life in Vermont. With a snowy wintry day, he's glad his
guardians made the trip!
2 year old Border Collie,
Carr is a ball nut, who loves to race and chase in any good game of
throwing the ball. He is playful and fun and very smart, connecting to
people quickly. Carr also observes everything around him and thinks
through what is going on, taking a bit of time to get comfortable, classic
with the breed. He is very focused and fast and also quite a cuddler, a
real sweet guy. Carr is a young BC so likes to play with other Border
Collies and quickly makes up herding games. He is ok with cats and about
40 pounds. He was living with another border collie previously but the
family could not meet his energy needs. He will do best with people
focused on activities that use his mind and all his energy. His name was
Caramel previously. He was relinquished to the Farm from NJ.
BAKER found his new
guardians quickly when he won their hearts with his focused frisbee
catches combined with his cuddly ways. He spent the night at the nearby
Inn with his new canine friend and guardians who quickly knew they'd made
the right decision when he happily snoozed near their bed, a very content
boy. Baker will clearly be cherished as their beloved Border Collie and
he'll enjoy life at his new lakefront home where he'll be playing
endlessly and be their constant companion. He now lives in upstate NY.
BAKER: A 7 year old Border Collie,
Baker is a remarkable athlete, incredible at ball and catching a frisbee,
rarely missing it. He is fast and focused and very fun. Baker is also the
perfect canine citizen, responsive and obedient and very happy to take
direction, eager to please. He is very very smart and loves to be in a
relationship, close with someone. We believe that Baker deserves a
wonderful home, regardless of his special need. His condition, laryngeal paralysis, occurs because
a nerve stops sending the signal to move the larynx flaps open and closed
- so in his case, the airway is always open.
It also means that things can go down
his throat, like food or any other small object, and nothing stops them. What he will
need is a setting where he is monitored, is a bit calmer,
and one or two other Border Collies
would be ideal - since he loves to herd other dogs and gets along famously
with every dog. His life should be fairly normal but a bit calmer. Baker
races around like normal, as energetic as the other 20 Farm dogs he is
playing with each day and a very happy Border Collie. He still 'hacks' in
the morning and evening and has trouble swallowing but he can eat just
fine. Baker eats canned dog food, which is softer and easier to swallow,
from an elevated bowl. His treats are canned cheese or peanut butter which
he can easily lick versus hard dog treats which would cause him to
cough. Baker is a classic Border Collie: brilliant, people oriented
and truly will be a fantastic friend to the person who opens their heart
and home to him.
ISHA found her forever
home right in her foster home. An unplanned adoption, this sweet, shy girl
blossomed into a frisbee fanatic and just loved her foster family,
especially her furDAD that they just couldn't part with her. She adored
him and as everyone said who saw them together, 'she is his dog'...so Isha
will have a fantastic life with other Border Collies and canine friends
living in Vermont, hiking and playing and exploring, forever cherished.
We'll even get to see her since her foster family volunteers for the Farm.
A 1 yr old Border Collie with ABCA papers, Isha is a classic
action-oriented BC who loves to be with her person, very affectionately
loving them. She also loves the action of other dogs and will enjoy racing
and chasing with other young BC's. Isha is an incredible frisbee dog and
can easily catch whatever is thrown her way. Isha would be a wonderful
sport dog: she is super focused on toys; ready to retrieve and respond;
and incredibly smart and agile, all perfect traits for an agility or
flyball dog. She is also a serious
water lover, absolutely happy to swim and jump in any puddle, pond or tub!
She would thrive in a home where she could play any toy games and
is great off leash with good recall. Isha would be happiest with another young BC who loves toys as much
as she does. She is about 40 pounds and best with dog savvy cats since she
is curious. She will not hurt a cat but loves to herd a bit. She was
given up by her PA guardian who could not meet her needs. Isha
is being fostered in VT
PHAEDRA: A 4 month old Border Collie
mix pup, Phaedra is brilliant and a real spit-fire, ready to try anything
and do anything. She is fearless and fun and clearly a busy girl. She was
in foster care and given to the Farm to place in an appropriate home. She
came to us from CT.
PHAEDRA found her
forever home with a wonderful dog trainer who met her while in foster care
and absolutely fell in love! She's been on hikes already and easily keeps
up with their pack, bounding over ledges and into creeks. She's been to
training classes and wows everyone, including her new guardians who are so
excited to have her join their lives. She's going to be plenty busy with
tons of activities and she'll even get a chance to do therapy work with
young children who have suffered traumas. Phaedra is already working her
magic with everyone with her wonderful friendly nature! She's even
attended a baby shower! Phaedra now lives in Vermont.