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Jet's Angels
Carol Skinner, in memory of John Andersen
• Michael Porter & Rachel Griffin
• Nancy Giacumbo, Midge Krisak, Norma Molyneux & Susan Saphire, in memory of John Andersen

Resident JET lived in one home since a pup til age 13 when his guardian’s life changed in 2018. A divorce meant Jet and his canine friend, Tip, needed someplace to go. Being the older one of the two lessened Jet’s chances for adoption so while we hoped someone might consider bringing him home, it didn’t turn out that way. Now, at 14 (d.o.b. 5/05), he is all settled in at Glen Highland and loves being here, with lots to do: pals to herd and keep track of as well as lots of human attention! What could be better - great food and a life tailored to your every need plus plenty to DO!! We’re very happy to have a spot to provide for his needs now and ahead. Jet enjoys some toy play and exploring in fields at Glen Highland but is also equally as happy to hang with his person and enjoy some lovin'. Jet is now deaf at this age and needs daily pain medication to help improve his mobility. He is bred from the Kuykendall lineage and has ABCA papers. Jet is about 50 pounds and not good with cats.

Betsie's Angels
Jim Clubb
• Judith Hooper, Billy & Jess
Betsie needs 1 more angel!

Resident BETSIE arrived at Glen Highland fall of 2016, estimated to be 11 years old. Part of a large confiscation of Border Collies, she came into rescue in very, very rough condition. With no evidence of any veterinary care, Betsie needed immediate help. Dental extractions were critical to improving her health. Undiagnosed lyme has been challenging to manage with continued titers at very high levels and her heart murmur also requires careful monitoring. Thankfully, Betsie has gained ground to enjoy more vibrant years. Considering her physical state, a simpler life remaining at Glen Highland was warranted. This petite girl has been thriving and a joy to watch - so happy with her herding instinct in full force, rounding up all her pals non-stop.

Mandy's Angels
• Esther and Andrew Morrow, Sadie & GHF alum, Rudy
• Meisie & Annie Morgan-Vandome
• Love to Mandy from Abe, Kathy, Joe and GHF alum Sparky

MANDY has all the spunk of a youngster even at 15... so excited for her car ride to see the action, ever focused to do her ‘job'!!!!

In 2017, Resident MANDY landed in rescue almost twelve years old, due her guardian’s death. We could instantly see her sensitive nature meant a lot of TLC was ahead. Truth is, Mandy is a thinker and worrier. She feels everything around her…it’s just her way. Whenever anything changes, we have to carefully help Mandy navigate and adjust to it all. Once settled in, she is good-natured, curious and very loving.

At 15, MANDY has now decided she loves to have BC pals and we couldn’t be happier! This once solo girl never liked anyone nearby but now just buddies up to enjoy the action…it is wonderful for her, using that big brain to think through what everyone is doing…keeping her ‘in the game’! In fact, we are seeing her relax in new ways, trusting how life unfolds.

Mandy is coming up on 3 years in rescue, one of our ‘old-timers’ and we are very grateful we could give her a whole new journey tailored to her needs! She is still changing and transforming from that sensitive, scared dog that had no idea she could trust people, to now knowing everyone is on her team!

Medically, Mandy has a heart murmur and kidney disease, both being handled through medicine. Otherwise, she is as strong-willed and focused as the day she arrived.

Sox's Angels
Janet Corde, Kristin Richardson & Susan Hirsch-Steeves
Susie Mautz shares her heartfelt love & joy supporting Sox’s new journey
• Scottie Burkhalter & GHF alums, in memory JayJay & Russy

AT HIS PREVIOUS HOME in CT, alone two days after his guardian’s death.
ARRIVAL AT GHF, the first time outside again.

A 13 year old Sanctuary Resident, Sox is a magnificent guy with a sensitive, heartfelt presence, embracing the change to rescue on his arrival in May of 2020. He is aware of all that is instantly new around him. The only person he ever knew is gone and the world is now very different. He lived in one home all his life until his 94 yr old guardian had a massive stroke. We were contacted on a Saturday with the threat of euthanasia looming ahead on Monday. Fortunately kind dog lovers got involved and he was safely in our care on Sunday. Stunned and nervous, Sox appeared very vulnerable and needed vet care, too.

