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New England Border Collie Rescue



Our Dogs:










Pistol Pete





Sugar Bush Farm is a foster home for New England Border Collie Rescue.  Kathy is the Treasurer for the group and we have been volunteering since 2002.  Several wonderful dogs have passed through our home and we are pleased to be of help in finding new homes for these awesome dogs.


Photos from the NEBCR Reunion on May 6th, 2006!

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Read a story about NEBCR that appeared in Borderlines, the magazine of The Border Collie Society of America.

Some web pages on our foster dogs for your viewing pleasure are listed below:)  There are some videos that take some time to load, please be patient, some can take up to 5 minutes to load but are fun to watch and also informative!

Past Foster Dogs Below:

Hannah's Training Session with Sandy

Hannah at Sugar Bush Farm

Hannah on Sheep

Roxie - A Journal of Her Days in Foster Care

Charm                  Molly           Regan      Seamus   Kofi

Loupi                 Nitro            Baxter       Rooney

Current Foster Dogs Below:




Why Rescue Applications Are So Important!

I often hear that filling out an application for a dog from purebred rescue is too complicated.  That the people requiring the information are asking for too much information and it is just a dog, not a baby, after all.

Well, a recent series of events has only served to reinforce us that our application process is the right way to go.
We received an application from a couple who had an older border collie MIX that they did not get until he was 10 years old.  They wanted a 1-3 year old border collie as a companion to their current BC mix.  We are border collie rescue and know the breed very well.  Our application asks questions and some of those and the responses we received on this one application are below:
It sounded fairly good until the reference part - only one reference given and on the line for the second reference it said
"We *are* professionals"
as if that exempted them from references - Hmmm. 
In reference #3 it said to see reference #2 - Hmmm again.
The yard is fenced - great!  But then they mention a tie-out trolley that they use for their current dog?  Hmmmm.
We ask how they intend to exercise this dog and get this response:  "You ask way too many questions! We know and understand the breed already..."  Hmmmm yet again!
Oh, and training they will do themselves because they trained two prior dogs in their lifetimes.
Sooooo - after debating the app, should we give them a chance to supply references, do we want to deal with this attitude, we decide to just reject them and send notice that they were rejected, suggesting they visit area shelters where the application process is less stringent.
We receive a snotty note back, complete with all of the degrees the professional has earned in his lifetime - Hmmmm.
At the same time this is going on, a very nice BC has been found in the area and is at an area shelter waiting for his owner to find him and he is also posted on our website as a lost dog.  The plan is that he will come into rescue once the holding period for stray dogs is up.  The shelter contacts us that this same person has applied to adopt this young male purebred BC and all we say is that we did receive an application, did not tell them that we didn't really like the application (or the attitude).  The dog is adopted by the family and we receive yet another snotty letter from the family thumbing their noses at us for being so elitist.  C'est la vie - a dog is in a home and out of the shelter - long and happy life to all!
But wait, it's been 3 weeks and the shelter contacts us again - this same dog has been returned to the shelter for.....(drum roll please).....getting into the garbage (they didn't want to use a crate) and ... when they put him out on his "run" and go back into the house he barks! 
But oh, how can this happen, they are *professionals* after all!  Don't they know that border collies were bred to work with their humans and really want nothing more than to be with you and not relegated to a tie out?  Where is the interactive play that these dogs so enjoy on a tri-daily basis?  Surely they must have known all these things?  That is why they told us we asked too many questions!  Could they not have spared 20 minutes to be out with their new dog a few times a day?
Grrrrrr - he is now safely in our rescue, a wonderful boy, no worse the wear for being in an inappropriate home for a border collie.  We'll get him to his right home next time we're sure!
Too many morals to list in this story!  Carry on with your missions, screen your adopters, stiffen your backs when you are called elitist, and go on with your lives.  Rescue is very hard work and some days you want to give up - but if you are not here, who will watch out for your special breed - no matter who your breed is.
Kathy Chittenden
New England Border Collie Rescue

*I inserted "professional" rather than the actual profession that was indicated on the application to not harm others within the same profession who are understanding of the dog rescue world.