A Newsletter from Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois
The Collie Nose
Senior Appreciation Edition/ February 2015
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Celebrating Seniors
Featuring Everything You Never
Suspected About Adopting An Older
PLUS- Important Spring Health Reminders
In This Issue...
The Win-Win Decision:
Senior Portraits
Volunteer Profile–
Caroline Lewis
The Dog I Never Wanted
Georges Grunts &
Teaching an Old Dog
New Tricks
MDR1 Mutation &
Collie Health
Texas Pupdate 11
Come on in and take a look around!
The Win-Win
Kathy Hayes opens her heart and caring home to collies
needing a temporary place until they can be adopted. She
has fostered many dogs of all ages, including seniors. This
wise and wonderful ladys gentle spirit and kindness is ap-
parent as she shares her story.
I do love the senior dogs. Though Ive fostered each age
group, I usually fail when it comes to the seniors. The one I
have had for almost a year now is Silver. Hes a beautiful, 9½ year-old blue merle, who came to
be fostered, as his senior owner was no longer able to care for him. I had lost my blue, Smokey,
only five days previous, and I wasn't sure I could foster another so soon. But Silver's patience,
sweetness and love guided me through those days. He had been an only dog, but soon he was
happily sharing his dog bed with my Pomeranian under the watchful eyes of my tri-color col-
lie. The trio soon became one and together start each morning with a mile walk around the
I learned Silvers previous owner was very worried about him, so I decided to give her a
call to reassure her. This led to some photo sharing and eventually, months later, I arranged a
surprise visit with her daughters help. I didn't know how Silver would react, but I knew his elder-
ly previous owner was grieving his loss, so I wanted to do this for her. I thought if she could see
where he lived and know he was okay, it would put her heart at ease. When daughter and mom
arrived, Silver greeted them at the car. His previous owner cried. Silver welcomed them into the
house, where he showed off his bed and new friends. When it came time for them to leave, Silver
graciously said goodbye and watched as they backed out of the drive and drove away. He
was amazing and so was she. Most importantly, she had been given peace of mind: Silver was
safe and loved in his new home with me. We keep in touch and I can't thank her enough for this
wonderful senior! Since then, Silver, Sully, Nemo, and I have fostered other collies, and they've
welcomed each of them.
A senior dog is a real treasure, a product of previous experiences, love and loss. This is
someone who wants to spend time with YOU to take a walk or simply lie next to you so you can
pet them and talk. He is not judgmental. If you want to take a nap or decide to watch the late
movie, he is willing company. Hes happy to greet your visitors and make your family his own.
I've seen senior dogs that have previously lived in only-dog households, like Silver, enjoy
newfound canine friends. They play and adjust beautifully. They have great adaptability, a huge
capacity for forgiveness and great heart. Humans could learn a lot from them. Every day is greet-
ed with enthusiasm and a wag of the tail.
Adopting a senior dog is definitely a win-win decision. However, when we bring a puppy
home, we think about the 12 years or so well be hearing those joyful barks and seeing nose
prints on the patio door. With the senior dog, each year is precious, and sometimes God calls
them home in a matter of years. Through time, I've lost dogs suddenly at age 6 and others at
13. Even if the joy of sharing our lives with a senior dog gives us less time with them, the joy is so
enduring that I encourage people to not rule the seniors out when looking to adopt.
