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Southwest Collie Rescue

Now serving new mexico, west texas & Arizona

Fall 2005 newsletter

in this issue

Collie news, p.2 Veterinary costs are soaring. At the same time, many vets are unwilling to offer discounts to rescue groups. Our collies with emergency medical problems desperately need your help! Recent adoptions, p.3 My name is Sam, p.4 How a scrawny, neglected collie who was afraid of everyone was transformed into a happy, confident, beautiful boy.

Why the name change? We're expanding!

In early 2001, a handful of people who love collies decided to form a rescue group. New Mexico Collie Rescue would, we assumed at the time, rescue collies in New Mexico. Yes, one of our members lived in Lubbock, Texas, but that was OK. We thought of him as an honorary New Mexican. NMCR has come a long way since then. We have active members in El Paso, Amarillo and Lubbock who have rescued many collies. And quite a few of our adopters are from Texas as well. Why? Because no other collie rescue group was serving West Texas. Collies desperately needed to be rescued there, but few people knew about them. Doubtless many collies died in shelters or died as strays. In Arizona, a few small, hard-working groups do rescue collies. But no statewide organization exists, and no website. People from Arizona who want to adopt collies sometimes call us, despite the long distances involved, because they don't know about collies at home. At SWCR, we envision a network of collie rescuers throughout the Southwest, people who are in touch with local shelters, in touch with each other, and who share a common goal: to make sure no collie is left behind.

Lucky Ben -- once unwanted, now beloved

how to reach us

SWCR e-mail address [email protected] SWCR Rescue Coordinators

New Mexico Santa Fe, Lee More (505) 989-3530 [email protected] Albuquerque, Arlene Starkey (505) 379-1655 [email protected] Las Cruces, Vicki Berry (505) 523-7209; [email protected] Hobbs, Vicky Gann (505) 393-5006 [email protected] West Texas El Paso, Dory Munder (915) 328-7755 [email protected] El Paso, Annick Dellmann-Shafer (915) 584-0033 [email protected] Amarillo, Beverly White (806) 353-3542 [email protected] Lubbock, Wayne Lewis (806) 794-8766 [email protected] Arizona Phoenix area, Bill Ferrell (480) 507-7996 [email protected]

Benjamin, a big, painfully thin sable and white boy, was wandering on I-25 outside Belen, NM, when he got lucky for the first time. Some nice people who happened to rescue German shepherds stopped their car, picked him up, and took him home. After de-ticking him, they tried for a week to find his owner and then called us. Ben's new foster mom in Hobbs soon reported, "Very laid back and sooooo sweet and gentle ... Loves to lay his head on your knee and have his ears scratched. Will stay in this position indefinitely." Oddly, he never barked. Then Ben got lucky for the second time. A couple in Corrales spotted him on our website. Their two daughters wanted a dog and their hearts were set on a collie. A few days after the adoption, Ben's new dad e-mailed us. "He is very well behaved ... he can be a little sneaky,

a most happy fella Ben is hugged by his adoring sisters at home in

Corrales. Have you ever seen a happier dog?

though. My youngest daughter put a beef jerky wrapper in the trash can in the bathroom, so now he thinks that the bath trash cans hold hidden snacks." Finally Ben was caught red-handed, and despite his "Who, me?" demeanor was told that this would not be tolerated. They also figured out a way to make him bark: "If I wrestle with my kids and tickle them, he starts running around barking," wrote Ben's dad. "He follows me around like a shadow and is the first to meet

meet me at the door at night. Ben has also made good friends with the Dalmatian puppy next door, and with my neighbor's horses." Within months, Ben gained 19 pounds and learned a few more useful tricks. "We are so amazed at how smart he is," wrote Ben's mom. "My husband will tell him, `All dogs who want to go for a walk, raise your paw.' Ben will always raise his paw ... "He is either resting on the girls' laps or the girls are resting on him!"

Collie News

Soaring vet bills mean the collies need your help!

Recently we took a collie to a vet in Albuquerque to be neutered. There were no complications, yet the bill came to a whopping $272. This vet didn't offer a discount for rescue dogs. Actually, it's hard to find a vet in Albuquerque who does. And though the city shelters spay and neuter as part of their adoption fee, this collie didn't come from a shelter. You can imagine what it costs to treat complications. Three of our recently rescued collies bled dangerously during their spay surgeries and needed blood transfusions. The bills were astounding. We try hard to find vets who charge reasonable prices and give generous discounts. But it isn't always possible. The truth is that to keep on saving collies, we need your help. Please, if you can, earmark a donation now to SWCR for emergency medical expenses. Without you, many collies simply won't make it. Adoption fee now $175 The average cost of rescuing a collie was $235 last year. This year it's higher. Reluctantly, we have raised the adoption fee from $150 to $175. Latest rescue numbers As of late August, SWCR had rescued 27 collies in 2005. Coincidentally, that kept us exactly on track to match the 41 collies we rescued last year and the 41 we rescued in 2003. And our most important record still holds: SWCR has rescued every single collie who's come our way, no matter how old or how sick. Not one has been left behind. her condition worsened and we had her put to sleep. But Cognac flourished with his new foster mom, SWCR's Traci Sailer, and became best buddies with her ancient collie, Murphy. Traci adopted Cognac, who was a great comfort to her months later, when Murphy died. Cognac enjoyed ten happy months with Traci before dying peacefully last year. At the time she wrote, "It broke my heart more than I can say." tion. Angus was treated for hookworms and later adopted. But it was too late for Blarney, who died at a vet clinic during the night of his second day of freedom. If only we had found him sooner.

