Death is merely a transition.
HONORING THE SPIRIT as
it moves into another form is what we do at Glen Highland Farm.
Every Border Collie, just
like every human, has a ‘spirit' they share with others,
two-legged and four. It is their ‘essence’, a feeling of who they
are in this life. Of course, there is a generalized Border Collie
spirit that ties together the breed with similar natures but the
‘spirit’ is very specific to the individual. In talking with
dogs at the end of their lives, through Animal Communication, it is
crystal clear that death is not the end of that ‘spirit’,
only the end of the physical body.
While the departure of our
beloved canine friend is hardest on the human, dogs understand the
truth of what is happening. They are not afraid. They are not sad.
They let go of their bodies knowing the time is right. However, if
they had one wish to convey as they leave, it would be that their
human stay linked to their ’spirit’.
Spirit to Spirit,
the deepest part of them, is carried in your hearts, and keeps the
close relationship alive. One simple way to find that ’spirit to
spirit’ bond is through a picture. A favorite picture of your
canine friend sitting right where it can be seen so that you can
‘find’ them through the energy of love that shines in the picture.
Much like a radio frequency, spirit energy is all about tuning in
to find it. Honoring the Spirits that have passed at Glen
Highland Farm is our way of allowing them to carry on, sharing their
hearts to those who tune into them.
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.
Sometimes at GHF, we are so very, very lucky to meet a special Border Collie on a special mission and this was CLYDE, who passed on to spirit on 6/12/19. Wow, what a massively unique being he was, carrying all his focus and energy purposely toward the objective that made sense to him! Whether it was overseeing the other dogs and their behaviors or guiding those who needed a leader, Clyde stepped right into it all! We are deeply touched by having 15 months to watch this guy in action and feel his sweet, sweet heart, too. Clyde "worked" at GHF, taking his self assigned jobs seriously but he also shared an immense heart for loving the people he met, too. If there was a classic BC with the traits that everyone loves, Clyde was it - all rolled into one brilliant, focused, content and wise BC. We'll miss you 'big man'... more than you know!
Over the years, dogs have come to GHF and some are very forceful in how they feel about the process of rescue... BO was one of those, clearly in command of what worked for him and what did not and being in a rescue filled with other seniors, was just not for him!
Thankfully, one of our long-time volunteers was on-site and kindly opened her home to him, joining GHF alums Cary, age 7 and Brock, age 9. Bo left GHF with her soon after arrival at age 15 and now, five years later on 6/7/19, Bo passed to the other side, peacefully in her arms. No one would have imagined that he would live to age 20! But he most certainly did, on his terms, in his ways and with the person and dogs he would agree to - quite the character top to bottom - Bo left his mark and created a great journey for himself. A huge thanks to Cheryl Lewis who joined him for the whole ride...
Godspeed BO, we know you will land wherever you need to be in the way you want to do it!
FRANNIE, one of the sweetest little BCs ever, landed at GHF in the Fall of 2016 and on 6/4/19, she returned to spirit as easily as she arrived in rescue. This bundle of joy loved her frisbee, joining in the action of other dogs and charming all the people she met in her time here. Frannie just loved life! Not a bad day came her way, not a hard stretch held her mind, not a worry ahead of what’s next, just signing up for everything with radiant JOY. We really should have given her the name JOY cause for sure, she came here to share that one quality above all else. We’ll miss this tiny girl but never, ever forget what she gave to all of us who met her and all who saw her face and looked into those eyes… gleaming with the abundance that life offers, no matter what comes! Thank you Frannie for the grand inspiration of HOW TO LIVE!
We are graced by special dogs at GHF but every now and then, we get a chance to see them through the years…Flashy aka Buddy is one of those dogs.
We met him first at age 3, then again at age 5 and lastly at age 14... each time a change in home life led us to say hello again. While this seems so sad to know him through upheaval, we were so grateful to find him in our midst, solidly himself, again and again. However, Flashy succumbed to cancer late on Tuesday, 1/15/18 with symptoms that even he, as strong as he was, could not overcome. Thankfully, the illness took merely days of his normal life force energy rather than years so we know that Flashy lived with great enthusiasm back at GHF for the five short months. Lots of car rides with our staff, special toys sent from people who loved him and angels who supported his care... Flashy aka Buddy got all he needed and set off peacefully back to spirit. Godspeed to one very, very special guy.
September 2017 - November 2018
A little over a year ago, Brayden
came to GHF in very, very rough shape, found as a stray.
His health transformed with attentive daily monitoring,
barely out of human sight in order to assess his needs.
He was extremely compromised and the process was VERY
slow. While he made progress, he required numerous
Cornell visits and special medications to help him, over
and over again. One year later, Brayden looked amazing
on the outside but his weakened internal state was still
quite evident. The neurological aspect of his physical
problems was worsening until he could no longer move his
back legs in a forward direction at all. He was
continually criss-crossing and flopping to the ground
unable to move without dragging himself which led him to
complete exhaustion. Since he had a mass in his lungs, a
‘bulla’, he was not a wheelchair candidate due to the
pressure on his enlarged chest.
The BRAYDEN who had rallied so
heroically for the past year hit his limit. We tearfully
kissed this ‘teddy bear’ on the head and received sweet
licks on the hand in a beautiful good-bye exchange. He
had fulfilled his purpose of ‘heart work’ and was ready
to let his broken body go.
