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Arrived into Rescue in 2010 at age 2

Resident ZENA is a special needs Border Collie who’s been in rescue for 10 years. Now, at age 12, 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.

Health Challenges: Zena is eating a prescription veterinary diet to handle renal disease but otherwise, has no pain management needs.


The Arrison pack, in memory of John Andersen

Marcy Levine, in memory of Hypatia

Deb Meyers, in memory of Zeli