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> Cross Border Collie, New home wanted
beverley650
post 27th Feb 2012, 5:06 am
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I want to find a happy new home for my dog, Holly. She is a very loving and energetic cross border collie with an almost human personality! I got her from Manchester dogs home 7 years ago; at which time they guessed she was 10-12 months. So she is about 8. She is fit and healthy and she has been neutered. She had her annual booster and kennel cough vaccination in January 2012.

When I got Holly I worked from home but a couple of years ago I was made redundant. My new job has long hours and I am out of the house a lot. I have considered a dog walker but would never be able to afford it. She is a good dog and even when left on her own she is non destructive and doesn't fret. I have noticed a change in her though, she looks bored and fed up. I have come to realise that her life will be more fulfilled with someone who can devote more time to her.

I will be extremely sad to let Holly go (she is like my best friend) but the thought of her going to a loving home with more company and attention will make me feel happier.

Holly has never lived in a house with children or dogs/ cats. She has always been ok with my friend's children but I am not sure how she would be sharing a home with another dog or a cat. She can also be wary of men initially, although she does always comes round in the end. This doesn't make her aggresive to men but can be very timid with them and I think she would struggle to adjust to a new home with man on his own.

I initially placed an Ad on 'Preloved' website and within a week heard so many horror stories about dog baiters etc that I was advised to place my advert here and also to home check anyone who wishes to adopt Holly. If you want to know anything, please ask away.

If you think you can provide a home and time to Holly she will give you more love and laughs than you can ever imagine.

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post 27th Feb 2012, 9:49 am
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The best thing for Holly would be to stay with you - she is older now - she loves you - she sounds to me like she is coping with being left - I know you want the best for her and understand must be terribly hard when you love your dog so much but I would not beat yourself up about rehoming her she is with her mum who she loves she will be ok.....
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post 28th Feb 2012, 1:23 pm
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I agree, just make sure that your time with Holly is quality time, lots of walks and training when you can and when you are at work leave her with stuff to do such as stuffed Kongs, treat balls etc and leave radio on. Perhaps there is a dogless neighbour who would be glad of the chance to take a dog for a walk? Many working people find this a solution and it breaks the day up for the dog.
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post 28th Feb 2012, 7:01 pm
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Thank you. I do leave her with toys, and thats one of the things I've noticed a change in. At one time I could go out for just an hour and come back and her toys would be all over the place as though she had had a right good play. Now I can be out for 10 hours and they are just where I have left them, like she hasn't bothered with them. Thats what upsets me, I just imagine she is sleeping the whole time and I think what kind of life does she have. I've also noticed that she has started biting her nails which I believe is a sign of boredom.







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post 28th Feb 2012, 7:18 pm
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Photos maybe help and there are bordercollie rescues-you will probbably find themrecommended on other threads on DP - I wonderif it would be worth contacting them for advice even if they are full they might show her on their websites?

Could you take her with you to work?(Not the kindof place you couldask?)

I know you said you couldn't afford a walker - but what about a few times a week? Could you have an arrangement iwth another person who could take her out and might enjoy the dog company without the full commitment?

I have noticed that sometimes older quite well-behaved border collies do rehome from my local rescue. The young behavioural problem ones stick longer. A border collie can live a long time so 8 is not that old. My dog is 8 and is fab-I think it's a good age and less manic but still lively. I also know older people who have had collies who don't feel they could take on a youngster but a mature dog would be the kind of thing that would suit so the right home could well be out there but it is the difficulty of knowing, isn't it?

If you are rehoming -could you find a rescue on DP to offer rescue back-up for reassurance,home-checking etc?

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post 28th Feb 2012, 10:08 pm
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I tried to add photo but don't where it went and when I tried to do it again it said I had already used up my 120kb quota even though the photo doesn't seem to have appeared anywhere.

I will take your advice about contacting a rescue place even if just for some advice, thank you. And I agree with what you say about her age. If she was much older I would not consider rehoming her but when I think she is perhaps jonly just over half way through her life I feel bad for her being cooked up. As much as I will miss her it will make me happier if I know she is having a good life, rather than spending the next 6 years locked in my house all day. I do make sure she has good long walks Saturday and Sunday but come Monday I just feel guiltly again.

No I couldn't take the dog to work and the job, whilst I am grateful to have it in these times, is a lot lower paid than the one I had before I was made redundant so I have no extra money for a dog walker, even once a week. The neighbours I am friendly with either work themselves and not around during the day either, or they are elderley and not up to walking a dog.

I'm not rushing to re-home her, and will only do it if and when I find something I consider to be perfect for her. I just want her to have a fuller life because she is a fun spirited dog, and although she is loved, well fed, looked after and happy when I am home, from Monday to Friday I can't help feeling she has more the life of goldfish than a dog.
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post 29th Feb 2012, 1:53 am
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If you are not in a hurry, could I suggest you hang around on Dog Pages for a while - you will hopefully get to know more about the rescues on here and people might be able to let you know if any of the rescues near you are good or not good as I'd want to know that if I were an owner. there are some specialist collie rescues. I would look into those if I were thinking of rehoming my dog but I can't post a link to the one I'm thinking of because the site wont let me. Hopefully people can advise on here.

You might meet people on here who can help you. There is a chatter board and a training board - with many fosterers and rescue people who might be able to advise in the short term and who might know of a good rescue who might provide back up (ie offering her back up if anything went wrong with a rehoming so she is secure for life).

Someone on DP can probably help you with a photo too.

you don't say where you are based - perhaps that might help too?

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post 29th Feb 2012, 8:30 pm
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I am based in Cheadle, South Manchester
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