I've made one request of God: When He calls me home, I ask to be one of the caretakers of
The Rainbow Bridge so I can hug and thank each of these wonders for their unending love and ser-
Celebrating Seniors:
Senior Portraits
by Gail Diedrichsen
(Continued on Pg 3)
Silver with Sully
Tom and Caryn McAndrews
adopted Mae and Chase, who are
both older collies. Happy to share
thoughts about their rewarding ex-
perience, Caryn says: We have had
Mae for six months now and have enjoyed watching her relax and show
her personality! Older dogs need plenty of time to adapt to new sur-
roundings and routines, but they are amazingly willing to go with the
flow of a new household. Mae seemed to benefit from having two other
dogs in the house, Chase and Rusty, to help show her the ropes; espe-
cially because her hearing is so poor, and obvious cataracts impair her
vision. As she relaxed and became confident that we would feed her and
show her affection, she has displayed a funny, playful side. She loves to
"help" me make the bed in the morning, and participates as a cheerlead-
er when we play games with our youngest dog, Rusty. She also enjoys
chewing a hard toy bone for a few minutes each afternoon before nap-
time. She loves to be outside, sniffing the ground and watching for mov-
ing objects, such as squirrels and crows overhead. We don't take Mae for
long walks, as it would be too hard on her poor legs, but she can move
freely about in our fenced yard. She can't do stairs between floors, but
can manage the three wide steps to get in and out of the house. She is
housebroken in that she does her business outdoors willingly, but we
must be sure to take her outdoors regularly and monitor her for signs that she needs to go. Hav-
ing an older dog is in some ways like having a pup, in that we have to keep an eye on her
"toileting," and when we do, all is well.
We knew that adopting Mae would not be a long term commitment, and that we will even-
tually need to face losing her too soon, but as Tom has said, she has been so rewarding to have in
our lives, because she seems so appreciative of her life in her forever home. Mae and Chase, our
other senior, are both a blessing.
(Continued on page 4)
Dawn and Jim Ziegler, dedicated volunteers, have fos-
tered many collies. Theyre what we affectionately refer
to as foster-failures,a term used when a dog goes into a
foster home, but never comes out. Guilty of falling in love
and adopting their own fosters, they now share their home
with three collies. Their most recent addition is Mollie.
Dawn shares her take on adopting a senior: Mollie will be
9 in March. We fostered and then adopted her last spring,
which of course, made her 8 at the time. The senior dogs are
just so sweet and laid back. They're obviously way past the
puppy stage, beyond the high-energy activity level of the
younger adolescent dogs, etc. They actually even seem more
appreciative of things! Even walks are different with a senior
dog. The younger ones tend to want a fast paced walk and
could go forever, whereas the seniors are happy to just really
enjoy a nice, unrushed, leisurely stroll, even if its just around
the block. The seniors are wise, and understand so much by
the time they've reached an older age. Their calm contented-
ness and overall "wholeness" of love can't be topped! We obvi-
ously don't know how much time we're going to get with them
when we adopt a senior dog, but just knowing that we've given
them the opportunity to thoroughly enjoy their "golden years"
is an amazing feeling. They give back so much love in return!
They truly have hearts of gold!
(Seniors, from pg 2)
Pam Schafers family adopted one of our rescued eight from Tex-
as. Bart is an older dog, and he is not her first adopted senior dog.
With heartfelt words, she shares her unique experience:
Puppies are cute and cuddly and full of energy, so people tend to
overlook the older ones. But along with puppies comes the need for a lot
of patience and training. But, that cute, cuddly, and happy energetic
personality is still in those older ones. Just because they show a little
wear and tear: don't count those oldies out! Bart reminds us of this more
and MORE every day with some of the antics he comes up with!
I love the older face and that look of I need LOVE TOOin their
eyes. Many older rescues have seen and experienced so much sorrow.
With Bart's situation, the look of sadness and loss on his face had me
from the first photo I saw of him. I knew right then he belonged with us
and we belonged with him. Hes changed since we adopted him, and
these changes let us know everyday that he accepts and LOVES us as his
FOREVER. For me, the best part of adopting older dogs?...they come
ready to be your VELCRO friend as if they know they need you and you
need them.
Houston Collie Rescue contacted me and asked me if he is still a LOVE SPONGE and a LEAN-
ER. They said, From the moment he arrived at Camp Collie, he was ONE BIG LOVE SPONGE even
after all he had lived through.I'm happy to say he's become even MORE of a LOVE SPONGE and
LEANER now. We cannot go too far without turning around and THERES BART! We have two res-
cued cats as well. Bart has learned that Lil Joey is user-friendly, however Charlie only tolerates
him to a point before he reminds BART, I'M BOSS OVER YOU COLLIE BOY!
