Thursday, September 5, 2013


For quite some time now I have been wanting to share a Border Collie on the blog. I know a high percentage of this intelligent, beautiful breed winds up in shelters or rescue organizations. Like Aussies, Border Collies are bred to do a job, herd sheep. If you don't give them a job, they'll find their own and their humans probably won't like it.

I have seen Border Collie demonstrations at state fairs and festivals. I also saw some Border Collies perform at our local Renaissance Faire last year, and they were brilliant! So I am very pleased to share Izzy with our readers today.

Izzy lives in England with Gareth and his wife. Gareth saved Izzy when everyone else was ready to give up on her. She was only 4 1/2 months old, had already had four owners, and had the dog warden called on her.  

Her owners right before Gareth loved Izzy, and took her from the dog warden so her life would be spared. However, right after they took her they found out they were expecting a baby and knew they couldn't deal properly with Izzy while becoming parents.

That's where Gareth comes in. He and his wife live down the road from Izzy's last parents, and have a nice relationship with them to this day. In fact when Izzy sees her former parents, Gareth says she makes a special squeaky noise reserved just for them. She probably remembers and recognizes them as the people who saved her life.

Gareth began taking Izzy to training classes, and a star was born. Some of the people in the class suggested he should make a video of Izzy's skills, which I will share with you. It is wonderful!! To look at this bright, talented, and incredibly capable dog and think that she was on her way to being euthanized. . .  she epitomizes why rescue matters. 

Gareth has enjoyed training with Izzy so much that he is now taking her through the agility process. He says Izzy has changed him, and we have all experienced the way a pet can do that or we wouldn't be here, reading the blog. Gareth finds himself becoming quite the outdoors sort of person, because Izzy loves it so much. He even wants to do a charity hike next year with her, called the Penine Way, that takes 16 days!!! Wow! That is PAWSOME! 

Please take the time to watch Gareth's video. Click on the picture below to be taken to the video on youtube. Share it with your friends and let them know this is what a rescue dog can do if it finds the right furever home.  Wiley and I want to congratulate Gareth and Izzy on their progress so far, and we hope he keeps us up-to-date on Izzy and her future successes.

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