A Newsletter from Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois, Inc.
The Collie Nose
Summer 2017
In this issue:
Throughout this online newsletter, watch for clickable links to more
information! The text will be in color, and underlined.
There’s No Place Like Home - 2
Celtic Sisters Find a Silver Lining - 5
Dog Sports Part I - 6
Did You Know? - 9
MDR1 - 10
Remembering Brad Zandstra - 13
Grunts and Groans - 14
Volunteer Spotlight: Ewa Jankowski - 15
Adopting a Shy Dog - 17
There’s No Place Like Home - Gail Diedrichsen
Alone and wandering down the shoulder of a highway, she trudged along. Unconcerned cars and big loud
trucks zoomed past. She was cold, wet and famished and her matted coat provided no comfort from the
bitter wind. It had been too long since she had something to eat, but she smelled something tempting
down in the ditch. She was so hungry. Her old arthritic legs were aching, but she hobbled to the bottom
of the ditch and scavenged what she could of the tossed garbage. It had been a very long and lonesome
journey and her hope was waning. She had no idea how her life was about change as this was her lucky
Elizabeth Fortier and Jerry Schile, volunteers for Howlin 4 Help,
(H4H), just so happened to be on a transport that cold winter day.
Traveling a familiar road to meet Christine Righeimer, the organiza-
tions president who would finish the transports next leg north,
they were on schedule. So many dogs had been rescued on this
particular transport, Elizabeth and Jerry had hooked up their horse
trailer in order to accommodate the number of crates required for
With many miles to go, Elizabeth, out of the corner of her eye,
caught sight of something alongside the gray road that blended in
with the landscape. Out in the middle of nowhere, standing on the
side of this very busy highway, where traffic was moving well over
70 mph, a lost sheep meandered slowly.
I couldnt believe my eyes! I took a double take, only to discover the sheep was actually a very matted
dirty dog. Jerry and I knew we couldnt just leave this dog out there on the side of the road, so we turned
the horse trailer around and headed back to rescue the dog. When we got to the spot where we had seen
her, I got out of our vehicle to find shed gone down into the roadside ditch where she was eating some
garbage shed found. I startled her and she would NOT let me near her. She was frightened and almost
ran into traffic. I had to go very slow. I went back and forth, and back and forth, again and again, being
so careful not to send her frightened into the road.
Looking back at that nerve-racking day, Elizabeth now finds some comic relief. Laughing, she jokes, I
was herding that collie and I think she actually understood that! I had a really tough time catching her,
but she finally gave up, letting me grab her collar. I dont know if all collies are like this, but once I had
my hands on her and she realized I meant her no harm, she surrendered absolutely 100%, trusting me! She
looked at me with those sweet eyes and they just melted me.
Meanwhile Christine Righeimer was waiting for Elizabeth and Jerry at their designated meeting point. By
now Elizabeth and Jerry had contacted Christine and informed her of their additional passenger. Christine
shares, I remember that collie well. My rescue partners, Jerry and Liz, picked her up while on a
transport. They were to meet me in Champaign. Once I knew they had picked up this collie, I contacted
you guys at Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois (CRGI) and you responded right away! Once I transferred her
to my vehicle with the other dogs, I continued North and a volunteer from CRGI picked her up at my
house. I remember it was freezing that day and I was so happy to see her rescued and safe!
CRGI volunteer, Megan Gessler, was this girls first rest stop on her
journey to a better life. She overnighted with the Gesslers until she
could see a veterinarian the next day. Megan recalls, When I first saw
Dharma, I couldn't believe how matted she was. I just couldn't wait for
her to find some relief so I went ahead and cut some of those large
mats off. She looked as if she had three tails. She was a mess, but she
had such a sweet face and was very patient while she allowed me to
work around her body with the scissors. But, she did let me know when
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Dharma, found dirty and matted
Megan cut Dharmas biggest mats
off before grooming
I got too close to her face, she was not comfortable.
Since this girl hadnt been given much in the way of love in her past, Megan felt she deserved a name
befitting her promised new life, and chose the name Dharma,meaning right way of traveling the path
of rightnessin ancient Sanskrit. Megan explains, I gave her that name because I was hoping she would
find peace in her life after living what seemed to be a fairly miserable existence. I believe that CRGI
afforded her that inner peace.
Once Megan had cut the huge pendulous mats from her body, and gave her plenty of good food and clean
water, Dharma had a comfortable long nap in a bed that was possibly the first clean one shed ever slept
on. The next few days were very busy for Dharma. A foster home awaited Dharma with Ericka Adams, but
she needed an overall health check, inoculations, and a good grooming first.
At her visit to the clinic, the techs reported she was a very sweet, cooperative girl. Her next stop was at
Artistic Dog and Cat Grooming, located in Woodridge. When Dharma walked through his door, Steve
Randa took one look at her, and knew he had no choice but to
shave her.
Her entire body was one huge solid mat too tightly attached to her
skin to brush out. Imbedded with several yearsworth of collected
organic matter and filth, her coat was as hard as a rock on her
backend, impairing the movement of her back legs. The mats made
it impossible for her to eliminate and keep herself clean, so she
stunk to high-heaven.
Steve worked miracles and his experienced hands gave Dharma
welcomed relief. Her worn, dirty, and rusty collar, which had been
well woven into her rough was removed and replaced with her new
royal blue collar with CRGI tag. Her eyes said it all! We just knew
Dharma understood…“This collar means somebody cares about me.
When volunteer Kathy Stodgell picked Dharma up, she did not come empty
handed! She took Dharmas photos, looking so pretty in pink,in her new
royal blue collar and a pink stylish coat to replace her mats, giving her a
look of dignified elegance. Looking at those shared photos, we all shed a few
happy tears knowing Dharma was getting a little taste of her new life as a
pampered pet. No more matted fur! No more parasites! No more scavenging
in a ditch! No more sleeping on the cold dirt! We all noticed she seemed to
be holding her head up higher with pride.
Kathy and Dharma then met Ericka in Rockford. Dharma's new foster home
included two collie brothers, Buster and Beau. Both at one time had been
homeless, like Dharma, and could help her learn how to be a pet. However,
Ericka soon found she had a job on her hands. As Dharma had either been
dumped on the side of the road or had left home for a better life, she had
learned the need to guard her food in order to survive. Resource guarding is
a difficult issue to work through.