Every dog deserves love and care, no matter their age. No matter how short or long a time
the dog is in my life, I'll remember them as MY BABY who I LOVED and how privileged I was to
have been their MOM.
(Seniors, from page 3)
Ruth and Bradley Baker
have fostered and adopted
many senior collies. They
enjoy the seniors and feel
they are mellow and less
active. This suits their
lifestyle and they want to
do a good deed. As Ruth
In my mind, adopting
a senior dog means that you
are doing a good deed. This
is called a mitzvah in Juda-
ism. Not everyone runs out
to adopt the older dogs, but
we did.
We adopted a total of
eight collies from CRGI. We
have lost six over the years -
four in the last three
years. We even adopted,
after fostering, Bethie and
Gable, a bonded pair, at
age 10. We have only had a
few 3 year-olds out of the
eight, and we currently
have Gael at 9 and Cinna-
mon at what we think to be
7. Gael and Cinnamon real-
ly stick together and they
make cute sisters.
The older ones suit
our life style. We are not
the type to run with the
dogs and only a few of our
dogs have liked to play ball
or with toys.
The Seniors are very
loving and want and de-
serve to have a family.
Celebrating Seniors
grew up in the Lassie Generation
and I had a collie as a pet when I was a
child. I always knew I would have a
collie again someday. A few years ago,
I found myself without a dog for the first time
in my life. Here was my chance to have THE
perfect sable-and-white, female, Lassie-dog I
had always wanted. I am not a puppy person,
so I wanted to rescue a dog about 2 years old.
The day I received a call from the Intake
Coordinator of Collie Rescue inquiring as to
whether I would consider fostering a 10-year-
old tri- collie, I thought, I cannot say NO to a
dog in need.BUT this dog was nothing like
the dog I wanted and a far cry from the perfect
collie I had always dreamed of. All that went
through my mind at that moment was, Great,
this dog is SO old, nobody is going to want her
and I will be stuck with her forever.
ANDIndeed I was! I fell in love immedi-
ately and adopted her. She was the dog I never
knewI wanted. She was perfect in every
way. I needed her and she needed me. We
were mutually stuck onone another, our
bond tight. She even successfully converted my
better half from a non-dog-loving person (and
certainly not a collie person) to a pile of collie-
loving mush. When the time came, sadly we
had to say goodbye to our sweet baby girl. Two
-and-one-half-years was not nearly long enough
to love her, but we would not do anything dif-
ferently if we had it to do over again. She was
my baby girl and always will be. I know the
next time I see my Jeannie, she will cross Rain-
bow Bridge running like the wind to greet me
as we are happily reunited. This old dog whom
I had been stuck with, inspired me to continue
working with rescue dogs. She is why I do what
I do today.
After having her in his life, my better
halfs love for collies stuck too. Because of her,
hes a supportive partner and a devoted volun-
teer as well. I will never be able to thank her
enough for the gifts she gave us. Jeannie
taught me a valuable
lesson: You dont
always get what you
ask for. But thats
okay, because you
will always get what
you need.
Until I see you again
sweet girlkeep
those youngsters in
line up there. Run
Susie Moncek,
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Celebrating Seniors
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Good Medicine:
DO Try New Tricks
With Your Old Dog
By Dale Mohr
Most of you have heard, You cant teach
an old dog new tricks,which is actually not
true. Michelle Mullins, a professional trainer,
explains why this old adage is in direct conflict
with another: You are never too old to learn.
Mullins believes that you CAN and
SHOULD teach old dogs new tricks. It's true that
some aspects of aging
may slow learning, but
continuing to learn new
things keeps the mind
sharp and greatly increas-
es the quality of life for
any species, including
that of humans. We usu-
ally consider collies "old"
when they reach the
range of 8 - 10 years old,
which corresponds to an
age range of about 60 -
75 years for humans. (See
www.pedigree.com for a collie/human age cal-
culator and more info).
Your loving pet enjoys a bond with you
and there is no reason it should diminish as they
age. We tend to do less with our pets as they
get older – for example, they may get fewer and
shorter walks and less time playing ball, fetch,
Frisbee, or other more rigorous games. But
teaching and performing tricks is beneficial for
pets of all ages because it provides mental stim-
ulation and appropriate low-impact physical ac-
tivity. It doesnt matter whether or not youve
trained your pet before – start today, especially
if your training partner is a senior!
