Thanks for your kind remarks, Di.
While Shelties sort of look like Collies, they're a separate breed. Gibson is 100% Shetland Sheep Dog. Often people think of them as miniature Collies when in fact there is no such breed.
Lassie was a Collie, a Rough Collie (there are also Smooth Collies) and perhaps the best known dog in history.
Go well, take care and thanks for your comment.
Better late than never. I just added some photo of some of my rescue greyhounds. I lost the last one in June of 2008 from renal failure it is the fawn boy pictured at a greyhound birthday party that is a yearly function. it was very hard to lose 3 of them in one year. I adopted the senior dogs that no one would adopt. They were so sweet and I loved caring for them but the loss of them was
too much for me. I have had to stick with smaller dogs that I can lift and care for without wrecking my back an more than it is. I believe you understand completely the rewards but I now am dealing with PTSD and have to go to a doctor every month while I get a handle on the sorrow and loss. God Bless You and your husband for all you do for your babies.
My next door neighbor came over a little while ago and offered to help me around the yard. She works at a Vets office and is a total animal lover. She just got a smooth collie pup the had fractured his leg, his owner brought him in
and got the leg fixed and the doctor had reduced his fee from $800 to $200 but the owner never came back for the dog. So she paid the fee and took the dog home. I just don't know how someone can just turn their back on a trusting loving animal. I see that I have repeated some of what I wrote last June, sorry. It still is an issue but I am feeling a lot better and truly enjoying my four legged family. Roberta and furry friends
How sweet of you to build them a ramp! A lot of people wouldn't want to go to that kind of expense..and they never think about a dog having hip or leg issues as they get older..but, like us, they too have different health issues that have to be taken care of. When you stop and think about it, they give us all of their unconditional love and trust and ask for very little in return, other than to be fed and loved. We, like you, find it hard to believe that anyone would give them up after having them for so long..but who knows what their financial circumstances might have been. At least they didn't just have them put down and walk away. They tried to offer them more by giving them back to someone who could, hopefully, buy them more comfort and time, in return for those years of love that they had provided them..Keeping them together had a lot to do with their extended life and health too, I think..they could support each other and keep that hope alive, which is what partner's or siblings do for one another as they get older..Can you imagine the memories those two had to share!! IF ONLY WE COULD 'HEAR THOSE STORIES'!! lol..Thanks again for being there for them..The Lord will return your love and caring, as needed, I'm sure..
Thank You for your very kind and heart felt comments. It was a very
good feeling to watch them go down the ramp we built and wander through the yard smelling the flowers, picking up a ball and walking
around with it in their mouth. They were so thin and stiff but still enjoyed everything as long as they were together. So sweet it hurt to think about their family of so many years just moving away and leaving them. I believe I got more out of it then they did. God Bless You and Yours Roberta
For Greyhounds, this manner of sleeping or lying represents that they are 'A Happy Dog'..I gather that this means they trust who they are with and feel free to be themselves, which is something they aren't usually allowed to do as long as they live in a dog kennel, like they do at the race tracks..And most of all, Jacob is a very shy boy, so to see him lying like this really made us feel great!
Thank you too for your note..Lord Bless you and your's,
Di of Gears Gang
Well, here's a Sunday morning newsflash for you.......
Gear, our red brindle female Greyhound, caught a Rabbit !! It was within her fenced area and she was found eating it before we even knew she had caught one! (needless to say, we took it away from her...) But she is STILL WALKING TALL WITH PRIDE FOR HAVING FINALLY CAUGHT ONE, after all these years!! Greyhounds are raised to chase a 'look-a-like' rabbit on the Race Track, but they are never allowed to catch one! This time she caught her rabbit!!
(poor bunny!) but, Hooray for Gear! She's not as old as we thought she was, evidently!
What a wonderful story. Two of the dogs I had were ones that had
been together for 10 years and reaching the age of 13. The adopters did not want to deal with the health problems that were developing as they aged so they boarded them at the kennel of our
groups president. They left them there for 3 months and then just signed them over and left them there. I lived near the kennel, have
retired, so took them home. I was advised that they were in very
poor condition the the lady was surprised they did not die when they were bathed. Anyway they came home with me and lived another year and a half. When one died the other followed 10 days later. I loved them both and they were a delight to know.
Roberta and pups