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Jet's Angels
Carol Skinner, in memory of John Andersen
• Michael Porter & Rachel Griffin
Jet needs 1 more angel!

Resident JET lived in one home since a pup til age 13 when his guardian’s life changed in 2018. A divorce meant Jet and his canine friend, Tip, needed someplace to go. Being the older one of the two lessened Jet’s chances for adoption so while we hoped someone might consider bringing him home, it didn’t turn out that way. Now, at 14 (d.o.b. 5/05), he is all settled in at Glen Highland and loves being here, with lots to do: pals to herd and keep track of as well as lots of human attention! What could be better - great food and a life tailored to your every need plus plenty to DO!! We’re very happy to have a spot to provide for his needs now and ahead. Jet enjoys some toy play and exploring in fields at Glen Highland but is also equally as happy to hang with his person and enjoy some lovin'. Jet is now deaf at this age and needs daily pain medication to help improve his mobility. He is bred from the Kuykendall lineage and has ABCA papers. Jet is about 50 pounds and not good with cats.

Betsie's Angels
Jim Clubb
Zoraida Vaher O'Brien & Martin O'Brien, in honor of Oona, Reilly & Lia
• With love, Linda & Rob Johnson & Alum Sadie

Resident BETSIE arrived at Glen Highland fall of 2016, estimated to be 11 years old. Part of a large confiscation of Border Collies, she came into rescue in very, very rough condition. With no evidence of any veterinary care, Betsie needed immediate help. Dental extractions were critical to improving her health. Undiagnosed lyme has been challenging to manage with continued titers at very high levels and her heart murmur also requires careful monitoring. Thankfully, Betsie has gained ground to enjoy more vibrant years. Considering her physical state, a simpler life remaining at Glen Highland was warranted. This petite girl has been thriving and a joy to watch - so happy with her herding instinct in full force, rounding up all her pals non-stop.

Mandy's Angels
• Dana Sambogna, in memory of Brody & Shelby
• Deb Meyers & Gene Bleecker, in memory of GHF alum Quill
• Esther and Andrew Morrow, Sadie & GHF alum, Rudy

MANDY has all the spunk of a youngster even at 15... so excited for her car ride to see the action, ever focused to do her ‘job'!!!!

Resident MANDY arrived in 2017 at 11 1/2 years old finding herself homeless with the death of her guardian. Once a cherished friend, she was distraught with all the changes, landing in a shelter before coming to Glen Highland. She arrived very reactive to other dogs. This super sensitive and thoughtful BC really needed less pressure and some semblance of quiet and a person connecting to her. Leary of new people and new settings, Mandy continued to show fearful reactions that made it hard to consider moving her yet again. She needed life to again make sense so Glen Highland became her home. Her last vetting of 2 years prior, had not detected her heart murmur but otherwise, she is strong and healthy and blossoming. She has even become a social gal - happy and talkative to meet people and also mixing in nicely to hang with a group of fellow Glen Highland residents!

Sox's Angels
Janet Corde, Kristin Richardson & Susan Hirsch-Steeves
Susie Mautz shares her heartfelt love & joy supporting Sox’s new journey
• Scottie Burkhalter & GHF alums, in memory JayJay & Russy

AT HIS PREVIOUS HOME in CT, alone two days after his guardian’s death.
ARRIVAL AT GHF, the first time outside again.

A 13 year old Sanctuary Resident, Sox is a magnificent guy with a sensitive, heartfelt presence, embracing the change to rescue on his arrival in May of 2020. He is aware of all that is instantly new around him. The only person he ever knew is gone and the world is now very different. He lived in one home all his life until his 94 yr old guardian had a massive stroke. We were contacted on a Saturday with the threat of euthanasia looming ahead on Monday. Fortunately kind dog lovers got involved and he was safely in our care on Sunday. Stunned and nervous, Sox appeared very vulnerable and needed vet care, too.

Sox is extremely sweet, very good natured and had been clearly bonded to his person. His story is so touching. Her husband died in his 70s and Sox became her only family. She was devoted to him and he, to her. As we were told, she fell outside a few years ago and he stayed with her, licking her face, barking and barking until finally a neighbor noticed. She was unable to ever go outside again and neither did he, adjusting to a new inside world by her side 24/7. He slept by her bed every night.

We can feel that Sox is open to all that he is experiencing, but this is a HUGE change. When a Border Collie has had their person as the sole focus, they become their ‘work’. We are waiting to see how Sox feels about his new opportunity, gently giving him a chance to experience everything, step by step.

So far, he has laid in the snow, smelled the grass and supervised the action around him. Our Caretaker is carefully letting him lead, watching his energy and emotional reactions to everything.

