A Newsletter from Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois
The Collie Nose
Holidays 2015
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CRGI President’s Address/2
Inside: Point and click the titles, or scroll down to see all!
Volunteer Spotlight: Jeana Butler/7
Holiday Pet-Proofing/3
What’s A Farmcollie?/11
Collie Rescue Holiday
Happily Ever After/4-5
George’s Grunts
& Groans/6
Collie Rescue
of Greater Illinois, Inc is:
Board Members:
President and Foster Home Coordinator Susie Moncek,
Treasurer Tina Kiselka, Secretary Caroline Lewis, &
Intake Coordinator Melanie Clawson
Adoption Coordinator: Jeana Butler,
Events Coordinator: Kim Kiselka
Newsletter Volunteers:
Gail Diedrichsen, Sherylee Dodge,
George Hayes, Ellen Keirnan,
Kym McNabney, Dale Mohr,
Madeline Sibon, & Amy Zurita
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2016 Collie Calendars
Wrapping up 2015
It has been an exciting year for Collie Rescue of
Greater Illinois, Inc. We celebrated our 20
Anniversary and Tina Kiselka, the lady who
made it all possible! We have successfully
rescued over 1330 collies, 28 of those were in
2015. Although the number of collies saved this
year was low, the expenses were high. We had an
overabundance of medical issues that
included heartworm treatments, tumor removals,
dental extractions, skin issues, medications and
surgical procedures.
We are already planning next years fundrais-
ing events including our annual bowling event and
family picnic to help cover the cost of rescuing and
rehoming the dogs in need. But we cannot do it
alone! Please consider Collie Rescue of Greater
Illinois, Inc. when making your year-end donations,
so we can continue our work.
We wish you all a healthy and prosperous New
20th Anniversary T Shirts!
~Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois, Inc. will
be closed beginning December 18, 2015 and
will re-open on January 4, 2016.
~Please contact us for emergencies only.
Our directors and volunteers work very hard
all year long. This is their time to spend with
their family, friends and other four-legged
~Our Infoline will only be checked once a
day and respond to emergencies only.
Thank you for understanding.
~And of course, during this time,
any available collie(s) will be spend-
ing Christmas with his/her foster
family, where he/she will enjoy
warmth, abundant love, food, water
and a Christmas tree to share with
humans. NOBODY is in a shelter!
Have a Happy, Healthy & Safe Holiday!
With Love~
Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois, Inc.
Please Note Our Holiday Hours:
President’s Greeting:
Christmas Trees
It is vital to anchor your tree
securely to prevent it from be-
ing knocked down. Consider a
gate or tree skirt over the base
of a real tree, since the water
may contain chemicals or bacte-
Tinsel and Ornaments
Tinsel can be inviting. When
ingested it can lead to obstruct-
ed digestive tracts, vomiting,
dehydration or surgery. Orna-
ments knocked down, and
played with or chewed may
cause internal or external inju-
ries. Secure smaller, more frag-
ile pieces higher on the tree.
Most of us place wrapped gifts
under the tree well before
Christmas. Gifts that contain
tempting scents are best kept
out of reach. If your pet tends to
get into things, consider leaving
off bows and ribbon, both
choking hazards.
Cords and lights
Not only may cords be chewed,
secure them safely to avoid tan-
gled pets. Unplug the tree when
you are not home, use pet-proof
cords, or a spray to deter chew-
ing. Make sure burning candles
are safely located to avoid burns
or fires
Traditional Mistletoe and Holly
are toxic when ingested, caus-
ing nausea, vomiting and diar-
rhea. Mistletoe can also cause
cardiovascular problems.
The holidays often mean a
house full of guests. To keep
pets and guests both safe, con-
fine pets to a separate room
when guests arrive, to avoid in-
appropriate greeting behavior or
door dashing. Inform guests of
things they need to know about
your pet, such as no feeding ta-
ble food, or whether pets are
food aggressive.
Holiday Noise
Have a quiet place for your pet
to escape the noise and com-
motion. A house full of guests
during the holidays can be over-
whelming. New Years Eve can
offer variety of noisemakers,
and even fireworks.