For those who watched his story
unfold at GHF and those who met him in person, Brayden
jumped deeply into hearts, joyfully adorable and playful
and full of passion for life. We will all miss his
magical spirit but know, for certain, he will return to
grace more of humanity in a special way that is very
Our deepest thanks to Megan
Horbury, our former Connor House Caretaker, who lived
with Brayden so carefully attending to his every need,
so mindful how critical his care needed to be. She never
took her eyes off of this dog, making sure his body and
soul were given everything. Their hearts will surely be
Everyone who was lucky enough to meet SHILO, instantly
loved her and could feel just how spectacular she was - an amazing
Border Collie and an amazing spirit within. We sadly said goodbye 2 1/2
years after she landed at GHF, loosing her to a combination of health
issues, at 14. Shilo was the quintessential brilliant, thoughtful,
good-natured soul who lived every day as if it was the best, with more
to come. Sweet, sweet, sweet and fun, fun, fun. She loved her frisbee
and ball and a great outdoor exploration in the fields. She is one of
the seniors who confirmed why the Senior Sanctuary is needed at GHF -
where would she have been if not here, cast off as an unwanted breeding
female, no longer wanted. We just cannot imagine a day not wanting to be
with her…she will be sorely missed by all of us at GHF. We want to
express our thanks to Roberta & Jonathan Bray who temporarily fostered
her from spring to fall, giving her a very special experience of being
the one and only special dog in their universe! When her health began to
fail, she returned to GHF permanently. What a gem…Godspeed
Shilo…visit us again.
SMOKEY loved his life in the fosterer’s
home, content with deep sleeps on a cozy bed, no longer living outside.
He finally had the comfort of a home that gave him great peace. Today,
however, it was his time to leave, suddenly unable to move, rigid with
internal problems causing pain and distress. There was only one
appropriate option which was to let him find the ultimate peace back in
spirit. Held in the arms of his Foster Mom, Smokey crossed quickly.
He arrived in June 2017, so almost made a year in
rescue. His health blossomed as did his energy level, truly active as
if the clock was turned back a few years. He was a gloriously happy BC,
with a love of balls of course and a love of attention…he will be so
A huge thanks to Susan Monnelly, a former GHF
Caretaker, who scooped up Smokey and provided him with a life of real
The Senior Sanctuary at GHF is a very,
very special part of rescue and often, while we help a dog heal, it’s
really the dog who heals all those around them - this has been CASSY. We
had the great honor of getting to know this girl and just months shy of
17, it was time to let her go. Arriving in a truly broken body, having
endured the pain of a dislocated hip, she carried on to transform into a
gorgeous, radiant girl. Everyone who met her, whether it was staff or
on tours, could not believe how much she was changing. It’d been a year
at GHF when the time grew near and Cassy spoke - “I’m very tired now,
At GHF, we have the skill of animal communication
to give us guidance so heard a bit more from this very seasoned gal.
She asked for a week to prepare, meeting person after person who had
been a part of her life at GHF.
“I’m not everybody’s dog but I have a message
for everybody and I want to give it to them myself”, she said.
“I am an inspiration to each of them who have
seen me remain undefeated. I show them the strength in overcoming all
odds, even at your lowest”.
“I came to be an inspiration”.
And, that she has been, through and through. We
know the healing of the land at GHF and the deep love of all the team
here helped make that happen, but it was Cassy who felt the renewed
energy lifting her back to a stronger self so she could leave in the
very best state possible. She left radiant, joyful and with all the
essence of who she really was…a teacher, giving humans a picture of true
courage and strength. Her beautiful nature was captured this September
by photographer, Kelly Muller.
We will all going to miss this very marvelous girl
but will not forget what we learned with her here. Godspeed Cassy and
of sadness, saying good-bye to THEO is also a day of celebration knowing
that 1-1/2 years at GHF, so many of us got to meet this fantastic boy and
watch him transform from a sad, confused fellow to a boldly happy,
confident dog. Nearing 17, we are honored to have known Theo, a calm,
graceful giant (part collie) roaming with the wildly busy Border
Collies. Always good for a chuckle, Theo lumbered over to say hello to
anyone with a treat and surveyed the land of active herding dogs, just
keeping his own pace, enjoying the great outdoors at about half their
speed. We’ll deeply miss his presence. There will never be another Theo.
Godspeed big man.
THEO: A 15 year old Border Collie mix, this big
boy (77 pounds!) is a gentle giant, so sweet and soulful, it makes you
cry. He hasn’t had a great life with appropriate care, evidenced by his
skin infection and horribly long nails but this boy is harboring no
anger - he absolutely loves everyone. As only loving dogs can do, he
thinks life is a-ok and he’s game for anything new! What a gem and what
a special boy who clearly deserved a chance at better health and
happiness. Theo has just come to GHF so will undergo complete vetting -
his teeth are just awful and he needs serious attention to improve his
health. His hair was a stinky, matted disgusting mess but now with his
bath, he’s looking pretty grand! So, Theo will enjoy whatever days are
ahead, however long, fully loved and cherished. He is a remarkable boy
and we’re glad to be helping give him comfort and care, neither of which
was ever provided properly before. He was abandoned at a MD shelter,
with two other dogs. The shelter team reached out to GHF.
At 13, we said
goodbye to CRISSY. Her seizures began increasing, causing confusion for
her and extreme discomfort. This girl was not one to enjoy life without
a clear focus on her mission! So, it was time to let her return to
CRISSY was one of those Border Collies with mischief in her eyes. Yes,
of course she was sweet and smart and gorgeous but there was a gleam in
her eyes for sure! Well, little did we know that this girl was a food
thief of magnificent proportions…ironically, her new home in the
Farmhouse was the kitchen cause she needed her own space and a way to
keep a close eye on her. Well, that watchful supervision failed numerous
times when she stole:
-Full plate of pasta and garlic bread
-Various half-finished plates of diinner or lunches
-Open and closed cans of dog food from the counter
-A can of vienna sausages - she actaully opened the flip top can
-Bag of smoked almonds
-Bag of senior dog vitamin chews
-Cheese and cracker plate
-Empty potato chip bags she would magically extract from the trash can
-Several jacket pockets
-Dishes and dog bowls out of the sink, she could remove a stack of 11
dog bowls out of the sink
-and a Xmas card from Lillie that must have had food smells on it
testament to her brilliance and determination, she ’stole’ a grilled
cheese off the counter today soon as the Caretaker exited the room! You
go Crissy, now you can nab anything you like since your spirit is faster
than your body now!
