Brianna-renamed as Tilley

Picture of Brianna-renamed as Tilley, a female Collie

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Home:Rockford, IL  
Age: 12 Years   Sex: Female

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May 6th 2004

Arrival Story:
I got Bri from a breeder who told me she was a retired show dog. (I found her online and then drove 7 hours one way to 1st go see her and then back again to pick her up.) She was supposedly very socialized and highly trained. She'd had one litter of pups but since her ears didn't flop over like smooth coats are supposed to do, she'd never been bred again. I had a real time with Bri trying to train her as she was NOT socialized whatsoever and barely housebroken. At 2 years old, this was no small task. I gave it my best shot but had not had a dog for 35+ years so was at a loss. I gave her to a rescue group who saw to it she got socialized better and now she's living fulltime at a horse farm/riding stables where they give lessons to kids. Bri loves kids! I'm in touch with them and get welfare reports. I've gone up to see her once. I feel I was the first step in a relay for her to get a more humane situation. She'll always be my doggie kid.

When I got her, she was dirty, her hair was brittle and she was totally untrained in living in a house. I taught her how to use steps and stairs. I think she was just kept back in a shed. She's doing so well and has been in traning classes for over a year. The vet found she had collie eye anomaly which is why they probably only bred her once and that's one time too many. She has 3 other dogs as friends at the farm and sleeps with the gal who trains her. She also has cats there. She loves cats! It was a great decision that was so hard to make but turned out so perfectly. It took alot of time and money but was so well worth the effort.

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