Adopted from Border Collie Rescue 2008
Her name was Ebony, probably due to her half white/half black face…..ebony and ivory. As she was entering a totally different phase of her life and I wanted her to forget all the negative associations with her name, she became JODI, and little did I know just how precious she would become to me and my family.
I first laid eyes on her within hours of her being rescued from a dismal home. She had been bought as a puppy by a family who ran a nursery school on their property. They put this baby in a ‘farmyard’ attached to the school – in with rabbits, chickens etc. As time went by she killed most of the small farmyard animals, after who knows how many beatings, she was put in a field with the sheep……..Guess what……. this was not for long – Border Collie Rescue was called and told that if she wasn’t removed that day, she would be shot. A foster mom/volunteer went to collect her immediately, when asked what she was used to eating, the farmhand said ‘they gooi the bones’
The moment I saw her, I knew that she belonged to me. She was in season, so I had to wait for her to be spayed before I could take her home. She must have been between 6 and 9 months old and had such a look of confusion in her eyes.
Oh my word…… Jodi had never been in a house, had never walked on tiles or carpet, she didn’t know what dog food was, let alone a bowl ! She was WILD !!!! What a journey we had in front of us. She had a deep seated hatred for men – all men and HUGE pray drive due to all the exposure she’d had killing and chasing animals. So, my husband and I began her rehabilitation……..
Jodi is now 7 years old, she has :
Nursed and raised 2 very sick kittens, now, 5 years old
Stayed glued to my husband’s side during 3 years of extreme illness – providing unwavering support and comfort
Stayed glued to my side when he passed away- providing unwavering support and comfort
Welcomed, loves and is amazingly patient with my 2 grandchildren
Has raised 2 puppies who have since joined my menagerie, they adore her
Is a much loved companion to Quest , my 8 year old Border Collie
And to top it all, she WON the Canine Survivor Test at WODAC this year. She came 4th in the South African Musical Freestyle Champs, she always makes the crowd laugh – she adds her own touch to our routines.
Such is life, I thought I was rescuing a needy dog, but in fact she has rescued me.
Love you Jodi