Everyone at GHF will miss this wonderful girl and are so grateful to
have had one year with her.
are many hellos and many goodbyes at GHF but in the Farmhouse Senior
Sancutary, this weekend touched us all so deeply as we took a final
trail walk with Annie, saying goodbye to one of the great ones. Her
quality of life had diminished significantly, leaving her with less
strength to carry on. She told us it was time to go.
Annie was plain and simple - one of the greatest to land here. Just shy
of age 14, she graced us with her presence for 1 1/2 years, relinquished
directly to GHF. This magnificent, brilliant BC was full of spunk with a
focused presence that said, ‘my way or the highway’! Thankfully, Annie
loved including people in ‘her way’, happy for a serious ball toss game
or some scratches around the ears. She greeted dozens of vacationing dog
lovers on the weekly tours each summer, proving just how special senior
Border Collies really can be. Annie had an important message for
everyone - “live life with intention; do what you love and share your
heart”. She loved her time at GHF, giving her purpose and satisfaction
as a messenger of great wisdom.
heard you Annie…we thank you for all you shared with us and everyone so
very, very lucky to have met you. And, an incredibly huge thanks to you
for helping so many of the newbie seniors who learned the ropes living
with you. They felt your strength which gave them great hope to carry on
through some tough transitions… a petite powerhouse as strong as could
be - for humans and canines alike -
Godspeed sweet one. (2016)
wise matriarch of dogs, JENNEY carried the secrets of balancing chaos
all so well as she lived with a disorderly life of the Sprakers NY
backyard breeder mess, mother to many of the pups and adults stranded
there. Along with 46 Border Collies, Jenney gained her freedom with
the confiscation event in January 2014. Thankfully, she found peace at
GHF, enjoying the country setting, being fully loved and cared for
properly. She left us today, July 3rd, from neurological problems from
which she could not recover. We are so grateful that she had 2 1/2 years
of nurturing, tailored just to her needs. Whatever worked to give Jenney
happiness, was done at GHF. She, like all those mistreated sweet dogs,
deserved better so we are grateful we could play a small part in her
life to give her so much more than she ever had. A wise soul, Jenney
managed more around her than most humans do in a lifetime. Godspeed
only fitting to make the announcement today - JENNEY, a former
Sprakers BC - is home. She is now OURS! One year after Jenney was freed
from the living hell of an uncaring, awful life, she clearly needs to be
at GHF. She is safely thriving with a simpler life with few people and
the consistency of easy seniors that she likes and knows. This very
unhealthy, scared, shut down dog transformed into a radiant, curious,
beautiful girl however she has lots of worries and often feels she must
defend herself with strangers and new situations. We completely
understand how her abusive former life would have created anxieties and
reactions that make it hard for her to handle much. So, we’re
celebrating today because at GHF, we can provide her with exactly is
what is ENOUGH, Jenney style…enough love, enough great food, enough fun
and action and most importantly, with ENOUGH COMMITTMENT to her total
well-being and happiness. She, like every other dog from this Sprakers
mess, truly deserves the best. Jenney is happy and we’re happy to have
her with us til the end of her life.
Thank you all for caring about the Sprakers dogs and
making it possible for them to have new lives
An 12 year old Border Collie, Jenney is a real love, just all about being
the center of attention and sharing her heart.She is smart as can be and
eager to join in whatever is going on around her. Jenney can also be a bit
timid at first so does well when someone is patient and not overwhelming
so she trusts it’s ok to be herself. Speaking to her in a gentle voice
calms any worries and she’s as sweet as can be. She loves to take
walks and check out the great outdoors, trotting along on her own or with
her person. As her Foster Mom says, Jenney is a very spunky gal with
a big heart, like Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady. She’s happy
to have a cozy warm indoor life now, snuggling and also out sniffing
around the great outdoors! Jenney was one of the 46 confiscated Sprakers/Flat
Creek dogs so had a hard life living outside 24/7 without human
interaction. She now clearly cherishes all that humans can give and has
blossomed beautifully. Jenney loves her puzzle toys and will take on
the challenge to figure out whatever is asked of her. She is about 40
pounds and is good with cats. Jenney could live with an easy going
submissive male BC or as a solo dog.
Jenney will only be placed in an adult home with a
hard fenced yard. She will do best with patient guardians who understand
her skittish nature.
is full of joyful and painful experiences and at GHF, we face this every
single day. The hello of a new Border Collie expectedly looking for the
next step…the goodbye of one barely here long enough to share their
wisdom…everyone here opens their hearts fully knowing that we never know
what’s ahead…happiness or sadness. Stella brought us both.
Stella shared pure love and pure light. We wish, for selfish reasons,
her body had been able to hang on longer so we could have walked in her
grace longer but it was not meant to be. She renewed her strength in one
week here, living inside, treated with the dignity she deserved and
barely had a full trot around the Farm before she was in crisis with
bloat. We pulled her through one episode and during the night, she
bloated again. Our vet suspects a tumor, possibly related to the massive
tumor on her leg. Surgery was not an option.
Today is far emptier
without Stella who instantly grabbed us all with her ‘old soul’ energy,
truly a ‘Buddha dog’ with so much deep understanding. To us on the outside,
her life looked like a hell with no freedom, no care and no love which of
course is the truth of what she experienced. However, spending a moment with
Stella in deep heart connection, that is not the truth of who she was at
all. She had focus and contentment and a richness about the earth and all
the real truths. She was grounded in herself and her own journey.
Only Stella knows all
that she accomplished in her life…perhaps she was the steady influence of
sweetness and love for children also improperly cared for…perhaps she was
the soft fur and quiet love for an adult in deep distress over life…perhaps
she was the only constant to a crazy, chaotic household where living inside
would have been far worse…we’ll never fully know but for sure, without a
doubt, we know that Stella gave fully to each of us the minute she met us
and that gift from her, no matter how long we experienced her giving it, is
is a soaring spirit now.
