*ANNIVERSARY ISSUE 2004* volume 4
Experiences Amazing Growth!
The 1st Annual MKBCR
MKBCR Goes Intl’
Foster Homes turn Adopters
A Tribute to Transporters
As always more wonderful
Poems by Bridget Byrne!
1ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!!
once said “It is
better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” Jennifer Fitzwater
and Kathy Hallberg saw a lot of darkness when they decided to start MO-KAN
Border Collie Rescue There were few families able to foster. There was very
little money and it seemed that the shelters in
We are dedicating this issue to all those people who have made the flame bright and enduring. Seventeen families have offered temporary or long term foster care for our dogs. Offers to transport our dogs and to do home studies for us have amazing. People have written articles for our newsletter, offered free grooming for our dogs donated supplies, offered discounted or free veterinary care provided expert computer and photography advice and the list goes on. One woman who is an artist auctioned off a work of art to help pay the medical care of a dog that had to have a leg amputated. Other rescue groups have helped us also. Groups such as the All breed rescue group, the Sheltie rescue group as well as the Pitbull and Lab rescue have transported, listed our dogs on their website etc.
Border collie rescue in other states have adopted some of our dogs as well as fostered them while we have been growing. And our group of potential adopters has grown. The number of dogs we can help has increased and we are keeping them in foster care for a much shorter period of time thus keeping dogs out of shelters.
Meanwhile, Jennifer, Kathy, and Barbie continue to tirelessly work for the benefit of Border collies. Much advice has been provided to both to adopters of our dogs and to other Border collie owners thus increasing the odds of a successful placement and again keeping dogs out of shelters. Kathy Hallberg, often working behind the scenes manages much of the financial and business aspect of rescue and participates in dog events by organizing and running booths at local dog events.
Jennifer spends hours daily on the computer and phone
dealing with the nitty gritty of arranging dog evaluations, home evaluations,
transportation etc. This she does in addition to providing advice and
connecting people with the best resources to deal with their Border collies.
Not to mention that she usually is fostering one or more dogs, is the Captain
of our flyball team and assists in
getting dogs evaluated for herding, as companion dogs, as flyball dogs, or
agility dogs or therapy dogs. Barbie continues her work in
We thank all of you for the light burns bright now for our Border collies and this issue celebrates that light and you!
The 1st Annual Mo-Kan Border Collie
The reunion was a smashing success! Stacey McVey and her family are organizational wonders! The day started out with the threat of continuing showers but it cleared and was near perfect. For those of you who couldn’t attend you missed the amazing sight of well over twenty Border collies running free together, swimming in the pond, and of course catching balls and Frisbees. We had a flyball demonstration, an agility demo, and the opportunity to have our dogs photographed by Joni Godsy, a professional dog photographer and her assistant (and husband) Alan Godsy (adopters of Trace now know as Kip). All this and not one, I repeat not one dog fight! (Whew!) We ate, visited, shared stories, and for the first time some adopters met foster parents and all in all it was a glorious day. The most special part was seeing the joy in our dogs and remembering each of their stories and how far they have come though the love and dedication of all of you!
where all the ham went to!!!
BEAUTIFUL property with us!!
Sales for lunch, t-shirts and other goodies tipped
the scale at just over $400
We have now rescued and placed over 60 dogs including two tri-pods! We have fostered one mother (Jubal) and her five “Fourth of July surprise” pups
and the McVey’s are fostering a second (Freckles and her six puppies.)
Frank McCarthy and Jack (adopted in 2003) placed in the top ten in the two mile race at the annual Dog n Jog
Rescues are a HIT at
Pet Sense Adoptathon!
The “Flexible Flyers “ flyball team were a hit at the Pet Sense adoption event this summer and shared the stage with Gary Lezak and have been asked back for this October 9 being billed as “See Dogs Fly!” Jess, Kate, Charly, and Fynn all performed. Kathy Hallberg and family attending with Abby practicing as our next box loader…
Katie adopted by John and Rachel Bishop posed for an ad for Sprint and was a true professional!
adopted by Jennifer Fitzwater came in third at a Frisbee competition in
Fynn Flyin High!
Mo-Kan Goes INTERNATIONAL!
Mo-Kan goes international. Diamond a three
legged Border collie from Wichita fostered by Kathy Daly and Annie a Border
collie relinquished after her owner died and fostered by Stacey McVey found
new homes in Canada. They were adopted by Tia Arden and Sheri & Matt
Cormie who have made both dogs very happy by involving them in Agility, Flyball,
and herding. And if that weren’t wonderful enough Joe our dog who had been
shot in the face and was fostered by Linda and Dan Ramirez went to live in
“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him the one that proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog… He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world…
When all other friends desert, he remains.
-George G. Vest
“THE SEARCH DOG”
You might remember Solo from the Winter 2003-2004 Newsletter. Vicki and Solo have become a wonderful SAR team in training! At 10 mos old, Solo passed the 20-acre wilderness search evaluation. Currently, they are preparing for our 40-acre wilderness night search evaluation. Vicki and Solo hope to tackle their final 160-acre evaluation by Spring 2005, so they can become Wilderness Certified. After that, they will start working on their disaster and cadaver specialties.
But it looked as though Solo’s career would be cut
short. All of a sudden, he wasn’t his
happy, bold, curious self anymore. He
started getting very anxious and nervous, especially in close quarters or
around lots of other dogs. Also, for
no known reason, Solo started being aggressive towards his
Solo is now taking medicine and my thyroid hormone is back to normal. His level of anxiety and nervousness has almost returned to normal. They are working hard to get him back to the happy, well-adjusted fellow he was before the onset of his disease and the symptoms that took over his life in such a negative way.
