we step in to help those in need. In the case of the Flat Creek
Border Collies, these dogs have touched all of us at Glen Highland Farm
at very deep levels. We have seen suffering in other dogs before but not
in a collective group this large - almost 50 dogs, from the age of 3
months to seniors. What we saw the night of 1/7/14 when we first
arrived at Flat Creek literally took our breath away.
are deeply touched by their sweet spirits and want nothing more than to
show them they can learn to be in friendship with humans, in the
way dogs and people are supposed to be. We share in their pain and
rejoice in their courage. It is an honor to be of help to these Border
Collies. They are great teachers, leading us to a very deep place of
love and grace.
anyone unfamiliar with the Sprakers, NY confiscation, here is a short
In January 2014, GHF
was asked to assist a local humane society with the removal of 46 border
collies from a breeder’s property – 30 of the 46 stayed at GHF.
These dogs lived outside 24/7, from the age of 8 weeks on, all year
round – with only empty plastic barrels for shelter.
These dogs were never touched by humans, they were full of parasites due
to lack of nutrition, and came into rescue in a semi-feral state of
They ran like “deer” from any human. The hid in the back of crates,
unable to move. It was months getting their stomachs used to good food.
They never saw a toy or a blanket.
Have they made
progress? – ABSOLUTELY, thanks to the foster homes and staff that have
patiently share their hearts with them on a daily basis.
Are they now “normal dogs”? – NO – most are still VERY skittish
with new people and new environments – which is why we require a
fenced yard, no children, and another canine in the house.
For the first couple of
weeks in a new home:
Most will need to be
on a leash in their new home just to get them back inside
Most will find
special hiding places in the house
Most will not always
be willing to go to people
Most will take 3
steps forward in their progress and then take 1 step back
These dogs are
wonderful teachers of patience and transformation – if you think you
have the lifestyle and temperament to handle this type of special needs,
please submit an application. If not, please consider a dog that does NOT have the “red”
Spraker’s box with their bio.
PLEA FOR "HELP" COMES FROM INDIANA
we’ve been asked to help in a bad breeding situation where Border
Collies languished and suffered. This time it’s Indiana and FIVE dogs
now have safe haven at the Farm. There were 31 dogs voluntarily released
due to pressure from the public.
conditions in Indiana are actually even worse than the Sprakers, NY
situation, as shocking as that may sound. The dogs were confined
to tiny 3x5 pen areas never outside to touch grass or feel the sunshine.
They lived in their own feces and urine, piled high. Water
was provided with a hose squirted into the pen so contaminated puddles
were what they drank. Food was tossed onto the floor. They were not
touched or handled in any way except to be pulled by their tails to move
them where they needed to go. They were considered working dogs so
needed nothing more.
The remaining dogs still endure this
life and litter after litter of puppies will step into this same
There are many working Border Collies
who do not live in homes. They do live in barns, laying on hay. But,
those situations in no way look like what went on in Indiana, all
explained by the rationale that the breed is a farm dog.
Over 14 years, we have repeatedly
taken numerous groups of Border Collies when breeders were ‘closing’
or confiscation situations occurred. It’s very common for us to take
in a group of 5 or more dogs at a time. We are able to handle larger
numbers so are often asked to help, even outside our geographic coverage
In 2004, we pulled 10 dogs from a NY Indian
In 2005, we took 6 dogs when a PA breeder
came onto county scrutiny.
In 2006, GHF stepped up for 25 dogs from a PA
breeder who became ill.
In 2009, GHF assisted the close down of a Tennessee
breeder, Richard Swafford.
We took 10 dogs into rescue.
In 2011, we helped with a Texas breeder
confiscation of over 150 Border Collies,
taking 15 dogs.
in 2014, GHF assisted the SPCA with
confiscation and release of 46 dogs from the NY breeder, Herbert
Weich. We took 32 dogs into rescue.
And, now again, we are helping with dogs in
need. Thankfully, other Border Collie rescues stepped in to help in
GHF clearly has a seat, front and center, for a view of
cruelty. We share with you the tough realities of what is going on for
But, we also share the great transformations
made dog after dog after dog, where their resilience wins out. Even with
the worst care, so unimaginably unkind, each dog blossoms back into
Whatever medical situations arise, they are
handled. The dogs become stronger with good nutrition. They begin to
choose something different.
Their frozen wide-eyed fearful looks begin to
soften. They are touched by loving hands that reassure them. Their fears
diminish. And, the miraculous step by step, month by month, year by
year, process unfolds.
Every Border Collie coming to GHF
from these awful situations now lives or will live in loving homes. Every
one of them deserves a real life, a good life. And THAT they will be
THE LUCKY 5 FROM INDIANA - MEET
We continue on, committed to
help whatever Border Collie needs us. We do this, with you, side by side,
supporting GHF. Please know how deeply grateful we are, to you, each of
you, who make a new life possible for all these dogs. The pain of seeing
their hopelessness is lessened by knowing that you step up to help us help
the worst situation we have seen with horrible lack of care, the hope for happiness is still very alive! GHF Rescue,
PASHA, is helping NYA find her joy!
We are all in tears
watching this very shut down, terrified girl come to life.
She follows him around and instigates play clearly showing her desire to
have a real BC life now. While she’s still afraid of being handled,
she is making tremendous strides with help
of a BC buddy. It’s
incredible to witness the first steps toward healing.
At this stage, all of the Indiana dogs are now rooming with other
to help pull them toward the next level of development.
And many of the other
dogs have offered their assistance with Ana, Kiera & Prim!!
Dogs helping Dogs.... healing at the Farm!