We are all grateful to have walked by her side, no matter how short the
Thank you Stella for coming to visit us and share your truth. You are
ROLLIE had been doing well at GHF, blossoming into a super happy,
healthier dog. However, he came in with an underlying urinary issue that
was finally diagnosed - bladder cancer. Sadly, there are no curative
approaches once the disease is advanced as it was with him. We said
goodbye today, 5/19/16, only six short weeks after he arrived. This very
sweet, amazing dog had a magnetic presence. His last day at the Farm was
filled with radiant picture-perfect moments where Rollie shone as bright
as the sun. His energy while still in the physical, was that of spirit…
a spiritual being readying for his return ‘home’. He shared his message:
“Join us as spiritual walkers, side by side on a passage together, on
earth and in spirit”. Death is how energy transforms. We are then
spiritual partners working with you from the other side”.
Another humbling experience from a sage teacher we were lucky enough to
know - godspeed Rollie. Thank you for coming. (2016)
An 11 year old Border Collie, this handsome fella is also as sweet as he
is good-looking! Just a wonderful nature. He came to the Farmhouse
Sanctuary due to a divorce leaving the only home he’s known but slid
right into the new life with ease. Happy to hang on the couch, meet the
other seniors and enjoy lots of cuddling time as well as exploring
outside! Rollie loves the great outdoors, going for walks and hanging
with his person, an amicable boy. He is good with cats and weighs 40
pounds. He previously lived in NJ but was being left alone all day which
was not what his guardians felt was right since he’d always been with
A 13 year old Border Collie, Spirit came to GHF once her guardian moved
to assisted living since she could no longer care for herself. Spirit
became her companion about 7 years ago and now, for the 2nd time, was in
need of another home. Her guardian’s daughter brought Spirit to GHF,
hoping perhaps she could find happiness at the Farm or in another home.
However, it wasn’t destined to be. Spirit’s age had overcome her with
cancerous masses, severe spondylosis, bladder stones and bad arthritis,
making it hard for her to be mobile. While most of her medical needs
could be overcome at a younger age, the recovery at this age prevented
surgery. Pain medication was the only option.
Within days of arrival, it was clear Spirit had made her own decision
about the next step and was ready to cross onto the other side, with
peace and grace, letting go of her troubled body. We wished she could
have rallied for more time at the Farm but it wasn’t meant to be. Spirit
sailed back to spirit, sharing a lovely lick of thanks on our hands as
she said goodbye. Such a magnificent exit marked a life well lived.
Fall 2015, Mav on the go at 13!
Maverick loved his foster time finding the smallest dog
bed to call his own! and becoming quite the squeaky ball boy! He’s back at
the Farm cause the urban setting and construction sounds made him too
nervous. He’s a country BC!
said goodbye to MAVERICK after two years of being the ‘office dog’ at
GHF. He gained that important title since he would not happily accept
other dogs around and needed his own space but over time as we grew to
know him, we realized he was the master of his own fate. The humans
around were mere pawns that he played only too well! More than having
his own space, it was Mav’s way or the highway. This opinionated,
willful fellow crept into everyone’s hearts at such a deep level, truly
gaining our love and more importantly, our respect, that losing him at
almost age 15, was just too soon. Bring on that stubborn Border Collie
with the great mind… we’d eagerly sign up for another 15 years!! This
one time stray graced us with the lesson of a lifetime - be brave, be
strong and stand for who you are, no matter what - yup, that was Mav.
One of a kind. Sorely missed. Always holding a special place at GHF.
Thanks for visiting us ‘big fella’..come again anytime you like…we’ll be
waiting. We completely understand. (2016)
brilliant MAVERICK surprised us with a spinal stroke the week of
January 19th so we’re helping him recover to full use of his back legs.
Unable to walk at all just days ago, he is now doing really really
well!!! Since Mav has a new health challenge, he’s going to stay at GHF
to live out his life - we just love this incredible boy - and know that
his strength and will to ‘see the world’ will help him recover full use
of his physical body. Such a majestic Border Collie, we are humbled by
Maverick. Special thanks to Dr. Paul Bookbinder in Syracuse who really
saved the day for Maverick.
13 year old Border Collie, Maverick is a character - he is a strong willed
guy who likes to check out everything going on around him! He loves
exploring outside to see where the Farm dogs are going and will happily
trot along to join them, all about the action. He is very athletic
and loves his squeaky ball. He’s an engaging BC with plenty of spunk, a
bit like the old style BC's from working farms who know how to think and
observe and use their minds non-stop, very curious and ready to be a part
of everything….he's quite special. Maverick is easy going but certainly
a 'young senior' so would love a life where he has 'work' to do, hanging
with his person. He is about 50 pounds. He was a stray in PA, found
matted, dirty and truly a mess. He is not good with cats.
said goodbye to TRIPPER friday 2/26/16, a gentle old soul with a
depth all his own. At age 13, he thoroughly enjoyed the Farm and the
glorious days outside on jaunts around the field, eagerly greeting
all who came in the gate, Tripper was clearly on his own journey. He
was his own dog with his own point of view and when the time came to
go, he let us know. His work was now to be on the other side,
crossing into spirit. We are deeply grateful to have had time to
know him, albeit only 9 months but nonetheless, very meaningful and
touching. A magical Border Collie on this side and on the other,
Godspeed Tripper onto your next mission.
TRIPPER, a petite 13 yr
old border collie, this sweet marvelous boy is coming to life at GHF,
blossoming into a state of happiness that makes us all smile! We’d
like to keep it simple and allow him to continue this path, enjoying
the freedom of a gorgeous green yard; lots of BC buddies and a
loving Caretaker totally focused on his needs..so Tripper is going
to become a Farmhouse Sanctuary resident! Welcome home Tripper…
we’re all so happy to have you stay…a charmer this boy, clearly
in need of TLC and the entire GHF team is more than happy to give
him just that!
