YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING A DOG FROM WICCAWEYS
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Wiccaweys Walkers Blog
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Wiccaweys Fosterers Blog
Updates on the dogs from their fosterers
Wiccaweys Letters from our Dogs Blog
Updates from adopted dogs and their new families
Waggy Tales from the Wiccaweys Dogs Blog
Stories from the Dogs waiting for their new homes
Wiccaweys Rainbow Bridge Blog
A place for folks to remember, celebrate and play tribute to their adopted Wiccaweys friends who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge to play in the green meadows of the Summerlands.
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would like to welcome you to the Wiccaweys Rescue Border Collies and Working
Sheepdogs website. We do hope you enjoy your visit.
dogs that come into Wiccaweys as rescues or for rehoming become part of
our family. We get to know them and make sure we know the type of home they need. Sometime a dog will go into foster with one of our wonderful foster homes. Foster dogs are those that need extra time to learn about 'normal' life or are dogs who require a 'hospice' home due to age or on-going health issues. We do not have short term foster homes. We do not believe in having lots of foster homes so we can take in lots of dogs to keep 'turnover' up. We believe that our foster homes should be for the dogs that need the extra help.
You have to remember that the Border Collie is a working dog, and they have an instinct to herd. This is stronger in some BC's than others. An unchannelled herding instinct can result in nipping ankles, bicycle, jogger and car chasing, for example.
Exercise is nothing to a Border Collie - they were bred to be permanently 'on the go' and 'alert' at all times. A working Border Collie can run all day, and still be ready to go should his master need him.
Can you live with a dog who will easily do that lovely 3hr plus walk you take him on, and then chucks a tennis ball or toy at you 5mins after walking in the door?
Border Collies can do the exercise bit with their eyes shut, so to speak - it's the mental stimulation that they need to keep them sane. Can you provide that?
Can you share your home with the dog that leaps up as soon as you move? "What we doing, where we going, what we doing?"
The dog who does exactly the same as soon as you walk through the door? He doesn't know if you have had a hard and tiring day - he needs his body and brain exercising - "Come On, come on - lets go.....lets do stuff.....where's my ball....where's my ball......"
Can you cope with the destruction that may have been caused because he didn't have enough to keep him occupied while you where away?
Will your neighbours put up with the howling and barking of a bored collie who has been left all day while you are at work?
Are you prepared for when the cute little fluffy puppy grows up and turns into a whirling dervish, knocking young children off their feet in his hurry to be doing something?
are quite often the reasons that BC's end up in rescue - that cute little
pup has turned into a manic, active dog that needs something to do - he
needs to use his brain! If they are not mentally stimulated as well as
being exercised, then they will provide their own entertainment - whether
that be re-decorating the house or re-designing the fixtures, fittings
and furniture, or using that extremely strong herding and nipping instinct
on the kids, cat, local jogger or just the nearest moving object.....
the list could go on.
main thing to remember is, when you decide to take a Border Collie into
your home, you are taking a Working Dog into your lives - not an easy
you feel that you would like to offer any of the dogs a home, please contact
us for a chat in the first instance.
We work closely with friends and colleagues at other rescues up and down the country, and from time to time you will find details of collies at other rescues needing homes on the site.
Rescue Border Collies and Working Sheepdogs receives no funding, other
than the kind donations people give when adopting a dog from us. We are
always grateful of any help that people can offer, whether it be time,
blankets, toys and food, and of course donations to continue our work.
are our various BLOGS, which will contain
the latest news, gossip and information, including the Wiccaweys Walkers
Blog - where our volunteer walkers post stories from their days with the
residents, the Letters from Our Dogs Blog - for
those wonderful people who have already taken a Wiccaweys dog into their
lives and homes, we have section dedicated to you and your new family member
and we would love for you to send stories, photographs and updates that
we can share with visitors to the site. There is also
a section with details of events that Wiccs will be holding and attending
with the Wiccaweys stand. If you can come along and say hello, We would
love to see you!
You can also see the older dogs who are residents at our retirement home, which we affectionally call The Rainbow Bridge Departure Lounge - flights are delayed as long as possible! They are all characters and now much loved members of our family.
Please feel free to pop in on our dogs who are also featured on the site. We do hope you enjoy your visit, and that you find it interesting, informative and entertaining. If you have any comments, or would like any further information, or you need help, please do not hesitate to contact us at the email address or telephone number shown on the contacts page. If you could, please take time to sign our guest book.
Sarah, Paul and all the Wiccaweys Dogs and Volunteers.