Food and Drinks
In addition to chocolate,
anything sweetened with Xylitol
must not be allowed for pets.
Pieces of gum or candy with
Xylitol would throw a 13
pound dog into severe
hypoglycemia. Ten pieces would
cause liver failure. A little wine
or beer may result in weakness,
coma, or death. Discard bones,
leftovers and garbage out of
reach. Feeding pets before
guests arrive can reduce
New Pets
Its fun to add a new family
member, but it may be better to
wait until holidays are over. A
new pet requires adjustments
and routine – for the animal and
for your family. Tossing these
into the craziness of the
holidays may not be the best
Peace, Love, and
Pet-Proof Decor
The holidays can be a busy time of year with
get-togethers, shopping, and decorating. We don’t
always stop to think about the things we place around
the house as potential hazards to our
furry companions.
By Kym McNabney
Keeping your pet’s routines as close to normal as possible during the holidays will help to
reduce anxiety and help to prevent them from acting out and getting into trouble.
Simply pet-proofing your home can make for safer and happier holidays!
Happily Ever After:
Adopter Karen Bureski claims that the stars aligned when Reno, one of the Tomball, Texas smooth
collies rescued last year, was made available for adoption.
She and her husband were proud owners of River, a female, their original smooth collie, who
was just turning 8 and seemed especially bored at home after a visit with a friend's pack. She truly
seemed to miss the other dogs and activity. For the first time Karen thought about getting a second
dog. So she made out her wish list - a mature smooth collie that wouldn't dominate River - probably
a male. Then she started researching and found the Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois sites and they
decided to visit a pet expo at the Kane County fairgrounds to learn more about Collie Rescue of
Greater Illinois and the adoption process.
After that visit, her husband was still skeptical that another dog was needed, but they started
watching the adoption information and quickly realized how many collies were adopted almost imme-
diately after they appeared on the site. Karen's birthday came and her husband agreed that a sec-
ond dog should be included in their family. That day the 8 Texas Tomballs were introduced on the
CRGI website. Karen spotted Reno and immediately filled out the adoption application. CRGI ar-
ranged for a meeting at Reno's foster home with River.
Because Reno was so skittish and unsure of himself, special care had been taken to build his
confidence and increase his trust in people. Even with this special attention he was still extremely
shy with newcomers. They met him in his territory and let him make the first moves. Then they
brought River into the yard. Reno cowered behind his foster Mom, Maureen Bryson, then he stared
at River, and immediately perked up and it was obvious love at first sight for both of them. River
came to him and immediately became his "Den Mother", letting him know what was an acceptable
Reno joined the Bureski clan and has flourished since. He's been enrolled in obedience clas-
ses and just received his CGC, almost a year after being adopted. He's so intent on pleasing, that
he immediately stops as soon as he enters the house, in the event his paws need to be wiped down.
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Reno’s New Life
Left, Renos CGC Award;
Above, with sister River and the tango bone
By Ellen Keirnan
One lucky day this past spring, a needy blue merle collie named
Kota was released by her owners in Kentucky to Collie Rescue
of Greater Illinois. But the search for even a foster home in the
CRGI network was difficult because of all of the strikes against
First she was a senior - already 11 years old. Second she
had a dollar size tumor on her face which kept her beauty hid-
den. Third she was matted and flea ridden, which also disguised
the fact that she was almost bald. Finally she had many infec-
tions - skin, ears, and mouth abscesses that had tortured her for
a long time. Bringing her back to health would require a special
family willing to devote the time and care that she so desperate-
ly needed. It took 4 months with Susie Moncek's special care to
bring her close to being fostered with hopes for adoption.
Luckily Kathy Hayes, a member of the CRGI family since
its inception 20 year ago, was willing to take on the challenge.
Kathy had fostered over 30 dogs over the years (9 in the last 3
years alone). She and her family had seen all types of collies
from all kinds of situations over the years. What she wasn't pre-
pared for was Kota's loving and patient personality that shone
through all of her terrible afflictions.