TRIPPER: A petite 12 1/2
year old Border Collie, this is one sweet, clever boy who is
starting to enjoy the new experiences he’s finding at GHF. Tripper
is quite a charmer, with a gentle way about him, asking for a bit of
attention and then exploring his new surroundings - other senior
buddies and a Caretaker who is very attentive to his every need.
This all seems to be suiting him well. His daily accidents in his
previous house are now gone and the routine of in and out during the
day seems to suit him. Tripper’s got a bounce to his step and a
little mischief in his eyes so we’re hoping he really blossoms at
the Farmhouse. He is about 40 pounds and goods with cats. He’s
passed all his vetting diagnostics with flying colors so he could
easily be adopted. Tripper has lived in one home since a pup but his
age plus aging parents, made it too hard to care for all of them, so
Tripper needed to find safe haven in rescue. His previous NY
guardian felt GHF was perfect for him.
age 16, there is only one word that embodies the best goodbye to Jack
and that is CELEBRATION…Jack landed at GHF 3 1/2 years ago and was
clearly determined to live a big life at GHF and that he did! He became
the icon for what the Farmhouse Sanctuary could be for so many Border
Collies in need.
Extremely emaciated upon arrival and suffering from heartworm, he looked
awful but nothing stopped this boy from transforming into a handsome,
completely content character that graced the yard day in and day out.
Jack was the star of the vacation tours and won the hearts of all the
team here. He set the example of what true healing could mean to each
and every dog that came to GHF. And, like any brilliant Border Collie,
he wasn’t without his opinions about how things should run, giving a
growl or grimace to anyone that was out of line, (in his opinion.) Jack
would never hurt anyone but he did run the place, after all, so had to
show that wisdom to all of us, just to be clear! He helped newbie dogs
get grounded in their new surroundings, showing them the ropes and he
shared his special strength to ‘continue on’, focused on the work of
being a Border Collie.
was a great ambassador of all that is this breed. Everyone loved this
boy, a one-of-a-kind spectacular being with so much gusto, we know he’ll
be back for another round one day! We’d all love to spend time with him
again, soon. The reality of his deteriorating heart didn’t stop him from
making it to 16 so we know that whatever Jack wants, Jack will make
you soon…we’ll be here at the Farm waiting for you. (2016)
A 16 yr old Border Collie, Jack is so cool - he loves life - running,
chasing, exploring, playing ball, greeting everyone with his distinctive
bark. He adores people and will take all the attention and affection you
are willing to give. Jack is a trooper for sure, he sailed through
his heartworm treatment – his attitude was and is- that everyday is a
day to be lived and enjoyed. We're thrilled to have Jack here at the Farm,
great inspiration to everyone. He is smart, super sweet, ready to stay by
your side, in tune with you and sharing his heart and his goofy smile.
This incredible boy is agile and active even with some bum back legs (from
falling in a hole years ago). He loves toys of any kind and will happily
entertain himself if you are busy. He is fine with cats. Jack came
to GHF after his VA guardians foreclosure. He was father to many
litters over the years.
of the great characters of the Farm left us today, peacefully crossing
over to the spirit side. A huge personality at GHF, he will be surely
missed cause no one could make us all smile like Toby! This old boy
crossed the yard so fast for food, everyone had to chuckle with those
long non-BC ears flapping high and mighty! Not a toy boy, he was a
foodie through and through so today’s departure was filled with pizza, a
burger, cookies and lots of yummy treats which he devoured. This one of
a kind charmer gained back his health in the year at the Farm but there
was no turning back the clock of aging. Godspeed TOBY!!! (2016)
a 14 yr old bc mix,
has grown into a gorgeous, healthy, joyful boy so we know he’s happier
in life than ever before but we’re seeing this sweet guy start to really
slow down. Our vacation camp just started and Toby is no longer
enthusiastic with his grand hellos to new people, like he used to be.
That has us feeling it’s time to let him know he’s officially home!
While all seniors who come to the GHF Farmhouse Sanctuary can stay
forever, some clearly arrive and are ready and raring for a new life
where they are in the spotlight. So, in they come and out they go, no
matter their age! Others, we wait to see what they want and then decide,
WITH them. Toby is one of those where he arrived in December 2014 in
such horrible shape, we wanted to see how things unfolded. He’s a
handsome guy now, finally living in a home where his meals are always
certain and the love flows his way day in and day out. SOOOOOO, WELCOME
HOME TOBY…you’re now an official GHF resident! Life unfed in an outside
pen is a long long ago piece of your history!
started like any other but for ACE, it was his last day at the Farm. A
hidden tumor led to the emergency run to the vet, revealing the end was
near. Ever strong in spirit, ACE left us in great grace. Certain senior
Border Collies come to the Farmhouse with real character, willing to
show us exactly what they need to be happy and Ace was one of those
strong-willed, spunky guys. He landed at GHF 15 months ago, a bit
confused but searching for his next step. As we grew to know him, his
true nature surfaced and this gorgeous boy turned into being in charge,
happy to control the other dogs and step into being the boss. We
chuckled watching this boy unfold, proud and happy of his leadership
style! He managed other dogs with one helluva stare or herded them right
into the corner, holding them til the Farmhouse Caretaker saved them…Ace
meant business. Today, he carried on with that same will, with a
clearcut goodbye, fast and peaceful so he could be on his way. This
wonderful boy will be missed, a true one- of a kind Border Collie.
A 11 year old Border Collie, ACE is such a wonderful guy, with the
sweetest nature! Ace loves tennis balls and really any toy you toss for
him - he goes to pick up a toy before heading outside so it’s handy
for that game of fetch. After a few tosses and some happy ‘woo
woo’ howls, he loves to walk with you, or explore the yard on his own.
