Well, I would not have another collie until
I was grown. I was 22
years old when I saw the ad in the paper for "Lassie collies". They were over
two hours away but I got in my little car and headed out to see them. That
night I arrived back at home with an adorable 6 week old sable and white
female collie. I named her Courtney. She would be a joy and delight to me for
the next 14 years. She saw me take on a husband and three of my five babies! She welcomed every one! Courtney had a heart of gold and was an exceptional
girl! She loved the babies and kept up with them, not letting them out of her sight as they began toddling. When Nathan and Gretchen were just 2 and 1 year olds, they played out under the fruit trees. They gathered plums and put them in milk cartons. Courtney would lay under the tree beside them and EAT plums! If they got up and wandered off, she followed and then herded them back if they strayed too far. My mom, who just loved Courtney, died in September 1990, and the following May Courtney had stroke type symtoms one day.She died shortly after and it just broke our hearts to see her go.
Courtney died, we went the next six years without a collie. We had a husky
(didn't work out with the baby).
Then we rescued a beagle from the shelter
that had been terribly mistreated by his previous owner. It took a lot of
love and patience to convince this sweet little fella that we would not do
him harm. About the time he felt totally at home and had fallen in love with
us, another dog dug under our fence and he walked out of our lives. A week
later he was found, run over. Evidence suggested that someone chained him
against his will...a new collar was all frayed on the inside. He was thin,
going without food all that week. It appeared he had gotten away from his
captors and was making his way back home when he was hit. But through Rusty's
coming to live with us, we discovered that beagles were good little dogs!!
Beagles are fun but the longing for a collie to grow up with my younger
children returned. I was looking at beautiful collies on the web when someone
instant messaged me to chat about collies. That IM began a chain of events
that would bring Rebel into our family! He flew from California to Alabama
to live with us! He was a brave boy on a new adventure!! (Thanks Susan, at
Wildwood Collies!) He's a beautiful sable and white collie boy with typical
collie nature and spirit. He's a full fleged member of the family! Little
Casey still sits on the throne but accepts Rebel goodheartedly. : )
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