Almost three weeks ago, my wife and I, and I suppose I should also say our other dog Zorro, brought into our home a "2yo" border collie we renamed Lily. Zorro is a 5yo German shepherd mix who looks like a BC, and we actually got him thinking he was (old thread about Zorro). So, this was our second attempt at getting a BC. I'm starting this thread to trace Lily's progress from a rescue we couldn't, in good conscience, leave where she was, to hopefully a happy member of our family. Along the way I will post links that have proved helpful, and probably post some questions. In addition to celebrating Lily, I hope that doing this will provide some help to others who run into similar issues.
Week 1 was a hard week. We weren't even sure we needed to get a dog, but she was so sweet and so emaciated, we couldn't leave her at the humane society another day. They told us she was in perfect health, but our vet was "very impressed" with how many parasites she had in her fecal sample. Of course, Zorro picked up some of it almost right away, and after two weeks of medication both our dogs are ALMOST through their issues. At 28lbs, Lily is well below her ideal weight, and it shows. From 10ft away you could count her vertebrae, and her pelvic bones are sharp with no muscle. We had to stop on the way home at a dog wash to get he stench of urine off her, and then some time with a brush to get the yellow-brown stained tufts of fur off her sides. Turns out, under all that was a pretty little thing.
I suspect she is a pure/pure-ish smooth coat BC, though her thicker tail and some hair on her rear legs makes me wonder if she'll get a little "rougher" with some time away from the shelter. I'll be here on the forums to refresh on the how's and why's of training a BC, as our dear Zorro was much much younger and more eager to please when we trained him. Now, he pretty well obliges anything we ask, sometime only realizing afterwards that we didn't know he knew how to do that! Lily, on the other hand, doesn't understand "no", isn't entirely house trained, and while she already has attached to us and loves attention, she loves our squirrels more, and isn't interested in listening to instruction for more and a few minutes at a time. Not to worry though, she is a bit of a different dog everyday as she adjusts. It's not clear what this will be like once we are all settled in, so for now we're focused on that process and on getting her healthy.
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