Ace has a great recall! Indoors he’s very content to hang out with you,
such an easy-going guy! He “aced” his heartworm treatment and is ready
to enjoy a loving, happy life with someone special. Ace is 45 pounds, he
is not good with cats and would do best as an only dog. He was a stray in
Pennsylvania, landing in a shelter that fortunately works with GHF.
knew the day would come when 15 year old Bentley would say good-bye.
This remarkably gentle, innocent soul arrived almost three years ago, in
very, very rough shape from a life left outside, eating horrible food
without proper vet care. His lot in life was a sad one.
However, once he
was given loving care and proper medical treatment, this boy blossomed,
step by step. Countless pictures capture that inner sweetness, just
content to happily accept whatever life sent his way but saying good-bye
left us with an even greater sense of how he really transformed.
and found his place on earth, where he deeply shared his heart with our
Senior Caretaker, allowing him to finally find fulfillment with a caring
human. This beautiful canine/human connection changed Bentley as it did
our Caretaker and all of us who got to witness this transformation. He
finally belonged WITH someone. His happiness inside shown outside.
Bentley left us with
the wisdom of the heart and the real gift of seeing how love changes
everything. He is proof that the simple act of truly joining with
another, is a sacred experience, TOGETHER. Thank you Bentley for all
the grace you shared with those who watched you. What a gem. What a
teacher. The “Buddha dog” - that’s you, now and forever. (2015)
A 14 year old Border Collie mix, Bentley is not only adorable, he is a
character, about as charming as any dog who has ever landed at GHF. He
absolutely loves to say hello to everyone. He parades around with a
nylabone or a ball in his mouth, happy as can be, tail always wagging.
This is one easy-going boy! He is definitely people-oriented and likes to
follow you around and be close to you. Bentley is delightfully curious,
taking in new things with wide-eyed wonder, very puppy-like. He is
enjoying the freedom of the yard and meeting other dogs. Bentley is
great with other dogs but can get overwhelmed by numbers and strong
personalities so would prefer more one on one attention from his person.
He is fine with cats.
Bentley came to GHF
when his NY guardian landed in the hospital with a terminal disease.
He lived outside all his life with two other dogs. With laser
treatment and anti- inflammatory meds, Bentley's degenerative disc disease
can be managed. Aside from this challenge, he is in good health with
solid bloodwork, thyroid testing and urinalysis - a full geriatric screen
gave him a good bill of health. Bentley is about 40 pounds.
very sad day at the Farm 12/27/14, saying good-bye to Lacie. Unexpected
seizures and a supposed mast cell tumor out of nowhere, finally led to
the end. We valiantly spent whatever we could the last 24 hours in hopes
to pull off a miracle cause Lacie still had so much life to live. She
had recently rallied from her kidney problems so we had high hopes,
however seems more illness was lurking. So, it was only fair to let her
go, releasing her troubled body. Today’s good-bye at the vet was
incredibly tough as her tail wagged non-stop, even while laying on her
side, only a bit of spunk left but, there she was still showing that
remarkable spirit to the end. This little powerhouse ran the Farm yard,
herding everyone and keeping track of everything going on…we just loved
this girl. A short 10 months with us, she’s one who clearly left her
mark here. Lots of love to Lacie…so sorry it was so soon. We already
New news on Lacie that we are pleased to report…she’s not out of
the woods but she does NOT have cancer! Lacie has a massive kidney
infection stemming from an e-coli infection that is extremely resistant
to normal antibiotics. The specialists were stunned by the culture
results and informed us that the infection is so bad, it’s typical that
a kidney is removed, however that can’t happen for Lacie since it’s
both of her kidneys. We will now start an aggressive protocol with
a special ‘cocktail’ of antibiotics administered at the hospital. Please
keep Lacie in your thoughts and prayers as this little girl now has a
fighting chance of many years ahead !!
An 11 year old Border Collie, Lacie is the cutest thing. She's got plenty
of spunk and total confidence about everything she wants to do and
willingly checks out the world as if she can handle it all! She's a
classic BC. One of the reasons she's so secure in her own way of handling
the world is because she did in fact work on a sheep farm, so her
brilliance was put to good use. Lacie is good with other dogs and likes
her ball games, too! She found herself without a home when her
guardian aged so his grandson was selling her for $50 since she was old.
Lacie lived outside all her life but is loving the Farmhouse
Sanctuary, happy to be warm and cozy. She has perfect manners and such a
friendly personality, it's hard to imagine anyone parting with these
really wonderful girl. Fortunately, we were able to bring her into rescue
at GHF. She is not good with cats.
left us today (8/26/14) from cancer and though her return to the Farm
was only a bit over a month, we know this girl was in charge til the
very end. A strong willed character with tons of spunk, Jessie had a big
purpose while on earth…both guardians, the first 9 years ago and then
in 2014, were elderly people who passed on, leaving her homeless. If you
knew Jesse, you would know that she did her job well, giving each of
these guardians the true love she had to offer. Jesse was one steadfast
focused girl when it came to being with her person…on task, she was
side by side, ready to assist in whatever way they needed. .sometimes
being their true friend, other times being the mischief maker who made
them laugh… no matter what there will never be another Jesse. She
lived a life of purpose, in her own style. She’ll never be forgotten
and we’re sure on the other side, she’ll be marching to the drum she
calls her own, ready for her next assignment. Godspeed Jesse.
JESSE, now at age 12,
finds herself returning to GHF due to the illness of her guardians.
She’s spent 8 years side by side with her FurMom and her daughter,
both of which had to go to assisted living and hospice situations.
