RESIDENTS HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS.
IF, BY CHANCE, YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING ONE OF THEM, PLEASE DO
WE ARE HAPPY TO DISCUSS THEIR CONDITIONS IN DEPTH.
-Tim Hunt, Christine Bamberger with Charlotte & GHF alum, Harry. In
loving memory of Silkie
-Theresa & Sam Barrington
We’ve been watching Storm unfold at GHF since his arrival,
tucking him in the Founder’s home so he would have less stress at
his age. He’s done really well and seems incredibly content so
decided, it’s in his best interest, to let him reside here as a
Sanctuary resident. Storm loves the large field to explore and of
course, ‘works’ the other dogs on the fence, keeping him stimulated
and involved, but of course, it’s his ball play that he makes him
happiest. He is the constant companion to one of the Founders,
laying right by his feet til the next ball toss and then joins in
with two other Residents who love the ball just as much.
At age 12, Storm has made a return trip to GHF, though many years
from when he started with us, at 10 weeks old in 2005. He was part
of a litter born at the Farm, actually first litter ever! He was a
bright pup with lots of energy and now, is a content senior, a bit
calmer but still full of spunk - he loves to play ball non-stop!
He's settling in to a new situation with composure, making sense of
it all as best he can and we're doing everything possible to give
him a warm welcome back! Storm is at the Founder’s home where he can
be the center of attention, hanging with just two other Border
Collies which had been his normal situation til recently. His
guardians had a lifestyle change which meant Storm would have a more
urban setting, not what suited him. He’s had a great life of herding
lessons, swimming in the ocean, lots of ball play and hikes so is
very used to an active situation. Storm could enjoy joining a small
pack of ball dogs like himself or be the solo dog, as a loyal
companion. He is not yet tested on cats and weighs about 50 pounds.
-Annette Otis, in honor of the adoption anniversary GHF alum, Keene!
came to GHF in April of 2017 and is turning 13 this November so it’s
time to let the marvelous Mandy know she belongs with us, til her final
days. She’s very, very comfortable here and loves to meander through the
Farm yard checking out all the action, content for a stroll and then
return to her spot at the Senior Sanctuary, barking at other BC’s
nearby! While we had hoped someone might come to adopt her, she does
have a challenging quirk during storms where she truly panics so much
she will bite you. After learning how to safely manage through that
panic, it seems best now a year older, for Mandy to stay with people who
know her well. A big permanent welcome to beautiful Miss Mandy!!!
A 12 year old Border Collie with ABCA papers, Mandy is a gorgeous girl
who loves people more than anything at all..even the ball won’t deter
her from being close by her person. She is super sweet and very loving,
a devoted friend which she has been all her years til the loss of her
person. Mandy is making great strides with all the change around her and
truly enjoying the activity and attention of a more active life,
blossoming before our eyes. She can be a very sensitive girl and needs
reassurance that everything makes sense, most likely from all the change
she has experienced. Mandy is a very special girl with a huge heart she
wants to share again…we can clearly feel that. Mandy is also a strong
female BC so best as a solo dog though in her history, did visit dog
parks. At this point, dogs are the last thing she desires. Mandy is
about 40 pounds and best with dog savvy cats. Mandy is VERY
thunder-phobic so will need a special person to understand her
reactions. She also needs a fenced yard
-Bill & Tracy Blevins & GHF alums, Grace, age 13 & Tucker, age 11
BUDDY: A 14 year old Border Collie mix, Buddy
aka Flashy (when he was here before at GHF), is back due to a divorce
where the wife no longer wanted him and the husband could not meet his
needs. We are happy to help this sweet guy at this tough age where this
big change is challenging. He’s trying to make sense of it all,
befriending a couple of the female BC’s at the Farmhouse Sanctuary. A
sweet guy without many demands, he is settling on his bed to rest as he
thinks through what everything means. It’s heart-wrenching to watch this
age dog thrown into turmoil but we are glad to be the safety-net til the
end of his life and appreciate that the GHF adopter remembered we would
help. Buddy is going to reside at GHF til his death since he has been
bounced around in his lifetime. He was adopted in 2007 at 3 years old
and returned when the adopter had a baby that made him nervous. Then
adopted in 2010 and back again now. He was originally found in a NJ
shelter at 1 1/2 years old so Buddy has been through SEVEN moves in his
life, unbelievably handling it all with courage.