His vet work is solid so we are hoping he can mentally find peace in rescue. Sox has an injury that with his back leg as well as severe arthritis in his joints so we are trying options to provide comfort to him so mobility is pain-free. This big change was plenty to ask of him so he is in the Sanctuary as a Resident.

A special thanks to Kristin Richardson and Janet Corde & the “Stratford Ladies’" who heard of the jeopardy Sox was in and quickly acted to find a solution. We are deeply grateful for their swift action.

Thanks also to Tracy & Jeff Beck who on a moment’s notice, drove to transport Sox to NY.

Hunter's Angels
• Bonnie & Pete Ault, in honor of our friend of 30 years, Lynn Madore
• From Nancy & Bob Marston, in loving memory of John
•The Arrison pack, in memory of John Andersen

Resident HUNTER came to Glen Highland in 2010, at 3 years old, abandoned at a shelter due to growling at the toddler in the house. He was described as a car chaser and high energy. Hunter, while clearly smart, had his own agenda from the day he arrived til now. Turns out, he is a severe car chaser, so bad that when adopted from Glen Highland into a home not near any road, the adopters placed large trash bags over their windows, hoping to settle him down. Hunter was returned.

This complex Border Collie, has the great looks and intensity of a working dog but without that outlet, he reverted to car chasing as his job. And, obsessive compulsive behaviors when he was frustrated. If he was bored or could not chase nearby cars, he would madly bark at the ground and grab the grass and dirt, throwing it in the air, wildly digging at the earth. He would enter a ‘zone’ of OCD patterns that was very challenging to live with. While Hunter would respond to intervention by calling his name, he then needed to be occupied with activity or he would revert to barking and repeating the same behavior. Hunter also severely guards his toys and bones, ready to defend his items and bite to make a human go away. This OCD nature, along with car chasing and resource guarding, made him very unadoptable.

Hunter was languishing in rescue because potential adopters feared a lifestyle of constant management. In fact, this IS the case so we knew Glen Highland was the only place for Hunter. His ‘normal’ nature was loving, sweet and people oriented so he deserved a real life where the outer world was managed to bring him into more normalcy. A high privacy fence now stretches hundreds of feet to block out the rural traffic so that Hunter can focus on human interaction.

Hunter, today, is happily lounging on the bed and couch as a Glen Highland resident, loving life. He has his barking moments and his car chasing moments but with the outer world controlled, this wonderful good-natured dog can surface, loving human attention and flourishing.

Roze's Angels
Jane & Jimmy Kirby, in honor of GHF alum Lucy
• In memory of John, and all the spirits - past and present - who were touched by his love
• The Arrison pack, in memory of John Andersen

Resident ROZE landed at Glen Highland at age 4 in 2011, already with a varied history, in a shelter as a stray and then adopted and returned due to nipping. Her wariness was quite obvious as well as her sensitivity to being handled. She ducked away to avoid contact and worried when anyone approached, submissively turning away, barely tolerating touch, very fearful. If pushed, Roze was liable to nip again or worse yet, bite.

Roze was happiest without a lot of human attention. After one failed adoption introduction, it was in Roze’s best interest to make her life easier by becoming a resident. Year after year, Roze relaxed. It’s taken many years for her to let go of the worries from earlier life but she is more trusting now knowing that no one will over-pressure her at the Farm. She will never be totally fear-less and can easily revert to that desire to flee human touch but her first desire is to seek out attention, hoping for a ball toss and quick pat on the head.

Zena's Angels
• Michael Porter & Rachel Griffin in memory of Harry, Izzi, Eoin & Breeze
• Deb Meyers & Gene Bleecker, in memory of in memory of Zeli
• The Arrison pack, in memory of John Andersen
• Marcy Levine, in memory of Hypatia

Resident ZENA is a 'special needs' Border Collie who arrived at age 2 in 2010 where Glen Highland became her third home because she was 'too much'. High energy and super smart, her nature was more than a typical Border Collie. Unbeknownst to the previous guardians, Zena is an obsessive shadow chaser. This genetic trait was triggered somewhere in her past but created behaviors that made her very difficult to live with, a fully OCD dog. 

These OCD traits, once genetically triggered, can rarely be modified since it is a genetic trait, once triggered, irreversible. While other OCD Border Collies had come to Glen Highland, Zena was by far, the worst to land here many many years ago so it was impossible to find adoption interest. Zena resides at Glen Highland with other unadoptable dogs.

Zena has mellowed over the years so now as a senior, is a bit easier to manage. Her sweetness is quite obvious as she seeks attention and connection, relaxing on the couch. However, she does need an outlet mentally and physically since she is very athletic and very fit. When not hiking, playing ball or frisbee, she will bark at shadows cast by the sun on the ground over stimulated by the 'light' she sees. Once you engage her with activity, she stops and on cloudy days, she is very calm. Any reflection anywhere in the house causes a similar barking reaction so she needs interruption to refocus her on an activity. Zena also reacts to movement in the car, trying to catch passing vehicles like many BCs.