They cherished this petite little girl and were so comforted to
know that Jesse had a safe place to go at GHF. Sweet Jesse did her
best work all these years as their dearest friend, day by day, moment by
moment, loving them and giving them so much joy. We hope that
Jesse decides to share her wonderful nature here, yet again, as she did
back in 2006. She will stay at the Farm for the remainder of her
life. Upon return, she was happy to say hello the many seniors in
the Farmhouse Sanctuary and settled in, thinking through this big
transition. We will do all we can to make her feel wanted and
had to leave us, after her bout with an aggressive cancerous process.
This darling girl charmed everyone who met her, leaving us all at a loss
with her passing. She clearly loved people and they loved her, equally
A gorgeous 10 year old, Bella is the name that describes this wonderful
girl - she is a delightful bell of the ball! Happy to meet everyone with
a tail wag and big hello, she makes friends instantly. For Bella,
people are her main focus along with some ball and frisbee play which
she just loves. Everything about Bella is the classic BC -
brilliant, sweet, athletic and good natured - however Bella has a
special need - she has anxiety when left alone. She was adopted
two years ago and returned due to her panic when left. She is doing
beautifully at the Farm where someone can be with her all the time. However,
the sad news is that Bella now has cancer. We removed a mammary mass
upon her return and had hoped it it would not reoccur but it has,
unfortunately. Bella will remain at the Farm to keep her as
comfortable as possible.
It is very common for female dogs to
develop mammary tumors when spaying is done late in life. We see this
happen all the time, some masses are benign, some not but almost all the
older females need surgery to be sure.
said goodbye to sweet CHARLIE, knowing that we had to make the
tough decision best for his quality of life. Charlie's backend had always
been extremely weak so a simple tumble off the ramp left him weakened and
unable to stand up without assistance. A week of pain meds didn't
help so it was important to give Charlie a peaceful exit without causing
him frustration and pain. We will miss this character - a BC boy
with a personality all his own - Charlie only did what Charlie wanted to
do which included a great non-stop stroll through the farmyard. He
wouldn't allow any physical touching or help when he'd get stuck while
investigating the yard since this boy had his own will to do it 'his way'.
Godspeed to Charlie and a huge thanks for spending time with us at
the Farm…we are always changed by those that grace us with their
JOYCELENE, the senior farmhouse caretaker: I'll miss this boy, he was a
big presence here in the Farmhouse. He was willful, stubborn and grumpy
but somehow it worked for Charlie, because I became very fond of him.
A 12 year old Border Collie, Charlie is a sweet guy who is quite the
thinker, making sense of all these dogs and all these new people. He likes
the company of people, wanting to be near you inside or following you
around outside. Though he's a more conservative boy, needing time to
reflect and take in his surroundings, when he warms up, it's a gift that
will make you smile, he loves to give gentle kisses on your hands. Charlie
is a doll and at this age, doing beautifully with all this change
especially considering he rarely left home and he never went to a vet.
Charlie enjoys meeting all the other BCs and seems pretty content with all
these new friends. Charlie is ok with dog saavy cats. His PA
guardian had to move to assisted living, leaving Charlie in need of help.
Family members stepped in, contacting GHF for help.
said good-bye to Jasmine today, due to organ failure. At 13, she'd almost
made a full year with us but no matter how long the time we had, we're all
grateful to have met her…such a marvelous, spunky, fun filled girl…a
classic Border Collie brain with all the gusto and focus that goes along
with the breed. Imagining Jasmine in her younger days was easy cause
as a senior, she was so full of drive to go! She met numerous
summer vacationers as they came up for a GHF Tour and got to see just how
special the seniors all were, playing, racing and running in the Farm
yard. She was the perfect diplomat for all that makes Border Collies
special. She will be sorely missed but has left the Farm with her
special energy and we are honored to have had her at the Farmhouse
Sanctuary, sharing her heart with so many.
A 12 year old Border Collie, Jasmine is a love and a major ball girl!
She's just adorable, full of spunk and sweet as can be, happy to hang with
the dogs or people and most happy, going for that ball! She's got a lot of
focus and intensity when the ball comes out but otherwise, she's just one
happy go-lucky, friendly, loving girl. This is one very special BC with
lots of love to give and truly a treasure to be around. Jasmine is about
60 pounds but will trim up now that she's getting proper exercise again.
Her former guardian died, leaving Jasmine with nowhere to go so she was
abandoned at a PA shelter. Fortunately, the shelter works with GHF and
asked us for help. She is good with cats. Jasmine needs a ranch
style home since her backend is a bit weak, making a lot of stairs too
All the dogs in rescue are sweet as can be but sometimes, there will
be one or two that are just remarkable and that was CODEY. We lost him
to a tumor ‘bleed-out’ today. Up until the last few hours, he
still had that special charm all his own, with a big grin that made
everyone feel happy and content. THAT was Codey’s teaching…to show
all the humans he met, that life was really about being happy - ‘take
it as it comes’ - was an expression that suited Codey well. Always
even-tempered, content and sweet as can be with a bit of mischief in
his eyes, Codey will be sorely missed by all of us at GHF. Only back
with us for four short months, he’s left a lasting impression. In
fact, campers on this past saturday’s tour were so taken by Codey,
he was the hit of the Farmhouse seniors. A final blast to share his
heart…we get it Codey and we love you for helping us all feel the
truth about life! .
a 13 yr old bc mix, is a gentle soul, truly such a doll and
could easily join people who love a sweet character with lots of love
to give. He just radiates when with people and everyone is drawn to
him! Codey is like the 'rock' who hangs by
your side, letting you know that all is well, no matter what unfolds.
He is a very special GHF dog, having endured nine years of
challenges due to family allergies, financial problems and then
divorce. He and Kirke deserve another chance to share their hearts with
As with all seniors, we have done
diagnostic work to insure they are healthy - dental procedures and had bloodwork, thyroid and
urine checks so we appreciate the angel support.
majestic, graceful BLAZE left us on 9/26/13 due to the bad news of spleenic
tumors. We awoke with a trip to the vet, not knowing today would end with
his departure but once the facts were clear, it was time to let him pass
peacefully. We have been so touched by this gorgeous Border Collie, only
with us 6 months since his person passed. About to turn 14 in November,
Blaze is now in spirit, side by side with the woman who completely
cherished him and made sure he had a safe place to be, upon her death. She
willed him to the Farm and knew he would be well cared for. We loved
knowing you Blaze…the perfect senior, brilliant and beautiful…godspeed
Blaze, rejoining the one he loved.
