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posted Jun 7, 2017, 7:54 AM by Christa McElroy   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 6:28 PM by Karen F ]

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. 



posted Jan 22, 2016, 8:19 AM by Christa McElroy   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 6:30 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 Jan 22, 2016, 8:02 AM by Christa McElroy   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 6:32 PM by Karen F ]

October 25, 2001 - August 4, 2014
Written by Foster Dad, Neil Persinger

Rocky passed over the Rainbow Bridge today. He was my hospice foster for two wonderful years of happy shenanigans, providing lots of laughs at his goofy antics and always willing to welcome new fosters into my home.
I can imagine him romping and playing in lush fields on the other side of that bridge with the other Collies who made a difference in my life.


posted Jan 22, 2016, 7:57 AM by Christa McElroy   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 6:33 PM by Karen F ]

August 25, 2002 - January 6, 2015
Written by Dad, Neil Persinger

My Mandy Girl - Mandy came into my life in April, 2008 and has been the matriarch to the many foster and hospice Collies who have come and gone at our household. Now, she has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge to join her Collie family that she so lovingly cared for when they were here with us. Her loss is heartbreaking, but her memories will be forever. Loved you so much, my first “girly, girl” rescue. My Mandy Girl.

Sir Eldon

posted Jan 22, 2016, 7:53 AM by Christa McElroy   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 6:36 PM by Karen F ]

Sir Eldon
Dec. 14, 2004 - Jan. 24, 2015
Written by Foster Dad, Neil Persinger:

Sir Eldon was my special needs foster, always close to me although a bit wobbly at times due to his severe arthritis. Despite his physical disabilities, he always wore a big, happy, Collie smile and bonded closely with his senior family. His loud, trumpeting bark signaled dinnertime each day during the year he was with us. Eldon was deaf, moderately vision impaired, and was diagnosed with severe arthritis of the spine and rear joints. Upon entering our rescue program, he was tested heart worm positive, and he managed the treatment like a trooper. Everyone loved him, but I was the fortunate one to have him as my hospice foster. I will truly miss my happy boy and that big affectionate smile.

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