Sox is extremely sweet, very good natured and had been clearly bonded to his person. His story is so touching. Her husband died in his 70s and Sox became her only family. She was devoted to him and he, to her. As we were told, she fell outside a few years ago and he stayed with her, licking her face, barking and barking until finally a neighbor noticed. She was unable to ever go outside again and neither did he, adjusting to a new inside world by her side 24/7. He slept by her bed every night.

We can feel that Sox is open to all that he is experiencing, but this is a HUGE change. When a Border Collie has had their person as the sole focus, they become their ‘work’. We are waiting to see how Sox feels about his new opportunity, gently giving him a chance to experience everything, step by step.

So far, he has laid in the snow, smelled the grass and supervised the action around him. Our Caretaker is carefully letting him lead, watching his energy and emotional reactions to everything.

His vet work is solid so we are hoping he can mentally find peace in rescue. Sox has an injury that with his back leg as well as severe arthritis in his joints so we are trying options to provide comfort to him so mobility is pain-free. This big change was plenty to ask of him so he is in the Sanctuary as a Resident.

A special thanks to Kristin Richardson and Janet Corde & the “Stratford Ladies’" who heard of the jeopardy Sox was in and quickly acted to find a solution. We are deeply grateful for their swift action.

Thanks also to Tracy & Jeff Beck who on a moment’s notice, drove to transport Sox to NY.

Hunter's Angels
• From Nancy & Bob Marston, in loving memory of John
• The Arrison pack, in memory of John Andersen
• Gail Marriner-Smith & GHF alum, Sir William Braveheart

Resident HUNTER bounced from two homes by the time he was 3 and landed in rescue in 2010. A handsome guy with super intensity, his issues were tough - severe car chasing, shadow chasing and food guarding - not an easy combination. As a young BC, Hunter’s intensity was off the charts yet he also had a softer, super sweet side, eager to comply with someone who connected to him. He was a favorite for all the Glen Highland staff even with all his very difficult traits. Over and over again, Hunter was not chosen for adoption. Residency was his only chance at a life so in 2013, we were grateful we could give him safe haven.

Living with Hunter required secure fencing, rural living and constant management. He was a force of intelligence and drive, ahead of us most of the time. If he was bored or could not chase nearby cars, he would madly bark at the ground and grab the grass and dirt, throwing it in the air, wildly digging at the earth. He would enter a ‘zone’ of OCD patterns that was very challenging to live with. While Hunter would respond to intervention by calling his name, he then needed to be occupied with activity or he would revert to barking and repeating the same behavior.

Thankfully, in 2020, aging has created a softer, gentler Hunter, a sweetheart so easy to enjoy. At 12, he cuddles on the couch, chases some balls and hangs with his BC pals, sometimes even preferring to be inside at your feet while the TV is on - a content, relaxed BC! We are astonished at the changes and frankly, relieved and completely certain that without Glen Highland, Hunter would not be alive. We are so glad to have given him a full life.

Medically, Hunter has extensive spondylosis and a disjointed hock, neither fixable with surgery. His pain is managed daily. In 2015, Hunter had a massive medical crisis, hospitalized for a week with no clear diagnosis. He survived but is carefully monitored regularly with bloodwork, urinalysis and exams. He is also on thyroid supplementation.

Roze's Angels
In memory of John, and all the spirits - past and present - who were touched by his love
• The Arrison pack, in memory of John Andersen
• Chihiro Allen, in memory of 'my sweet best-friend Border Collie, Santa'

Resident ROZE was a youngster at age 4, loosing her home due to nipping. Upon meeting her, we knew that her reactions had nothing to do with aggression, instead it was insecurity. Roze had worries when people closed into her space so needed just the right life that adapted TO HER. Outstretched hands and surprise touching elicited a fast rejection from Roze and in the wrong situation, a nip could easily be worse. With two failed homes already, we wanted to give Roze a secure life.

In 2020, Roze is now 13 and we truly can say, she has had a great life…tons of playing, swimming, hiking and BC friends galore. She has been busy and stimulated with so much to do and we are grateful to have given this to her. Roze still has worries about people but seeks affection when she is ready, adorably nudging a hand for more petting.

