Although Collie Rescue do not get involved with dogs from abroad or Southern Ireland until they are on these shores, there are sympathetic dog lovers out there who do help get these dogs to safety. Rescue can then step in to help with the re-homing. There have been numerous requests on Facebook for financial help to pay for travel, veterinary fees, vaccinations and Pet Passports when dogs have been found and rescued abroad and a big THANK YOU goes to all those who have contributed to our cause, on more than one occasion, through cash donations and organising tombola’s and raffles.
Corby, previously named Reina, travelled from Bosnia with Phoenix. She was advertised on their equivalent of our “Gumtree”, being offered for sale at around 60 euro. A vet check found she was in pretty good health, apart from some damage to her lower tail which the vets amputated to stop infection from spreading and was rather thin, so a good diet was organised for her and she was placed in a boarding kennels to await her vaccinations and Pet Passport ready for travel to the UK, which happened in November, 2016. Here is an update from the family who took her on. Reina came over from Bosnia in November last year and joined our family. When she came she didn't have much weight on her and no fur on her tail due to it being amputated. She now has a lovely little tail with fur and has put weight on. We decided to change her name to Corby and she responded to this with ease. Corby loves her walks with our sons and loves playing with her toys . She sleeps on my sons bed. She has come on so much since November, it's like she's always been here.
Phoenix was found at deaths door by the side of the road in Sarijavo, Bosnia at the end of May, 2016 and was rescued just in time. She was taken to the vets for emergency treatment ... fluids, tick removal - over 80 ticks were removed from her frail body, and antibiotics. She was painfully thin and had been used for breeding and then dumped !! She was thought to be 3 or 4 years of age. She was moved to a boarding kennels (known as a Pension) and did very well. She had a “virtual adopter” here in England who paid all her vet bills and kennel charges until she was ready to come over to the U.K. to be re-homed by Collie Rescue (Rough and Smooth) UK . She eventually travelled to England in November, 2016 and was re-homed directly to her new family in Loughborough. Her story is taken up here by Karon, who is Phoenix’s new mum. "I’d waited a long time for Phoenix, so much so that I was beginning to think I would have to give up on a rescued dog and look for a puppy. The problem was I have 4 children, currently ranging from 6-13 and for obvious reasons many rescue dogs simple aren’t compatible with our family. Then I heard about Phoenix, and to be honest I didn’t dare hope she would be a good match. The fact that she was in another country just seemed astounding to myself and my sons and everybody got a bit excited. We arranged that she could come to us early November, bypassing the November 5th fireworks which she apparently was scared of. I was kindly sent the transport details for the truck she was on and this meant that I could follow her progress across Europe with GPS on board. This turned quickly from a bit of a joke into something that lots of people enjoyed, and I ended up posting regularly on Facebook with a description of where she was and a photograph from Google Maps of the area, if possible. I learned more about mainland Europe in those 24 hours than I ever did at school! If anybody in the future rescues a dog from another country I really recommend following their travels. My first impressions on meeting Phoenix were that she was scared but desperate to please. She wasn’t scared of people but was wary of the situation she was in, understandably. She walked into my house and was immediately scared of my laminate floor, a surface she is still wary of today, but trimming her pad fur and some paw wax have helped. She mostly stays in the back of the house which is tiled, near my guinea pigs whom she adores. We had a scary moment on the second day of ownership, as I had taken her for a walk and due to her reluctance to cross my laminate floor I’d left her standing on my doormat while I took my coat off and went to get her a dog treat to encourage her to cross the floor in her own time. At that moment my parents opened the front door and she bolted! I went out after her and calmly called her back (even though my heart was hammering! Annette had told me very clearly never to let her run out of the front door!), but she came straight back to me and at that moment I knew everything was going to be okay. She’s settled in well, taking to my children at first meeting. When they ran up to say hello, she wasn’t fazed at all, just calmly fetched her ball, dropped it at their feet and off they went playing happily as though they had known each other for ages. I can even let her off the lead for a run and she comes straight back, something I did not expect at all in a rescued dog. Whoever had her in Bosnia, looked after her well I think, she is house trained beautifully, lead trained, and very responsive. Of course it would not be fair to make out that she is some sort of angel of a dog (she is!) because she has dug a couple of holes in my garden, and she does insist on rolling on the grass every single time we go out for a walk (five times this morning, a new record!). She also likes to run about and then run straight at you and jump up, which we are currently working on to stop. She prefers to drink rain water any day than drink out of her water bowl. She also likes to stop and collect her pee mails every few metres if she can, and she likes to say hello to every single dog on a walk whether they want to or not. She is also convinced that squirrels are evil! She is the best behaved of all the collies I’ve had, and I trained the previous two, so that’s saying something! It feels like I’ve had her for ages, not just a few months, and I want to say a big thank you to Rescue for matching us with our (nearly) perfect dog!" Karon and the boys xx
Flossie came over from Southern Ireland in August 2016 after being financed by a lady called Lesley who is involved with most of the foreign dogs that come to this country for re-homing. She was a surrender rather than a stray. The family had young children and were no longer able to keep her although we never actually got the full story. The impression we got was the wife didn’t want her, but the husband did. Flossie was shy and un-socialised, but Liz, her new “mum” has been great with her. She now lives in Exeter and accompanies Liz pretty much everywhere. .