Halo (Adopted)

Halo & McConnel's



6/26/14:  Although I cannot see this is the brightest day of my life because I’m going home with Jack and Gloria.  They adopted Jackson who was also blind eight years ago so they have plenty of experience.  I will have Devin, Siberius and Woodrow to play with and they will assist me in getting around.  This is the home everyone has been praying I would have and no doubt I will be in the best of hands.  What a long way I have come and thanks so much to everyone who helped me to progress and believed in me.




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6/21/14:  My training is complete and I am back at Miss Jean’s house.  I am doing absolutely wonderful and follow her all over the yard while she poop scoops.  I am now great on the leash and what a long way I have come with so much more confidence now.  Today we had a birthday party for Emily who volunteers here at the rescue and I got to wear this great hat.








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2/10/14:  Will you just look at me and I am so proud of myself.  I have learned to pull this cart of hay to the pasture so Albert the Ox can have his breakfast.  Then off to Lowe’s we went and I got up on that cart to go for a ride through the store.  I’m pretty much a normal dog now with so much confidence.  When I first came to rescue I was so afraid of what might be happening to me.  I had no idea life for me could be so wonderful.

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12/16/13:  Well I am with Claire now and she is teaching me so many things.  Here we are at the pet supply store where I am leaning sit and doing pretty good if I say so.  Thanks everyone that cares about me.











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11/23/13:  This little lady is making great progress here and enjoy when the volunteers come and let me lay in their laps.  I have truly learned to enjoy the touch of a human and how loving they can be.  I did well at the beauty shop and had my very first bath.  As you can see the tips of my ears are gone and that is where the flies ate them biting me.  I understand that will never happen again and my life will only get better.  You folks are just wonderful for taking me in and I appreciate it so very much.

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11/16/13:  My name is Halo and I am about 2 years old.  I live in a dark and quiet world because I am blind and deaf.  It is the only world I have ever know because I was born this way.  When two merles are bred together they can produce blind and deaf puppies and should never be done.  I have also received very little attention and don’t really know the love of humans.  The volunteers come on Saturday’s to spend time with me and I am really starting to enjoy what I have been missing for so long.  This week I will be going to the groomer to get these horrible mats out of my coat.  Please keep me in your prayers and just hit that donate button if you would like to help with my care.

Thank you Kimberlee Rettberg, Samantha Hjerpe, John Olsakovsky, Vincent Binek, Roberta Braun Curtin, Peter Belardino, Beveraly Hirt, Debora Doney, Deborah Knowles, Carol Lightcap, Kathy Boyes, Karin Bennett, Ginny Young, Kelly Anne Kasheta, Marilyn Mayhew, Kim Rettberg, Susan Chase, Desiree Griffiths, Nathan Kovell, Eric Oaks, Ann M Moyle, Thomas Boardley and Ann L. Bishop for loving me.


Duke (Adopted)

Duke & David

3/15/14:  I had an amazing beginning with recue and now have an amazing leaving.  David who recently retired transported a collie to the rescue on Saturday.  Bobby, his wife has four collies that she participates in doggie sports with.  She had told David that now he need a collie of his own so Miss Jean said he should meet me.  Well don’t you know we hit if off just fine and I went home with David.  In the mornings we go for walks around the pond and I sleep at the foot of the bed.  I have met the other collies here and they have accepted me except Sky thinks I am her puppy.  There is no doubt that I am in the best of hands and not sure how to thank all the people that helped to make this possible for me.  What a long way I have come in six months from almost losing my foot to being a normal collie fellow.  David and I stopped by today on the 22nd our way to a mountain outing so all the volunteers can see how happy I am.  It is amazing how my life has changed and no doubt a collie rescue miracle.  Love you, Duke.



2/9/14:  Here I am cutting up playing with my ball.  I can also play fetch and you can watch my movie at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbSzk3wOYB0&feature=youtu.be.  I have a great big bone to chew on and rarely lick my feet anymore.  I think I am ready for my new home.

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12/21/13:  Miss Jean says I have to step up to the plate and start acting like a collie.  She let me watch a couple of Lassie movies so I would get the point.  I do see that Lassie did not lick her feet so I am working on this.  Doing pretty well and don’t notice them quite as much since I have other things to do.  I can do this and thanks everyone for sending me positive energy.

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12/14/13:  The lampshade is off and it is up to me now if I am to get over this mutilation of my feet which is basically a habit.  I have worn the cone for over a month but today the other collies helped me to pull it off.  Therefore it will stay off and everyone please keep me in your prayers that I can overcome this.  I can’t go through life wearing a cone and I need these feet to walk on.  It is do or die for me and so far I am doing pretty good but it has only been one day.