Medically, Roze had a bout of vestibular disease in 2018 that took her to the ground, unable to walk, eat, drink, or move, leaving us hoping for recovery. Well, recover she did, left with a slight held tilt, reduced vision and focal seizures, but nothing is stopping her from being busy and happy! She also has kidney disease so has medication, supplements and a special diet to support her. Roze is medically fragile but her spirit is so strong, classic in her desire to be alive!

Zena's Angels
• The Arrison pack, in memory of John Andersen
• Marcy Levine, in memory of Hypatia
• Deb Meyers, in memory of Zeli

Resident ZENA is a 'special needs' Border Collie who arrived at age 2 in 2010 where Glen Highland became her third home because she was 'too much'. High energy and super smart, her nature was more than a typical Border Collie. Unbeknownst to the previous guardians, Zena is an obsessive shadow chaser. This genetic trait was triggered somewhere in her past but created behaviors that made her very difficult to live with, a fully OCD dog. 

These OCD traits, once genetically triggered, can rarely be modified since it is a genetic trait, once triggered, irreversible. While other OCD Border Collies had come to Glen Highland, Zena was by far, the worst to land here many many years ago so it was impossible to find adoption interest. Zena resides at Glen Highland with other unadoptable dogs.

Zena has mellowed over the years so now as a senior, is a bit easier to manage. Her sweetness is quite obvious as she seeks attention and connection, relaxing on the couch. However, she does need an outlet mentally and physically since she is very athletic and very fit. When not hiking, playing ball or frisbee, she will bark at shadows cast by the sun on the ground over stimulated by the 'light' she sees. Once you engage her with activity, she stops and on cloudy days, she is very calm. Any reflection anywhere in the house causes a similar barking reaction so she needs interruption to refocus her on an activity. Zena also reacts to movement in the car, trying to catch passing vehicles like many BCs.

Fortunately, she quickly comes out of the OCD mode though it's going to be a natural default for her to have these behaviors. She is also very smart but overly sensitive so cannot handle much human pressure asking her to do particular obedience tasks. This high level of sensitivity is typical in OCD dogs who are fragile in their balance in the world. Her frisbee and ball play is plenty for her happiness as well as time with someone who loves her... she has made progress over the years as she's aged, making it a bit easier but she will also require patience and understanding forever. Zena has a lovely nature regardless.

Mac's Angels
• The Arrison pack, in memory of John Andersen
Mac needs 2 more angels!

Resident MAC landed in rescue at 8 months old in 2008 for being "too active" but then lost two more homes in 5 years, leading to severe separation anxiety. When Mac returned to Glen Highland the final time in 2013, he was unraveling. A super smart, super sweet guy, Mac had become a huge worrier, afraid to be left. In his 3rd home, the panic grew so much so that he jumped out a 2nd story window as he watched his person walking down the street, leaving the house. A true ‘houdini’, Mac broke out of any containment - crates, doors, windows - he would easily push, shove and scratch until whatever was closed, opened. His fear of being left alone was extremely hard to witness, leaving him at odds with yet another confusing move, being abandoned from another home.

In order to best help him settle, he came to the Founder’s home to feel more at ease. As he had already done, he began a destructive course of action, unwilling to be left. It took many, many months for him to settle in and join the other dogs, realizing he was not really alone. As he began enjoying the company of the dogs, he relaxed a bit better and with more time, his destructive tendencies began to lessen a bit but there was no way to know if he would maintain this gain if again moved.

Additionally, in his 2nd home he revealed another anxiety - that of being around children - nipping and growling at them leading to the loss of that home. He clearly felt uncomfortable if not in the company of adults. Mac also had a history of badly reacting to other dogs, willing to growl and snap if introductions were improperly managed. This combination of traits led to the decision that Mac would only flourish remaining at Glen Highland.

As years have gone by, Mac has indeed blossomed though he still opens doors and gates and jumps out small car window openings that no other dog could exit. Thankfully, his anxiety is now more thunderstorm related since he finally trusts that he is really home. Friendly and outgoing, Mac is a gem now settled into a routine.

