My name is Sweep I am a 4 year old female border collie.
I am a smooth coat that is why my fur is short. Skipper my brother has a
long coat but we are still the same breed.
I started my life 4 years ago on a farm in PEI where my job was to herd
cattle. The farmer didn't like me and didn't feed me or treat me very
well. I used to sleep in the barn and find whatever I could for food,
sometimes when there was no water I would go to the stream that was quite a
long ways from the barn. When I was 6 months or there-abouts, the farmer's
daughter took me to the vet where I was spayed, that's how the rescue lady
knew how old I was. The rescue lady told my Mum that the farmer wasn't a
bad man and that he took me to rescue to find a home for me, as I wasn't
working out on the farm, that some farmers think of dogs like me as just
dogs there to do a job and if we don't do it the way the farmer wants then
we aren't worth much.
Late one night, June 30th, 2002, I arrived in a parking lot in Sackville. The
transport had brought me from an agility trial in New Brunswick to my new
Mum and Dad. We had met a couple weeks ago at a flyball tournament in
Tatamagouche, NS. I didn't know they would be my new parents but I liked
them. I had put my paw on my Dad's knee and looked right in his eye. When I
did this to my Mum she said she heard me ask her to please give me a home of
my own and let me share my life with you.
Last year we went and watched every flyball tournament around even one in
Last winter Mum started me in flyball classes in Halifax with Lietash. I
did so well the first night she started bringing Skipper the second week to
learn some of the fancier stuff. We are both in the same class now and I
hope to be racing this year. Skipper will be racing for sure and if I get
the last few odds and ends of what I'm supposed to do down pat then I can
race also. I go to classes twice a week now, as I practice with our team
and club on Saturdays as well as Lietash on Wednesday nights.
I have a sister Sandie who is a laboller(lab/duck toller) and she is
different but we get along pretty good.
My border collie brother, Skipper, Mum calls the king cause everyone hands
him what he wants. I go get his toys and things for him and hand them to
him when he wants to play and if he is sad cause Mum is on the computer and
not playing with him then I stand on Mum and push her chair so she will play
with Skipper. I just watch him real close, I love watching him. I watch
him all day. I stand real close and if he moves I follow him. He doesn't
mind at all and sometimes we play Border Collie style outside. Mum loves
watching us play outside. She said we play like 2 ballerinas spinning,
twirling, jumping, and running as fast as we can. Skipper never really
played much till I came but he likes me so he will play with me.
Mum says I have done so much good for this family and helped Skipper be a
happier, playful boy.
Mum says rescue dogs are the best. I think Skipper was a handful as a pup
and of course I am a very good girl.
Wish me luck that I pass my flyball test so I can race this year as I am
working very hard to graduate.
May all the unwanted dogs find a home full of love and all who work in
rescue be blessed with all they need to carry on saving lives.
Thank you Lynn & Sheldon in PEI for all you do and for saving my life. I
will NEVER forget.
Sweep Swinemar - Mum & Dad's special girl
PS I almost forget my very best toy Stinky the ferret, who I love to play
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