Saturday

Breaking Ground...

Clancy's Dream is breaking ground with something new.  Elaine and I have been working with dogs for nearly twenty years, finding homes for them and working with issues they may have had.  When Clancy's Dream was started, we have grown from working with dogs, trying to find homes, to saving them by helping with medical issues, spay/neuter and cancer support, which at first put us out of our comfort zone.  


Now don't get confused with another term that I heard often when I was growing up.  Dad would defiantly look at mom and say, "I did not Break Wind."  As a child, I have broken a lot of things, but I didn't know you could "break wind," but if anybody could break the wind, I could, as I was the Dennis the Menace of the neighbourhood and it was my middle name.  When my sister and I finally found out what that was, we always got the giggles, and I once tried to do it, but that ended with a bad result from trying too hard.

Me on the left...
As Clancy's Dream was born, and as it grew, we stretched our wings and worked with dogs that needed more than just a home.  Medical issues came into play and to genuinely help a dog we needed to step up to the plate.  We worked with dogs that tested positive with Heartworms which included costly medication and nearly three months of downtime, but we did it, and we always found forever homes.   Last year we started a cancer support chapter through Clancy's Dream known as The Nellie Effect, which is where you can apply for a grant to help cover the cost of cancer treatment for your Border Collie.  Pet Therapy is very powerful and The Nellie Effect will pay the registration costs if your Border Collie becomes a registered Pet Therapy dog.  This is most beneficial and the results will be life-altering for everyone.

What was that, was that You?
Dutchess had been the only dog that would Break Wind, and if I didn't know better, she does it on purpose and with confidence.  She will always make "love puffs" and then look at me as if "I" did it.  She now has JoJo in the mix, and my sweet little girl is corrupted.  They were together once, and Dutchess let off a "trouser whistle," and JoJo was right behind her with her rendering of "shooting bunnies," and to think, some presume they are only dogs, but I see more...    

As Clancy's Dream grew, we found our-self in more areas where we had to step out of the box.  Clancy's Dream worked with three puppy mills, taking nearly 30 dogs and puppies at once to save and rehome.  We also have had a leg amputation on an injured dog, three blind dogs and even a deaf dog.  In a few weeks, we will take two litters of Border Collies pups in our system, and the mother will be spayed and returned to the owner.   While we grow in duties and responsibilities, we have also grown in volunteers and have expanded our Board of Directors to help with the daily things that need to be done.     

While I am sure no one else has experienced a "bear in the air" or a "butt trumpet" from their dog as I have been favored with Dutchess and JoJo, I'm sure it can happen.  Many times, people blame their 'air onion" on the dog, and it can be the butt of many jokes.  Usually, when it happens, it's not the dog but the person blaming the dog except me but remember, if Dutchess walked up to you and holds her paw up, don't pull it, she is smarter than you think.

While Clancy's Dream has expanded in many areas, we have also been performing spay and neuters on Border Collies or directing the owners to low-cost clinics throughout the state and paying for it.  I don't believe we will ever catch up with the rescue of dogs unless we stop the overpopulation of the breed.  


Lyla
Another area we have just ventured into is a group of dog lovers that are pilots too called Pilot's N Paws.  Just this last Saturday, Pilot's N Paws, a fabulous organization of volunteers who have melded their passion for flying and rescuing dogs came to our rescue.  A little deaf Border Collie puppy named Lyla makes her way from West Virginia to Clancy's Dream foster family in Indiana with the help of pilot John Quimby, more on this next Sunday.

Pilot's N Paws Video

While we have expanded, we can only accomplish this because of the help and love of our members and supporters.  Every obstacle we had faced when it seemed impossible has been overcome.  Just think, because of you, we have begun to make a difference not only in our community and state, we are now making a difference by reaching the nation.  I can't thank you our readers and followers enough for having our intensity, enthusiasm, and passion for the Border Collies that Clancy's Dream has worked with.  From the bottom of our heart, THANK YOU!      Ken and the Board of Directors
I did not do that...