Ericka shares, I could have cried. At first I wanted to give her back. She was great with people, but she
could not be with my other dogs. Im sure she had to fight for every morsel of food. An old fracture to
her fibula, that had been left to heal on its own, made her best defense a good offense. No wonder she
bared her teeth nonstop. I contacted a trainer, Jorge Melara who came twice to work with her. His train-
ing was all based on positive reinforcement and fortunately Dharma was very food motivated. He gave us
exercises and we worked with her for a solid two weeks. By the time he came for the second visit, she
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A shaved Dharma feeling much better!
Pretty in pink
had improved so much he did not need to
come back. One day, when we felt she was
ready, we let her out in the yard on her leash
with Buster and Beau. It was an eight week
Ericka admits she is very choosey when select-
ing a home for the dogs she fosters and she
wanted Dharma to be the one and only in her
new home. Because she had NEVER had proper
human attention before being rescued from
the ditch, she deserved to be spoiled now with
undivided attention.
Ericka shares, She was a hard one for me and we put so much work into her, but when it came time to
say goodbye? Dharma was THE hardest one to let go.Adoption day, when it finally arrived, was bitter-
sweet for Ericka who met Dharmas new family, the Tabors, at the door with tears streaming down her
face. Id been crying all week. It was embarrassing and I felt so silly. I kept telling myself, youll be
fine.Id been tearful with every dog whod left, but this one was the worst.
The Tabors met Erickas high bar and she says, I could not be more happy with her new home!Ericka
stays in touch with the Tabors who kindly share photos and send updates on progress. When Ericka sees
photos of Dharma now with her thick, collie coat filling in, she calls her one big, white, beautiful puff.
Its easy to see the Tabors have been busy spoiling her and giving her the love she deserves.
Kathleen Tabor shares their story. One day we just so happened to see a collie being walked from our
kitchen window and that beautiful collie reminded us of a collie we had owned years previously. I sug-
gested we check out the rescues website. Dharma had just been posted and we thought she was the
one.Kathleens instincts could not have been more spot on!
She says, Shes perfect for us! Shes still not crazy about other dogs.
In fact, our next door neighbors just got a new puppy. We hoped she
would like the puppy because our neighbors are our good friends, but
she saw that puppy and ran back into the house right away.Kathleen
laughs, She has no maternal instincts when it comes to puppies,
thats for sure!
The Tabors renamed her Ruby and took
her on a camping trip with their
grandchildren. Kathleen is delighted
that Ruby loves her grandkids. Ruby
slept with my grandson in the campers
living room on the sofa with Rubys bed
alongside. When he fell asleep and
rolled off onto her, she didnt seem to mind and he never woke up. She
loves the kids and just wants nonstop pets from them.
Ruby has bonded quickly with the Tabors and she knows shes got it pretty
good now. Kathleen says when they leave and come home, Ruby hears the
garage door and makes sure to be the welcoming committee when they
come thru the door. Kathleen says, Theres still part of her that holds
back a bit. She can be a bit like a cat sometimes. She still doesnt kiss us.Kathleen chuckles and
admits, I dont really miss being kissed, but I think my husband would like a little kiss just once in a
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Beau, Dharma, and Buster
Dharma loves the Taborsgrandkids!
Ericka says goodbye to Dharma
while.With a more serious tone, she adds, We know Rubys been through
a lot and we understand.
Megan Gessler … “It's super rewarding to see a dog like Dharma/Ruby
transform.Megan who had named Dharma,on her journeys first night,
gives her new name, Rubya thumbs up. I Love her new name! Rubyis
very fitting. I can't help but think of the infamous Ruby Slippers worn by
Dorothy. Ruby definitely found some good friends along her way. They all
helped her make her way and find just the right home with the Tabors.
And as we all know, There's no place like home!’”
As partners on Rubys amazing journey, these
kind strangers made all the difference for one
aimless wanderer. While she was wishing for
nothing more than something to eat down in a
ditch, she actually found a wonderful home
with the Tabors where she will never be hungry or cold again.
Every dog that enters our rescue is saved by a team of heroes. Rubys
heroes are Elizabeth, Jerry, Christine, Kathy, Megan, Steve, Jorge and
foster mom, Ericka. Ruby will never forget or be forgotten by all the good
Samaritans who helped her find her way on that rocky road she had traveled
for too long.
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Ruby stopped by to visit at our
Tails on the Trails event!
Celtic Sisters Find a Silver Lining
It seemed to be a perfect stormTwo older, tricolor, smooth, bonded sisters needed a home together,
and nobody seemed interested. Hopes were high, when they were finally adopted, only to fall short
when they were returned after a short week. With her optimistic hopes dashed, Maureen Joyce,
Adoption Coordinator, wondered if a home for this pair would ever be found. Would she need to separate
these littermates who had never lived a day apart and had been inseparable for 6 years? The thought of
this as becoming a possible reality was heart wrenching and
weighed heavily on her.
As Maureen wondered if Lady and Karma would ever find that
perfect placement where they could live out their senior years
together, a wonderful family was looking at our website and
zeroed in on the two with interest.
Empty nesters, Dan and Laura Mast, both University of Illinois
retirees, adopted a collie named Kai.Hes a rough sable who
looks more like the typical Lassieeveryone seems to think a
collie should look like. When Dan and Laura saw Lady and Karma
they didnt hold their non-Lassie-looksagainst them. Laura
says, We felt so sorry for these two when we saw them on the
website because we know how sensitive collies are.Dan and
Lauras big hearts knew they could make room for not just one,
but TWO more collies in their family, so they filled out the application and the rest is happy historya
successful adoption! They now have three 6-year-old collies and thats a lot of love.
Proof that sometimes there are silver linings to every storm cloud, these two sisters have become THE
perfect companions for Kai. Laura explains, Kai, was very shy. We adopted him when he was three and
weve had him for three years. These two girls have helped Kai come out of his shell. Hes a different
dog. He wouldnt let us reach over himor if we came up on him from behind, it made him very
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Two sisters hanging out, enjoying their
new home
nervous. Thats all changed now that he has these two as companions.
