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How Hope became our Millie
Millie was named Hope when left at the Turlock, California Animal Shelter.  Her people moved to Colorado...but without Millie...or should I say they left California "without Hope?"
But fortunately an Angel named Christine adopted Hope, cared for her, and finally searched for the perfect owner.

Christine knew how special Hope was. She renamed her Millie for "one in a million." That is what Millie is—a good natured, intelligent, loving, loyal dog unlike ordinary ones. There is something very special about her, at times the thought pops into my mind that "she's an old soul".

Christine had 3 young children while working full time. Millie was too much work on top of the kids, cat, and Yorkshire Terrier. Christine knows dogs, she knew Millie needed to be on a ranch or with an owner who could give her an active life with lots of attention. Her listing on Craigslist would have been lost on me except by chance that day I looked in the pet section.

Christine was very clear about not being in a hurry to rehome Millie, not concerned about money—only about finding the absolutely best home for this wonderful collie. It took me 3 weeks to convince her mine was the home. She visited us with Millie, and she visited other homes. She took her time.

At one point I emailed Christine to say "When this is over one of us is going to have a broken heart; me if I don't get her, and you if I do. We both love Millie."

"When this is over one of us is going to have a
broken heart; me if I don't get her, and you if I do.
We both love Millie"

Christine's daughters loved Millie who was their gentle companion. But Christine had to leave Millie alone all day while she worked, and knew Millie deserved a fuller life than a back yard.
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Millie and I had a clear telepathic communication when we touched — "We have got to find a way to be together. This is special beyond words...and we both sense that."

 
Christine brought Millie to visit
I was nervous because of my 3 other dogs. The big Livestock Guardian in particular began barking loudly at her. I feared this would jeopardize the adoption.

But at one point Millie came over to me doing a "play bow" then looked into my eyes. Her snout touched me; in that instant everything was communicated between us.

We had a clear telepathic communication: "We have got to find a way to be together. This is special beyond words...and we both sense that."

From that moment on I was in trouble. My heart knew something amazing but it had to be communicated to Christine such that she felt safe and secure adopting Millie to me. Remember what is feels like when you fall in love? That is what it was like.
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How special was Millie, really?

More than you may be able to believe. The collie at right is Lady back in 1983. She was owned by an alcoholic co-worker named Les.

All my life I have had an affinity for the "dog spirit." Certain dogs sense that in me, as did this one —Lady— who would get into my car to go home with me. But Les would drag her out.

At that time in my life I had no means to care for a dog. I lived in urban areas such as San Francisco, San Jose, and the Silicon Valley, California. As much as I loved this collie she was owned by another man who wanted to keep her as his pet.

But I never forgot Lady. Her spirit had touched mine such that I held a place for her in my spirit for over 30 years. That is how long it took for me to establish myself securely in the country. To build a ranch where the collie spirit could lmanifest, sort of like a dog landing strip...and always my heart yearned for her.

When Millie was adopted I knew what had happened. The spirit of the collie named Lady, from 1983, had reconnected with mine. She is the dog of my life. An experience ordinary people cannot grasp because it is beyond the mind. This is stuff of the real world of life itself, that elusive "thing" we call spirit.

Simply put there is a "Great Dog Spirit" that manifests in every canine. If you see it, if you honor it, if you love it —it will come to you. It did for me. Every day I live with my dogs is a wonderful gift of love, joy, and sheer fun.

Believe it or not. Millie is the collie spirit that has lived in me for decades. She and I are part of a mutual destiny that continues to unfold.
lassie type collie, named Lady, in 1983. She wanted to leave her owner, Les, to live with me.
When Millie came to live with me she fit right in! She politely met my cats, telling each one "Hi! I'm Millie and I like cats! Will you be my cat friend? lassie collie, rough collie, collie meets house cat
Living with her new family was
everything Millie hoped it would be.
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Millie was very pleased with the carefully prepared home cooked meals of fresh free range duck & chicken eggs, roast and raw meats raised on the ranch such as Muscovy ducks, New Zealand rabbits, and grass fed lamb.

Verne made sure each dog always had a good bone or edible chew (rawhide or bully stick)  to work on because dogs need to chew a lot.

He cut the rawhide rolls into thirds on his miter saw, then soaked them in meat juices. Bully sticks were cut with a large pair of cable cutters into 4" sections.

Brown rice or potatoes are cooked each night for the carbohydrate portion of their diet. Mixed frozen vegetables were added, then mixed with about 12 eggs cooked either sunny side or as an omlete (scrambled).

The dogs are conditioned to chew small bones from puppy age. You can't give the rib cage of a chicken or rabbit to a dog who has eaten canned food or kibble all its life—it will inhale the bones without chewing them, and possibly get them stuck in the throat.

In nature dogs eat an entire prey animal; they eat every part without trouble. Dog stomachs (ones on a meat diet) contain high levels of acid (very low PH of about 2) that dissolve bones. They need the calcium and phosphorus anyway but chewing up the bones is something dogs love to do.

My German Shepherd will crack lamb leg bones to get the marrow but leave the broken shards behind; he's smart enough not to swallow those sharp fragments. He'll do the same to a turkey leg bone. But any smaller, softer bones he grinds up to eat. All my dogs consume lamb rib bones, cracked leg bones, and the entire spine. They even eat lamb heads.
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Verne took this photo of Millie the first day to send to Christine. ALong with a heart felt "Thank you!"
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Hope had been transformed into "one in a million Millie" — and she was finally home. 
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