Kota first had to be bathed on a daily basis to get rid of
her fleas and yeast infections. Special medicated shampoos
were needed to get those issues under control. Also to be ad-
dressed were the tumor on her face and the abscesses in her
mouth - which resulted in 8 tooth extractions at last count. Little
by little she's come out of her shell - as the infections cleared up
and the wounds healed. However, it became obvious that some-
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Happily Ever After:
It's a behavior he's rewarded for
and which is now so ingrained
that he sometimes doesn't get all
the way into the doorway before
he's in a sit, his tail hanging over
the threshold.
Since Reno is around 3
and River is 8, she makes a point
of controlling any over exuber-
ance with quick barks. However,
they've made up a game that Ka-
ren calls the Collie Tango, using
River's cherished stuffed bone.
They walk side by side through
the house together, until hitting
the end of the hall, then turn
around and reconnect, carrying
the treasure between them. The
dance always makes the Bu-
reski's laugh and is a favorite
Reno's fears regarding
strange noises and sounds dur-
ing home remodeling are being
addressed with desensitization
techniques that include eating
treats laid on top of the electric
drill. Now he's building up his
confidence and testing authority
regularly, while River makes sure
he heeds the important com-
mands, like "come."
Reno has come a long
way in this year, from the trem-
bling 39 lb. Texas Tomball trans-
ported to CRGI, nursed back to
health and now a loving compan-
ion to the Bureski's and River,
who loves having a buddy to
teach and play with her. This win/
win love story has proven that
Reno is certainly one star struck,
lucky dog!
Kota’s Silver Lining
By Ellen Keirnan
Here Come the
By George Hayes
The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving pig-
outs, <groan> Christmas decorating, shop-
ping, wrapping <grunt, groan> New Years Eve
festivities <grunt, groan, shhh>
I think most will agree that Christmas is a won-
derful time and it brings to us happy memories
of holidays past. Our first collie, Winston, was a
beautiful, mahogany, rough sable with a lush fur
coat. He would wear his Santa hat with pride
and enjoyed opening giftsANYONES gifts!
Moving forward 11 years and our Annie keeps
up the tradition, minus the hat. She will wait po-
litely for us to hand her a gift. Shes a dainty
puller, but gets the job done. What she really
prefers is to be out in the cold crisp snow, re-
clined in the middle of her yard, watching the
flakes fall around her. Our regal and beautiful
Annie looks like a royal queen surveying her
realm <sigh>.
Roxy, on the other hand, prefers to be in the
middle of the actionunder the
tree, behind the tree, in the tree!
Shes more like the court jester!
She goes from person to person
as they are opening a gift with a
look of great anticipation OH,
is that for me? Me? ME?...No!
NO! NO!!! Dont give that to the
cat!<groan, hiss>
At the end of another holiday,
well look back and realize weve
collected and stored up cher-
ished memories to last us anoth-
er year and keep us warm all
winter long!
And speaking of memories, what makes holi-
days jollier than a sing-a-long? So everyone
join in…1 and a 2 and a 3:
Roxy, I think we got a hit!
Happy holidays to you, from Grunts &
Collie Ware?
Collie WEAR?
Find fun
CRGI-themed gifts
at the
CRGI Store!
George with his
girls, Annie (left)
and Roxy
Its not an easy job, but Jeana sees her Adoption Coordinator responsibilities as an opportunity.
Jeana is a wife, a mom of three, a collie foster mom, and The CRGI Adoption Coordinator. Shes a
charming, capable, and valued volunteer. The day she happened to wander into Petco during one of
our meet and greets,where she made an immediate connection with Susie Moncek, was our lucky
When a dog has been received into rescue, vetted, groomed, placed in a foster home, and
then deemed ready to be placed up for adoption, Jeana goes to work examining our long list of
adoption applications. Its an intricate game of filtering through information,she says. She knows
theres nothing more important than finding the perfect fit so the adoption sticks and finding that
forever homeis her goal. Communicating with her network of foster home volunteers and working
closely with those who know the dogs best is imperative.
