Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted February 27, 2014
After many years of not owning a dog, we decided to purchase another collie to grow up with the five children that we adopted through foster care. Our first collie, Misty, had been such a wonderful friend and pet, we hoped to find another just like her.
We found a breeder who was offering purebred sable and white collie puppies for a more reasonable price than most others. We packed up the kids and went to her farm to take a look. We all fell in love with the precious little bundles as soon as we saw them. Collie puppies are so endearing. We allowed the children to make the choice. I guided them in what features would be important in a purebred dog such as this.
As we drove home, we discussed many different possible names for our new family member. My oldest daughter, Maria, was very serious about the possibility of showing our new "pet" in dog shows. As we tossed around different ideas for a name, we felt it was important to give her a name suitable for a show dog.
We looked at her pedigree and the names of her predecessors to help come up with an idea. The children liked the name Christy, and I suggested a variation of that, Krissee, with an unusual spelling. Maria came up with her middle name, Mae, since she was born in the month of May, but I came up with the varied spelling. Our oldest son came up with her last name from her pedigree, Meadows. Everyone was very pleased with our decision to name her Krissee Mae Meadows.
We took care of her initial vet visit and upon returning for her second series of immunizations, the vet told us that she was suffering from mange. We had never heard of this before, and so I did a study about it through the Internet. According to most of the information that I found, she would have contracted this disorder from birth.
I contacted the breeder about this, and she told me that all of the rest of the litter was completely healthy. She insinuated that she must have contracted the problem since we had her. After discussing this with our vet, she simply stated that the breeder didn't want to take responsibility. She was afraid we would want a refund for the money we paid. That seemed logical to me, but we were never able to convince the breeder of this, or prove it in any way.
Krissee underwent a series of very toxic dips to get the mange under control. I hated the thought of this, knowing deep inside that those toxic chemicals could be very harmful to Krissee's future health.
We always fed her organically based food and bathed her with organically based shampoos. She became a great family friend, but she never had the qualities that Misty had. She was nowhere near as intelligent, nor did she seem to learn what we expected from her. As for appearance, she grew up to be a beautiful sable and white collie.
While she was still a puppy, we brought a duck home that I had hatched in my classroom at school. Topsie and Krissee were best friends for many years as they shared our backyard.
Krissee showed serious signs of hip dysplasia, and other health issues around age 9. Her health began to decline quickly in her 10th, and especially her 11th year. After a visit with the vet, we realized that she was in extreme pain and that it would be best to put her down.
It was a very tough decision, but we knew it was best for her. Topsie seem to miss his friend terribly, and a few weeks later fell victim to a possum. Krissee had been his protector all these years from our area's possums. With her gone, he was easy prey.