Border Collie Rescue of Northern California Inc.
Who We Are
Border Collie Rescue of Northern California, Inc. is a federally recognized non-profit group comprised of volunteers who give of their time, ability and their homes to help place Border Collies where they will be well cared for and loved. Our primary goals are to protect the Border Collies already here, strive to prevent the over-breeding of Border Collies or the breeding of poor quality individuals, and owner education of any Border Collie owner who requests help.
Fundamentally, Border Collie Rescue is a response to Border Collies that are abandoned, lost, or mistreated and need a caring home. We also help, in extreme emergencies, those who have to give up their dogs. We feel that the responsibility for caring for lost, neglected and abused Border Collies must rest with those who know and love the breed. The individuals who comprise Border Collie Rescue are current or former breeders, exhibitors or aficionados who have many years of experience with the breed and understand the needs of the dogs. What better reward could there be than knowing that dozens of Border Collies which otherwise might have been put to sleep, left out to starve or to run loose in the streets to be crippled or killed in traffic, are instead in loving and caring homes.
Is a Border Collie For You?
With the recent appearance of the Border Collie in movies, commercials, and television programs, many people are now considering one as a potential new pet. While Border Collies are very intelligent, they also require a larger time and energy commitment from their owners than many other breeds. They are active, spirited, and sometimes strong willed. Although some may be calmer than others, others are decidedly hyperactive, always wanting to be up and doing something. They often exhibit obsessive behaviors, like chasing lights, shadows, and running or dripping water. Many owners have no patience for this kind of activity, but breed lovers seem to enjoy this loony streak.
There is no way of telling how highly developed a pupís herding instinct will be. If you acquire one that wants to work above all else, its frustration may take the form of herding and possibly nipping at the heels of children, running adults, or other animals. This is not a sign of viciousness, but it is something that must be controlled, especially with small children who can become frightened with the behavior.
The people who make the most satisfied Border Collie owners are people who enjoy spending a lot of time with their dogs and are willing and able to make the commitment to exercise and train in some way every day; who are very active, who like to hike, jog, and/or take long walks with their dogs; who donít mind living with a dog that never really settles down, even in the house, even after a lot of exercise, even when its owner is tired from a long day at work, and most important, who have a real job for the dogs to do, whether itís one of the dog sports that these dogs excel at, or, of course, herding a flock of sheep.
In summary, Border Collies are much more work than most other breeds. They do not typically make easy family pets. If you have never been around one, try to spend some time with the breed before you decide to get one. Many Border Collies end up in shelters when their owners find that they are just too much trouble to have around because they need so much exercise, attention, and training/mental stimulation.
(Reprinted by permission from the author, April M. Quist. Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000. All rights reserved.)
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