Goodbye, old friends

Dedicated to the rescued collies we lost too soon

Andrew, neglected in a back yard for 10 years, suffered from heartworm, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever and malnutrition. SWCR's Beverly White adopted him and nursed him through difficult medical treatment. Andrew enjoyed nearly two years of happiness before dying of cancer in May. Cognac and his sister, Brandy, both very old, were dumped at a shelter in Albuquerque to be euthanized. They had been badly neglected. We rescued them but soon learned Brandy had inoperable brain cancer. After a week

When SWCR's Cathy Andersen rescued Bear, above, he was a mess -- matted and badly infested with ticks. Cathy nursed him back to health, fell in love and adopted him. Months later, Bear developed a severe, irreversible neurological disease. Rather than allow him to live in pain, Cathy gently let him go. We rescued Laddie from a shelter in Albuquerque. We soon realized something was very wrong and rushed him to a vet. He rallied, then faltered. He was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure, a terminal, painful condition. We had no choice but to say goodbye to this sweet boy.

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Maya turned up on a doorstep in the Chaparral area, near Las Cruces, in late 2001. Her coat was hideously matted and she had a wire coat-hanger around her neck. She had recently had a litter. SWCR's Dory Munder adopted Maya and took her home to El Paso. After Maya died last month Dory wrote, "She was my sweet, stouthearted little girl." Blarney, along with his friend Angus, was rescued from a collector in East Texas. Both collies were in terrible condithey're also the ones who cry when it's time to say goodbye. It's tough duty. Special thanks as well to the American Working Collie Association for helping with medical costs for Annie, Jane, Mickey, Shane, and Paige. Without AWCA's generosity, we could not have saved these wonderful collies.

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Southwest Collie Rescue

Vicky Gann, President Wayne Lewis, Vice President Lee More, Secretary, Treasurer, & newsletter editor Vicki Berry Vicki Loucks Dory Munder Beverly White, Website Manager

Board of Directors

Heartfelt thanks to ...

All the wonderful people who have fostered collies for SWCR. They're the ones who give the medications, clean up the messes, make trips to the vet, and comfort the trembling collie who's afraid of thunderstorms. And

Website: www.nmcollierescue.com E-mail: [email protected] Mailing address

Southwest Collie Rescue 52 Estrada Calabasa Santa Fe, NM 87506

Recent Adoptions

Gorgeous Lilly, right, shares a moment with her buddy Maverick at their home in Amarillo with SWCR members Lisa and Steve Miller.

Beautiful Cara bounds in the snow at her new home in Albuquerque.

When Sebastian was dumped in Amarillo, he was a scared, sick boy, suffering from both ehrlichia and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Now he's happy, healthy, and adored by his new mom in El Paso. Mellow, lovable Leo now lives in Deming with his new mom and best buddy Shorty. Mitzi, right and below left, bonded immediately with new friend Cody, below right, on her first night at home in Corrales. Remember Mickey, the sweet, gentle collie who had been hit by two cars and wound up with a bad leg? She was adopted by her wonderful foster family in Lubbock. Now renamed Maggie, she's a very happy girl.

Sir Lancelot, an exceptionally gentle boy, now lives in Albuquerque with his mom and two cats.

Big, mellow Socks now lives in Los Alamos with a boy of his very own. Sweet Luke hit the jackpot with his terrific family in Hobbs.

Kati, left, once an unwanted stray, now lives in Rio Rancho with best friend Mandi and SWCR's Arlene Starkey.

YES, I wANt to SAvE A CollIE!

I WOULD LIKE TO DONATE $ ________ to bail a collie out of a shelter, groom a matted collie, spay or neuter a collie, or pay a collie's vet bills. I WOULD LIKE TO FOSTER a collie in my home. I have a fenced yard and a lot of love to give! Mail to: Southwest Collie Rescue 52 Estrada Calabasa Santa Fe, NM 87506

Beautiful Blue desperately wanted a human to love. She picked a winner -- SWCR's Beverly White, in Amarillo.

Obi-Wan, rescued in Utah, patiently plays the Easter Bunny for his best friend at their home in Albuquerque.

My Name Is Sam

A terrified collie is transformed

When Sam was rescued in Clovis, NM, he was skinny, skittish, and so terrified of people that he would run and hide from his foster mother. He simply didn't trust humans -- probably for good reason, given his previous experience of the world. Then Sam was adopted by some wonderful people who drove all the way to New Mexico from their home in Wyoming to pick him up. Immediately he bonded with their little boy, and somehow they knew all would be well. Sam's transformation into a happy, confident boy (see photo at right) took a little time, but look at him now! It's hard to believe that this regal-looking collie was once a throwaway, a dog no one cared about or wanted. What made the difference? A lot of love. Plenty of attention. Some training. Good-quality, nutritious food. Patience. More patience. And the warmth and security of a

... and here he is at home in snowy Wyoming, confident and happy.

Here's Sam just after he was rescued ...

happy home where he is treated as a full-fledged member of the family. Inside every rescued collie -- no matter how matted,

covered with ticks or afraid of the world he may be -- is a collie like Sam. All you need is a little imagination and a lot of love.

Website: www.nmcollierescue.org

E-mail: [email protected] Southwest Collie Rescue 52 Estrada Calabasa Santa Fe, NM 87506

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