A Success Story!
To All You Wonderful Ladies Of Border Collie Rescue ~
I am writing tonight to tell you that all the Border Collies who were in desperate need of help are well on there way! I'd like to thank each and everyone of you for your care and concern about these poor dogs. They were in a horrific situation and with your help and support we were able to get them out on on to a much better life.
When we first went out to see about these dogs, we were not prepared for the dire condition they were in. We left that evening with nothing but some photos and a heavy heart. All we could think of was how are we going to find placement for eight! You all have been life savers. When I first got a call from Suzanne as ETBCR, I was overwhelmed to hear that she was not only willing but able to help. Thank goodness, we were not alone. They while on the phone with her she told me that WTNBCR was able to help as well. I was overcome with joy. Maybe we really could help these poor dogs. Unfortunately our county is still very backwards in it's thinking about the treatment and protection of animals - it is very disheartening. The people who were responsible for these dogs will not have to answer for themselves. I wonder how they sleep at night - I know I wasn't!
Thursday morning we, (my partners in crime & myself) and Suzanne went out to the get the dogs - all of the dogs. We found them to be very well emotionally and mentally - much better than we could have expected. After treating them with Frontline and Capstar we let them walk around a bit and stretch their legs before loading them up into the crates in our trucks. Suzanne took the three worst cases with her. (Suzanne, you are truly a lovely woman and so considerate. Please do consider yourself my hero!)
We took the remaining five dogs with us to stash them over night before transporting out today. We had to keep two of the males separated from the others simply because of the "alpha effect". The other three took advantage of the freedom and explored and ran and played. They had first class accomodations with a huge fenced in area, two doggie pools, dog houses and all the food and water they cared to eat and drink. Not to mention three ladies who stood by in amazment at the sight of these fine creatures leaving behind their tragic lives and beginning anew. (I think we could all learn something from this.) Please do forgive me if I am a bit melodramtic. I have experienced a miracle. After spending a good amount of time with our new charges and seeing to it that they were happy and settled in. We bid them a good night. Aunt Carolyn, who provided so well for them, checked on them regularly and saw to it that everyone had a good dinner before going to bed.
The "spinner" turned (no pun intended here - really) out to be just fine after being released from his prison. He is very happy to interact with a person and his enviroment - also it seems that he just loves a doggie pool as you will see!
The one who was very shy in his prison cell, is a very happy, easy going little guy who will be, I think, a very loyal, eager to please companion.
The one who was on the chain, turns out to be a very intelligent fellow who is also quite a charmer. I think he's a bit of a clown!I guess what I'm trying to say, is that after they are cleaned up, treated appropriately for whatever physical ailments and of course, spayed or neutered (!) they are going to make very lovely companions indeed. I eagerly lookforward to hearing of their progress!
This morning we arrived bright and early to collect the three who were going to meet the transport to NY. It was a sad time to say goodbye to them. But we know that they are going to be off to a new adventure and they are able and willing to meet it with tails wagging and smiles. Oh yes, did I mention that they are all smiling?? We returned and collected the last two and headed for Memphis and WTBCR. When they were picked up by Matt, they were headed to the vets office as well.
So now our little ones are on their way and we are happy and sad to see them go - such is the way of rescue.
Thank you to all you wonderful women out there that let us know that we were not alone and that somehow we would get these little ones the help so are so deserving of. It kept us going.
I hope you enjoy the photos! (I know there are a lot but I couldn't help myself!)
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