Fortunately, she quickly comes out of the OCD mode though it's going to be a natural default for her to have these behaviors. She is also very smart but overly sensitive so cannot handle much human pressure asking her to do particular obedience tasks. This high level of sensitivity is typical in OCD dogs who are fragile in their balance in the world. Her frisbee and ball play is plenty for her happiness as well as time with someone who loves her... she has made progress over the years as she's aged, making it a bit easier but she will also require patience and understanding forever. Zena has a lovely nature regardless.

Mac's Angels
• Jim & Linda Friend, in honor of Kate, our very first Border
• Paul Young & Rosemary Jaytanie, in memory of GHF alum, Sadie
• The Arrison pack, in memory of John Andersen

Resident MAC landed in rescue at 8 months old in 2008 for being "too active" but then lost two more homes in 5 years, leading to severe separation anxiety. When Mac returned to Glen Highland the final time in 2013, he was unraveling. A super smart, super sweet guy, Mac had become a huge worrier, afraid to be left. In his 3rd home, the panic grew so much so that he jumped out a 2nd story window as he watched his person walking down the street, leaving the house. A true ‘houdini’, Mac broke out of any containment - crates, doors, windows - he would easily push, shove and scratch until whatever was closed, opened. His fear of being left alone was extremely hard to witness, leaving him at odds with yet another confusing move, being abandoned from another home.

In order to best help him settle, he came to the Founder’s home to feel more at ease. As he had already done, he began a destructive course of action, unwilling to be left. It took many, many months for him to settle in and join the other dogs, realizing he was not really alone. As he began enjoying the company of the dogs, he relaxed a bit better and with more time, his destructive tendencies began to lessen a bit but there was no way to know if he would maintain this gain if again moved.

Additionally, in his 2nd home he revealed another anxiety - that of being around children - nipping and growling at them leading to the loss of that home. He clearly felt uncomfortable if not in the company of adults. Mac also had a history of badly reacting to other dogs, willing to growl and snap if introductions were improperly managed. This combination of traits led to the decision that Mac would only flourish remaining at Glen Highland.

As years have gone by, Mac has indeed blossomed though he still opens doors and gates and jumps out small car window openings that no other dog could exit. Thankfully, his anxiety is now more thunderstorm related since he finally trusts that he is really home. Friendly and outgoing, Mac is a gem now settled into a routine.

Flip's Angels
• Caitlin Lovinger
• The Arrison pack, in memory of John Andersen
• Renate and Pete Goodloe & GHF alums Doc & Rosie

Resident FLIP landed in a NY shelter as a stray, approximately 1 year old in 2010. Overloaded to capacity, the shelter begged for rescue help, unsure what to do with such a high energy dog. While Flip did well in his temperament test, certain reactions became clear as we got to know him better. Fearful of men and anyone reaching quickly for him, Flip would growl and give clear warning to ‘back off’. Most of the time, this sweet boy loved everyone but when he was fearful, he was quite ominous.

The dilemma with Flip was clear - in skilled hands and carefully managed, he could do well in the world. Left to his own devices, a bite was always a concern. Flip went through extensive training in foster care and back at the Farm but no matter the level of great work he did, showing tremendous progress, his fearful nature was lurking. Twice, Flip landed a home and each time, even with specific directions about what to do to help him feel more secure, each adopter mistakenly trusted him too quickly and his defensive nature appeared. He was returned twice.

Flip was a Glen Highland favorite, so easy with everyone at the rescue and so solid in temperament in a simpler life that when he was returned yet again, it was clear that giving him a Resident status was the best outcome for all involved. Flip never threatened anyone at the Farm, ever, but without that cocoon around him, he was not to be trusted. Euthanasia of beloved Flip was just not an option ever on the table.

Flip is living out a protected life, carefully managed with strangers but enjoying all who already know him. He loves to race and chase with the other dogs, swimming and exploring on the trails as well as a great ball game. He still has his moments of growling and serious worry but those of us who know Flip, work around his reactions and understand some deep traumatic past was the cause. Whatever it was, it was very bad and true trust of humans will always be questionable.

Dougie's Angels
• Michael Durant
• Ingrid Durant
Ian & Sarah Moore

BEFORE: Post surgery Dougie was not thrilled to be in a cone and under strict activity restriction.

AFTER: 3 weeks after surgery Dougie is smiling again!

Resident DOUGIE came to Glen Highland in 2018 at 8.5 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 Glen Highland 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 Glen Highland and those who have met him at the vet offices, absolutely fall in love with this very, very special boy.

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.

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!!!