sugarpup Posted January 17, 2015 Report Share Posted January 17, 2015 I'm sorry but this is my first post and it will have to be rather long one. Sadly, our elderly mixed breed girl died in december. Our other dog (rottweiler corgi mix) was lonely and we also had a dog-sized hole in our lives that needed filling. I've always had mixed breed dogs, and I've never had an interest in purebreds. Nothing against them though. I started to look at Humane Societies locally and as far as a two hour radius. I found a little purebred border collie about 90 minutes away who had been in the municipal pound for seven months. She had been, according to their definition, "Feral". Someone had dumped her in a desolate rural area infested with coyotes. She found a local farm but was terrified to come anywhere near the people. They kindly left food out for her and called the Humane Society in the nearest town which was about 20 miles. It took two weeks to catch her. They took her to a vet and he pronounced her maybe a-year-old or so. Not very specific. She was so terrified by people that she was impossible to adopt as she would cringe and hide in the corner of her cage. Everybody wants the friendly puppy! Nobody wants the damaged one. They have a no kill policy for dogs, and as far as conditions go, it was pretty nice. She had a cage about 4 x 6, and every day would spend the day time in a private gravel courtyard (supplied with an insulated dog house) about 10 x 40. During the seven months, they sometimes put another dog is with her for company, but they always got adopted and she was left behind. We went to see her on a day it was -30°, and she was in the courtyard actually enjoying the extremely cold weather. She barked at us continually and it took my husband 20 minutes to be able to touch her. The Staff had worked as much as they could with her, within the time allowances they had, and she would allow them to touch her. But only a little bit. They had her spayed. They gave her a name but she did not respond to it. They advertised her in the newspaper. When we came along they were thrilled we were interested. Trying to shorten the story a little, LOL, we brought her home and we've had her for a 9 days. We changed her name and she responded the first day, she has bonded with me because I've spent about 22 hours a day within 6 feet of her. She wags her tail, watches everybody with interest, and some trepidation, comes to her new name, Freyja, and this this morning she opened up and let me rub her tummy while she laid there in squinty eyed pleasure. She relieves her self outside, and has never had an indoor accident. Because the weather has been so bitterly cold she's only been on two walks and she heeled perfectly, loose leash without instruction. She plays with our other dog and they are fast friends. She is very leery of the two men in the house. She goes starfish if they try to interact with more than just a pat. I have a severely autistic nonverbal 30-year-old daughter, who lives with us. The dog is mildly terrorized and extremely puzzled by my daughter's behavior. My daughter has no interest whatsoever in the dog and would never interact. So my daughter does make odd sounds and behaves in a way that to a dog would seem utterly nonsensical. She's no threat to the dogs except that if they were in her way, she would just walk right over them if they did not move. Do you think the dog will ever do what the other dog does which is ignore the odd behaviour and stay out of the way? Are Border collies adaptable enough for this? Our elderly dog who passed away would always protect my daughter and not let any other dogs come close to her. I have other questions as well for the experts on this forum but this post is already probably too long! I have attached a pucture of Freyja. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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