BLAZE: A 13 year old
Border Collie with ABCA papers, Blaze is wonderful boy with the thoughtful
traits we see in the seniors, quality BC's bred years ago. Not chaotic or
confused, he's intelligent, watchful and tuned in to everything going on
around him, ready to understand what he needs to do…the kind of Border
Collie that has a good mind and composed nature. Blaze is delightful and
responsive to people, friendly and loving. He is handling this big change
pretty well, enjoying all the Farmhouse Sanctuary seniors who find
themselves in a new life, too. His tail wags happily as he greets
others and is learning to get around the Farm. He is good with cats and
about 50 pounds. His PA guardian died recently, leaving provisions
for him to come to GHF since she'd been a supporter for many years and
knew he would be safe in good hands here. We are very happy to have Blaze
COVE left us today (5/29/14) with a sudden internal problem that made it
clear it was time to let him pass. This lovely, gentle soul was only
at the Farm for a few months but charmed everyone with his wonderful
nature. Content to trot along in the yard, he never missed a beat to take
in all that was around, alert and content to 'see the world'. At almost
15, we're all grateful we had a chance to meet him and no matter how short
the time together, we will never forget him Cove was one of the sweetest
Border Collies to grace the Farmhouse Sanctuary.
A 14 year old Border Collie, this boy is a doll. He's curious and loves to
explore, trotting around the Farm, checking everything out. Inside he's
the same, boldly heading right up the steps to see where our Caretaker has
gone! Cove is a gentle guy with a super sweet nature, clearly a
people dog. We're working through his health needs, included
recently diagnosed anaplasmosis and other medical concerns and will update
his bio as we know more. We hope he can have a few years ahead at the
Sanctuary, enjoying all the Farm has to offer! He came to GHF from a
Massachusetts guardian who had him 6 months, taking him from someone else
who could no longer keep him
teach us about living in the present and if we can do this, life will
reward us tenfold. Here is Casey at 3pm on Tues, happy, scenting in the
air, enjoying a roll in the grass, truly loving life. That is how Casey
WAS. At 6pm, he was in the throws of a tumor ‘bleed-out’ where
clearly whatever had been brewing inside was now overtaking him. We
allowed Casey to pass in peace, with great love and respect for this
remarkable boy. There will never be another Casey..he came to us at 13
yrs old, almost a year ago to the day…such a spirit, such spunk, such
reverence for life and clearly, a dog on a mission…whatever he wanted,
he went for it! Oh Casey, we thank you for showing us the truth of a
good life, a full life and a celebration of life! Godspeed Casey..we
will sorely miss you.
A grand hooray
for YOU….and lots of love sent with you to spirit.
petite 14 year old Border Collie with ABCA papers, Casey is a character.
He's lived on a farm all his life, having the delight of herding
livestock long ago so is pretty much an independent fellow who likes
action. He thinks people are just fine, too, of course but he's looking
for his job to do! He's still got the focused 'bc eye', though now, his
eyesight is a bit different as is his hearing however his desire to be
in the middle of everything, is still strong as ever. He's focused on
the dogs as they race around the Farm, as well as his frisbee and ball,
eager to jump into the fun. This friendly boy lived in one home since a
pup, living outside in a pen except when working but as he aged, so did
his guardian who then had no need for him. Casey came to GHF from NY. He
is not good with cats but certainly still loves his frisbee and ball!!!
He is about 40 pounds.
SKIP headed out on the trails and loved
them, ball in mouth of course!
Thanks to Linda Whitman, Skip is resting
happily on a brand new bed just for him! and his tennis ball, of course!
said goodbye to the sweetest senior SKIP! Just four months shy of being
17, this boy lived a joyful life! He loved being outdoors and loved
playing with his ball, totally focused on having fun. His boundless spirit
overcame a weak backend til the very end, willing to drag himself as far
as he could just to get yet another ball toss! He slowed down
significantly in his final months but never lost that spark that we’ll
always know as special just to Skip…a brilliant wise boy who loved life
on earth! His eyes twinkled with mischief, waiting to see what he could
uncover each day….we all loved having you here, giving us almost 2 years
of laughs and wisdom. Catch that ball Skip….you can easily soar.
is a marvelous 16 year old Border Collie and we're honored to have him here! Oh boy is he sweet, fun
and full of spunk!!!! A true testament to the fact that BC's age
beautifully. Bright-eyed as ever, Skip is trotting around the Farm having
a blast exploring. And, he was the first senior to decide that digging a
snow-stuck tennis ball, was worth his time and of course, it was! He's a
ball boy for sure.
Skip is enjoying life inside the warm Farmhouse
Sanctuary now, something he has NEVER done before. He was tied
outside all his life, nothing any of us would want to see happen. However,
he was loved and there were grandkids in the family who played with him
all the time. Skip rode in the pick-up truck as his FurDad's best friend.
We are absolutely thrilled to have SKIP
here and surely hope he decides that a couple more years of life is his to
enjoy. His vet work looks good so far, amazingly good. We'll do everything
possible to enhance Skip's health and new life at the Farm. He is a
resident Sanctuary BC, sharing his amazing spirit with everyone who
visits. More updates to come on SKIP...the Senior Elder of the
gang now here.
Skip's person could no longer care for him
so he was abandoned in a shelter in PA that works with GHF.
VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU
to all of you who were exceptionally
generous helping GHF
rescue Border Collies.
so appreciate the numerous angel sponsorships as well as the many
significant donations that came to help with the Farmhouse