Laura knows how living with a dog can be beneficial, and in her familys case, even therapeutic. Not only
were these sisters a godsend for Kai, but Laura describes how pet ownership has been such a wonderful
learning and sharing experience for her family over the years in many positive ways. Laura shares, My
children, and especially our son with Aspergers, always had their own live-in therapy dogs.Shes de-
lighted that her adult son, although no longer living at home to help with everyday care, still insists upon
helping Mom and Dad name their familys dogs. Laura says, My son is adamant that each dog be given a
Celtic name. We wanted names that were somewhat similar to their original names to ensure a smooth
transition. So, he came up with Cara and Laine,rather than Karma and Ladyand these new names
have worked out well.
Cara and Laine have fit in beautifully. Laura and Dan could not be happier. They are absolutely wonder-
ful dogs. Cara stays right beside us, but Laine will roll over on her back as if to say hello, but then she
goes about her business with Kai watching for squirrels on the power
lines. When Im out doing yardwork, they just stay with me and love
lounging under the shade of our big tree.Laura adds with a chuckle,
The cat has accepted Cara, but shes not too sure about Laine whose
chased her one too many times.
Laura calls them great learners.She has them trained to run to the
kitchen on command. Shes also able to leash them up and walk all
three together, and thats a remarkable feat. They each get a bone
every morning and theyve worked it out on their own, selecting their
special bone-chewing-spotsKai goes outside, Laine prefers her crate,
and Cara likes the kitchen rug.
Laura says, People often comment to me, They dont look like
collies.’” In the most complimentary praise, she claims,They sure
behave like collies.These smoothie sisters have landed in the perfect
place to call home, and we could not be happier.
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Laura walking all three collies!
Dog Sports Part I - Gail Diedrichsen & Amy Zurita
The pleasure we derive from establishing relationships with our dogs is the very reason we keep them as
companions. Whether we adopt an older dog or have a dog from puppyhood, establishing a good relation-
ship is important and takes time. Whether our dog is athletic or a couch potato, any playful activity we
do with our dog will create a bond. Having fun with our dogs can improve their willingness to work,
improve obedience and solve behavior issues, while keeping our pets healthy mentally and physically.
Well behaved dogs have spent lots of quality time with their humans receiving praise for desired behav-
ior. Even we humans work harder if we enjoy our job, like our boss, and are rewarded generously for our
effortsdogs are no different.
Julie Dorsey-Oskerka, co-author of Adopting a Dog? Start off right withA Sound Beginning developed
a program to help new dog owners establish bonds early in the relationship. Her expertise is especially
helpful with acclimating rescued dogs. She says, ALL dogs like to work once they are comfortable in
their environment. And I've never seen a dog that didn't like to be with their humans having a good
A variety of activities are available for dogs and classes are offered through many facilities. Some dog
owners get hooked and advance to competing. However, simply taking classes, just for fun, creates a
solid relationship regardless of whether or not competing is part of the plan. Our dogs just want time
with us and affirmation.
In this issue, well briefly describe Herding, Rally Obedience, Dog Disc, and Parkour. Our fall issue well
cover Nose Work, Barn Hunting, Agility, and Free Style.
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Herding seems to come naturally for some collies. Watching some of our collies have fun during our
herding event this past spring, proves our pampered house pets havent forgotten their Scottish Herit-
age. As proven that Sunday morning, many have retained their instincts to gather and move sheep.
Laura Kincaid, of Oelamp Border Collies, owns and trains border collies, but her studentsdogs include
Shetland Sheepdogs, Belgian Malinois, Collies, Australian Shepherds and Australian Cattle Dogs. Laura is
an AKC Herding Judge and is recognized for her very successful partnership with border collies. Laura
has five AKC Herding Champions and two AHBA Herding Champions. Having earned multiple advance
titles, she is the expert.
Laura not only judges and competes, but shes also dedicated to
helping interested dog owners, by offering classes at The Farm,
located in Campton Hills, IL and Delavan, WI. Testing their
aptitude, Laura gave our small group of collies a taste of what
its like to be a working herder. Many of our collies seemed to
have the instinct and showed promise.
Laura says, If a dog has a herding instinct thats hardwired into
their brain, it makes them very happy to be working with their
leader/owner and this activity only helps to strengthen that
Rally Obedience gives dogs an opportunity to work, learn to focus, and build on basic skills. The
degree of difficulty increases with the dogs achieved skill level. Progressing from one level to the next
challenges the dog and teaches them to think. Rally is not as physical as Agility, but involves some
athleticism. When competing the dogs are timed, so speed matters. The dog and handler perform on a
predetermined course where the dog is required to focus. The owner is permitted to praise the dog
throughout the course. There are many levels: from novice, where the dog wears a leash while
performing, to more advanced levels where the dog is required to work off leash.
While watching a Rally event, the handler and dog look to be in perfect unison, moving in sync.
Communication, both with voice and hand signals, is important on the course. The dogs learn to respond
to every hand and arm gesture, foot movement and head sweep so it requires our dogs to think and
remain attentive. Rally looks like magic. Its apparent the team has spent lots of time together
perfecting movements. The dogs are definitely having a great time.
Linda Chiaramonte, teaches many classes, including Rally O, at Doggie Depot, located in Downers Grove.
Not only is she a great trainer, but shes a trial judge. Linda makes class so much fun and works well
with beginners. We may be a little partial, because Linda lives with Snap, a 14-year-old sheltie, and a
young, vivacious, blue collie, named Smoke.
Linda says, The essence of Rally Obedience is a
learned confidence in the teamwork between the
handler and the dog. Skills can be taught in basic
obedience classes, but mastering a sport class such as
this, puts these skills into play. It can raise their ability
to work together to a whole new level. The human
component of the team, at the beginnerslevel, must
learn to interpret at least 30 signs on a course that is
different each time they run, while giving guidance and
direction to the dog. The dog must learn to focus on its
human teammate for cues while heeling so it can
execute the exercises displayed on the signs. Watching
a practiced team run a Rally course is akin to watching
a dance team perform a smoothly executed waltz. Each
partner is reading the movements of the other, each is
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Some Collies have that instinct to herd!
