collection of stories and testimonials written by those who
an Eye on her Flock
ago we had a large gathering of church members at our
house for a meeting. As we moved around the house visiting,
our Border Collie, Murphy, was obviously aggravated that
we were so spread out. To make matters worse, one elderly
gentleman was always dragging behind with his walker.
Several times we saw Murphy giving him the "eye" and
thinking about giving a little nip on the ankle to
speed him up (thankfully, she didn't though). She did
continue to slowly circle us, gently brushing against
people and causing them to take small steps one direction
or another. Anyway, it wasn't too long before my husband
called our attention to the fact that all of us were
jammed into one corner of the same room. A contented
Murphy was laying in the center keeping an eye on her "flock."
simply spoke to me through hers eyes when I had seen
her picture online. My husband is a dairy farmer and
I am a veterinary technician. My old Aussie-cross had
died of liver cancer and we were devastated. I was aware
of the energy level of these dogs—the answer is
to channel it correctly. Percy is probably the smartest
dog I have ever worked with. She very quickly learned
how to judge my actions. She always seems to know what
I am about to do. My children are Percy's favorite. She
loves to play ball with them (endlessly). She waits for
them to get off the bus. She sleeps near them to protect
We have an Australian Shepard, Boomer, who is almost blind. Percy picked up
on this very quickly. She is now Boomer’s eyes. She goes out in front
of him, she waits for him, she barks quickly to warn him. It is really neat
Percy spends much of her time with me at work, she has become the office greeter.
Clients look for her when they come in. And of course, she always brings her
ball to them. We love everything about this remarkable dog! She was a great
addition for our family.
dove into the world of 4-H obedience, agility, showmanship,
tracking and rally with typical border collie intensity.
He did every obstacle in the agility ring his first day
out, watching my daughter, Valla, for feedback. He trusted
her and never seemed frightened. Just 10 weeks later,
he placed 1st in rally, 2nd in agility and 4th in obedience
and showmanship. Last fall, Valla competed in AKC rally
and titled him against adult handlers winning a second,
third and a forth. She started flyball in January and
Fez will be in his first flyball tournament in May, a
feat for any dog other than a Border Collie!
We only had Fez a week. King, our elderly dog, was in the middle of the front
yard. The neighbor’s German Shepherd appeared ran at King growling and
barking. I could never have made it to King before the shepherd did. Fez was
by me in the driveway. He saw what was happening and in a flash put himself
between King and the shepherd. Fez, with hackles up, pushed her to our property
limit and held her there.
We have a new kitten and I was sitting in my chair holding the little one.
Fez brought his ball over to me wanting me to throw it. "Not right now,
Fezzy," I said, "I'm playing with Karma." Fez sat back and gave
it a thought. Then like a dog on a mission, he trotted off and was gone a moment.
He came back, plopped the kitten's string toy right in front of him, then nosed
his ball closer to me! His look was unmistakable: "Karma is busy, so now
can we play!"
We are so
blessed to have Callie. If people are willing to invest
time with their Border Collie and give them LOTS of
LOVE, then the sky’s the limit!!
If you have
time (a fair amount of it!), energy, space and a sense
of humor, this may be the dog for you!
Through my experiences with my 2 border
collies I have learnt that giving attention (enough
attention!) lots of
exercise and NEVER underestimating their level of intelligence
makes for a very happy household.
If the weather is wet and cold do not be fooled that your
dog feels as you do about going outside. He will remind
you while you are sleeping that he missed his exercise
time and pull the trash over and deposit it all over the
kitchen. (He is smart but not smart enough to not leave
a trail of trash all the way to his bed!)
he needs something to keep his active mind occupied;
he needs a “job”. He is easily trainable
and will not require a leash, he will happily listen to
you if you make being with you fun and exciting. Give him
this with love, attention, water, food and a warm place
to put his head and you will never find a more loyal, smart
and very entertaining friend.
the Wonder Dog!
years ago when the children were in high school, Farley
(our first BC), became Farley the Wonder Dog. In the
middle of the night, he woke me up by swatting me on
the nose with his paw. This was a first! Boy, I thought.
He must really have to go out! So I got up and started
to go down the stairs and he herded me into the wall
and stopped me. Well, I thought, you are not waking me
up and then refuse to go out! So I started again and
again, he herded me into the wall. The alarm bells went
off in my head. If he wasn't going down there, neither
was I!! I picked up the phone and telling him to be very
quiet, walked into the front bedroom and looked out the
front window. There, two teenage boys were breaking into
my daughter's car, stealing the stereo system! I dialed
911 and the police were on their way.
Puppy Cone Please!
is the best dog we've ever had, to the point that we
recommend the rescue to anyone and everyone who's looking
for a dog. He's smart, fast, agile, kind, gets along
with everyone and all other animals, and he's extremely
loyal. Our boys are 6 and 8, plus we have a cat, three
ducks, and a tank full of fish. Bailey loves the kids
and protects them. He plays with the cat - they wrestle
and play every day, which cracks us all up! Bailey goes
everywhere with us, even on road trips. He's adjusted
to riding in the car very well, with his favorite car
trip being to the frozen custard store where he gets
a puppy cone! Adopting Bailey was the best pet decision
we've ever made, and the rescue process was so easy and
Jeff and Monica
Match Made in Heaven
adopted Maggie, known as Meg in 2003. Hard to believe
it's been that long! She is amazing and I can't imagine
not having her with me. Magg loves to go for a ride,
she just naps or slips her nose up over the back of my
seat to check in if it's a long drive.
After I got Maggie and we finished our obedience class, I began to volunteer
with the Great Lakes Border Collie group. I foster in the summer when my work
schedule is lighter, and volunteer as a weekend "sitter" for others,
in addition to providing transport. Maggie became depressed after our foster
was adopted. She came out of it, but I felt bad. She's an alpha girl, so she
has to choose who she can live with, make that, boss around!
My friends and family thought I was nuts getting a second dog. I saw Rowdy
on the Mo-Kan website and fell for him. Just something about the face. I contacted
MKBCR and trusted them to steer me towards a male who get along with my Maggie.
They invited us out to meet. Rowdy is an excellent match into the household.
He makes an excellent companion for both me and Maggie.
Maggie is Dan’s protector, any time he needs help, he literally looks
towards her and she finishes up for him. Both love to run in the backyard and
in the open fields. Rowdy has definitely lived up to his name! He cannot pass
by water without taking at least a wade, regardless of the outside temperature.
Maggie is more laid back and independent. She chooses what and when they play.
Rowdy loves to cuddle. He cannot get enough petting. He and I are taking an
obedience class. We have been working on learning to stand. Rowdy will lean
against my legs instead! Rowdy also prefers to sit in front of me, half sitting
on my feet so he can rub against me.
I feel extremely lucky to have both of them.
am often asked “How did you get into rescuing?” and “How do you let them go? I would want to keep them all.”...
Dog's Purpose from a 4 year old
Being a veterinarian,
I had been called to examine a ten-year old Irish Wolfhound
named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa,
and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to
Belker and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker
and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we
couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform
the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements,
Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for
the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They
felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day,
I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family
surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old
dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood
what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped
peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's
transition without any difficulty or confusion.
We sat together
for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about
the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human
lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I
all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned
me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, "People
are born so that they can learn how to live a good life
-- like loving everybody all the time and being nice,
right?" The four-year-old continued, "Well,
dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have
to stay as long."
Love generously. Care deeply, Speak kindly. Leave the
rest to God.