Although Chinese astrology tells us that 2014 was the Year of the Horse, for Collie Rescues in the Southwest it has been the Year of the Smooth collie and a challenging time for collie lovers everywhere.
Three cases legal cases took our attention. Lad, a dog that was shot with a gun and had its lower jaw blown away in Kentucky and ultimately died during reconstructive surgery in California. A con-man, Nicholas Patterson, took in champion level dogs and left them to starve in Alabama after fleeing Florida while under investigation for embezzling. Then there was the bankruptcy hearing that forced Elaine Kmiec of Tomball, Texas to relinquish her dogs. She said she had 30. In truth it was 90 and steadily increasing due to free breeding. About 140 dogs were associated with this bankruptcy case and ended up under the care of Houston Collie Rescue. That’s a lot of dogs to adopt out and Southwest Collies Rescue, Southland Collie Rescue, NorCal Collie Rescue, Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue and Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois all made the trip to Houston to take in dogs back to their home states.
Southland Collie Rescue flew a very ill dog in from South Korea, ShinBi, unaware of just why he was so terribly thin. We raised about $6000 to bring him over and then to provide medical care. We estimate he will cost SCR about $400 a month for his diabetes care alone and when he is stabilized, we are considering giving him eye surgery for the cataracts he formed due to diabetes.
SCR also was committed to a collie mix with cancer (Bella).
Still, when the news spread about Tomball, a California Collie Caravan traveled to Houston and picked up four dogs.
NorCal Collie Rescue also made the journey and picked up three dogs: Lucy/Penny #42, Mercy/Dottie #40 and Barkley/Bentley #114.
The numbers were the given as they were pulled from the house. Barkley came from the second round that was pulled from the home of Kmiec’s father.
Lucy has been officially adopted. Mercy and Barkley both have just gone to homes for trial adoptions. Besides being underweight, none of these dogs had medical issues. They did all has significant fear issues that are being worked on.
Things have been rocky for Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue. Earlier in the year, they had a sheltie named Fiona who had to have emergency surgery but the GoFundMe campaign raised $710 of $1900. RMCSR still had room to take in 16 dogs–10 with one pregnant bitch that gave birth to eight pups, two of which died.
Dallas was one of the smooth collies that made the journey from Houston to Colorado. He was being taken on a walk when he was hit by a truck that didn’t stop to provide information. As a result, his medical bills are expected to be over $6000. The GoFundMe campaign had brought in half of that amount: $3050.
Southwest Collie Rescue in Santa Fe, New Mexico had a sudden influx of dog. Summer has brought a storm of collie emergencies to the Southwest and left the coffers of Southwest Collie Rescue dry.
First a collie boy was found on an empty stretch of an interstate freeway in southeastern Arizona. Rescuers took him to the Wilcox Humane Shelter. He slept for two days and barely moved. His name is now Will and Will has a great will to live. When he came into the shelter, he had a large growth on his chest. He had a skin infection and ticks. Lots of ticks. Thistles were wrapped around his testicles and there was a thin piece of wire.
In another part of the southwest–Carlsbad, New Mexico, four smooth collies were picked up: Sierra, Murdock, Diamond and Dixie. Three of them are youngsters–only nine months old and litter mates. Dixie is older (5). They had ticks and serious diarrhea.
SWCR is already has two special needs dogs: Danny Boy who is blind and a permanent foster dog Hershey who has Gray Collie Syndrome (Canine Cyclic Neutropenia).
Yet SWCR still made space for 11 Tomball collies.
Greater Illinois Collie Rescue took in eight Tomball collies. Four have already been adopted. Two are still undergoing treatment for heartworms. Two are on training hold because they are too under socialized and shy to be considered adoptable at this time.
Consider making an end of the year tax-deductible donation to any one of these worthy rescues:
- Houston Collie Rescue: Camp Collie with all of the Tomball Collies
- Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois
- NorCal Collie Rescue
- Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue: Dallas, the hit-and-run victim
- Southland Collie Rescue: ShinBi, the South Korean Collie with diabetes and Tomball California Collie Caravan
- Southwest Collie Rescue
If you can’t give, then please share this article with your dog-loving friends and have a happy and safe new year.