Sookie focuses during a Rally O event with trainer,
Dee Olson
reliant on the other, and together they move as one. What better way to build confidence between
teammates than this?
Dog Disc can be a great way to bond, have fun, and keep your
dog and yourself in shape. More commonly called Frisbee Dog,
the word discis preferred because of trademarking. There are
competitions with choreographed routines with more than one disc
in play at the same time, but distance catching is also part of the
competition. Again, there are levels. The sport is not only
extremely athletic, but it celebrates the bond between handler and
dog. Its a display of team work!
Nobody knows this better than Tom Wehrli of Naperville. Hes
adopted 14 rescue dogs who have all become successful disc dogs
on various levels. His dogs, so entertaining, have been invited to
entertain during halftime shows for the Vikings and Packers. Feeling
blessed he says, Ive travelled the world with a round piece of
plastic and my four-legged best friend.
Toms convinced playing and exercising our dogs really makes all
the difference. Its an over the TOP bonding experience! When we
get home from work, after being away all day, its great to get out
there and exercise your dog.He describes his relationship with one
of his previous dogs as an example. When I adopted my first dog,
Delta, she didnt like men. We
worked together, formed a
bond, and in 1990 she earned a
World Finalist Title. She ended
up to be a therapy dog and visit-
ed people with special needs.
Tom takes every opportunity available to preach to his audiences and
his message could not be more humane, Your next best friend is
waiting for you somewhere in a shelter or rescue, you just dont
know him or her yet.
When asked if he thought collies, like border collies, would enjoy this
sport, Tom recalled seeing several rough collies competing in
Germany. Its a sport for every breed known to mankind.He
laughs and says, Even the Canhardlybreed is good at it.Thats
Toms way of describing mixed breeds. He explains, I call them that
because people can hardlytell what breed combinations they are.
This sport does not require much more than a disc, a yard, and a dog
willing to chase and catch. Tom suggests to begin by rolling the disc
like a tire because most dogs will chase that. Then hold the disc up
and begin the process of training your dog to catch. Playing this fun
game with your dog will certainly build a trusting bond.
Dog Parkour, also known as Urban Agility, is a great sport for athletic dogs of all ages and fitness
levels. Similar to agility, Dog Parkour teaches dogs to interact with obstacles, but unlike agility, the rules
in this sport are not as rigid. While titles can still be won, it is not a competitive sport; titles are won by
sending videos in to be reviewed, which is perfect for dogs who might get anxious in a competitive
environment. Rather than interacting with set obstacles, dogs can practice their Parkour skill with
everyday objects such as benches, tables, and chairs by jumping on them, circling around them, and
crawling under them. Dogs can play at whatever intensity level best suits their needs, so you can
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Jericho nails a catch
Tom Wherli and his champ, Murray
customize your dogs experience. A dog doing Parkour might crawl under a chair or circle around a
laundry basket – all things that are easily accessible for everyone! Once the foundation is built, and the
dog is comfortable using everyday objects, the skills can be taken to the streets. Parks and forest
preserves make great Parkour practice areas, as dogs can interact with benches, tree stumps, and almost
any other objects that you come across.
Lora Johnson of Over the Moon Dog Training in Batavia explains that Parkour is a great way to build a
positive relationship, which is key to dogshappiness. By reinforcing skills that they already know and
teaching with a positive, shaping approach, dogs easily build confidence, as the skills are constantly
being reinforced. Lora explains, As an adopted dog starts to move through learning sessions, they start
to view their human as a source of wonderful things.Not only does this allow dogs to bond with their
owners, but it also nurtures confidence in the dogs, making them braver and happier overall.
Leslie Zurita, has enrolled in a Parkour class with her
collie, Jackson. Although shes new to this, she has had
a favorable outcome and shares, I am in this activity
with our extremely nervous collie and its DEFINITELY
building Jackson's confidence, AND he's definitely get-
ting the paws up skill down! Many thanks to Lora John-
son and Over the Moon Positive Dog Training!
Lora explains that the reason why Parkour is so accessi-
ble for so many dogs is because it encompasses skills
that they already use – they already know how to put
their two front paws on things, they can jump over
things, or back up. Parkour allows dogs to practice the
skills that they use on a daily basis in a fun and positive
way while emphasizing safety and foundation skills. What a fun way to bond with dogs of all ages!
No matter what game we choose to play with our dogs, the time we spend with them will prove to be
worthwhile. All our dogs really want is to feel safe, have good food, and quality time with us. In our next
edition, well describe Free Style, Nose Work, Agility, and Barn HuntingALL lots of fun!
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Jackson learns to bravely step on platforms!
Did You Know? - Dale Mohr
Why chase that tail?
Dogs chase their tails for a variety of reasons: curiosity, exercise, anxiety, predatory instinct or, they
might have fleas! If your dog is chasing his tail excessively, talk with your veterinarian.
Dogs dream like people.
If you've ever noticed your pooch twitching while sleeping, this probably means it's dreaming.
Researchers found that dogs have similar sleep patterns and brain activity as humans, and that small
breeds tend to dream more than large ones. Psychology Today suggests they're probably imagining famil-
iar activities like playing outside or chasing your cat.
Dogs are as smart as a two-year-old baby.
According to canine researcher and author Stanley Coren, your toddler and pup are about on par when it
comes to brains. He also explained that man's best friend can count, understand over 150 words, and
even trick people or other dogs to get treats. Intelligence varies based on breed—Border collies are the
smartest, and Scotch Collies aren't far behind.
Dogs, if allowed, only mate twice a year.
Unspayed females only go into heat or season twice a year. Reputable breeders plan carefully. (Rescues
know all too well about overpopulation when owners breed irresponsibly. Mothers in puppy mills are
used to the max, and never given a rest.)
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Tail wagging has its own language.
If your dog excitedly wags its tail, it means they're happy to see you, right? Not necessarily. According to
Discovery.com, dogs wag their tails to the right when they're happy and to the left when they're
frightened. Wagging low means they're insecure; and rapid tail wagging accompanied by tense muscles or
dilated pupils can signal aggression. Now you can study your dog's tail movements and eyes so you're
invited to give us some feedback.
If you know some doggy facts we should list here, please contact Dale Mohr (dnmohr13@gmail.com).
