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On 8/12/19 the lovely and distinguished NELLIE left us with broken hearts wishing this very special girl could live forever. Her soul shone from her eyes with a glance of old wisdom about how life really works.  All Border Collies carry that special quality of seeing into your soul and it feels as though they know the secrets of the universe. In Nellie’s case, she surely did and for all of us who spent time with her, we were the better for it. Nellie came to the world on a mission, sharing her heart, her will, and her bold confidence to make the life she wanted. Yes, Nellie made her life the way she wanted it.

Her journey into rescue started with 7 puppies leading her from West Virginia to Connecticut and then to a GHF adopter who joined her with Duncan. That guardian’s death 1 1/2 years ago, led her back to rescue and into our arms, a happy well loved content girl. Never an unhappy day, she jumped into her new life, leading Duncan to trust the change and accept the new love coming to them both. A classic leader, Nellie embraced life whole-heartedly.

Turning 13 this fall, her heart and soul were still strong but her body was crashing with severe spondylosis and dysplasia, taking away the joy of movement and freedom, both so important to her true nature. The past two weeks had been rough as she changed, slipping away into the zone of discomfort and pain.  It was clearly time to begin listening for her choice in timing to go.

And, so, in Nellie style, a GI crisis opened the door to her exit and two days later with one brief visit at the vet, she said as loud as loud could be - NOW - it’s NOW. And, so it was... she crossed peacefully back to spirit right where she wanted to be. What a grand being with so much to share, Nellie... thank you.

- Solo dog
- Fenced yard required

- Marie Murphy-Baker, in memory of Ann Elizabeth Murphy

SHAYE: A 10 year old Border Collie mix, Shaye is a classic focused ball boy who loves to play the game! He's fast and full of energy, a joyful guy for sure. Super friendly with every human he meets, he loves attention and loves to learn. Smart and attentive, he's a thinking dog up for any challenge - long walks, car rides, new toys, food puzzles, new situations - he's curious, confident and ready to go. We've made Shaye the 'office dog' as we continue understanding his skin allergies cause he's such a great greeter! He;s making great progress with the help of Dr. Julia Miller at Cornell but we're pretty sure he'll need medication year-round. He actually started out in even worse condition landing at a MD shelter in March when he was confiscated from his home. After making progress with his health and placing him in a new home, he was returned to the shelter, in poor shape again and the shelter put out a plea for rescue help. Shaye is about 45 pounds and is good with cats.

Someone in Shaye’s former life taught him to get tennis balls from between your legs - AND bring them back there providing non-stop chuckles for all of us and great picture and video opportunities:

- Solo dog preferred
- Fenced yard required

Tip is the consummate Border Collie who would love to drive if he could, but navigating as co-pilot to be helpful to us humans is always good, too!

- Cathy & Steve Bouck, Ziggy & GHF alum Lincoln and in memory of GHF alums Mika & Cassy
- Linda Whitman, Sky & GHF alums, Connell & Anney

TIP: A 12 year old Border Collie (d.o.b. 3/07), Tip is one of those marvelous Border Collies who focuses fully on his person and knows their every move, so intuitive in connecting to the person he loves. His charming personality wins over everyone but it’s that very intimate bond with one person that is so soulful and meaningful. Tip is a true partner with all that means as a beloved canine friend. Tip has lost his hearing so is extra attentive to his person, watching all that you do in order to follow your lead.

Tip also loves the 'game'... balls, frisbees, hikes…the work of his mind and body, together. If someone is willing to send another ball toss his way, he is happy to bring it back for yet another. He has so much energy and spunk, Tip is a very vibrant 'youngster'! He will go nuts playing ball but then curl up on the couch as soon as you’re ready to stop, having a wonderful off-switch. Always eager to start the day and head out for the action, Tip loves it all! He is a magnificent boy with so much to offer someone who understands this breed and adores them.

He is about 40 pounds and good with cats. Tip comes from the herding lineage of Kuykendall breeders so has a strong nature to herd and control other dogs so will do best as a solo dog. He can be strong-minded meeting other dogs on leash so would be happiest with a nice yard to call his own without a lot of canine competition. Tip landed at GHF when his guardian went through a divorce. Tip lived in North Carolina.

Tip just loves the water! Swimming, wading or splashing if there's water he'll have a go at it!

 - Fenced yard required
- Solo dog or with canine friend

2019 Alumni Reunion Group

DUNCAN, at age 12 is a real character with a huge personality, 'talking' about everything. He barks to let you know what he wants and then happily woo-woos, in appreciation. He is a very outgoing, lively boy who loves his ball games, especially his jolly ball! He is also affectionate and used to being side by side with his person, bonding quickly with everyone. He's always been a beloved pal to all who meet him. Duncan is around 50 pounds and good with cats. He was originally adopted in 2007 from GHF at a year old and then another BC, Nellie, joined the home a year later, living together until the recent death of her guardian. Duncan's previous guardian had numerous caretakers in and out of the house for many years of her illness and Duncan was a favorite of all those people! He has now lost his hearing, part of aging, so will need a fenced yard. Duncan could have another female canine companion since he is used to having a BC boss! Nellie just passed this August so Duncan is about to have another big change in his life, possibly being adopted as a solo dog.

Special thanks to Cindy Packard and Darryl Novak who transported Duncan and Nellie to GHF on a moment's notice of the guardian's passing.

- Adopted together
Fenced yard required

- No cats

- Sonia & Ryan Chapin, In honor of Kim & Steve Brant
- Jim & LeAnn Russell & Abby & GHF alum, Sky

BILLIE, age 12 & BEAR, age 13 have been together since pups, living in one home. Their guardian bred Border Collies so an extended family of parents and grandparents all lived together with them, as well as many puppies. They are the sweetest, most good-natured Border Collies we’ve had in rescue in years, just delightful. Everyone who meets them is crazy for their gentle loving nature. Both are so affectionate, content to be with our volunteers or staff, being wonderful companions. They also love a good cuddle and happily follow closely by the side of anyone taking them out for some outdoor fun. Neither are big toy dogs, instead they are all about people!

Bear was tied out most of the time in his previous situation so is really enjoying the freedom of a big yard and lots of running, now feeling his own body move with such energy! It's adorable to see him come to life, so thrilled to be active! Billie, having had four litters, is used to lots of attention so hops right up on the couch for cuddles though is more reserved, quietly sharing her affection. They will be placed in a home without cats since Billie is allergic.

Their original guardian clearly loved them though ended up incarcerated over a family incident. Both needed safe refuge in rescue and a chance to find a new life. Billie & Bear are both very healthy, very happy and acclimate so well into a new situation, they would love being in a new home.

BILLIE & BEAR love the GHF Rescue Glen, a special fenced wonderland of forest with muddy, glorious water to enjoy for a cool dip, dog style! And, plenty of high grass and trees to explore around!


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Glen Highland Farm
217 Pegg Rd, Morris, NY  13808
Phone: (607)263-5415  Fax:  (607)263-5325