You will want to consider both the physi-
cal and cognitive issues pertaining to your older
dog when choosing what behaviors to teach. It's
wise to check with your veterinarian. Since
some limitations are associated with your dogs
normal aging process, regular preventative
health checkups are a must. Good communica-
tion with your dogs veterinarian will help you
better understand your older dogs
needs, prevent future problems, and
treat any current ones.
Performing tricks is enjoyable and ex-
tremely useful for both dog and owner. Besides,
the learning process and time spent with the
dog forms a strong relationship between you and
your canine companion.
Dog tricks are not much different from a
person performing gymnastics, doing algebra,
dancing or playing the piano – all learned physi-
cal and mental skills can be practiced to some
degree of perfection. Moreover, dog tricks are
similar to basic obedience commands. Although
a lot of dogs perform obedience exercises more
reliably than tricks, many dogs have more fun
performing tricks. Tricks should be as precise
and reliable as obedience. Therefore, the same
rules should apply for teaching dog tricks as for
basic obedience.
How often do we see dogs fail to "sing" or
"speak" on late-night television Stupid Pet
Tricks? How often do we see dogs require six re-
quests before they decide to rollover and play
dead? Whether it's a trick or basic manners, the
dog should be trained to do
it on the first request. If a
football quarterback re-
quired six requests from the
coach to execute the right
play, he would soon be in
the doghouse and be given a
sit-stay on the bench.
The good thing about
watching a dog perform
tricks is that everybody
smiles, laughs and giggles —
the best reward of all. In
fact, in no time, performing
the trick becomes the re-
ward in itself, i.e., the trick becomes self-
reinforcing, and becomes a reward for other ex-
ercises. Asking the dog to "Give us a hug" is a
great reward for a good down-stayon greet-
ings, and allowing the dog to jump through our
arms becomes a rewarding finale for a lightning
When you're thinking of tricks to teach
your senior collie, there are many to choose
from. A good list is: run through your legs,
speak, high five, dance with a wiggly butt,
shake, walk backwards, put away your toys,
catch a toy, drop the toy, bow, kiss, cover up
with a blanket, get your leash, fetch a ball, go
to a place. If your dog's physical health is
sound, you might also try: sit up, rollover, or
crawl. It's important to know your dog's capabil-
ities and not push them too far and cause inju-
ry. As you read this list, you may want to add
your own.
As with obedience training, try to keep
your verbal command a one or two-syllable
word. This makes it easier for them to under-
stand what youre asking of them. Keep training
(Continued on page 7)
Celebrating Seniors
The Dog I Never Wanted
was our first foster collie,
Her owner brought her
a dreadful mess of matted fur.
Another casualty of war –
divorced from each other,
They had no more room for her in their hearts.
Thanks to heartworm and human indifference
She was very sick for months but rallied,
And never lost her sense of humor.
Although I may have – once or twice.
Not charming to look at, she seemed
Hardly a collie at all –
shaven, pudgy and short.
In her Elizabethan collar,
with one leg bandaged,
She looked like a mutant canine snow cone.
The Dog I Never Wanted
flunked adoption.
Not once, but twice.
The last family called her vicious.
And so she came waddling home”,
Once again10 pounds overweight,
with a bad back.
Rescue Clubs have rules,
and so a choice,
To keep her as our own,
or have her put to sleep…..
I didnt want another dog, but —
put her down? Thats no choice at all.
The Dog I Never Wanted
Was an eager teacher, a reluctant student,
Never without her own opinion,
Never hesitant to lend its voice.
The Dog I Never Wanted
Loved her humans, her cats and her dogs.
She blessed us with ten years of total devotion.
Accompanied by frequent
deafening commentary.
The Dog I Never Wanted, died today.
