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Could four be the magic number for our ‘cursed’ Collies in Cornwall?

When people think about their ideal relationship with a pet dog, their first thoughts tend to be about long summer walks, cuddles and affection, and a partnership that cannot be broken.
Border Collie’s are traditionally a working dog but they can bring a new element of love and play to a person’s life.
Our Cornwall centre in Hayle is currently home to four Collie’s all looking for a special home. With a mix of young and old, if you’re a lover of the breed you’re sure to find one that can fit into your family! 
Freya, four, Collie cross German Shepherd
Wary girl Freya gains trust and confidence with new people and surroundings at her own pace. Which is understandable after her tragic start to life – found as a stray, Freya was confused and scared when she was first in our care.
She has since been re-homed, but her previous owner sadly passed away not too long after, leaving Freya to come back to us.  
Once Freya has begun to trust and bond with someone, she’s very affectionate and likes to think she’s a lap dog! However this can take time and due to her breed, she can be protective.
Freya sometimes tries look ‘tougher’ than she is by standing her ground, because of this she is currently being muzzle trained and this training will need to be continued in her new home, which will need to have experience of collie traits already. 
Her new home will also have to be a quite quiet, with no visiting children or grandchildren, plenty of space, toys and of course love!
Freya’s ideal home
- Adult only
- No cats
- Possibly another dog
- High exercise need
- Left alone for up to two hours
Beth, 12, Border Collie 
Beth is an older girl, and some people can be put off by this – but don’t let the number fool you! She’s an active girl and a true working collie.
Beth needs a lot of exercise and enrichment to keep her mind busy as well as her body. 
Prior to being at our Hayle centre, Beth lived on a small holding and she has a farm collie's mentality. Due to this, she’s looking for a similar set up.
Beth needs a secure, quiet home with no children, where she can left to her own devices without being fussed over – a bit like a cat!
She much prefers being outdoors and prefers an indoor area which isn't overly furnished as Beth likes to play with and likely destroy things like curtains and cushions. She is however, a big fan of any toy and her favourite
challenge is to cram as many as possible into her mouth.
This gorgeous oldie can be reluctant to let anyone have them back though, including other dogs, so a resident dog would have to understand this.
She the perfect ‘quirky collie’ who needs a special set up to be happy but she will definitely make you smile with her antics and quirks!
Beth’s ideal home
- Adult only
- Possibly live with cats
- Possibly live with another dog
- Medium exercise need
- Left alone for up to four hours
Shep, four, Border Collie
Have you heard about Shep? This four-year-old Collie had two operations when he first came into our care and we ran an appeal to help raise money to pay for them.
Thankfully, the operations on his hips were a success and although he’s in a lot less pain, this gorgeous youngster still need to build up the muscles in his legs.
Shep is looking for a home which understands rescues and Collie’s specifically. He’s a very clever dog who will need lots of mental stimulation especially until he is 100 per cent physically fit. 
He would like a home in a quiet area as he can get worried easily by noises and Shep isn’t a fan of being on his own – but he is very loving once bonded.
Sheps’ ideal home
- Adults only
- No cats
- Possibly live with another dog
- Medium exercise need
- Not used to being left
Wizz, 13, Border Collie 
Wizz is a boisterous boy who certainly lives up to his name!
A true sweetheart who is partial to a cosy blanket, Wizz is young at heart and still bounds around when it’s play time! Sometimes he needs to be reminded to calm down a little as he does suffer from arthritis in his hips.
When Wizz came into our care last Christmas, he was in quite a sorry state. He was matted and smelly to say the least!
He’s since been spruced up, loved and cared for by our dedicated staff who are very proud to see him looking so handsome.
Wizz isn’t a big fan of vet visits (or grooming) but he has been muzzled trained for these occasions, so at least his protests are done safely.
Wizz’s ideal home
- All family members at least 12+
- No cats
- Possibly live with another dog
- Medium to low exercise need (depending on arthritis condition)
- Left alone for up to four hours
Could you be the next loving owner for one of our ‘cursed’ collies? We understand they have breed specific needs, but the outcome would be a dedicated, loving and active companion!
If you’re interested and you fit their requirements please contact our Cornwall centre on 01736 756005 to discuss meeting your future pet!

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