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Crossed Over


posted May 7, 2020, 9:20 AM by Christa McElroy   [ updated May 8, 2020, 10:46 AM ]

posted Jan 22, 2016, 11:19 AM by Christa McElroy   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 9:30 PM by Karen F ]
  October 12, 2002 - May 20, 2014
Written by Foster Dad, Neil Persinger

Some of our senior foster Collies come in to the rescue after living a tough life. Shiloh was one of these special needs fosters who I adopted and cherished every day with his wonderful personality. Shiloh loved everyone he met, and everyone loved him in return. He was one of the gentlest of souls. Despite his mobility issues, allergies, and cancer diagnosis, he continued to be a happy boy. Bladder cancer took him from us, and he will always be remembered and missed by his family and friends.


posted May 7, 2020, 9:19 AM by Christa McElroy   [ updated May 7, 2020, 10:36 AM ]

Beautiful Arrow has gone home to be with my family and other furry friends. She was only with us since January 18, but we did our best to fill those brief months with all the affection and care she hadn't had in so long. Unknown to anyone including our excellent veterinary team, she had a 'megaesophagus.' Yesterday that condition came to a critical point, where she suddenly had great difficulty breathing, and couldn't even stand up. X-Rays confirmed the Vet's suspicions. The prognosis was extremely poor and I couldn't let her suffer. She's out of her pain now and that's all that matters. Animals can't tell us where and how they hurt, and with most rescues, we have little or no Vet records or past history to help. Arrow knew she was loved, even if she never knew how to respond. Peace to her beautiful soul. 


Andy the UnCollie

posted Aug 1, 2017, 3:03 PM by Christa McElroy   [ updated Aug 14, 2020, 11:44 AM ]

Here's me now!

I KNOW you have treats somewhere!!

Here's me with the "other" collies:


Hi, I'm called Andy. Yes, I know, I'm not a collie.  I think they know, too.  I kinda looked like one in the picture from the pound and I didn't have any hair, so here I am!!  I'm a very sweet dog who is looking for a home.   My hair is growing back after being on thyroid and allergy medication and I guarantee I will be a drop-dead hottie when it does!!  

I'm quiet unless somebody is at the door, then I will let you know! Or if you need to be aware of a possible bunny attack. I am crate trained and I like other dogs a lot. I'm very interested in cats but won't leave them alone and keep getting my nose clawed. I am "fixed", up to date on all shots, heartworm clear and my skin problems are being taken care of, although I will need thryoid medicine for life. 

If you are interested, go to the application link and fill one out!  
I do require a fenced yard.

I don't have any joint or movement problems and my teeth are good. The vet thinks I'm maybe 7-8 years old or so, but I act younger! For more information, email cold-noses@comcast.net.

The above pictures were taken weeks ago when I first came to Collie Rescue. 
in the woods!


posted Jun 7, 2017, 7:34 AM by Christa McElroy   [ updated May 7, 2020, 10:41 AM ]

Update:  Pepper has gone over the Rainbow Bridge.

“Pepper”, a 13yr. old, Tri-Color Rough Female, has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and is part of our Hospice Care Program.  In addition to her mobility issue and the physical assistance required, she is also hearing impaired but doing well learning hand signals.  Pepper has been in TCCR’s care for 2 years now, and is living out her remaining time, comfortably at Uncle Neil's Home for Senior Collies.


posted Feb 11, 2017, 7:42 AM by Christa McElroy   [ updated May 7, 2020, 10:42 AM ]

Update:  Peek-A-Boo has gone over the Rainbow Bridge.

Peek-A-Boo is a Tri-colored Smooth female Collie.  Her birthday is 6-18-2004.  She is 13 years old and in permanent hospice care with TCCR.  Her foster mom just adores her, and she's obviously enjoying life at her new home.


posted Feb 11, 2017, 7:26 AM by Christa McElroy   [ updated May 7, 2020, 10:43 AM ]

Update:  Sunny has gone over the Rainbow Bridge.
Sunny is a Sable Smooth Male Collie.  His Birthday is 1-23-2007.  Due to his age and various medical issues, he will remain in hospice care with a TCCR Foster Family.


posted Jan 22, 2016, 1:57 PM by Christa McElroy

John and Cindy Seinar's Annie:

Gorgeous Annie was from Oxford, MI and is dearly missed by John and Cindy.


posted Jan 22, 2016, 1:54 PM by Christa McElroy

UPDATE: It is with sad hearts that we share the news that our foster girl, Abbey, passed away Monday evening, August 26, 2013. Abbey was rushed to an emergency vet and diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, a very aggressive cancer of the blood vessels. She touched all our hearts with her gentle nature and courage as she endured her previous medical issue. Abbey will be remembered and greatly missed by her foster family and our rescue community.

Introducing Abbey, our Miracle Girl!! Abbey is a 10-year- old mahogany sable that came into Rescue from the Ionia shelter, where she was turned in by her owner just before Memorial Day. Unbeknownst to all of us, Abbey had a life-threatening case of canine pyometra, a disease that is found in older, unspayed females, and one which usually is fatal. Luckily for Miss Miracle Abbey, everyone from the shelter and the rescue jumped into immediate action, and got her to the vet for surgery and into foster, where she is healing and being loved and spoiled. If you are interested in giving Abbey a place in your heart and home, please fill out an application.

