I love collies and we had one as a much-loved family pet when I was growing up and my first dog when I left home was a border collie cross. When I got out of the rat race and left my job to work from home as a writer I decided that I would get a dog and I knew that dog must come from a rescue centre for a wide variety of reasons which I will explore in a future article. Of course that dog was going to be a collie and that is where Stan comes in…..
“What do you mean I’m not a cuddly and loveable border collie?” says Stan looking confused.
I fell in love with Stan at the RSPCA in Stretton, when he rushed up to the front of the kennel to get a good look at me, and that was that, he was the dog for me. I still hope to have a collie one day, hopefully as a friend for Stan but for now Stan is my Collie in disguise!
When I do add a second dog to our family that dog will come from The Border Collie Trust in Staffordshire where they rescue and rehome around 400 collies a year across the UK. They really do some brilliant work and need all the help they can get, especially as they receive no local or central government funding, they rely very much on the support of caring members of the public. There are many ways you can help them, visit their website to for more information.
Today I want to share Misty’s story to show that not all rescue dogs come with issues…. In fact she is a well trained, happy and loving dog.
Misty getting to know Ged while Stan looks on.
Misty is six and a half years old and until recently she had a very happy home where she was the much-loved and loyal pet of a wonderful man who I am sure she misses very much. Sadly her owner passed away suddenly and his family were not able to give Misty a home so she came to Border Collie Trust where she is being given lots of cuddles, walks and treats to reassure her but she really just wants a new Dad.
It was poignant that we came to the centre to take Misty out for the afternoon on Father’s Day as what Misty wants most of all is a new Dad. She lived alone with her Dad and while she is very friendly to all humans and although she was very affectionate to me it is clear that she really is a man’s dog. When we took her out walking she was constantly looking to see where my husband Ged was and even when I was the one holding the lead she walked alongside him most of the time.
We picked her up at the centre and went straight to the car where Stan travelled in his crate in the boot while Misty wore a dog seat belt and was put on the back seat. I say she was put on the back seat but it would be fair to say that she put herself on the back seat. Misty is clearly no stranger to car travel and she is used to being on the back seat. We had put the harness that fits to the seat belt on her before going to the car and it was just as well, as, as soon as I opened the car door, she jumped on to the seat immediately and was clearly not prepared to move again! She laid down and relaxed so much that by the time we had got ourselves sorted out, settled in the car and backed out of the parking space she was fast asleep. Despite being only inches away from Stan, who was quiet but excited, she slept until we arrived and parked the car.
Misty loves the car and is a VERY relaxed passenger.
Once we got to Shugborough Hall we put both dogs on a lead and began to explore the estate. This is a great place for dog walking so many new sights, sounds and smells and Stan loves it when we visit.
Misty was nose down investigating the smells in the long grass seconds after getting out of the car while Stan looked on in approval.
As we walked we were pleased to see how well she walked on a lead – we used a 4m extender to give her some freedom and she did go to the full length of the lead most of the time but she seldom pulled. When we walked around busy areas she was happy to be called to heel and stayed there with little encouragement, which made her a pleasure to walk with.
When walking in open fields she tends to prefer walking along the hedges and seems a bit nervous in open areas unless she is close by you.
We met lots of other dog walkers and she was very well-behaved and confident when we passed by, seeming to prefer to walk with us and ignore the other dogs. She did greet a couple and the greetings were friendly.
Misty and Stan were unconcerned – even uninterested – when we passed a field of rare breed cattle with impressive horns. The dogs just wanted to get to the next bit of long grass!
There are lots of farm animals on the estate and she was unconcerned by these.
We also met up with lots of people, she was very friendly and wanted to say hello to adult passers by. She was happy to come away from people as soon as she was asked but she did have a tendency to jump up if you were not ready with a calm word of command. We passed several children and she ignored all of them.
Both dogs stopped, briefly, to take a look at the sheep but neither of them tried to go through the fence and they passed by with no fuss.
Misty is a very loving dog and wants to please – she especially likes to please the men around her.
Misty really loves long grass and happily sniffed around in it for ages.
She loves rolling on her back in grass – just for fun or for a belly rub – she does not seem to mind which but she does REALLY love to do it. She rolled in long grass, in short grass, in grass with flowers… anywhere really
She loved running through the long grass with Stan in hot pursuit – as they remained on leads this meant we had to run as well!
Could you offer Misty a place in your family? Do you know someone who can become her new Dad? I like to think that next Father’s Day she will be running in the long grass with her new Dad….
The only negative I could find about this loving and loyal dog is that in the kennels she can be a little defensive of her food. She is already micro chipped, loves people, is not aggressive at all, gets on well with other dogs and could be homed where there is already a dog or where there are children. She is already neutered. She likes to be clean and rolled in the grass to give her coat a shine. I have brushed her and she loved it, seeming to think it was really a good game with lots of stroking! She is a confident girl who is a pleasure to walk and fun to be with.
To adopt Misty or one of the other lovely collies and collie crosses at The Border Collie Trust you will need to visit the centre in Staffordshire -
Border Collie Trust GB, Heathway, Colton, Rugeley, Staffs WS15 3LY
Note – the lane is very narrow near the top but please don’t let this put you off – it opens out with parking spaces at the end.
The centre is open to visitors 6 days a week
1st April – 30th September 10am to 5pm
1st October – 31st March 10am to 4pm
The centre is closed on Tuesday for rehoming expect by prior appointment
Full info on rehoming process is on the website and should you wish to offer a place in your home to one of the dogs I strongly recommend that you read all the information on there which covers the full process and also includes frequently asked questions. Should you then have any further questions please phone the centre on 0871 560 2282 (Calls can be taken Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm but please be aware the staff may be busy and not able to answer the phone quickly.)
If you are travelling a long distance to see a specific dog that you have read about in my blog or seen on The Border Collie Trust website then, if you phone the centre, they may be able to reserve that dog for up to 24 hours. Please note that a dog featured on the blog, or anywhere else, may not be available when you phone as the dogs they have can change quickly, often on a daily basis.
To ensure they can continue their vital work Border Collie Trust does charge a rehoming fee. The fees vary according to the age of the dog as follows –
Puppy less than 6 months £150
Young dog more than 6 months and less than 12 months
Not neutered £120
Adult dog from 12 months less than 6 years
Not neutered £100
Adult dog 6 years plus
Not neutered £80
I really hope she enjoys next Father’s Day with her new Dad.
- Misty just wants to make her person happy – so she needs a person.