Today is Petfinder‘s 15th birthday–and they’re asking all of us to spread the word about adoptable pets for Adopt the Internet Day!

My choice? Lacey, a beautiful tri-colored 2-year-old Border Collie, who is listed on Petfinder from one of my favorite adoption places, Western Border Collie Rescue.

OK, you all know that I adopted a fearful Border Collie that I found on Petfinder in 2002–a fearful dog is always challenging, yet rewarding. That’s why I picked Lacey as my Adopt the Internet dog–in the right home, she’ll blossom!

Lacey’s Story

Lacey in January snowlight

Lacey’s story isn’t that different from many pets up for adoption, but it’s still important. Her amazing foster mom gave us this account.

In November 2009, an Eagle Colorado animal shelter worker contacted Western Border Collie Rescue about two very scared Border Collies: Cotton, Lacey’s mom, and Lacey, the last pup left in her litter. Cotton’s owner was moving (how many times do we hear that?) and he didn’t want the burden.  Lacey was only 3 months old.  Both Lacey and her mom spent 3 months at the shelter before Western Border Collie Rescue sprang them and placed the two fearful dogs in a foster home.

Then, a sad turn. Cotton became very sick.  Vet testing revealed that she was suffering from Immune Mediated Polyarthritis, a serious joint disease.  The rescue decided that Cotton and Lacey be separated so that Cotton could work on getting better and Lacey could learn how to become more confident in a new environment.

Luckily for Cotton, her new foster mom decided to adopt Cotton. But Lacey was not so lucky. For the first 3 months in her foster home, Lacey shut down and hid as far away as possible when people would come near. Her daily routine was staying away from open spaces, sticking close to walls, hiding under tables or huddling in corners. Scared, unable to cope.

Lacey And Other Dogs

But, Lacey’s foster mom soon realized that Lacey felt safe when she was around other dogs–she was comfortable with them. No matter

Lacey showing off her one headlight

what size, breed, color or age, if there was another dog around, Lacey seemed happy romping, wrestling, running at the speed of light, chasing–you name it, if there’s a dog around, she’s up for anything!

Lacey’s Progress with Humans

Lacey asks for human attention in her own special way. Her foster mom says that, maybe two or three times a night during TV-watching time, Lacey “sneaks up, get real close,” and then put her head down on the nearest lap. Once Lacey gets about 5 seconds of petting, she sneaks away.

The good news is, Lacey is starting to show signs of trust in her foster mom’s friends and some family members–HUGE steps from the scared little dog in the corner.  Her foster mom recounts another milestone: 1 year, 1 month and 12 days after arrival, Lacey mastered the cue “sit!”  To

Ready to play!

her foster mom, that was a sign “that Lacey could do what any other dog can do.”

Lacey’s Hope

Lacey came to her foster home on December 4, 2009–it’s the only real home she has ever known.  She will probably never be a bomb-proof, totally confident, happy go-lucky dog.  She might always be afraid of new situations and may never want more than 5 seconds of attention at a time. She needs a family who wants her for who she is. The family will need patience, training, and the ability to understand that small steps are really huge steps in this little girl’s life.

For example, her foster mom is thrilled that Lacey chooses to sleep with her every now and then. The most important things that Lacey needs in her life, according to her foster mom, “are humans that will accept her for who she is, love her even when it seems she doesn’t want it, give her a home with at least one other dog, provide a warm bed in a quiet corner to rest her head, and maybe a few romps in the snow in the winter and a few splashes in a river or lake in the summer. Is that too much to ask?”

No, it’s not! To find out more about Lacey, see her Petfinder profile. And if you’re interested in adopting her, I’ll pay half of her adoption fee!

—-

12 Responses to “Adopt This Sweet Border Collie Lacey!”

  • Lacey looks like a sweet but very scared little girl. Hopefully, she’ll find the person who is willing and able to give her the attention and patience she so badly needs. She certainly deserves to have a safe, comfortable forever home. Thanks for sharing Lacey’s story, Hilary, and for being a wonderful advocate for animals.

  • Another all-too-common story. Poor girls. Lacey looks like a real sweetie. I’m so happy to hear she does so well with other dogs. I’ve always said that in many cases … fearful dogs really need to be in a household with other dogs.

    I have friends who foster, and it seems like they’re always finding homes for their foster pups and getting new ones. I’m sad to hear that Lacey has waited so long.

    • Thanks, Roxanne! Yes, sometimes these dogs wait a long time before finding the right home. I read the story of Breezy, your adoption pick, and she certainly has had a time of it, too. I’m so glad Petfinder is promoting this adoptathon! Appreciate your comments!

  • It’s not too much to ask at all, in fact, it isn’t enough. Lacey sounds like a very special dog. Whoever takes her home is going to be very lucky. I have a feeling she is a life-changer.

    • Thank you for the vote of confidence for little Lacey! She is doing so well, considering her beginnings. Appreciate your participation in the adoptathon!

  • Diana:

    Lacey has come a long way! She’s just waiting for the perfect forever home and while she waits she has a wonderful foster Mom to help get her there!

    • Thanks, Diana. I’m really glad you and Jessica (foster mom) are working with Western Border Collie Rescue! They are great in matching the right homes to dogs… and Lacey will get hers. Hopefully sooner than later, but at least she’s gaining confidence with Jessica.

  • Thank you everyone for your kind words! Most of all, thank you Hilary for all you have done to get Lacey’s story out there. She is a very special dog. Western Border Collie Rescue is a GREAT organization. The rescue has done A LOT for me and Lacey to insure she is getting everything she needs to be a happy & healthy pup. I know Lacey has the perfect home out there!

    • Jessica, it was a pleasure to be part of Lacey’s advocate team–we’re happy that Petfinder’s adoptathon gave us the opportunity to give Lacey some exposure. I’m thrilled that you’re her foster mom! She’s very lucky (and so is WBCR)!

  • She’s gorgeous. I hope she found a family.

Leave a Reply

Subscribe To This Blog!
Blog the Change



GoPetFriendly.com

Never Shock a Puppy badge big