We just passed Miss Madigan the Merle's 5-year adoption date from the Collie & Sheltie Rescue of Southeast Virginia. I spent my entire teenage through middle-aged years wanting a rough collie, but could never have one for one reason or another. Five years ago, I realized I was going to go to my grave never having that collie if I didn't just "go for it!" Steve and I were in a place where we could finally get a dog. We decided to rescue a collie and right when we applied, Miss Madigan was coming into the rescue. This is the initial picture we saw of her right before we met her. My heart still melts every time I look at this picture. She was stunningly beautiful! And she still is! She has brought so much furry love and fun into our home these past 5 years. We are so glad we "went for it," and adopted not only Madigan, but also her half-brother, Sir Raleigh the Collie. Our vacuum cleaner has definitely gotten a good workout the past 5 years, but we have never minded the extra work. We love our fur kids! Joy Gray, June 2016
I want to thank you for this Beautiful girl Ginger. I lost my little Ralphie last year , my heart was broken. My BFF Robin Meekins ,ask me to come to one of your events. I seen Ginger and she melted my heart, for 2 months I couldn't get her off my mind. Well I really believe God put this baby there to ease my pain. I adopted this sweet girl in December 2015. Ginger has really made my life happy again. No doubt she was put here for me. She is the best, well trained, house boken, and she is so loving and seems so thankful for her new mommy. She loves everbody, she went from a shy quite girl to an outgoing friendly girl. I could not of ask for a more perfect girl. Thank you so much for the great work y'all do to help these dogs. Ginger is truly a gift and she is the best.. Dorothy Jenkins
Stories of Dogs who have made your family a part of the
Collie and Sheltie Rescue Association of Southeast Virginia
I just wanted to take a moment to share a little something with your organization. In April of 2001, I took my then 13-year-old son to a "Bark in the Park" event to pick out a dog from amongst the many rescue groups. I personally had my eye on a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, but my son, A.J., had other ideas. When we visited the Collie and Sheltie Rescue area, a cute little Sheltie, 13 months in age,jumped up and placed his paws on my son's midriff, looking at him in expectation. "Mom, I want this dog," A.J. said and so we walked away with Scottie. Fast forward 15 years and we still have the privilege of owning Scottie, who is now sweet 16! A.J., now age 28, is a little old to be called Scottie's "boy," but hey that's what he is. I just wanted to take a moment to thank you, because there will never be another dog like this one. Smart, resilient, adaptable and kind, he's what most humans wish they could be. Here's a photo of him on his 16th birthday (March 1). Who knows he may be your oldest living alumni! Keep up your good work!