Jeana knows first hand how important it is to find the perfect fit. When her previous dog
Scout, had passed away, she was looking for a new sibling for her remaining collie, Chase. At the
time, her family was fostering Chloe, a small tri whose owner had to move into assisted living.
Jeanas family, especially pre-teen Tommy, wanted Chloe to be THE one. Chloe was perfect and
so sweet... I fell in love with her the minute she walked into my house, as did my son, Tommy. But,
my dog Chase had a very different opinion of Chloe. He wasnt having any part of this bossy little
tricolor and expressed his feelings of protest by blocking her from the water bowl. So, I gave Chloe
her very own bowl— and she guarded that one. There was no friendship. As tough as it was, we ac-
cepted the obvious: Chloe needed a different family.
Jeana laughs as she shares a mother-son moment, My son was very attached to this little
Chloe. I had to say,Tommy, back off dude; this one is NOT staying!We were all happy (even
Tommy) when an application came in from a family looking for a companion dog for a submissive
male sheltie who had lost his dominant sister.Jeana thought it just might work, and indeed it was a
perfect match! Jeana laughs as she explains, The male sheltie had been bossed around by his sis-
ter most of his life and missed being given direction. This bossy collie gave the sheltie a relation-
ship that was exactly what he had been accustomed to.
Jeana explains this is one example of why its SO important to take the existing pets welfare
into consideration when making a placement. Jeana was finally able to add a second dog to her
family and says. Just like many adopters, we waited for the right fit for our family and eventually our
Bayne came along.Chase happily accepted Bayne as his playful brother.
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Jeana Butler
Volunteer Spotlight:
By Gail Diedrichsen
Jeana takes into account the prospective
familys makeup as well as their lifestyle. For
example, Jeana describes a young guy who
contacted her wanting to adopt a puppy. He
lived in the city in an apartment building on the
floor and worked a long day. It would not
have worked. People dont always think these
things through.Jeana knows sometimes people
who rent their homes are also not always aware
of the details of their lease agreements. This is
part of her filteringas she describes it.
There are many reasons an adoption
might not be a perfect fit. Jeana says, When
people lose a dog theyve had for years, often
they MUST have ANY dog right NOW to fill that
emptiness. However, often they are not ready
and if they dont slow down, they may end up
with the wrong fit. Given time to think about it,
they change their minds.
She continues, Then there are the shy
dogs who are looked at by folks with lots of
activekids. I can see whether the dog is hap-
py or comfortable during their visit. That quiet,
shy dog may need an older couple with a quiet
home, while the family with lots of kids needs a
more outgoing confident dog who can play.
She says, The most difficult part of my job is
when I need to tell people its not going work
the match is just not right. I dont want to hurt
anybodys feelings, but at the same time, I need
to do whats right for the dog.
Given some time, Jeana finds that many
people come to their own conclusion and rethink
what they thought they wanted. For the most
part great, caring people who want to do the
right thing contact me. Often, in fact, they want
to help us.Jeana laughs and discloses with
disarming honesty, Even if we dont have a dog
for them, I sneak one in there now and then by
mentioning, You can always help by giving us a
Jeana volunteers because she loves col-
lies and wants to see them rescued, but she also
sees that this gives her an opportunity to be a
good role model for her kids.
Barkley, their beloved first collie, is a fond
memory. From the day we brought Barkley
home at 6 months of age, we knew it would al-
ways be a collie for us.She describes the
quintessential collie who kept an eye on her
daughter from the day he joined the family. My
little girl loved to wander and explore behind the
shed in the backyard. If Barkley couldnt see
her, he would become upset and run back there
and herded her back to the house. He naturally
knew how to protect and herd at 6 months old!
He insisted upon keeping all of his people to-
Today, her 7
grader Tommy, is the one
who seems to especially love the fostered dogs
and he is very interested in animal welfare now
as a result. Jeana explains, Its so important for
kids to understand, We just dont care about
ourselves and video games.My son under-
stands there are thousands of dogs out there in
need and Im happy hes a kind kid with such
empathy. Its so cool to see my son interested
and attached to these dogs.