We buried her behind the house, Where, in
happier days, She rolled in the grass,
waving her paws at the sky, Barking at what,
only God knew
And I realized in the sudden silence,
That the only thing I really want
Is to have her back
For Sasha
sessions short – around five minutes. Always end on a high note – if the five
minutes are almost up, and your dog is doing well, stop then. Try not to wait until your dog is no
longer interested or becomes frustrated.
As I read about older collies without homes, I wish I could foster every one of them. Several
rescues, such as NorCal Collie Rescue (calcollierescue.org) have special funds for seniors that end
up in rescue. NorCals fund is appropriately called The Angel Fund”. These older collies, who end
up homeless, deserve so much better than spending their latter days in a dog shelter or humane
society. Fortunately, our organizations seniors have found great homes.
Seniors deserve all the extra care, attention, and affection they crave that a loving home
can give. Keeping their minds and bodies as fit as possible is part of that care. It becomes a re-
warding experience for all involved to play with your dog! So, have a good time! Enjoy! Have fun
teaching your old dog new tricks! Learning is sure to improve your senior dog's mind and body.
(Tricks, from page 6)
Christa McElroy, fellow collie lover, and volunteer for Tri-County Collie Rescue in Michigan,
says, My Sasha was my first ever fostered collie. Ive had many fosters since.
I still miss the little minx.
Thanks, Christa for allowing us to share your tribute to Sasha in our senior edition of
The Collie Nose.
Celebrating Seniors
By Kym McNabney
Caroline Lewis started with Collie Res-
cue of Greater Illinois inc. in September of
2000. She first got the idea to volunteer
when she spotted a notice in the paper about
the organizations appear-
ance at a PetSmart. When
she later passed the annual
picnic site on Royce Road in
Naperville, living just down
the road, she decided to
stop to see what was going
on and stayed for the next
15 years.
She has transported,
fostered, and serves on the
board of CRGI as Secretary.
She is part of the fund raising, and any-
one who has attended the picnics is
drawn to the raffle table. The picnic is
one of our biggest fundraiser, and that
in part is due to Carolines dedication to insur-
ing the raffle table is stocked with great prizes
beautifully displayed. She and her husband are
dedicated to helping set up and tear down the
picnic each year.
Caroline may not own a collie, but ani-
mals are her life. She raises guinea pigs, shows
them, and even won Best of Variety at the Na-
tional Convention Show. She has sold guinea
pigs from Alaska to Florida, and is considered
one of the top Dutch American Breeders in the
U.S. and Canada. Besides guinea pigs, Caroline
has owned a variety of dogs of many breeds.
One of Carolines fondest memories of
Collie Rescue is when the organization would
participate in the Chicagoland Pet Show at Ar-
lington Park Racetrack. The volunteers manning
the booth would make a weekend of it. She
fondly remembers it as a great time of fun and
Caroline says, I have fostered just over
50 Collies. I have a photo album to remember
all of them.
I have had both
genders, all coats,
all ages, and all col-
ors. My favorites are
the roughs with lots
of white because they
remind me of my
first, Leo. I have nev-
er been tempted to
keep one, as I went
into it with the atti-
tude that I was only
keeping the collie
for someone else.
The best part of fos-
tering for me was
always the day the
dog went to a forev-
er home. Seeing the
joy on the faces of
the kids, and adults
alike, as they adopt-
ed their new dog,
was rewarding.
Ask fellow volun-
teers about working with Caroline: Treasurer,
Tina Kiselka says, Caroline is, and has been, a
huge asset to CRGI and we hope that she will
continue in her relationship with our organiza-
Volunteer, Gail Diedrichsen, praises Car-
olines work and dedication. "Whenever I attend
a CRGI event conducting a raffle-fundraiser, I
am always so impressed by how beautifully dis-
played the items are on our raffle table. The
baskets are more desirable when the contents
are partnered with the right variety of items.
Caroline works hours collecting and preparing
and her efforts show. She's one of those volun-
teers who works devotedly behind the scenes.
