I have been a believer in adopting shelter or rescue dogs my whole life, so when our young dog had to be put to sleep due to liver failure, I knew our next dog would be a rescue as well. We needed time to grieve and adjust to our loss before we could adopt again, but after a time we began discussion about what kind of dog we wanted to add to our family. We had been looking for a Border Collie or BC mix for 11 years, but had come home from the shelter with whatever dog happened to catch our hearts. This time I was determined to have not only a rescue or shelter dog, but a Border Collie whose life we could change for the better.
I started researching Border Collie rescues in our region, and watched the dogs and their descriptions as they came and went from the websites for several months. I was drawn to WBCR because of the descriptions of the dogs, and the obvious care and consideration that were taken in placing their dogs in the right homes. At the time we submitted our application, Tonya didn’t have a dog on her website that was quite what we needed to suit our household -- with kids, cats, horses and other dogs, I knew we would need a special personality to fit in. I also knew that the best judge of a dog for us would be the people who spent the most time with them – the rescue and foster homes. I described our household to Tonya and told her that I was willing to take the dog she thought would be the best fit for us – sight unseen.
So here I sit today, typing out this recommendation for WBCR with Jazz sleeping at my feet. She is exactly the dog we asked for, plus some. She danced into our house and our hearts and we haven’t looked back. She is smart, cute, funny and friendly and we can’t imagine why she was a “throw away” dog. Tonya did a great job prepping her for the lifestyle she would have here, she loves to play and run yet still has a great “off” switch and impeccable house manners.
Her life has been a little nuts since she came home with us, but she has adjusted extremely well. She spent the last week boating on Lake Powell, and learned to ride quietly in the boat and trying not to eat the wake – although she still loves “eating splashes” that she makes in the water! She has a lot more adventures ahead of her, but they will all be with the same family from now on. I think she would tell everyone that she’s happy with that!
Thank you Tonya and WBCR for finding us such a great dog. We’ll recommend you to other potential Border Collie homes, and tell them that they can’t go wrong placing their trust in you.