SOLO THE SEARCH DOG UPDATE
Here is an important excerpt from an article entitled “Thyroid Dysfunction as a Cause of Aggression in Dogs and Cats,” by L.P. Aronson DVM & N.H. Dodman RVMS, presented in 1997:
At Tufts we have seriously considered obtaining a thyroid panel on all dogs presented for evaluation, and we feel that it is a very good screen for a condition which may underlie a wide variety of behavioral problems, and one which is relatively easily and cheaply treated. It is our recommendation that hypothyroidism be considered as a rule out for dogs … showing inappropriate aggression. It should also be a rule out for dogs which show an inability to learn or concentrate on the owner, or for older dogs which have developed a personality change either rapidly or more gradually. It is probably a good rule out for dogs which exhibit fears or anxieties and possibly for some dogs with compulsive disorders.
So, if you have a dog that has shown a sudden change in behavior or who has been labeled as a dog with problem behavior, please remember Solo’s story and have the thyroid test. It might just save a dog’s life. In Solo’s case, it even saved his career as Solo The Search Dog!!!
Solo passed his 40-acre night evaluation tonight. He and I are now considered an operational K-9 SAR team. He is now qualified as a second dog in to verify results of a fully operational team. We have one more test - 160 acres, 4 hour time limit and multiple victims to become fully operational.
Our condolences go out to Rachel, John and Robert for their recent loss of their Jack Russell Terrier puppy, Dickens. Dickens was an amazing little dog, not the least intimidated by all the Border collies on our flyball team. He was our up and coming height dog for the Flexible Flyers as well as a treasured family member. Both brothers Bob and Truman, a Mo-Kan alumni, were Dickens best buddies and sister Katie, also a Mo-Kan alumni, was his racing companion. He will be much missed by everyone.
A Tribute to Transporters
A simple call for help
And a yes is given
As these quiet angels and their charges
Embark on the forever journey
It may be flight from the hell only
An abandoned dog knows
Or a stop on the path to a new start
Or best of all going home for good.
They often travel at night alone
With their fellow travelers
Offering comfort and soothing
Their touch however brief
Leaves an imprint everlasting
As they pass their charges on
They exchange a glance and a pat
And a cold nose or a sweet kiss
Is all the payment they ask
We salute these quiet angels
Who carry our dogs from pain
And sadness to a happy new life
And for the joy that they bring
To the new family who awaits
-Bridget Byrne & Jennifer Fitzwater
Linda French & Larry Mason
Linda & Paul Yoos
Marilyn Dawson-McCarthy &
Phil (Golden Rescue)
…and all the others that had assisted us in transport
Editor in Chief
How you can help
There are four ways to help:
Donate (includes becoming a Border Collie Angel)
For more information on the suggestions above, please visit our website
As we move to the end of the year and you are thinking of charitable donations please remember Mo-Kan
From all of us and the Border collies you have saved THANK YOU!!
Foster Homes turn Adopters…
Also joining the ranks of foster turned adopter are the
Jim and Courtney are our third foster home to turn
adopter. They started out fostering
with Rook of “Rook and Jubal”. When
Jubal gave birth to her surprise litter, Rook needed to find a new temporary
home! After Rook was adopted, Jim and
Courtney took in Josie, a stray from
All of these families have been wonderful foster homes and they have taken new rolls as forever homes (welcome to the club guys! J).
(This is for all those new Mo-Kan puppy owners out there!!! :)
Poem for New Puppy Owner
Don’t smell crotches, don’t eat plants,
Don’t steal food or underpants.
chew my shoes, what IS this mush?!
Those rugrats are funny, but also quite crazy.
Don’t despair through the toil and strife.
Cause after three years you’ll get back your life!
So lets go for walkies, so you can do your “thing”
And maybe I”ll get back my diamond ring!!
The New Foster Dog
(This poem was inspired by “Quinn” and dedicated to all our beloved rescues)
A black and white whirlwind you were
Racing from door to door and atop the
Couches, chairs and beds, grabbing newspapers
And shoes as you sped by me
No counter was safe, no object sacred
Captured at last, your heart was beating
And your tongue lolling outside your mouth
And you eyes were unreadable wild and untamed
And that old doubt that always came, returned
Will this be the one we can’t help?
Two steps forward, one back, learning the way
The first sit, learning to walk at my side,
Mastering the car rides, returning the ball
Taking a bath and making your crate a home
Learning a new name for we never knew yours
All, successes greater to us than world peace
Then the doubts, the testing, the challenging,
The regressions, the chewed shoes, a new accident
We remind ourselves this is normal
That we have been this way before
Then one day you offer a paw
And the look in your eyes is focused and clear
As though you are saying, “I understand now”
Your kisses are gentle, you delight in our praise
And showing your lessons, ignoring the forbidden
And, yes with a tear, we know the time is near
For you to leave us, now a partner and friend
To meet your new family and begin on the forever journey
That will be the rest of your life
Quinn’s made quite a journey, not only in the miles from southern Missouri shelter to a loving home in central Kansas, but also from a sweet, yet frantic hungry, wandering young dog to a well-mannered companion. Rusty has honored us by giving Quinn the registered name of “MO-Kan Quentin call name Quinn.” It took no less than the commitment of ten people to make this small miracle occur. The story of Quinn is a celebration of those people whose dedication to the welfare of Border Collies has saved countless dogs since MKBCR began.
MO-KAN BORDER COLLIE RESCUE
C/O JENNIFER FITZWATER