Border Collie rescue - Capri 4 months old

Border Collie rescue – how it started…

We are a family of three: me (Kasha), Marius (my husband) and Nell (our chicky daughter going now to secondary school). We love dogs as this is the only animal that will always stay with you no matter what. 

We owned different dog breeds in the past, and since our beloved dachshund dog – Brutus, passed away many years ago, we really felt a gap in our family. Who knew we would own a Border Collie rescue dog in the future.

We wanted to have a smart dog

So, our cravings to get a dog was growing over time. We knew from our experience that introducing a new family member is a serious commitment. It is not like you bring a dog to your house, find it a spot, feed it and go for a walk. Your life will change and you have to adjust to your dog schedule.

Nell obviously loved the idea,  as most girls her age like dogs and want to have one. Marius, on the other hand, was more conservative about it. As he is a down to earth person, he knew all the implications that may occur while we bring the dog home. 

Border collies are the breed that loves to run and are very energetic, and on top of it, we wanted to have a rescue dog.

Rescuing a dog is a big responsibility

Rescuing a dog is a bit different from owning one from the beginning. Often dogs like that had some past trauma making them very vulnerable. Often they were starved, beaten or left behind. 

The questions we had in mind before rescuing a dog were:

  • who will go for a walk with the dog
  • who will feed the dog
  • who will collect the poops from the ground
  • who will have time to play with the dog
  • will dog adjust to our family 
  • will the dog not try to escape

 It was six months since our first talk until we decided to search for one, but it happened we were so lucky.


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How did we do our Border Collie rescue

I started searching for a Border Collie rescue dog using various internet sites. In particular, we liked two dogs, so we put our applications in. 

The first dog was already adopted, but the second one, Capri, was still available. Capri was a 5 months old female border collie mix with whippet (this is what we think – the PetRescue are not sure). We found our Capri on the PetRescue website. We saw a photo of a tiny bunch of sadness. Capri looked so poor and unloved.  

We enquired to see Capri. Surprisingly, she was located in the foster house, 100 km away from our home in Brisbane, on Sunshine Coast. We made a call and booked an appointment.

Visiting Capri at the foster house

The foster house was located inland, on Sunshine Coast. Once we entered the property was saw her. We were immediately amused with her. Capri looked tiny, a bit concerned, but she was waving her tail and welcoming us at once. We brought some cooked chicken to make a good impression on her. Capri liked it very much and felt more comfortable with us.

Nell feeding Capri with chicken - first impression
Nell feeding Capri with chicken – first impression

The most surprising thing was she sat on Marius’s lap while being fed, and Marius was immediately in love with her.

Capri on Marius lap
Capri on Marius lap

Also, Capri was so funny as she was able to sit on the stairs with her back.

We did not hesitate and already there we decided she will be our new family member. We asked the lady if we can have her and fortunately, she agreed.

Paperwork and Capri status

Rescuing a dog from a shelter required paperwork to be filled before bringing Capri home. We had to pay a $600 fee for dog adoption. Also, we needed to change dog ownership (can be done online) and change Capri chip owner and current address (in case she lost).

In summary, Capri was already chipped, vaccinated, desexed, and toilet trained. Also, she could already respond to some basic commands. This only indicated to us she is an intelligent dog.

The foster lady said Capri was not very good with walking on a leash, and in general, she was scared to go to places. Thus, we needed to take good care of Capri once she arrived at our house.

Bringing Capri home

After organising Capri paperwork and paying the legal fee, we were ready to collect Capri from her foster house.

Luckily, when we arrived, Capri immediately recognised us, and she was happy. She did not know yet that she was coming with us today.

After exchanging final words with the foster lady, we put Capri in our car back seat. Believe me. She was very uncertain about what was happening. There were three kids in her foster house, and she definitely liked them already, and suddenly some people were taking her away.

During the drive, she did not move at all. She layd at the back standstill. 

Once we arrived at our house, she was scared to get out of the car. Only Marius was able to encourage her to come close to the car door, and he was able to grab her and move it to the backyard.

Capri was very confused
Capri was very confused but adjusted quickly

Capri was very timid and started to sniff around, checking what was going on. After an hour, she walked around and finally settled a bit.

So, this is how it all started. We knew Capri was the one and we loved her at first sight.

Have you rescued a dog? Or are planning to do it?

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