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SANCTUARY RESIDENT ZENA is a special needs Border Collie who’s been in rescue since 2010. She’s changed from the intense high energy girl to a bit more mellow, but not much! She loves her ball best and will obsess continually on bringing it for another toss and another and another. While that may seem to be normal BC behavior, it’s actually not with Zena. She is OCD which makes her difficult to manage.
OCD is genetic, and once triggered, can rarely be modified without serious behavior modification and drug therapy. While other OCD Border Collies had come to GHF, Zena was by far, the worst to land here so it was impossible to find adoption interest.
While Zena will often chase sunlight and shadows inside and out, she has finally calmed down enough to enjoy long belly rubs and has a much more affectionate side available to share. She is overly sensitive so it’s good to see this over-reactive nature settle into a more livable situation for her and all of us, too! Zena’s senior years have been much more delightful! We are happy to have given her a chance at a real life, being understood for something she could not change.
Shannon Brown, in memory of Otis
Pete & Renate Goodloe, in memory of GH alums, Doc & Rosie
Caitlin & David Musto, in honor of their Senior BC Stella
From Joanie and Alan In honor of John Andersen (co-founder GHF) who had a certain soft spot for Zena!
Karen & Clem Arrison, Deedee & the whole Arrison Gang