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dylan. their loss, my gain!

post #1 of 15
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by the time dylan was 18 months he was already in the hands of his fourth owner. it seemed no one wanted to give this bouncy buffoon a chance. my friend gave him 3 and half years until her *!*! of a husbands cruelty led me to step in and become owner number 5.

5 years on and dylan, still a total loon, lives happily with us and i am still at a loss how anyone could have given up on him. sure, he is high maintenance but he is a collie! it's not rocket science!

dylan was diagnosed with leukemia 2 and a half years ago, a rare form that my vet has only come across once before in 26 years. he is on a daily dose of steriods and chemo tablets and is doing really well. his leukemia count has actually dropped from being in the 80's to now being in the 30's which is fantastic!

so here is my boy.

chewing on his bone.


enjoying the sunshine.


loving the snow! (that is my daughter hiding behind her snowman)


sulking cos he can't play with the cat tunnel.


dylan
post #2 of 15
What a sweet face! Glad to hear he's in a happy home being loved like he deserves! Oh, and I would have never know there was anyone behind the snowman.
post #3 of 15
What a sweetheart!! So glad your now his owners.....
post #4 of 15
Bless him He's a doll
post #5 of 15
Bless him & your and your family. My Tyler had been through a bunch of homes too, but is now in his forever home, I sometimes wonder if he remembers any of the other places he lived. DH always say's he only remembers us, and the fact he is loved.
post #6 of 15
BCs can definitely be a handful in hands of those who don't understand them...they are very focused and energised all the time...even late into adulthood! Dylan looks to be an absolute sweetheart, and he's probably glad he finally found someone who understands him entirely!!
post #7 of 15
Wow he is so gorgeous and looks like such a happy boy now! I think it is so sad that so many dogs suffer because people go out and get a breed of dog because they like the look but don't do their research. They end up with a dog with behavior they can't deal with but the poor dog is just behaving exactly like it was bred and designed to do! Bless you for giving him a chance to have a long happy life!!
post #8 of 15
Omigosh, Dylan is such a handsome boy I'm so glad you shared his picture and his story here I'm sure with your love and care, he will continue to thrive in good health and much happiness, bless you for taking him in and providing him with a much-needed furever home
post #9 of 15
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thanks everyone! it's lovely to get so much positive feedback for a dog who has had so much negativity in his life.

i know dylan carries many bad memories from previous experiences. he exhibits crazy behaviour in the car, although he is 100 times better than when i first got him. he hates seeing me leave the house and is much better if he is unable to watch me walk or drive away.

and don't ever roll a tea cloth up near him. my son was messing about one day and pretended to flick me with it and poor dylan fled out of the room. i mentioned this to my friend who owned him before and she actually admitted that her husband found it funny to flick dylan with a rolled up tea cloth! that really hurts!

so despite this and many other traumatic experiences i know about or dylan has tried to tell me, he remains an absolute treasure. he is fantastic with my cats, my kids and anyone he meets. his faith in people is immense and he brings me, my family and friends many moments of joy and laughter.
post #10 of 15
Such a handsome boy!
post #11 of 15
He is lovely and he will be a lot better now he is with you and in a happy home
post #12 of 15
He's an adorable dod.. Glad he's in your loving home.
post #13 of 15
He has a great face! So glad he found his permanent home with you.
post #14 of 15
Dylan is adorable!

My Lola, part collie, was a shelter dog. She has a very similar look in her eyes as your Dylan. Always attentive, always wants to please you, and gets morose if you scold her for anything. Just looking at Dylan and hearing you describe him, sounds like they have similar natures.

Lola is younger than Dylan (she's not quite 2), and it has taken us some time to build up her confidence. But with every passing day, their confidence grows and they become better and better dogs, don't they?

Bless your heart for giving Dylan the home he deserves!
post #15 of 15
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Dylan is adorable!

My Lola, part collie, was a shelter dog. She has a very similar look in her eyes as your Dylan. Always attentive, always wants to please you, and gets morose if you scold her for anything. Just looking at Dylan and hearing you describe him, sounds like they have similar natures.

Lola is younger than Dylan (she's not quite 2), and it has taken us some time to build up her confidence. But with every passing day, their confidence grows and they become better and better dogs, don't they?

Bless your heart for giving Dylan the home he deserves!
you are so right! that almost overwhelming desire they have to be ready to 'jump' if you say so. i can see why some people would find that hard work but why they heck can't these people see that this breed isn't right for them.

my rb lurcher was so different to dylan, so laid back he really was horizontal! they had nearly 5 years together and they complimented each other perfectly. dylan's enthusiasm would bring leo up and leo's calmness would sooth dylan.

we lost leo on valentines day this year and i know dylan misses him, but i have good friends who we see regularly and they have 2 spaniel pups and an elderly shitzu who dylan enjoys spending time with.

lola sounds gorgeous and i'd love to see some pics of her! it's so good to hear of another collie getting the fantastic home she deserves!
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