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Post-Adoption update: October 15, 2008
If anyone has been wondering how Lady FKA Blaire has been doing, I
thought I'd post about her.
A little background first...I had been looking for a "special" collie
from the MWCR website for a long time. I was at work on the 13th of
Sept, asked my employer if she would bring up the site and see if
there were any new collies. There was the picture of dirty Blair
which said she was going to be euthanized. I immediately fell in
love with her. I called Ellen in Duluth and asked her if she could
help me because I wanted her. At the same time, my employer called
the dog pound to see if someone was there. I'm not sure who all
helped but the next thing I knew, Roni had her. Praise the Lord!
She was taken to the vet on the 16th and had 14 teeth pulled. I
talked to Roni and found out what a wonderful lady she is also. Then
I found out I could have her and everyone was busy getting the
transport all taken care of. I believe 5 different people helped
Lady get to Duluth where my husband picked her up and brought her
home to Silver Bay.
On Tuesday, I took Lady and my 3 other girls to our camper in
Sturgeon Lake. She hopped right in the front with me while her
sisters were in the back of the Yukon. She laid on the seat for the
2 hour drive. She liked our camper and the kennel in our lot. We
spent the week there relaxing.
On Monday the 29th of Sept, I took her to our vet in Duluth because
there was a difference in opinion if she had been spayed. Our vet
didn't believe she was so we made the appointment for the following
On Oct 9th, Don took her to Duluth again since I had to work. Later
that morning the surgeon called and said she was doing fine. One of
her ovaries was enlarged so we decided to have it sent to the
pathologist to make sure she didn't have cancer. We had to keep her
quiet this week which wasn't hard since it was rainy every day and
she didn't want to go outside anyway. We were to find out the
results this week.
Last night around suppertime, the surgeon called. He said the
results were back and Lady had a VERY RARE form of cancer in both
ovaries. It is so rare that he had to look it up in the books. The
enlarged ovary of course, had a large tumor. They believe the tumors
were contained in the ovaries so that it didn't spread. 99% there
will be no more problems. She also had multiple ovarian cysts. He
said that if we hadn't gotten her when we did and have her spayed
right away, that she would have gotten worse fast.
Because Lady is deaf, has/had rotten teeth, and now the cancer, he
beleives she is around 10.
My heart was broken a few weeks earlier when I thought I was going to
be getting another collie but God works in mysterious ways and now I
know that this was His will for both Lady and us. She has my heart
for however long I am blessed to have her.
It seems like we have been on a roller coaster ride since I first saw
that dirty little sad face online and now we can relax. We know the
I don't remember all the names of EVERYONE who helped us get Lady if
it was phoning, transporting etc. but I want to THANK ALL OF YOU
I have a picture of Lady with her sisters that I took the morning
after we got her and will try to start an album soon.
If we were awarding grades to our collies, Blaire would receive an A+, as her foster mom says that Blaire is the best foster dog that she's ever had. A small, sable rough collie estimated to be 7 years old, Blaire is full of charm and exhibits no serious behavioral problems. She is friendly, very quiet, perfectly housetrained and able to be left alone for up to 9 hours without confinement. She is good with other animals, rides very well in a car and tolerates grooming (though she does not like having her hair pulled). Sociable and easy going, Blaire likes to sleep on the couch or on the floor to be near her family. Active and happy, Blaire prances like a little reindeer when she walks!
But no dog is perfect and as good as she is, Blaire still has a few things to learn. For example, she needs to learn to come when called, as well as how to sit and to stay. And since she was a stray before coming into rescue, her forever home should have a fence to ensure that she won't slip away again. Finally, while she is healthy overall, Blair's remaining teeth will need to be kept clean as she had to have 14 of them removed when she came to MWCR.
Blaire will do best in a forever home with someone who can spend time with and talk to her. In return, she will be a sweet, well behaved forever friend.