- Cathy & Steve Bouck, Ziggy & GHF alum Lincoln and in memory of GHF alums Mika & Cassy
- Linda Whitman, Skye and GHF alums Connell & Anney
DOUGIE came to GHF in 2018 at 8 1/2 years old, needing a new home
due to the move of his guardians but it was his complex medical
situation looming ahead that could shorten his life. His
extremely low blood sugar levels are reflective of insulinoma
(cancer) or a rare disease - nesidioblastosis. Cornell evaluations
could not identify which condition exists but his symptoms require
continual monitoring. He requires numerous small meals to maintain
his glucose levels to prevent seizures or worsening fatigue and he
will likely need steroids and/or medications as things progress.
Since Dougie is in a fragile and unpredictable state, remaining at
GHF was the best option for him.
He happily enjoys the action of all the other
BCs, full of energy and focused but he is frequently rested after
anything he does since his condition leaves him very tired. Dougie
also has a genetic orthopedic problem, born without hip sockets so
does require pain medication and monitoring to make him more
comfortable. The lack of hip sockets led to an ACL tear in a back
leg but surgical answers are not possible since his health is
precarious. Dougie is full of energy and the will to be a normal
focused, energetic Border Collie so we’ll be sure to give him all
that he can enjoy for as long as it’s possible. Everyone at GHF and
those who have met him at the vet offices, absolutely fall in love
with this very, very special boy.
BEFORE: Post surgery Dougie was not thrilled to be in a cone and under strict activity restriction.
8/2/19: Dougie went through a challenging surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his knee and an ACL tear in the same area, both causing severe pain and immobility. Another tough case for Cornell, Dougie has glucose issues and kidney issues, too as well as being born without hip sockets so juggling his reactions to sedation and post surgery recovery is a balancing act. He’s on serious pain meds and exercise restriction for 8 weeks, with hopes that he might handle surgery on the other back leg. The decision rests on his medical condition undergoing another complex process. Right now, he’s resting and getting relief from all that extreme pain. We are so grateful to be able to help this marvelous boy, a true spitfire full of spunk - we’d like to give Dougie
more years of enjoyment pain-free.
AFTER: 3 weeks after surgery Dougie is smiling again!
Dougie is doing so well and clearly much happier without the severe pain he was experiencing. He’ll continue with exercise restriction until his re-check September 30th where we then hope he is free to run again! Dougie is receiving PT treatment daily to keep his muscles moving but with careful positioning. We are thrilled with his progress!
Dougie headed off for his final Cornell review post-surgery and of course, he was on duty for the whole ride! Good news is he has healed beautifully and is now ready to RUN!!!
On 8/23/19 we were happy to see a brightness return to Penny's eyes. She is a fighter and with all the loving support that continues to come her way, she is step by step now heading in the right direction.
- Mary Jacobus & Reeve Parker, in memory of GHF alum, Vala
- Linda Whitman, Skye and GHF alums Connell & Anney
Kim Kinville & GHF alum, Bromlie
- Patricia Lee Rode, in memory of Sheema
- Paula & Bill VanDeventer & GHF alum, Dash
John Andersen, "Hurry home - We love you!"
- Ron Smith and GHF alum Jake in memory of GHF alum Annie and for Penny’s good health
- Carol Sue Basehore
- Karen and Clem and the Arrison gang: Leela, Rudy, Reggie & DeeDee
- Larry & Lynn Adelsohn
- Stacey Greenberg, in memory of Gryphon
PENNY is joining the residents of Glen Highland to meet the special care she needs now and possibly, forever. She came to GHF in April 2019 at age 10, abandoned at a shelter, now facing difficult medical obstacles without a clear prognosis. Her sensitive emotional state in combination with the explosive illness episode during her heartworm treatment, led us to really consider what’s best for her... staying where she feels secure without another change is important to her recovery. Now, finally coming ‘home’ after hospitalization, we can see contentment in her face knowing where she belongs.
Penny is, however, facing a long medical challenge since she has a rare bacteria in her system which caused this extremely unusual reaction to her heartworm injection. The abscesses at the location of the injections were caused by a deep tissue bacteria found in immune compromised dogs. The assumption is that Penny already has immune issues or the bacteria would not have taken hold in her system. While Cornell has never handled this particular infectious reaction, the bacteria is in human hospitals and a few cases of dogs have been documented so there are antibiotics that are proven to work. It will take months to determine she is clear in addition to months to move through the heartworm treatment process itself.
8/23/19: We’ve made two trips to Cornell in the past four days because Penny was really struggling, so much so that we actually thought we were going to lose her. As the bacteria was being killed with the new medication, she took a serious nose dive with white gums, no interest in eating or moving. 24/7 care over the weekend helped her make it to the Monday recheck 8/19 where it was confirmed, she might not make it - her bloodwork was a disaster.
