- Maureen & Dick Ware & GHF alums, Robby & Gem
- Deb Myers & GHF alum, Logi
Resident FRANNIE charmed us all upon her arrival in
September 2016 at age 11, coming from a confiscation situation
where her care was seriously lacking but her spirit was so strong.
This little spitfire loved toys and had a natural focus for action so
once her medical needs were handled, she regained physical strength. She
came to GHF with BC pal, Betsie, both inseparable so while Frannie’s
health had improved, much of her strength came from this bond so it was
unfair to separate them. Frannie’s eyesight has been failing as are her
hips but with a boost now and then and a bit of patience as she finds
her way, she continues to radiate pure joy. A gentle, good-natured girl,
we hope Frannie has more years ahead.
- Theresa & Sam Barrington
- Aki Ohno
age 12, Resident STORM returned to GHF just before Christmas 2017
when his guardians moved south for warmer living. Adopted
in 2005 as a 10 week old puppy, Storm had a full life with lots to
do over the years but now needed a safe place for his final years.
Such a gentle, good-natured guy, he loves attention with a good
belly rub and a few ball tosses. His favorite activity is outdoor
walks in the field to ‘work the perimeter’ and see the world, Border
Collie style. He does have medical conditions that require
monitoring so he’s carefully watched for any downturn in his health.
Storm was part of the very first litter of pups to come to GHF!
As stated in the
adoption contract, any GHF dog has a forever place if they need to
come back. While Storm had a confusing few months, he has settled
into his new situation well and likes all the BC action!
- David & Caitlin Musto & their BC, Stella
- Jim Duffy & Rene Douglas, in honor of Lena
- Steven & Andrea Morgan-Vandome “Jessie and her new Bff pal, Dax, send their love and are glad you’re being cared for by the good people at GHF”
Resident BETSIE arrived
at GHF fall of 2016, estimated to be 11 years old. Part of a large
confiscation of Border Collies, she came into rescue in very, very rough
no evidence of any veterinary care, Betsie needed immediate help. Dental
extractions were critical to improving her health. Undiagnosed lyme has
been challenging to manage with continued titers at very high levels and
her heart murmur also requires careful monitoring. Thankfully, Betsie
has gained ground to enjoy more vibrant years, along with her pal,
Frannie, who she clearly adores. Considering Betsie’s physical state, a
simpler life remaining at GHF was warranted. This petite girl is really
thriving and a joy to see so much happier with her herding instinct full
force, rounding up all her pals non-stop.
LEO landed at GHF in 2018 at age 14, bewildered by such a big change but
so eager to bond to someone, now loosing his home of ten years. His
aging guardian moved to live with family members, leaving Leo in need of
safe haven. This would be his fourth move, having landed in a shelter at
age 4. Sweet, sensitive and needing lots of reassurance, Leo found his
footing quickly in the Founder’s home. A constant shadow underfoot, he
got plenty of frisbee tosses, helping him to make sense of this new
life. But, once Leo discovered all the action of the other senior BC’s
living with him as well as nearby younger BC’s, his herding drive kicked
into high gear! He now has energy and enthusiasm far beyond his years.
Fortunately, Leo’s previous care had been good so only a weak back-end
slows him down.
2/2019: Routine diagnostic lab work caught abnormal levels pointing to kidney disease. Since adding the supplements Azodyl and telmisartan, Leo's renal values have gone back to normal. He can rest easy and so can we!
Two months away from turning 15, Leo sacks out in his mammoth bed for a deep restorative sleep before another day of herding the other BCs!
- Scottie Burkhalter, In memory of GHF alums, Russy and JayJay
- Gregg, Jodi and the BC Pack: Skid, GHF alum, Cassie and Rave in memory
of all of our Border Collies who have crossed the bridge
- Eve Ehrlich & Steve Jensen “With love from GHF Livy to Bodie”
& Steve Bouck and Lincoln (GHF alum) & Ziggy, in memory of GHF alums
Mika & Cassy
BODIE arrived at age 14 in 2018 looking like life had dealt him some
rough times coming from an SPCA confiscation. Clearly underweight
with a horrible skin infection, Bodie’s time at Animal Control proved
that this sweet guy really just wanted a kind touch and a good meal,
holding no grudge for what was surely neglect. Once at GHF, with proper
medical help, he flourished almost making it hard to believe he was as
old as stated. Happy, outgoing and curious, even frisbee became a
mainstay of his day. But, the big enjoyment was warm cozy couch time and
lots of belly rubs! This sweet guy is clearly content with his new life
though glaucoma has recently blinded him in one eye. Careful monitoring
ahead, will reveal other challenges that arise to be handled.
Special thanks to Carol Cunningham
who spotted Bodie on the shelter’s facebook page and made sure he made
it to GHF.
- Rob & Amy Barilla
- Deb Meyers, in memory of GHF alum, Quill
Resident CLYDE found age 14
to be filled with surprises and lots of Border Collie action coming to
GHF in 2018. Living in one home since a pup, his guardian’s
international job change meant Clyde needed safe haven for his final
days. Fortunately, Clyde had a history of lots of moves and being
boarded so he took this change in stride. A real charmer with quite the
BC eye, Clyde knew what job was required of him - herd, herd, herd the
moving dogs! GHF has lots of moving dogs so he clearly has renewed
energy even though his weakened back-end is giving him lots of
challenges. Previously well cared for, Clyde’s greatest need now is
pain relief and keeping that focus on his ‘work’!
2/2019: Clyde and Roxie were recently matched up to share a room...the wonderful pair have become good pals! Clyde at 15 is a grand diplomat and Roxie, at 12, is still in charge of her most important possession though happy to have a friend in the action! Both have very, very challenging back-end issues so find themselves resting frequently and often just like this, side by side, kindred spirits in ‘action’ mentally!
- Sue & Bob Strange, in memory
of Dudley & Nell
is the “Benjamin Button” of Border Collies, coming to GHF at age
15 in 2014 and seemingly not aging a bit now 19 in 2018 - he is
lived in one home since a pup bought from a breeder at a flea market.
Now, all these years later, with his guardian losing her home moving
into a trailer park, euthanasia was likely. After 3 homes with relatives
failed to work, GHF provided the only safe refuge for him. A super
friendly, good-natured fella, Bo has been curious about everything,
willing to engage with a great zest for life. He can be picky about who
he likes at times, including dogs so a foster setting proved to be ideal
for him where there was a more consistent lifestyle. Petite, spitfire
Bo brings a chuckle to all who meet him as well as being an inspiration
for Senior dogs who prove how important the ‘will to live’ can
be, when proper love and care gives them the best chance for more
Special thanks to
Cheryl Lewis for fostering Bo in CT