East Texas Border
Collie puppy mill
Saturday July 16, 2011
The dogs on
this page are from one location. They have spent their lives in
a puppy mill. They are fearful and unsocialized.
These dogs will not be available for adoption until they have been
rehabilitated and completed all medical treatment. We hope to
use this site to keep you informed of their status.
View a list
of the dogs we rescued from the puppy mill
We are not accepting applications
for adoption for these Border Collies at this
time unless they are listed on our
View a special video of these Border Collies
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April 10, 2011
Well I have finally stopped long enough to answer
emails. I got at the message this morning that all dogs
are off this property. All are safe in the hands of
several rescue groups. The official count won't be
finalized till tomorrow but it is going to be over 130.
Border Collie Rescue Texas pulled the 37 on Thursday and
had one from earlier in the week. We knew we left four
in the hands of the Humane society. Two we could not fit
in. One in a trap in the woods that they were going to
tend to after we left and one that walked up out of the
woods but ran away before we could catch it.
I want to say that it is with pride that I can say many
groups made this happen. We could not have handled all
130 and I dare say no one group could have. This isn't
about who pulled what number but about looking into
these dogs eyes and wrapping our arms around them and
giving them the touch and human contact that they
deserve. I want to thank All Border Collie Rescue for
being a part of this. A big part of this. I respect what
they do and thank them for being part of this rescue. I
hope we can work together always.
Now I want to tell you why I do this. There was an ole
soul there who has become "Gentle Ben" to us. He was in
a homemade x pen of heavy wire. Out in the open. At some
point I guess he had a vari kennel or at least there
were two halves of it with him. Not even put together.
One of those was half gone from being chewed on. Whether
for food or from boredom it really doesn't matter.
Gentle Ben, I would imagine, had a jet black muzzle in
his youth. Brilliant White blaze if he had ever been
cleaned. But that jet black muzzle is now dotted with
grey. Maybe you have seen it before. Grey rings set in
around the eyes and along the jaw line. And the black
well it is now tinged with lots of grey highlights.
We walked up to 40 crated dogs waiting for rescue.
Gentle Ben still waited away from the others in his x
pen prison. (Humane Society said it looked like he had
been there for years). Other barked. Some cowered. Some
were just confused. Gentle Ben just watched. We released
him after we had loaded up 15 or 20 other because we
weren't about to leave him. Well out walked Gentle Ben
to a group of strangers. People he had never seen.
People covered in the filth of terrible conditions. Well
he didn't mind he just walked out and did the proudest
sit, leaning against my leg. Leaning mind you. Leaning
and pointing that graying muzzle skyward at my face. I
reached down and scratched his chin. I scratched his
back that was missing hair, covered in dirt. No glowing
coat. Little hair left from fighting off fleas and
weather. LEANING on me, chin in air saying "Thank
you...thank you...now can you scratch me just once more"
I won't run. I won't hide. I just need to be next to
somebody that cares.
I gently scooped up gentle Ben who is between a
weathered 10 years of age to 15 at least and I walked
him into what will be his Golden Years. He will NOT want
for anything ever again. He will NOT sit in 100 degree
sun or sub freezing weather or be covered in fleas ever
again. He will be the champion he deserves to be.
Some of you will have to forgive me for what I am about
to write. I have watched Westminister for many years but
I have never had the privilege of going. But I listen as
that announcer calls out..."This is So and So number
XXX". When we started pulling these dogs we had to give
them numbers to keep records straight. And it worked but
now they have names like Gentle Ben..Well for me Gentle
Ben is great but he will forever be known as Gentle Ben
number 30. If those breed champions at Westminister can
have numbers so can these champions of Marion County.
I'll post Gentle Ben number 30's pictures when I can.
And there are 37 more champions just like him.
Give us your tired, your poor, those yearning to be
free. (I hear you)
Free, Free, Free at last. Thank God...free at last.
For everyone of you that has supported Border Collie
Rescue Texas with your prayer, with your donations and
with your watchcare. WE DID THIS TOGETHER.
Chairman of the Board
Border Collie Rescue Texas Inc.
*** Final count from the Humane
Society of the Border Collies from this site, 167 live
rescues, 16 deceased ***
priority, vet care and baths
Jefferson dogs arrive in Austin
Some of the
Border Collies checking into clinic
Tiny and severely underweight
Wants to be touched, coughing
Just wants attention!
Missing part of ear, canines snipped
Very scared and submissive
Nervous and skiddish
Desi - heart murmur, tumors, very
overbred and lethargic
One of Desi's tumors
Feel so better being clean
of the following pictures are graphic!
The Rescue -
April 7, 2011 - 37 Border Collies now safe
First one to
pull - Carli (Robin) needed immediately vet care
Carli's back paw is missing
Carli - exhausted but safe now
Carli's injured foot
Some of Carli's hair loss
Carli's front teeth are worn down to
Carli is now receiving medical care.
If you would like to help by
fostering one of these dogs, please submit a
These dogs will require long
term foster homes that have a lot of love, patience and
positive training experience. The rewards are large but slow.