She does much of the work at home and then
the baskets appear at our events magically, or
so it seems. She makes it look so easy, but we
all know it isnt. She also writes the organiza-
tions required thank you notes. This is an im-
portant job. Our supporters need to know they
are appreciated and Caroline lets them know
with just the right words. Its important that we
recognize Caroline and let her know how much
(Continued on page 9)
Volunteer Profile:
Caroline Lewis:
CRGI Secretary
Caroline at her
picnic raffle table.
February is when we all are
reminded of valentines and love.
With such good thoughts in mind, my
attentions are drawn to those I love
and care about most.
Naturally, my wife, kids, &
grandchildren head my list. But my
wonderful collies, Annabel and Roxy
who are a very big part of my every-
day life, make my shortlist as well.
[grunt] Wait!How and when did I
get so old that I have grandchildren?
So, when this distinguished,
older guy feels all this love and ado-
ration, Im inspired to create a valentine dedi-
cated to the furry friends in my house. (Roxy
asked if this includes the cat. NO Roxy! The cat
is NOT included.)
L is for loyalty, a collie trait.
O is for obedience, a collie ability.
V is for vibrant, a collie flair.
E is for elegance, a collie given.
No matter how we get them; raggedy, matted,
medical problems: collies have this elegance
about them that is just amazing.
One letter that should be added is
R for RescueThere is no word more
powerful, because this is what all the caring
volunteers of CRGI do year-round out of love!
I am sending all of you at Collie Rescue of
Greater Illinois a valentine:
LOVE you for the work you do, LOVE you for
the joy you bring to dogs and humans alike.
Signed: One Lucky Human
In the next edition of Grunts & Groans I will try
to write an acrostic poem for Antidisestablish-
mentarianism. [groan!] or maybe not.
Grunts &
~A Valentine
By George Hayes
we appreciate her contributions."
President and Foster Home
Coordinator, Susie Moncek says,
Caroline attends every meeting
and takes notes, keeping us orga-
nized. She is most certainly the
voice of reason on our board of
directors. No matter what deci-
sions need to be made or what
topic is being discussed, Caroline
is always the level headed one
who takes time to think things
Its volunteers, like Caro-
line Lewis, that make CRGI what
it is today. Thank you, Caroline,
for your many years of service.
(Caroline, from page 8)
Look for registration info on
our website soon!
Lanes are limited so reservation is required!
March 29,
12-4:00 pm
Fox Bowl
1101 Butterfield Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187
Collie Crystal Bowl
Annual Bowl-A-Thon Info
The Month of March:
Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois, Inc
Annual Wellness Clinic Month
Held at Glen Ellyn Animal Hospital
21 South Park Blvd, Glen Ellyn, 60137
630.469.7400 from March 1-30, 2015
Registration and full details on collierescue.org
Critical Collie Health
MDR1 Mutation & Parasite Prevention
By Amy Zurita
As hard as it may be to believe, warm weather is right around the corner, which means
that, unfortunately, so are parasites. The safest choice is to keep your pets protected from heart-
worm, fleas, and ticks year-round, but for those who choose to take a break from prevention dur-
ing the frigid winter months, now is the time to start back up again! Remember, it is easier to
prevent these parasites than it is to treat them. Fleas and ticks can cause problems for the whole
family, not just animals. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, which can be transmitted to both animals
and humans, and fleas can easily cause an infestation in the home, prompting costly extermina-
tion. Heartworm disease comes from mosquitos; the treatment for heartworm disease is very
costly, and the disease itself can be very dangerous to your pet. As you take steps to prevent
these parasites, be sure that you are preventing them safely.
Washington State University (WSU) states that 70% of collies have the MDR1 drug sensitivity
mutation, a mutation that causes adverse reactions to common drugs, including
ivermectin, a drug commonly found in heartworm medication. If you are unsure
whether or not your collie has the MDR1 mutation, it is safest to avoid ivermec-
tin and use heartworm medications such as Sentinel Spectrum, which combines
heartworm and flea and tick prevention in one easy chew-tab, or Interceptor,
which is currently only available through websites outside of the United States.
These drugs are safe to use on MDR1 mutant dogs and will help keep your furry
companions safe from heartworm disease.