If you have a question, you can contact him and he'll do his best to find the answer.
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MDR1 Testing - Kym McNabney
If you own a Collie it is likely you are aware that your dog may be sensitive to certain parasite-control
product, antibiotic, sedative, chemotherapy drugs and pain medications. What you may not be aware of
is a simple test that may save your dogs life.
MDR1 is the abbreviated name of a gene called Multi-Drug Resistance. A mutation of this gene causes
sensitivity to Ivermectin and a number of other drugs. Breeds, crosses and mixes of breeds that are more
commonly affected by MDR1 are: Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Collie, English Shepherd, German
Shepherd Dog, Longhaired Whippet, McNab Shepherd, Miniature Australian Shepherd, Old English
Sheepdog, Shetland Sheepdog, Shiloh Shepherd, Wäller, White Shepherd Dog.
The affects can be neurological symptoms, such as seizures, ataxia, or even death. The best way to in-
sure your dogs safety is to have them tested for MDR1. The test is accurate, affordable, and convenient.
How to use a Test Kit. https://youtu.be/7Zw42oQXN7o?list=PLvYo8pVLdtEl3try2BsAUSnkdH-g2ov6H
Works cited:
I first learned about the gene mutation MDR1, (multi-drug resistance protein 1,) while attending a CRGI
picnic years ago where the test kits were made available to our organizations volunteers and adopters.
Im not a geneticist, so it was confusing and Im sure I wasnt alone. Today I know more, but it can still
be confusing for the average pet owner, like most of us.
Needless to say, I was concerned and tested my dogs after attending that picnic. What were the odds
that ALL three of my collies would carry this mutation in their genetic makeup?
The results were shocking!
After sending my three test kits to Washington State University, the results showed ALL three of my
collies had the mutation to some degree! This told me how prevalent the mutation is in collies. In fact,
Ive learned collies test positive with the highest percentage of herding breeds at a whopping 70%!
From that point on, I decided I may as well simply assume any future collie I adopted would have the
gene and not bother testing. So, when I adopted a collie about a year ago, I did not test. I give her the
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MDR1 Genetic Testing? It’s a good idea! - Gail Diedrichsen
same Ivermectin-free heart worm prevention my other collie takes and remind my vet of the risks every
appointment. I believed it was a forgone conclusionmy newly adopted collie would surely carry the
mutation and I planned to be careful as I have been with every previous collie Ive owned.
My dog came into CRGI with her littermate. The woman who adopted my dogs brother, had him tested
and found him to be one of the minority. His results came back normal/normaland she passed that
info on to me, mentioning she felt it was important information to have and explained why. She got my
attention and Im a MDR1 testing convert.
I decided to test and not assume my adopted collie was MDR1+ for many reasons.
First of all, not all veterinarians are aware of collie specific issues. We cannot expect our dogsvet to be
experts on every breed. Its possible a medication or a combination of harmful meds could inadvertently
be given to my collie. Ive given my vet a list of drugs to avoid identified by The Collie Health Organiza-
tion and I always remind her of my dogs sensitivity each and every visit. Dont be reluctant to give your
vet a list of dangerous meds. We must be our petsadvocates. Testing gives my vet definitive infor-
mation and she appreciates having a client who cares.
Secondly, If your dog ever needs an emergency procedure, its good to know what drugs are safe. Dont
wait until your dogs on the exam table with a life threatening emergency to think about testing. Help
your dogs vet stay well versed on the latest research. Again, be your dogs advocate by knowing.
Thirdly, there is no reason not to test. It is not very expensive and well worth the cost considering the
wealth of information obtained. AND performing the test is SO easy. Its easy on the dog too. My collies
exhibited absolutely no stress as I took their samples with the provided kits brush. Alternatively, your
vet may send a blood sample, but I chose to order the do-it-yourself test kit with the brush. The
instructions could not have been easier and the test results were sent to me in less than a week.
My final reason for testing is not relevant to me, because my dogs are neutered rescue dogs. However, IF
one plans to breed their collie, testing is important to predict the traits potentially passed on to your
collies offspring. I am not a breeder, but if I were, Id want to know. In fact, it was a reputable breeder,
attended our CRGI picnic, who first educated me and many other collie owners years ago while making
test kits available to our adopters attending our event.
Im pleasantly surprised to find my assumption is incorrect. Gracie tested normal/normal, like her
brother, Skylar. But, does this mean I will give her heart worm preventative with Ivermectin? Probably
not. Not only is it convenient for me to keep them on the same brand, but lets face it, dogs can be dogs
and sometimes they exhibit behaviors we find disgustingsuch as eating one anothers feces or vomit.
Lets say, for example, I give my Gracie her meds that are perfectly safe for her and she vomits, leaving
it as a irresistible temptation for my other collie, who carries the mutation. Knowing my dogs, this is a
highly unlikely scenario, but better safe than sorry.
The point? Play it safe. I plan to keep my dogs on the same Ivermectin free heart worm prevention and
watch them carefully after I give them oral preventative. I also plan to keep them away from other
animalsexcrement, not only because of the potential they could pick up parasites from other pets and
wildlife, BUT I also want to prevent my dogs from ingesting another pets potentially harmful
After learning more about the advantages of MDR1 genetic testing Im convinced its well worth doing.
Weve included more information about the MDR1 gene mutation and suggested where to get more
See the next page for step-by-step photo instructions for MDR1 testing!
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Step 1: Unpack your MDR1 test kit,
it arrives complete with easy to follow
Step 2: The brush comes with
its enclosure to reuse for the brush's
return and spaces to include your
dogs information
Step 3: Take your DNA samples —
brush each cheek thoroughly to collect
cells, let the brushes dry completely, and
then send back in the packaging to be
Remembering Brad Zandstra, a Man with Big Passion
By: Kathy Stodgell
Brad Zandstra was a man with big passions. Brad was tall, good looking, funny, caring, compassionate,
warm, a bit of a kidder, and a bit of a ginger. Brad went for the gusto in life. He had an amazing partner
in Kim Zandstra, the love of his life.
Sadly, Brad met cancer when his son, Chris, was born with it. Brad was by his side as his boy fought it
three times. Then Brad met with cancer himself several years ago. Brad left us this past March.