We're so happy to report the past three days have gone in a better direction, eating well, moving well, still fatigued but most importantly, improved bloodwork!!! With great trepidation, we headed to Cornell 8/22 Thursday unsure of what news was about to be discovered... thankfully, it’s so much better! So, Miss Penny is a fighter and with all the loving support coming her way, she is step by step now heading in the right direction.
We are deeply grateful for your help and open hearts to help her!
We’re not out of the woods yet but we’ve created a special plan for her with Cornell and North Carolina State Vet Hospital, calling in a specialist familiar with this bacteria and an additional antibiotic protocol to try if she is failing. Penny’s heartworm disease made her the perfect ‘host’ for this bacteria which once in her system, was leading her most certainly to death. We are determined to provide Penny with whatever care we can to turn around disease into true health and years of life ahead.
8/29/19: Six days later from he last Cornell visit... And Penny is in so much better shape!!! The vet is as thrilled as we were! Penny's values are going in absolutely the right direction. We think we’ve dodged a bullet! We will be traveling back to Cornell in two weeks to keep tabs on Penny's progress, unless something awful unfolds before, we’re all smiles here at GHF... humans and canines alike applauding for PENNY!!!!
UPDATE 9/28/19: CHEERING FOR PENNY! We are so pleased that Penny has passed one milestone happy and healthier – she is now free of the Heartworm worry – allowed to run, play and explore freely without restrictions! She is barking and herding the other dogs with some energy now though not fully the BC she will be once the bacteria is clear. But, there is good news there too... the bacteria IS responding to antibiotics so the worry and threat of a total collapse and race to Cornell for a life and death treatment in intensive care, is not on the radar! We have two more months of continued medications to hopefully bring her back to full health... so fingers crossed, good wishes welcome... we’re on track with a sigh of relief that we will beat all her challenges.
So, all in all... there is plenty to cheer about for PENNY!!! What lies ahead is more monthly testing to check her bloodwork for any downward turn and in six months, a final heartworm check to be sure she’s totally clear... so easiest to say... 2020 will be a New Year celebration for Penny!
We’ll keep updates coming if anything changes but suffice it to say, this is one happier Border Collie and holding steady!!
Kathy & Abe Cleason, Joe and GHF alum, Sparky
Resident ROSSI was 3 months old in 2016 when
rescue became the only option to save him since his swallowing disorder,
Megaesophagus, was making eating impossible. A tough disease to
solve, the real answer is 24/7 management and extremely careful
oversight, making every meal a critical endeavor. Many guardians cannot
handle the heart-wrenching experience of watching their dogs waste away
to nothing, unable to gain enough nourishment because they regurgitate
whatever they eat.
Rossi would always be at risk, requiring continual
vigilance for any breathing or choking problems, lethargy or fever, a
truly special needs dog. While his adorable face attracted adoption
interest, his medical condition did NOT. GHF became his home, living
with the Founder’s who could monitor his every need. If he had any
chance to live a longer life, it was under dutiful watch with quick
This loving pup instantly took center stage at GHF
with great determination to find any new diagnostic tools to help him. A
cross-country trip to the University of Missouri Vet Center for
innovative evaluations gained some insight on feeding techniques to
improve regurgitation but sadly, Rossi was not a candidate for a
full-time fix with surgery.
Living with Rossi’s condition and growing body,
required experimentation. Day by day, small meals, hand-fed or in an
elevated bowl, worked somewhat. But as his body lengthened, so did his
esophagus so regurgitation became inevitable. No matter the efforts, he
was left hungry and required emergency vet attention for aspiration
pneumonia, unable to breathe. Rossi’s case was closely managed by the
Cornell Vet Hospital team, hoping to keep him alive as monthly emergency
runs became the norm. Every single month in 2017, Rossi was treated as
xrays revealed the need for medication to reverse his downturn. Luckily,
he would pull through.
In January, 2018, Rossi became a test dog for
Sildenafil, (the human drug Viagra) and life has now changed for him. A
study done in Italy revealed that the drug will relax the lower
esophageal ‘flap’, allowing food to pass more easily and remain in the
stomach. It has been working well throughout 2018, reducing his risk of
a near-death event and need for emergency vet care. He has been at the
emergency clinic only twice since starting the medications, a truly
Rossi has grown into an action oriented, classic
Border Collie, with all the joy of living he should experience. Many
tears have been shed worrying about his fate and now, there is greater
hope that his life will be a long one. While there is still great
caution ahead, his health is scrutinized minute by minute, hour by hour,
day by day and will be for as long as he lives.
Glen Highland Farm
217 Pegg Rd, Morris, NY 13808
Phone: 607-263-5415 Fax: 607-263-5325