I would like to introduce you to the newest member of the family!
This is Champ.
We are adopting him through a wonderful organization called 'Pacific Northwest Border Collie Rescue'.
After we lost our beloved 'Little Bear', we thought we would wait a while before adopting another dog.
But Whitey has been so lethargic and disinterested in any of his usual activities since he lost his best friend.
So I thought I would just start looking around for a companion. Not to replace Little Bear. But we have this empty space and so much love for a dog in need of a loving home.
I had just started my search. Then I saw this face. There were warnings. He was deemed a 'project' and in need of certain circumstances for a successful adoption.
He can't be left alone or he becomes destructive and chews. (No problem, Whitey has separation anxiety- we work around it).
He needs lots of room to run and plenty of exercise. Again, not a problem.
He doesn't like strangers. My kind of fellow!
He is a 'Velcro' dog, won't leave your side. Well, when you are living on the edge of the wilderness and are alone all day, a Velcro dog is exactly what you need!
We met him for the first time last weekend. It was love at first sight. We were warned that he might not 'take' to us, that he was wary, and possibly agressive towards strangers.
But he must have known we weren't strangers.
We had an almost immediate connection.
The next step was a 'Home Visit' from a volunteer in our area.
We bring him home this weekend.
We want everything to go as smoothly as possible. We will make sure everything is just right.
But we have a feeling that everything will be just fine.
A second chance.
Who could resist this face?
I want to give a big shout out to the wonderful volunteers who spend countless hours rehabilitating these amazing rescued dogs.
Not only do they have to deal with many, many behaviour issues, but they do so with gentle kindness, spending time and money of their own to give an unwanted dog a second chance.
These are Angels walking the Earth.
These dogs would surely end up in a bad place if not for the love and dedication of these wonderful people.
Thank you, thank you for all you do!
Happy Endings for All!
And a new beginning for Champ.