However, I don't want this story to be about his battle with cancer, but about his big life.
Brad grew up in Indiana, and I believe hit the world running with the word ZESTwritten across his
forehead. Anyone who knew him agrees, life with Brad was an adventure.
Music was a passion for Brad ALWAYSand the drums were THE star with Heavy Metal and Thrash Metal
his preference. In fact, Kim received a moving letter soon after Brads passing. The person wanted to
share how he had had a life changing experience after hearing Brad play the drums in high school. They
had never met, but Brad left a meaningful impression on this man, and it was important for him to share
his admiration for Brad with Kim.
What was Brad's job as an adult? Well, he was a GarbagemanA smiling, mischievous, full of life
Garbageman. I made him a well deserved shabby chicChristmas ornament one year because I had
never met anyone who held what they did for a living in such passionate high regard. Brad just lived life
everyday and loved it.
This amazing garbageman came home after finishing his run one day with a turtle hed spotted dumped
with somebodys garbage. That rescued turtle still thrives with his gold fish buddy, reminding Kim every-
day of what a big-hearted man her Brad was. Close your eyes and imagine this good looking guy, who
doesnt often have a straight expression on his face, (because hed rather kiddingly give a crossed-eyed,
humorous glare) while sailing through the streets of Chicago on his truck. Now imagine this same gutsy
guy rescuing small turtles (well at least one). This was BradHe may have been rough around the edges,
but on the inside he was as soft and kindhearted as could be.
Eating healthy, eating fresh, hitting the local farmersmarkets, and growing their own was part of who
Brad and Kim were as a couple. They befriended a farmer from Indiana who they met at their local
farmersmarket. He became the official Godparent to their horses. With radio playing full out, they
made visiting his farm one of their favorite trips.
Foodie?Yes! Even when eating out, Brad and Kim wanted to remain health conscious, so they enjoyed
farm to table restaurants. They hit amazing local places as well, including the local VFW, known for their
great cooks. Yesthe VFW!
When Brad and Kim met, Kim not only fell for him, but she fell
for his collie too. In love with the breed, she soon became in-
volved with CRGI and Brad followed her lead. They were a team
and we got to know both Kim and Brad. At one point, Kim
Zandstra was our Foster Home Coordinator. Over the course of
their life together, Kim and Brad adopted 13 CRGI homeless dogs.
Like everything they did together, they were both devoted to
these rescued dogs, giving them a great home and second chance.
Even after suffering unthinkable loss, Brad continued to live his
life with love and happiness. Because Brad lived so big everyday,
his story is much longer than I could possibly share in one
newsletter article. Although the CRGI family mourns this loss,
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weve also gained BIG TIME in knowing this man for the time we had
with him.
Brad will truly be missed. Our condolences are extended to Brads
I ask that sometime in your day, look to the sky and thank Brad.
AND, pleasegive him your best crazy face. Trust me; hell get it!
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Grunts & Groans - George Hayes
Good Food, Good Friends and a Great Time Had by ALL!
Here Roxie, pick a cardany card. No Roxie, I do NOT want your paw – no, put your paw down. Pick it
from the deck with your teeth …. See? Wif ur teef. <<GRUNT>> Well Brody can do it! <<GRRRR>> Yes,
RoxieIm not making it up! Brody did it at the CRGI Volunteer Luncheon. I witnessed it with my own
two eyes.
We had a great time that day. Dale Mohr, with his deep voice, was
the perfect gameshow host during our dog trivia game. There were
great prizes. <<GRRRR!>> No, Roxie, you did not win oneSORRY.
Brody chose the questions. Yes, Roxie – he pulled the cards with his
T-E-E-T-H! <<Grrrroan>>
Gail Diedrichsen headed up the committee who pulled it all togeth-
er with the help of her spectacular team. <<WOOF!>> I agree Roxie.
There isnt a grander grand marshal. Many shared the fun day as we
were treated to a mouthwatering buffet of Italian cuisine and a
magnificent dessert table. <<Ruff!>> Sorry, Roxie! No lasagna,
brownies, or cake for you! <<GRRRRR!>>
Thanks to Karen, pansy centerpieces adorned every table along with
decorated photos of previously adopted cute collies. It was fun see-
ing people recognize dogs they had adopted or fostered. She made
that room so festive!…<<WOOF! WOOF!>>Yes, Roxie, Karens your
momThere were prizes galore, and the people who won Moms pret-
ty spring pansies went home happy. << Ruff! >> Yes, Roxie, your
mom is very talented and sweet too. <<whimper>>
Ewa Jankowski won the Easter basket packed with goodies. Amy Zurita
won the acclaimed book, Sophie ...Best Friends are Forever, signed
and donated by author Ted Slupik. He and his wife, Bernie, were our
guests. Kathy Stodgell donated several wrapped-up mystery prizes that
were so cool. Mary Zwirn donated a huge box of doggie toys, AND Gail
put together party favors for everybodys collies who were patiently
waiting at home for their return. << Groan, GRRRR >> Yes, Roxie. I too
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Brody picks a card like a pro!
Certified professional
trainer, Karla Paschon of
Paws 4 Positive Training, was
our guest speaker during our
volunteer luncheon. Working
with Brody, she demonstrat-
ed how to create a more
trainable and confident
collie through shaping. We
witnessed a very focused
Brody thinking. Thanks to
Karla for her entertaining
and meaningful
remember the abuse. I left you home with your sister, Annie, all
morning and early afternoon so we could help. Sorry.
John Juris, our I.T. guy, showed us a cool new system, soon to
update the CRGI website. We are really looking forward to this!
<<Woof>> Yes, Roxie, John is very smart.
Cathy Schroeder, Maureen Joyce, Karen Hayes, Ewa Jankowski,
Caroline Lewis, and Gail Diedrichsen were like energizer bunnies
helping with food prep, set up, clean up, loading and unloading. Art
Diedrichsen was Gails helper extraordinaire and was happily
Brodys chauffeur. <<GRRRRR!>> I know Roxie, you didnt get a ride
in the car. Sorry, you couldnt
go. But, if you learn to pull
cards from a deck and stop
barking, maybe you can be Brodys stunt double next year?
