Update: Charlotte was adopted in February, 2007, and is now known as Montana. See below for a YouTube video showing Montana herding sheep.
Charlotte made a rather spectacular entry into rescue. GLBCR received a relinquishment request for a pregnant female Border Collie from a shelter in Indiana. Every time we talked to them, the birth of the puppies became more immanent. “Two weeks” quickly became “a few days,” which turned into “any time now.”
They weren’t kidding. Charlotte gave birth to eight healthy puppies DURING her transport from Indiana to Michigan. Fortunately, the person handling that particular leg of the transport was a nurse, someone who could remain calm under pressure and insure that everything went smoothly.
Charlotte and her newborns arrived in Michigan late one night in January. Initially, she was a very good mother, at least until the puppies’ teeth started to come in.
Like most teenaged moms, Charlotte didn’t always have the most patience with her children. Fortunately, the puppies thrived and were all quickly placed for adoption.
As she was typical of high-drive BCs – her foster mom called her a “Ten out of Ten on the Border Collie Scale” – placing Charlotte was a challenge. Her initial adoption didn’t work out, but she struck gold the second time with a new family who appreciates all of her Border Collie quirks.