Bearded Collie

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 4)

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“He had three surgeries in one week and even then, he still had an 80% chance of survival as well as keeping his infected leg.

The hardest part was just seeing him so sick, but I had a lot of confidence in the Doctor’s at the Animal Medical Center.

It took Oscar three months to recover.

One week in the hospital and then intensive care at home.

I remember the nurse taking off his collar and leash and his watching that.

I think he thought I was leaving him and it broke my heart.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 3)

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“Oscar is like my best friend.

I like the responsibility of caring for him.

I know he likes me and that makes me feel good.

We love walking together and driving in the car.

We like being outside together.

He almost died from some flesh eating bacteria about mine months ago.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 2)

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“There hasn’t been a whole lot of improvement with his manners.

We got him on a Friday and Jack Klugman died that Sunday.

My first thought when he died was that this dog is going to be called, Oscar Madison.

He lives up to his name.

Every evening we put about 20 toys in a neat pile in front of the living room fireplace and by the time we wake up in the morning, they are spewed all over the living room floor.

I know something is wrong with him if there is no mess in the morning.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 1)

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“Our previous dog, Hatter, a Briard, died and I asked my wife if we could rescue a dog.

She went online and found a dog that looked like a Briard that needed to be rescued.

He’s from the south, but was at a shelter in Elmsford, West Chester.

My wife drove up to the shelter to meet him and brought him home that day.

He was four months old, friendly but was a slob.

After he ate, the food was all over the living room rug.”

Teller, Ivy and Zoe, the Family of Bearded Collies (part 4)

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“If you realize the strength and life force that you get from interacting with such unconditionally loving beings, the actual tasks of caring for them become menial.

Having dogs while in chronic pain, challenged my husband’s patience.

His tolerance and patience grew from being around such innocent, loving beings that just wanted to love him.

His personality has changed in that he has learned love and compassion towards not only them, but himself.”

Teller, Ivy, and Zoe, the family of Bearded Collies (part 3)

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“They are two years old.

Teller was not happy at first.

It was a hard adjustment.

From early on, we knew we were not going to have three dogs on the bed.

Teller had the privilege of being the only one on the bed.

Two years later, we wake up with three dogs on the bed.

My husband has had serious health issues for the past 20 years.

He has had 18 surgeries on his back.

He also had a stroke right after we got Ivy and Zoe.

We looked at each other like we were insane because we had two puppies and a grown dog, and I didn’t have enough hands to take care of everything.”

Teller, Ivy, and Zoe, the Family of Bearded Collies (part 2)

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“I said to my husband, it’s time.

So, we got Teller.

That was four years ago.

All of my kids moved out of the house and Teller was getting lonely and we played with the idea of getting another dog.

We called breeders to see who was having a litter.

Luckily, Teller’s breeder was having a litter and it was going to be her last, so we went to Buffalo (where she was located), right away.

We were surrounded by puppies.

We couldn’t decide between Ivy and Zoe, we got both of them.”

Teller, Ivy, and Zoe, the Family of Bearded Collies (part 1)

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“I’ve had dogs all my life.

When I moved from Argentina to Manhattan I didn’t have the heart to have a large dog, but I promised my seven kids we would get a dog when we moved into a house and had the space and time to care for a dog.

We moved to Riverdale and got a Bearded Collie.  After a few years we got second Beardie.

The first Beardie lived to be eleven and the younger one died at only three, from epilepsy.

I could not get another dog because I felt I would be trying to replace the other two, but every time I walked in the street and saw a Bearded Collie, my heart would jump out.”