I picked Bucky up in Hazard on Tuesday to transport him to his foster home in Louisville. We had him pulled from the high kill shelter in Hazard...they get in over 100 dogs a week.
The poor boy had a dislocated hip that healed abnormally and, as a consequence, one leg is shorter than the other. He has a slight limp, but doesn't seem to be in pain. When the vet x-rayed him, he found 50 to 100 buckshot in his hindquarters.
This is the sweetest, most loving collie I've ever met. Who does something like this?
In any case, he's looking for a home. He's completely vetted, neutered and microchipped. He's only three years old and looks like the old style farm collies.
He's available at Tri-State Collie Rescue. He's not up on the website yet, will be this week. I really want this boy to go to a good home...he deserves one. He'll be your velcro dog, all he wants is love and attention. You can PM me or submit an application on the Tri-State website (yes I know, website is not great, we're working on an upgrade).
My childhood dog Jack (who was a hugely oversized Sheltie who actually looked a lot like Bucky) was a rescue. He was an animal control seizure from a man who would leave him outside when he left, not contained in any way.
When Jack would (unsurprisingly) wander off during the day, and people would bring him back, the guy would beat him for "running away." Animal control finally took him when they responded to a call from a neighbor, and caught the guy throwing the poor dog AGAINST THE WALL OF THE GARAGE to "punish him."
Around age 10, Jack was having some digestive issues and had abdominal xrays. When the emergency vet put the film up, he opened with, "so you can see his hip and spine here. Then there's the buckshot, but I'm sure you knew about that..."
No, no we did not. It did explain his hip and back pain, though.
I've always assumed he was shot by someone whose property he was wandering through, but we'll never know. Poor dog.
Bless you for helping Bucky. He looks like such a sweet boy. I hope he finds a wonderful forever home!!
ooooooooooohh...go ahead, break my heart early in the morn...........those collie faces ......ooooooooooooo..........my collie gal would LOVE to catch and eat my barn cats, but i still would shoot her with buckshot!......
being the only human in a 5 dog household, i think most of my dogs are velcro dogs, butmy collie is certainly VERY in tune with my actions/movements........would love to be a 2 collie house, but i think i am at my dog limit right now......he is a real cutie............good luck
Tallyho, I know. I'm at my 4 dog limit or he would have never made it on the next leg of the transport. I hear he's a lovebug in his foster home. Needs about 15 pounds and some love. He's a big boy, not sure how he is with cats yet.
The vet is leaving the buckshot. It's an old injury and is healed...doesn't appear to be causing him any pain. He has an odd gait from badly healed dislocated hip, but he jumped right up in the my car and the next transport's station wagon. He's loving his foster home! We've had adoption inquiries on him already. Whoever gets him is a very lucky adopter.
Yep...I'd guess he was chasing livestock (or killing chickens etc.).
If he was one of the "scary" breeds (pitbulls/rottie/germ shep etc) I would expect people to shoot at him..Collies have a good reputation with people, so I expect stock protection was his offense.
Looks like a pretty guy. I tried getting a collie a couple of months ago...she refused to stop chasing the cats...back to the breeder she went. I like collies, but any breed is fair game if they go after livestock.
We have a lot of collies turned in because they are herding cows, children, nipping, etc. People just don't do their research on what the characteristics are of a herding dog. They see a collie and think Lassie. The storybook version. Some of them would do better with a fish.
The reality is, we're lucky if they're turned in. This guy was pulled from a shelter; he had been found wandering loose. The birdshot and the dislocated hip are an old injury, probably from when he was a puppy. The hip was never fixed, it healed abnormally and has formed another socket.
This guy was pulled from a shelter; he had been found wandering loose. The birdshot and the dislocated hip are an old injury, probably from when he was a puppy. The hip was never fixed, it healed abnormally and has formed another socket.
sounds like his former owners were oh so wonderful.
Lots of people would shoot a collie- many of YOU would if you found one bothering your livestock.
It's always the owners fault of course; if the dog is properly cared for and kept properly confined to the owner's property it doesn't go wandering and doesn't cause trouble that causes it to get shot.