You can test your collie for the MDR1 mutation by requesting a DNA testing kit from the
WSU website, and after following the easy instructions included in the kit, mail the samples back
to WSU to test for a fee. The test is easy to do yourself, but your vet can help you if you have any
hesitations. If you choose not to test your dog for the mutation, be sure to avoid any drugs that
may cause adverse reactions in your dog. WSU has a list of problem drugs for MDR1 mutant dogs
on their website at http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-vcpl/drugs.aspx .
Collie Health Features
Mark Your
Digging Up Dirt Could Spell TROUBLE!
By Gail Diedrichsen Our beautiful newsletter heading depicts some of our senior
collies in a bed of tulips. Our newsletter artist, Madeline Sibon, has celebrated springtime with a
vibrant splash. When planted in the fall, tulip bulbs do erupt in beautiful spring blooms. But many
dogs are natural diggers and may unearth bulbs as they lie dormant, any time of the year. Be vig-
ilant and do not let your dog eat them. These bulbs are dangerous for canine chewers! According
to the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center, The scientifically named Tulipa speciescontain
the toxic principles Tulipalin A and BThe bulb carries the most Tulipalin A and B.
Dr. Karen Becker, a veterinarian with MercolaHealthyPets.com, explains, The leaves and
flowers of tulips are not poison, but the bulbs can cause dogs to have mouth and throat irritation.
Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and drooling. The last may be a little difficult to spot in a
dog that is already a heavy drooler, so watch for changes in drooling patterns. Heart rate and
breathing are also affected, but usually only occur when dogs eat large quantities.
Dental Health Tips for Aging Dogs
Senior dogs, especially collies due to the shape
of their mouths, often have dental issues. Its
important to brush your dogs teeth and get
regular checkups. According to VCA, there are
10 signs to watch for. These could mean
your collie has dental disease.
1. Bad breath
2. Drooling
3. Pawing at mouth
4. Change in eating habits
5. Not allowing face/mouth to be touched
6. Swelling on the cheeks or below eyes
7. Draining face wound
8. Sneezing
9. Runny nose
10. Weight loss
Collie Health Features
Neighbors phoned in yet another disturbing report. Would the dreadful
mystery ever be solved? Who was dumping these cadavers, always collies, in
the same field at the end of their quiet street? Dragged into
the tall weeds and left to slowly sink into the earth, the dogs
appeared time and time again leaving the neighborhood with
a justifiably uneasy feeling. Where had they come from?
Who could be so heartless?
Miles away from the field, investigators answered
complaints from alarmed residents of another neighbor-
hood. A horrific stench and loud barking surrounded a well
fortressed home. Neighbors said they knew something very
wrong was happening behind that fence, but the kennels
and out buildings were well hidden. One neighbor said, "You
think there's misery in there, but we can't see anything."
Once the authorities responded to the complaints, ob-
taining a court order to inspect the property, they entered
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Texas 8
Pup-date &
Shout out to
Houston Collie
And Speaking of HEALTHY...
By Gail Diedrichsen
the home. The
mystery of the
collie graveyard,
miles down the
road, was solved
with such sad-
ness. The home-
owner, an eye
doctor, had been
hoarding count-
less collies for
years, allowing
them to live in
deplorable condi-
tions and breed
When one of the
doctors many
dogs died, as they often did, she needed a se-
cretive way to dispose of the remains; the se-
cluded field was conveniently located on her
way to the clinic.
The unbelievable situation seemed insur-
mountable when the responsibility of removing
and caring for the dogs fell to Houston Collie
Rescue. Texas dog attorney, Zandra Anderson,
described: "They smell to high heaven. A lot of
them are covered in urine and feces. Some of
them have mats as big as baseballs." Vickey
Willard, President of Houston Collie Rescue,
said: What really got to me was discovering
what we referred to as the dungeon.She de-
scribed a filthy garage where the worst of the
dogs were caged in darkness 24/7, with no
fresh air and little food and water. Vickey con-
tinued: The dogs were found living with their
own excrement in dire straights. The stench
was overwhelming. They were covered with
skin lesions, very underweight, and in need of
immediate acute medical care. It broke my
As described in our
previous edition, the dogs
were removed and taken to
a makeshift triage facility
dubbed, Camp Collie,by the many dedicated
volunteers who pitched in to help. The dogs
were sorted, numbered, tagged, and evaluat-
ed by veterinarians to plan for their medical
needs. Some of the collies were pregnant,
many had mange, and several had heartworm.