Jeana says the best part of her job is
hearing feedback from adopters who are happy
with their new collie. Jeana describes a 12- year
-old dog whose owner went into a nursing home
and needed a home. When that dog found a
home, we all celebrated, including my kids. I
would hope if something happened to me, one of
my kids would be willing and want to care for my
dogs. I hope my volunteering has made an im-
Her dedication to helping C.R.G.I. with
placing homeless collies in their forever, loving
homes is appreciated. Her job is very im-
portant and she does it so well.
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Volunteer Spotlight:
Visit us online at
CollieRescue.org and on
Facebook where we enjoy the
company of our adopters,
fans and foster homes!
In May of 2014, I brought home my sweet collie puppy, Clive.
He was a little rambunctious, but I figured that he would grow
out of it as he got older. In some aspects, he did, but it seemed that Clive
just didn't have an off switch! We would get together with my parents and
their dogs, and Clive would keep trying to play with the other dogs when
they had clearly had enough. Even Jackson, my parentscollie who is only
a month older than Clive, would get annoyed with how much Clive wanted
to play with him!
I knew I needed to find a solution. Clive was irritating all of his friends
because he didn't know when to stop, and to be honest, he was irritating
me, too! I would come home and find my couches askew. Clive would get
riled up and jump from couch to couch while
playing with my other collie, Tesla. I was
worried that he was going to hurt himself with all
of his jumping around. I had seen his jumping
first-hand and I have to admit, I was pretty
impressed. While I obviously didn't want to
encourage this behavior, it was clear to me that
it was something that he really enjoyed. I took a
video of the ridiculous jumping and showed it to
my friends one day, and I said look how agile
he is!Thats when I realized the solution:
In July of 2015 we started agility classes at a facility near DeKalb. Clive was very excited to
play with the other dogs when we arrived. When we started exposing the dogs to the equipment and
teaching them how to use it, Clive caught on quickly, showing no fear of the equipment—not even
the teeter! I could see that he was a natural and how he enjoyed it, but I also noticed something
else: it was calming him down! We would go to agility for an hour, and then Clive would fall asleep
on the way home, and he would continue to relax once we got home. This is the same dog who
would play with three other dogs nonstop for hours and then want to play some more. It seemed like
the combination of mental stimulation and physical exertion was just what he needed to unwind.
In September we moved to Plainfield, and I wanted to continue taking him to agility. I looked
for somewhere closer to home and found Lucky Dog Academy. In my first discussion with the owner,
Heather Haggerty, I told Clives story and how hyperactive he was before agility. She asked what
kind of dog he was, and when I said he was a collie, she said that many working dogs have that
problem. She explained that some working dogs have a stronger instinct to do work and that they
need some type of outlet in order to relax.
We currently attend agility classes once a week, and we both absolutely love them. Theyre
hard work for us both, but thats part of the fun! We get a good workout, though Ill admit his is more
intense than mine, and we get to learn together and bond, which I think is really cool! Were still very
new to the agility world, but as we both get more comfortable running agility courses, maybe we will
eventually go to agility trials. I think it would be fun to compete in a trial, but really, the most
important thing is how much it has helped Clive.
The Benefits of Agility
By Amy Zurita
Most of the dogs which Collie Rescue of Illi-
nois, Inc. takes in may well be purebreds, but
sometimes they dont have official papers to
confirm it. Occasionally we take a dog in
that resembles a purebred collie, but almost
certainly is not.
This type of collie is an important
piece of history, as it was once the most
popular dog in the country. They are de-
scendants of versatile dogs, Old Scotch
Collies that were loved by farmers in the
19th and 20
centuries. During that period, it was
this dog that most Americans thought of as a
collie”, although they were quite different from
the AKC collies of today.
In addition to herding, these dogs were
commonly used for guarding livestock and family,
for hunting, and controlling predators. Their du-
ties varied from protecting the baby from snakes
to moving the bull. However, as the focus of
American life moved from the rural homestead to
urban areas and small farms became swallowed
up in urban sprawl, the need for this type of farm
dog gradually diminished. In its place came nu-
merous specialized breeds as companion dogs,
hunting dogs, and guardian dogs.
