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Patti is doing great here in her forever home. She is a sweet, loving dog and is my constant "shadow."
Patti and her brother were owned by an older couple prior to coming into rescue. When one of the owners passed away, the wife kept both dogs in a crate for 3 years. It took 4 baths to get them clean. Patti's anxiety levels upon coming into rescue were extremely high so she was started on medication. Through training and a loving home, Patti is enjoying wonderful, active life, thanks to ComeBye Border Collie Rescue.
I knew you would both like to see Patti in action. This was from a make-up class this past Saturday. Please take into consideration that it was Patti's first time off leash in class and that she is almost on no meds. :-) Also, that the heat is not always on in the pole barn so I was layered extensively and look larger than normal! :-( I was messing up a bit with my instruction to Patti, but all in all she still did well. I still have a lot to learn!
Patti is doing great. I think she will do just fine off her meds, which will happen in another week. She is a blast with her new found energy on low meds. We are TRULY enjoying her and love her to pieces. I take her for rides on errands when I don't have to be out of the car. She really does well in the car and seems to love coming with me. :-)
I hope all is well south and northeast with both of you.
Phoenix has been with us for almost 2 years. We drove from Wisconsin to Missouri to adopt him, and never regret the decision. He and our other dog are great travelers, we take them everywhere and long trips are a breeze with them.
Phoenix has grown into a very handsome and mellow young man. He is an agility dog as well as a therapy dog. The elderly love him. My son and girlfriend had a baby in June of this year and Phoenix is so gentle with her, never touching her face. He lays by her and keeps an eye on her. If she crys, he is first to see why she is crying. Sometimes I think if he could, he would take her out of the crib and cradle her.
Phoenix has been such a wonderful addition to our home. We have another Border Collie/Aussie named Carmen and 2 cats, and everyone gets along great. Except for one of the cats, she will not give Phoenix the time of day, but that is how cats are.
Most of the time, he is a quiet laid back guy, until he wants or needs something, then he barks orders at us, and he has quite the masculine voice. Does he get what he wants, I think not! But, it is fun trying.
We tried Phoenix in sheep herding, but he did not seem real interested in them, he would rather have been exploring the field than chase sheep. Maybe some other time, he was pretty young when we tried it. I should also mention, Phoenix does not really like to get wet, or at least not his feet. He walks around puddles and loves to be groomed. Sit him down to be brushed and he turns for me when I have completed one side. We did have him groomed in July because he had such a thick, long coat.
Phoenix and Carmen adore each other. She is definitely the alpha, and tends to tell him that every day. Sometimes she gets right up in his face, and being that he is so much taller then her, he lifts his head and turns away from her barking. Once in the yard, they run around and chase each other. You would think that Carmen would slow down, but honestly, I think Phoenix has given her more life. She is 10.5 years old, and chases after him like a puppy.
Two years ago Phoenix gave us a new beginning by coming into our lives, we would not trade him for the world. Is he spoiled, you bet he is!
Thank you, Kathy and Zorka
update August 2010
Phoenix is a very busy boy. He is a registered therapy dog and we work with an organization called Health Heelers and participate in various activities. He practices and competes in agility. He also practices obedience and hopefully next year can compete. He does agility demo's at the Sport show and the upcoming state fair. He is my furry best friend and I'm so glad he's part of our family.
Zoe is the most gentle, loving dog we've ever had. She loves to have her tummy rubbed! Also, she has only barked about 5 times in the past 4 years! (Amazing for a Border Collie!) Is still developing "loyalty"; we are finally able to let her out in the yard and she-- for the most part-- does not run away.
Pepper is doing very well. She loves to play with her new little puppy "brother"! Couldn't have asked for a better dog.
Poppy is doing great! He has settled right in sleeps on his pad by the bed no mistakes in the house he has the run of the house. We take long walks and in the morning we work on jumping in the playground wow he is fast and a lot of ball playing in the backyard.. I guess it’s true somethings are meant to be..Poppy is a wonderful addition to our family. I took a couple of pictures the other day with my cellphone in the backyard. Thank you for all your help in adopting him he has a forever home with us.
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