Ironically, many of the dogs had eye infections.
An incredibly demanding challenge had present-
ed itself to Houston Collie Rescue and what
they accomplished is nothing short of a miracle.
These dogs deserved a second chance, and
HCRs volunteers were determined to give each
and every one just that!
The exhausted volunteers, who, in some
cases, are still caring for these collies, are true
heroes. Vickey Willard, President, has spent
hours in court, with a determined conviction to
stop the doctor from ever having an opportuni-
ty to repeat her unacceptable, inhumane
crime. While Vickey made court appearances,
her team of hardworking volunteers got to
work, caring for the dogs, logging in countless
hours of dirty, hard work.
Houston Collie Rescue is thankful for
your support, and your continued donations are
appreciated. As one can imagine, this ordeal
was a VERY expensive venture. Many organiza-
tions, including ours, offered a helping hand, so
these collies have ended up in all parts of the
The physical scars only began to describe
the damage. Emotional scars created rehabili-
tative needs as diverse as the dogs themselves.
Each dog progressed at their own pace as all
were affected by their past neglect differently.
The good news - most have been placed in lov-
ing homes.
Our eight collie boys were lucky to have
Scott Schager and Chris Hill transport them to
Illinois. Once here and placed in foster homes,
their transformation began. Featured in our
Newsletter Holiday Edition, our Texans have
touched our hearts and continue to do so.
Many of our readers have requested an update
on our Lone Star Eight.Susie Moncek says,
Sharing an update is a pleasure and their sto-
ries remind us of why we rescue - So collies
who have had a tough past can live happily ever
(Pupdate, from page 11)
But that was then. . . . Take a look at us NOW-
See the next page for our
individual updates!
Bart is now being
spoiled as every collie
should be, and some of
us would like to think he
deserves the extra pam-
pering just a little bit
more. After all, he was
the elder of our group
and endured that hell
longer than the others.
Cappy was one of the
most shut-down and
scared collies we had ever
seen. You could see his
obvious fear of humans,
but now his eyes tell you
he yearns to be close. He
has been enrolled in a
program, called A Sound
Beginning, and has loving
fosterers. He is still a work in progress, but has
come a long way.
Clooney is the comedi-
an of the group. There is
one in every crowd! He
was born to make peo-
ple smile. Hes a natural
stand up.
Houdini is our little
bundle of energy and so
smart! You can literally
see the wheels turning
in his little head while
he tries to figure things
Pierre is our shy little
sweetheart. His fear and
confusion of people and
new surroundings has
transitioned to a desire
to feel the warm touch
of a humans hand. He
thoroughly enjoys an ear
Mickey is our silly boy.
Hes always been the
brave one, first to say
hello and beg for a treat
from his new human
friends. Hes become
his moms love and en-
joys greeting the neigh-
Sweet Sammy has the
perfect mix of personali-
ty and charm. He is as
sweet, as he is goofy,
with a natural curiosity
about his new adventure
outside of Texas.
Reno is the Prancer.
You could tell he had
never seen a toy before.
When he thinks nobody
is looking, he prances
around with a toy in his
mouth with the look of
pure happiness on his
face. Only a rescue
dog, who never played
before, can feel such
Collie Rescue of Greater
Illinois, Inc is:
Board Members: President and Foster Home
Coordinator Susie Moncek,
Treasurer Tina Kiselka,
Secretary Caroline Lewis,
Adoption Coordinator Michelle Rogers.
Intake Coordinator: Melanie Clawson
Newsletter Volunteers: Gail Diedrichsen,
Sherylee Dodge, George Hayes,
Ellen Kiernen, Kym McNabney, Dale Mohr,
Madiline Sibon, Amy Zurita
We hope you enjoyed this
edition of CRGI’s newsletter-
Thanks for reading!