All-purpose farmcollies can function like
bossy older siblings. They seem to read the
farmers mind as well as the mood of livestock,
resulting in dogs that are outstanding at working
the animals as gently as possible, but with as
much force as necessary. For example, if the
cows break out while the owner is absent, the
dog will drive them back in and sit in the gap until
the owner returns to fix the fence. This is a strong
breeding characteristics for the original Scotch
A farmcollie is not a specific breed. Identi-
fying a dog as a farmcollietypically means they
are the old-time kind of "collie"
that was the predecessor for the
modern collie we recognize to-
day. The American Working
Farmcollie Association calls them Old Farm
Tina Kiselka, founder of CRGI, describes
them as the old-fashioned collie that was bred
for herding and working on a farm with livestock.
With some dogs that have come into our rescue
we determine if the dog is still considered a collie.
These dogs are more farm bredor look more as
if they came from a backyard breeder.They do
not have the look of the collie we are accustomed
to seeing in show rings. This doesnt mean they
are not good, healthy dogs who deserve to be
adopted by a loving family.She explains, Over
a years time we may receive 1% of dogs that we
agree are not purebreds and thus could be con-
sidered a farmcollietype.
Usually a little lower to the ground and
with hair not as profuse as we see on todays col-
lies, the farmcollie has a noticeably different ap-
pearance that sets them apart from the standard
collie. The head may be broader, the ears more
widely set and more tipped. Noses may be wider
and less pronounced than the modern collie ex-
hibits. This kind of collie can have various defini-
tions, including:
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by Dale Mohr
What is the
thing was still wrong - as her immune system was so com-
promised that she had become allergic to almost all foods
and the environment.
After much searching, Kathy found a food that agreed
with Kota and now her coat is starting to grow in. The solu-
tion seems to be a kangaroo and lentil mix that doesn't trig-
ger any food allergy reactions. However, contact with
leaves or grass still caused her to break out in hot spots, so
the dreaded cone became part of her normal life, especially
when she was left alone, even for short periods of time.
Luckily boredom is not an issue for Kota, as her new com-
panion family includes Silver, a blue merle senior and Sully, a tri-color collie, both CRGI foster fail-
ures for Kathy. The boys were happy to welcome her, and even Nemo, the "Pomeranian Collie
Wannabe" provided her with the companionship she needed along with constant activity.
Now a new allergy medicine just on the market seems to be the final piece of the allergy puz-
zle for Kota. Kathy and her vet worked hand in hand to find a better solution than steroids and anti-
biotics. Kota's coat is now filling in with curly fur.
Kota may be a senior, but she doesn't show signs of arthritis, and her daily walks have been extend-
ed from 1/2 block to 1/4 mile. While Kota is not the most coordinated of collies (she has trouble with
even one or two stairs and runs with a rather strange sideways gait), she is one of the most loving,
sweet girls that Kathy has encountered. She still hasn't found her voice (no barking from a collie is
unusual), but she has found her final home and Kathy is inspired that this animal, who was so miser-
able for so long, is still such a trusting, patient soul, and she is thankful that Kota has come
into her life.
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Any collie-like dog that lives on a farm, and/or does farm work
such as herding, guarding and pest control.
A dog of the Scotch Collie type that works livestock in a loose-
eyed style.
The remnants of the original Scotch Collie from which the Aus-
tralian Shepherd and English Shepherd breeds derived.
A rough collie of an old fashioned look that does not meet cur-
rent interpretations of the breed standard. Farmcollies are
sometimes called Scottish Collies because of this distinct look.
In the 1980s a few people who remembered the versatile original dogs began a search to see if any
of them still existed. This type of dog almost became extinct, but a few individuals were found. An
effort was then launched to locate other descendants of the Scotch Collie that retained various in-
stincts of the original collie dogs. This has become the primary purpose of the American Working
Farmcollie Association (AWFA) that was born in 1998.
For more information, see the AWFA website: http://www.farmcollie.com/
Also see the website of the Old-Time Scotch Collie Association, http://www.scotchcollie.org/
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