Flip's Angels
• The Arrison pack, in memory of John Andersen
• Renate and Pete Goodloe & GHF alums Doc & Rosie
Flip needs 1 more angel!

Resident FLIP landed in a NY shelter as a stray, approximately 1 year old in 2010. Overloaded to capacity, the shelter begged for rescue help, unsure what to do with such a high energy dog. While Flip did well in his temperament test, certain reactions became clear as we got to know him better. Fearful of men and anyone reaching quickly for him, Flip would growl and give clear warning to ‘back off’. Most of the time, this sweet boy loved everyone but when he was fearful, he was quite ominous.

The dilemma with Flip was clear - in skilled hands and carefully managed, he could do well in the world. Left to his own devices, a bite was always a concern. Flip went through extensive training in foster care and back at the Farm but no matter the level of great work he did, showing tremendous progress, his fearful nature was lurking. Twice, Flip landed a home and each time, even with specific directions about what to do to help him feel more secure, each adopter mistakenly trusted him too quickly and his defensive nature appeared. He was returned twice.

Flip was a Glen Highland favorite, so easy with everyone at the rescue and so solid in temperament in a simpler life that when he was returned yet again, it was clear that giving him a Resident status was the best outcome for all involved. Flip never threatened anyone at the Farm, ever, but without that cocoon around him, he was not to be trusted. Euthanasia of beloved Flip was just not an option ever on the table.

Flip is living out a protected life, carefully managed with strangers but enjoying all who already know him. He loves to race and chase with the other dogs, swimming and exploring on the trails as well as a great ball game. He still has his moments of growling and serious worry but those of us who know Flip, work around his reactions and understand some deep traumatic past was the cause. Whatever it was, it was very bad and true trust of humans will always be questionable.

Dougie's Angels
• Michael Durant
• Ingrid Durant
Ian & Sarah Moore

BEFORE: Post surgery Dougie was not thrilled to be in a cone and under strict activity restriction.

AFTER: 3 weeks after surgery Dougie is smiling again!

Resident DOUGIE came to Glen Highland in 2018 at 8.5 years old, needing a new home due to the move of his guardians but it was his complex medical situation looming ahead that could shorten his life. His extremely low blood sugar levels are reflective of insulinoma (cancer) or a rare disease - nesidioblastosis. Cornell evaluations could not identify which condition exists but his symptoms require continual monitoring. He requires numerous small meals to maintain his glucose levels to prevent seizures or worsening fatigue and he will likely need steroids and/or medications as things progress. Since Dougie is in a fragile and unpredictable state, remaining at Glen Highland was the best option for him.

He happily enjoys the action of all the other BCs, full of energy and focused but he is frequently rested after anything he does since his condition leaves him very tired. Dougie also has a genetic orthopedic problem, born without hip sockets so does require pain medication and monitoring to make him more comfortable. The lack of hip sockets led to an ACL tear in a back leg but surgical answers are not possible since his health is precarious. Dougie is full of energy and the will to be a normal focused, energetic Border Collie so we’ll be sure to give him all that he can enjoy for as long as it’s possible. Everyone at Glen Highland and those who have met him at the vet offices, absolutely fall in love with this very, very special boy.

8/2/19: Dougie went through a challenging surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his knee and an ACL tear in the same area, both causing severe pain and immobility.  Another tough case for Cornell, Dougie has glucose issues and kidney issues, too as well as being born without hip sockets so juggling his reactions to sedation and post surgery recovery is a balancing act. He’s on serious pain meds and exercise restriction for 8 weeks, with hopes that he might handle surgery on the other back leg. The decision rests on his medical condition undergoing another complex process. Right now, he’s resting and getting relief from all that extreme pain. We are so grateful to be able to help this marvelous boy, a true spitfire full of spunk - we’d like to give Dougie more years of enjoyment pain-free.

Dougie is doing so well and clearly much happier without the severe pain he was experiencing. He’ll continue with exercise restriction until his re-check September 30th where we then hope he is free to run again! Dougie is receiving PT treatment daily to keep his muscles moving but with careful positioning. We are thrilled with his progress!

Dougie headed off for his final Cornell review post-surgery and of course, he was on duty for the whole ride! Good news is he has healed beautifully and is now ready to RUN!!!