The Sanctuary for Seniors is such an important
place for good dogs to find save haven when bad things happen in their
Buddy, like all the seniors taken into GHF, will
receive quality medical care and diagnostics needed to be sure he is
feeling pain-free and as comfortable as possible. A former vet said he
has Cushings Disease but has not received any treatment so we will
investigate his needs quickly.
BUDDY/FLASHY in 2007
At age 14, Leo is handling this big change to GHF pretty well! His
former guardian said Leo was flexible and we can see that he certainly
seems that way. He is loving his frisbee like usual and handling the
four other senior BC’s just fine, not minding the canine companionship
at all. He’s used to living as the only BC but seems intrigued with all
the action at the Founder’s home. He already adores the Co-Founder who
much like his former male guardian, is around a lot, giving him lots of
attention! So we are pleased to see that Leo is content and we hope will
thrive as a new resident. At this age, we don’t want to ask him to make
another move so he is welcome to be here through the final days,
whatever that may be. His former guardian had to make a cross country
move and knew that it was unfair to ask that of Leo, who was used to a
big country life at his PA farm.
Special thanks to Carol Cunningham
who spotted Bodie on the shelter’s facebook page and made sure he made
it to GHF.
-Scottie Burkhalter, In memory of GHF alums, Russy and JayJay
At 14, Bodie is a sweet, sweet cuddler, one of the greatest couch
nappers around! He also loves his frisbee and ball, giving a good tear
around the Farm field. He has joined other Seniors in the Farmhouse
Sanctuary, living the good life, healing well from a severe flea allergy
and clear neglect. When Animal Control investigated, the house was
deplorable and two other dogs that lived with him were also abandoned.
All that is behind him now and he’s clearly enjoying his new life at GHF.
Brayden and Shaye, these cases can thankfully turn around but it takes
time, a lot of time, and special medical care.
CLYDE: A 14 year old Border Collie, sweet,
wonderful Clyde needed a safe place to land when his guardian had to
move to Australia for work. Putting Clyde through a difficult quarantine
process wouldn’t have been fair so he reached out to GHF to give Clyde a
loving home til his days are done. This charming fella arrived ready to
herd the other dogs and catch a ball though lost his balance a few times
with that weak back-end of his. No matter that challenge, he was up
again and ready to be the Border Collie he is, still in his mind! We are
happy to help and glad the GHF Senior Sanctuary is here to give him
comfort and stimulation which all Border Collies need to match their
lively spirit! He was right at home within hours of landing here, a
thumbs up for his new home, amazingly resilient.
Special thanks to Ann
Gardner who helped make it possible for Bradley to land at GHF.
-Karen & Clem Arrison & DeeDee
at 14 years old, finds himself at GHF and we’re happy he’s landed here.
He is the sweetest guy, loves everyone and is up for this big change,
curious and eager to meet the other Border Collies! He has a wonderful
nature, having lived in one home since a puppy, clearly loved. His
previous guardian hit hard times and felt Bradley would do best at the
Senior Sanctuary, rather than home alone 10 hours with his new job and a
move. We agreed and are happy to help. We’ve treated Bradley's medical
needs healing a serious skin infection, ear infection, and had a dental
to remove some horrible teeth so he’s now feeling better. He’s now also
on pain meds for his backend issues so really moving around great! His
spirit is strong and his will is classic Border Collie so he’s renewed
to being a ‘youngster’ again! He is about 50 pounds and good with cats
so will enjoy our Farmhouse cat, Blu, making friends with her as well as
the other seniors!
-Sue & Bob Strange, in memory
of Dudley & Nell
19 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 19 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