From Abbey: Hi! I just had a whirlwind of a holiday weekend, and I hope all that’s behind me now. I’m loving my foster family and all the attention, and I just want to stick close to these lovely new people and soak up all the love I can get! Somewhere in all the excitement I lost my coat, and I feel kind of silly without it, but it was pretty stinky and matted and had about a gazillion fleas, so I’m busy growing a new one, and I’ll be beautiful again in no time – you’ll see!!!. I’m looking for someone that wants to give a spunky senior a loving home, ’cause I’m all better now, and I sure wasn’t ready to check out yet – I’ve got lots more love and joy to spread around! 


posted Jan 22, 2016, 1:48 PM by Christa McElroy

Erin McClellan's Star:

In 2001, I adopted Star from a wonderful lady who had too many collies, and needed to find her a home. As a little girl, I had loved watching ‘Lassie’ and had always wanted a collie of my own to be my best friend and be my best companion. My mother and I looked all over for the perfect collie. When we found Star, we knew she would be the perfect addition to our family. Star fit in with our family right away although she was nervous of her surroundings. This would end up being an 11-year best friendship that I couldn’t even dream of letting go. She was with me everyday, making me the happiest owner ever. Star knew when I was upset and always comforted me with her cute nose, placing it on my leg to know that she knew how I felt, and she didn’t like me being upset. I was never very social in high school but, I didn’t mind. Star always kept me company and helped me through everything. During high school, she stopped being able to go up the stairs to sleep with me. This is when the start of her problems began. Of course, I grew up and got married, moved out of my parents' house, and started to live the grown-up life. Star would be at my parents' house, waiting for me to come home and give her some hugs and kisses. I thought about her everyday and how much I missed her.

One day my mother contacted me and told me that she thought there was something wrong with Star. She was not going to the bathroom anymore and when she did, it was not a lot. Star would stay in the same place in the house all day because it hurt her to get up. Her back legs had no more strength and her hips would not cooperate with her. Star was never the dog that would whimper but, one night, she did. It went on all night and this is when we knew that our 11-year old friend was not happy with her life anymore. Once we saw Star not eating, sleeping good, or being able to get up from one spot to another, we all knew (including our vet) that it was time for her to be free of her pain.

The day we went to take Star to the vet was the hardest day of my life. I didn’t know if I was strong enough to go through with this and watch her leave this earth. Staying with Star until her last day was the best decision I ever made, and I wouldn’t take it back. I was her owner, and was with her to the very end like best friends should be. I told her “It’s okay, girl. You can go.” and she did. It has been three months, and it is still hard writing about it but I wanted people to know one thing about collies. Collies are the best thing that a child can grow up with. They will be your companion, best friend, protector and one of the best things to enter your life. Every day with Star was a new adventure, and I will never forget my best friend of ten years. She was truly a blessing and I thank God he put her in my life. I miss you StarBaby. More and more everyday.

Maverick Spaz

posted Jan 22, 2016, 1:46 PM by Christa McElroy

Kim Lowandes' Maverick Spaz:

In 2000, I adopted a tri-color collie named Mustang. He was found with a bullet in his shoulder, wandering on the western side of the state of Michigan with his litter brother, Colt. They were approximately 1.5 years old and were being fostered in Fenton. After seeing Mustang at an adoption event in Westland, my mother and I knew that he was “The One.”

He had such expressive eyes. We adopted this poor, skittish, scrawny collie and re-named him Maverick because that was the name that would come out of our mouths….not Mustang. He sprinted and bucked around the yard and house like he was a wild mustang! He weighed 65 pounds and didn’t have the typical collie hair because when they found him, he was so matted.

Eventually, he became very attached to us and the house, no longer fearing running water, loud noises, or other people. He gained weight and because he was the larger breed collie, weighed just over 100 pounds. His nickname became “Crazy Psycho Dog” because he would pull me around the house trying to get the scrunchie out of my ponytail! I also called him Spaz because of his crazy, fun, colorful personality. He was my baby. I loved him so very much.

He was with me when I was bedridden for one year because of back surgery. He always knew when I was in pain because he would lay down beside me and comfort me. He also was with me when I went through my 3.5 year cancer battle. I almost died four times, and each time he was right there with me glued to my side. He was my motivation for making it through my battle and for getting up every day. Without him, I don’t know where I’d be today.

I had to put him to sleep in September, 2009; he was 12 years old. This was the most heart-wrenching decision I’ve ever had to make. His hip dysplasia became so bad that he could no longer ambulate and the vet could not do anything else for him. Any surgery would have just prolonged the inevitable and he still would have had pain. I believe that in the end, despite his pain, he still carried on for me. I miss him terribly every day. I’ve had collies before, but Spaz was my special buddy. I just know that he is up there doing what he hadn’t been able to do for a long time…..running around, bucking, sprinting, jumping over everything……and this makes me smile.

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