JUNE 2013 - JESS AND BANJO EACH NEED A HOME; CAN YOU HELP?
10 month old Smooth Collie Tricolour Bitch is in need of a home. We have included a short article about Jess under the Blog page (We're still here! posted 2 April).
We also have an 18 month old male called Banjo. He's a very handsome shaded sable and white rough collie type. Sadly, he hasn't seen much of the world and will need an experienced collie owner to continue "his education".
Both are young and very active dogs. Most collies have a life span of 12 to 15 years, so we are looking for people who appreciate the commitment they will be making for at least the next decade.
Please phone us for a chat if you are interested - 01789 269242.
Would you consider giving Henry a "retirement home"? Please take a look at his page and get in touch for a chat. Thanks.
At the moment, we are in the fortunate position of having more homes waiting than rough collies available - great news for collies but not so good for those of you who are looking to share your home with a collie in need. Nevertheless, things can change rapidly and we may suddenly receive two or three phone calls from dog wardens, rescue organisations or owners asking for our help. So please don't hesitate to phone us to have a chat as it is not usually our policy to publicise individual collies in our care. In our quest to match each collie to the most suitable home, we feel this can only be done by talking to prospective owners and establishing your individual circumstances and the type of home and environment you are able to offer.
The Kennel Club annually publishes the number of rough and smooth puppies registered and, out of interest, we have reproduced the statistics in the table below which shows the gradual decrease in numbers over the last 10 years.
It is hoped that the number of unregistered puppies bred over the last ten years will have also reduced.
Twenty years ago, when we first became involved with rehoming rough and smooth collies, there were far too many unwanted, stray and orphan collies. One local authority dog pound in the Midlands found itself taking in at least one rough collie each week - what unforgivable treatment for such a regal breed. Huggy, our first rescue, was left unclaimed at the end of his seven days. We couldn't understand why his owners had not done more to try to find him if he was lost or why they abandoned him. However, the more we became involved in rescue work, the more we realised that a number of dog owners simply ignored the Dog's Trust's strapline - "A Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas" and it wasn't unusual to come across a five year old collie who had been in as many as five homes during its short life.
Associated with the decline in the number of KC registrations has been the consequent reduction in the number of rough collies coming into rescue in the UK over the last few years (and long may it remain so!). When we were approached in 2007 to become involved with breed rescue in Ireland, we didn’t really have to think for too long before we agreed to help to rehome rough collies and rough collie types in their hour of need. With so many lovely rough collie homes on our doorstep, it seemed only right to give these innocent victims another chance - many have been barely out of their puppyhood and have great temperaments.
We must add, however, that if there is an increase in local collies needing our help in the future, we would need to reconsider our priorities. We felt we needed to mention this as many of our supporters send us donations on a regular basis and we did not wish to mislead them on how we use their gifts. We have always been upfront about our recent involvement with the Irish connection and are so grateful for everybody’s continued help and support. Nevertheless, we do ask friends and supporters (existing and new) not to hesitate to let us know if they want their donation to be used for local dogs only – we will quite understand.