11/16/13:  Woo Hoo, I finally found something to take my mind of chewing my feet!  You see it all started when I was bored, out in the yard all by myself.  One day I just started chewing my feet kind of like humans chew their nails and just can’t stop.  It became a comfort sort of thing and maybe OCD so I am having to learn to stop.  As you know any habit is very hard to break but I am trying and until then I will have to wear this cone.  Please keep me in your prayers.

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11/9/13:  After all the trouble the vet went to saving my feet I thought he was a great guy but then he neutered me on Thursday.  As you can imagine this is a bit of a confusing situation for me however I also have my teeth cleaned. Well at least it has deterred me licking my feet having something else that is painful.  However this means I am still wearing the cone.  I have been very spoiled at the vet and now learning some manners and how to behave.  I have received the How To Get Adopted manual and reading up on that.

11/3/13:  Well I am home from the hospital and my feet look so much better.  They still have more healing to do and I have to wear that cone since I won’t leave them alone yet.  However I am to be neutered soon and that might take my mind off my feet.  I sure do appreciate all those folks who care and send me prayers.


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10/24/13: Big news for Duke today from the vet.  He is out of the bandages and no they are no longer needed.  The new tissue is covering the once exposed bone and he is healing rapidly.    He only wore the cone or lampshade when he wasn’t supervised so he would not do more damage and not it is off for good.  He is also off all medicines and no longer needed.  While he is very much loved at the vet he will be coming home on Monday the 28th and will be ready to go to his new home.  Although his paws will never quite look normal the important thing is he can walk on them with no problems.  Duke is such a sweet fellow and would like to thank everyone for their donations while he recovers and the prayers you sent.

10/10/13:  I’m doing wonderful since these pictures were taken and the vet can’t believe how fast my feet are healing.  New tissue is growing around the once exposed bone and the swelling has gone down.  I continue to be so very grateful for all the loving care I am receiving and the folks that have donated to help pay for my medical needs.

9/21/13:  First I would like to thank everyone at Pine Street Animal Hospital for caring about me and calling the collie rescue.  I just arrived today and you probably noticed I have bandages on my feet.  You see for some reason I was constantly licking my paws so my people decided to wrap them in bandages so I couldn’t do it.  The problem is they never took them off and the bandages got wet from the outside therefore my front paws actually rotted.  My folks decided they could not afford my care of keep up with my treatment so they left me at the vet.  They have been taking great care of me and presently I require daily bandage changes with antibiotic ointment.  I do have damaged ligaments and bone exposure but there is healthy tissue beginning to form.  It is possible I could lose a couple of toes or my leg.  I can walk but it does hurt a bit and I have pain medicine for that.  I do have to wear a lampshade so I do not damage them any further or take the bandages off.  After my feet heal I will then need to be neutered.  I am a wonderful, sweet fellow at four years old and please keep me in your prayers.  Also if you would like to help with my care just hit that donate button and let them know it is to help Duke.

I sure do thank these great folks that care about me:  Ann L. Bishop, MaryJo Scarlette, Abbie E Schaub, Marintha Miller, Mary Boggs, Diane Kenned, Susan Burakoff-Hopkins, Joseph Rogers, Karen Brown, Anne White, Kelly Anne Kasheta, Stormie DiCarlo, Marsha Lingley, Tara Ballard, Rebecca Bryant, DeDe Bonhard, Virginia King, Debora Doney, Sheila Nelson, Christina Clark, Carol Lightcap, Marilyn Mayhew, Terri Church, Karen Creager, Gayle Horrell, Karen Brown, Linda Zeiter, Ann M Moyle and Thomas Kreimeier.


In Honor of Laddie


The animal shelter called me about a collie that had been turned into the shelter because he has killed another dog.  You know we take all collies here and all are given a chance so we picked him up.  We kept him in the lot due to his history but it found out the owners had a lot of dogs and Laddie got the blame because he was the largest.  However I was still was sure and did not let him out with the other dogs.  One Saturday a family came to adopt and they had a five year old son.  This little fellow walked out to the dog lot and knelt down if front of Laddie.  Now you need to know when people come to adopt we pay special attention to the children and the collies response to each other.  Jan was here and we weren’t even paying attention to what the parents were saying, we were watching the child with Laddie.  Laddie lied down and they just sat there staring at each other for about five minutes.  The parents kept talking but I’m gong “Jan do you see this?” and yes she was watching.  As the child got up to walk away there were tears streaming down his face and there was no doubt in mind those two had communicated.  Finally I asked the parents had they seen what just happened and they responded they were use to this and he had a way with animals.  They let that day and without adopting however I can’t help but believe their visit was for their son to talk to Laddie.  What a gift I would love to have although most times painful knowing their stories.  Laddie went on to be adopted by Robin and Greg Ungano where he was much love and slept with the cat until he crossed the RainbowBridge.  Laddie is one of the many miracles we see here at the collie rescue.

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