<<Grunt>> Youve got an entire year to learn that trick!
Oh and Roxieyou would have loved this part! Karla Paschon showed
us how to teach our dogs to THINK!<<Groan>> Yes, Roxie! I said
T-H-I-N-K! You know Karla handsome Romans mom? Roxie, she
had Brody thinkinup a storm, and BOY OH BOY!you should have
seen him on that skateboard! Karla is one amazing dog trainer and
Brody had so much fun thinking! <<GRRR!>> Roxie, she showed me
how even YOU can learn to think! If Brody canYou can too
It was a great day filled with delicious food, fun games and prizes,
and a fantastic training demonstration! BUT, most of all, what made
this day really great was the opportunity to thank our great
volunteers who make our organization SO special. << WOOF WOOF WOOF! >>
<< BARK, BARK BARK, BARK, BARK! >> Okay, Okay! RoxieIll say it! Happiness is a tricolor collie on
your left side, and a sable collie on your right.Now are you happy? << HOWL!>>
Okay, Roxiehere are the cards. Lets practice. Pick just one. <<Groan>>
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Gail presents Amy with her winnings
Karla teaches Brody to skateboard
Ewa Dots Every “i” AND Crosses Every “t” With Care
By: Gail Diedrichsen
When Ewa Jankowski volunteers to work our booth during one of the Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois
(CRGI) events, its easy to see her smile is contagious. Besides her vast knowledge of the Collie breed,
that surely is one of the reasons Ewa is so successful promoting our collies. But her real talent, according
to the people who work with her, is her ability to pay close attention to the details.
Ewa processes adoption contracts, completing the adoption process. She makes sure every iis dotted
and every tgets crossed. Not only does Ewa process contracts, but she also handles registrations for
micro chipping. Additionally she has fostered at least a dozen collies and shes always ready and willing
to help wherever shes needed.
Ewa came to our organization by way of a loss. Her sheltie/shepherd mix, Dino, had passed away. Ewa
shares, This dog was my first baby and when I lost him, after 11 years, I was heartbroken. He had been
SO great with us and my very young daughter who literarily had grown up with him. We needed another
sweet dog in our home.
Ewa, being Ewa, looked at every detail in her search for the perfect companion. I did some research to
figure out what breed I wanted. My first dog had been such a great companion, so my expectations were
high for another wonderful family dog. My cousin in Poland, where I grew up, had collies. I remembered
visiting them and they were such nice and sweet dogs. Also my on-line search directed me towards the
collie breed. In 2009, I applied to foster for CRGI. I wanted to help collies in need and knew that I would
eventually adopt one, I just needed the right dog.
Like most collie fans, Ewa wanted to adopt Lassieand had that
stereotypical sable collie, with a white blaze and full white rough,
envisioned in her mind. Then Vicki Wilder, another volunteer,
showed up at Ewa's house with the familys first foster dog. Hobbes
was a far cry from what Ewa thought she was looking for. Hobbes
was a senior, tricolor smoothie. Ewa had her heart set on her
Lassie-look-a-like,and besides, she had wanted a much younger
dog. Ewa laughs remembering that day, I asked Vicki, Are you
SURE this dog is REALLY a collie?Imagine my surprise!
Regardless of Ewas surprise, the tricolored smoothie needed a
foster home, and Ewa was willing to give him a temporary shelter
until he found his forever home. As days went by, Hobbes
continued to put his best paw forward and Ewa couldnt let him go;
Ewa and her family decided
to adopt him, as Hobbes fit in so well. Without regret, Ewa remi-
nisces, This collies Lassie-like-personality won me over and ever
since, Ive been a smoothie convert. Our first collie, Hobbes, had
a great life with us but eventually he passed away and our house
was empty once again.
Not surprisingly, when Junie, a sweet, small tri-smoothie, came
into CRGI needing a home, she caught Ewas eye right away. In
2012 we were introduced to Junie who bonded with my daughter
immediately. I really liked her although she was a bit on the timid
side. But I knew what to do. Sometime after we adopted Junie, I
took her to training classes and it really helped. Once we bonded
and she grew to trust us, Junie came out of her shell. Shes a
perfect little girl that fits our family great! We love our peanut.
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Hobbes with Ewas daughter
Ewa and Junie
Junies also a great traveler so she goes on family vacations with us. Shes so good on the roadwell be-
haved in the car and easy overnighting.Junie, like Hobbes, is one very lucky collie to have won Ewas
Maureen Joyce, adoption coordinator, works closely with Ewa and gives her accolades. Ewa is THE best
person to complete contracts because she is so detail oriented. Nothing gets past her. Its such a pleas-
ure to work with her as a fellow board member. We are so fortunate to have her.
CRGI has many wonderful volunteers who are invaluable, and Ewa is one of those. Shes busy making the
cogs of our organizations wheel run smoothly and we appreciate it.
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Adopting a Shy Dog - Mickey MacGyver’s Tale
By: Ellen Keirnan
When our special boy, Winston, passed away, Beau, our 9 year old collie, was very lonely and we knew
that he needed a buddy. Beau was the least Alpha dog imaginable and he had relied on Winston from the
beginning to make decisions. Beau's early health issues had resulted in a very unassertive, though very
loving collie. Our middle cat, Tigger, was starting to bully him. He no longer ran around the yard, looking
for trouble. We knew he needed a buddy, and at the Collie Rescue picnic in 2012 we introduced Beau to
MacGregor, a recent addition to the CRGI foster program. MacGregor was 5 years old and until CRGI's
foster program he had never been in a house. He was completely unassertive and gentle, and he seemed
to like Beau, who in turn enjoyed Mac's laid back approach, so we immediately began the adoption pro-
cess for our next dog. Things moved quickly once we filed, as this was going to be our 4th collie adoption
through CRGI. We thought all would be smooth sailing with this gorgeous boy. Did he prove us wrong!
After a week, we knew that MacGregor was more of a MacGyver and his nickname changed from Mac to
Mick. He was never truly at ease, only settling in the same spot next to the couch for comfort, but not
next to us or to Beau. He panicked outside when a local church carnival sent unfamiliar noise through the
air. Since he didn't really trust anyone, which included the noisy house, hours were spent trying to lure
him close enough to bring him in that night. Up until then he'd been willing to follow Beau inside, but not
any longer. When Mick was indoors, the sounds and sights of the strange TV were a curiosity, but action
movies sent him into a shivering ball of fear. The vacuum was another monster to hide from. Beau was
no leader in dealing with unknown fears, so Mickey couldn't turn to him for help, and Tigger was simply a
I had adopted and raised over 20 dogs in my lifetime but I'd never dealt with this behavior and I was
baffled when Mickey wouldn't accept our offers of friendship and comfort, as the weeks drew on. Finally,
Gail Diedrichson of CRGI sent me a book on shy dogs and Bill and I read it cover to cover looking for
answers. The vet assisted us by recommending a calmative that would ease his anxiety. Establishing a
bond depended on giving Mickey more confidence. He'd never
had to make choices in his former life, and he didn't know where
to begin as a house pet.
For almost a year we had to keep him on a leash in our fenced
back yard, because he continued to balk when called into the
house and that was our only way to stop his flight. We spent
hours with him, using treats and praise to first get him to move
even a foot towards us in the house voluntarily. Daily walks
alongside Beau didn't seem to change his attitude about coming
in the house, but he certainly began to look forward to them.
While he was sweet and trustworthy in the house, he also didn't
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Mickey and Minnie
want to explore or be in any room except the living room and dining room. His self imposed limits a direct
reflection of his kennel background.
We established as many routines as possible, so that he wouldn't be startled or alarmed unnecessarily.
Treats and praise worked to a point, and then he started to come to us for petting as well. He was smart
and took to training and learning new commands very well. The day he willingly walked into the back door
when called was a cause for celebration and excitement for all of us. But still, he acted like he was in a
kennel once in the house and would only go to his spot by the couch unless it was time to eat.
The final breakthrough occurred after we'd been a family for almost two years. We offered to watch a good
friend's young chocolate lab for a couple of months, while she moved and travelled. Little did I know what
a difference that decision would make in our relationship with Mickey! Bolero was wild, uncontrolled and
completely fearless, as well as extremely loving. Mickey watched and learned. When I spent training time
with Bolero, Mickey would become jealous and demand that I work with him again on "heal", "sit", "down"
as well. Bolero walked into the bedroom with Beau and claimed a spot, and suddenly Mickey was right
there claiming a place by the bed for the first time. When Bolero went back to his home, we had a new
Mickey, who demanded attention, barked for his food and walk for the first time, and played with Beau in
the yard, racing to be the first one in the house for a treat.
Now, our more confident Mickey has a new companion, Minnie, a boxer/husky pup adopted through CRGI as
well. He loves her puppy attention, but firmly holds his ground when she gets out of line. He shows her
how to be attentive and loving, while her puppy brain learns patience and the meaning of "easy" and
"wait". They love their walks together and at 10 years old, Mickey is acting more like a puppy himself as he
runs through the yard to be with us, while wild Minnie is sowing her oats. He has become the loving
companion we knew was hiding within from the moment we saw him. It just took him some time to find his
collie nature!
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Shots from our events!
Tails on the Trails at The
Morton Arboretum was
lots of fun. We had so
many people stop by to
say hello and show off
their collies and even a
Volunteers helping
run the booth at
Paws on 66 - a
great day in down-
town Joliet
Herding event-
We had a nice
turnout for our
herding event.
Thanks to Kathy
Stodgell for
organizing the
Laura watches
this novice in
action to evaluate
his potential
Anita's Finn gets
it explained to
him by the
expert, Laura
Collie Nose Newsletter
Gail Diedrichsen, George Hayes,
Ellen Keirnan, Kym McNabney,
Dale Mohr, Amy Zurita
CRGI, Inc. Board Members:
Tina Kiselka President/Treasurer
Caroline Lewis Secretary
Melanie Clawson Intake Coordinator
John Juris IT Developer
Maureen Joyce Adoption Coordinator
Cathy Schroeder Foster Home Coordinator
Ewa Jankowski Contracts/Microchips
John Cymerman Administrator
Publication date 7.1.2017
Mission Statement
CRGI finds homeless collie dogs and places them with adoptive families as companions, our goal being to
match them with responsible persons who give them forever homes.
Operational Statement
Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation established in 1996. We provide shelter
and care to collies which have been found, surrendered by owners, or turned in to shelters. These dogs
are examined by a veterinarian and placed in temporary foster homes until a forever home can be found.
Our commitment is to place the collies in the best possible setting to give them another chance in life.
We have successfully placed collies ranging in age from several weeks to twelve years. Prospective
families wishing to adopt a collie are interviewed and assessed. This includes basic information about the
family, their pet ownership history and why they want a collie dog. Our goal is to achieve a successful
match between the collie and the family. We strive to find a happy ending for every rescue dog in its new
home, accounting for the lifestyle and needs of the adoptive family. Without a strong base of volunteers
and supporters, we could not maintain an active network of persons dedicated to the collie
breed for transportation, health care, fostering and placement.
Our most accomplished adopted collies have belonged to Bob and Dee Olson. Two of Dee and Bobs previ-
ous adopted collies, earned many titles. Cody, adopted in 1997, to this day holds his position as top
ranked collie in the United States Dog Agility Association earning a Master Agility Champion 4 times. He
was recognized with a lifetime achievement award. Wiley, adopted in 1998, was the first rough collie to
become a Fly Ball Grand Champion.
Fiona, had some behavioral issues due to her less than sound beginning. Bob and Dee knew Fiona needed
to bond with them, build trust, AND she needed a job.
This past spring, she won 6/6 with 5/6 1st places and High
In Trial each day at Collie Nationals, earning an impressive
collection of blue ribbons! We are very proud of Fiona.
Shes a great ambassador for rescued dogs. Its not sur-
prising that Fiona, adopted from CRGI in 2010 is a success
story because Bob and Dee saw her potential. Not only
does she own the Agility ring, but this past spring, Fiona
finished her Rally Novice Title.
Dee Olson teaches Rally O at Narnia Pet Behavior and
Training. Often she brings Sookie, Fionas sister, to be her
demo dog. Her students appreciate her guidance and can
tell she loves every minute of what she does.