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Adult/Collie Rescue


 (Diane Stirling - Working Collie Breeder in Minnesota)



Many Non-Carrier for CEA

Rough Coat Collies and Smooth Coat Collies


Occasionally, we will help another breeder find homes for their AKC collie puppies. We are not a puppy mill, nor do we encourage others to breed in that manner. Due to a variety of circumstances, they request our services to find/place their AKC collie puppies into good homes. Some of these may be "special needs" - hearing or sight impaired.  Contact us if you are in need of our services, or would like more information.

If you are in need of finding a replacement home for your AKC Puppy/Adult Collie, or if you are looking for an AKC Puppy/Adult Collie, please contact us.  Occasionally, some puppies/older collies need to find new homes, too. We try to assist those families that have to give their collie up, to help them find a loving home for their pet. 

We do not authorize, nor suggest euthanizing any dog for any reason.  We do not want any of our collies to be sent to any humane societies, or shelters, and when possible we prefer to help families locate a new home, if/when needed.  Each collie that we raise is very  important to us.  We require updates if the puppy/adult is unable to be cared for and needs to be returned to our facility, or if the family finds a new home for their puppy/adult.  We try to carefully screen each new family before placing any of our Collies into a new home/environment. We desire to have all of the Collies that we place, find loving homes that are permanent. 

Our Written Health Guarantee does not extend to any other litters, or adult collies from other owners/breeders. If there are any health concerns with a puppy, or adult collie, you will need to contact the owner/breeder listed on your registration form. Each individual Breeder has their own "Health Guarantee Guidelines". If there are any genetic problems that we are aware of, they will be documented on the Animal Disclosure Statement that will be issued to you at the time of purchase.

We usually know of, or have older Collies or Collie Mixes that are looking for forever homes.  Due to unforseen circumstances in some families lives, we are contacted to help them to relocate their dogs. 

Please contact us if you have a home situation that is open to an older dog.  I will then email you what we might have available.


We currently may have a few young and older adults available - Males or Females.

Psalm 92: 1-2  It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High; To show forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.

*We offer Life's Abundance Premium Health Food For Pets** 


Stirling Collies believes SO strongly in these products that we offer a *Lifetime Free Replacement Puppy* on all of our Collies and Collie/Shepherd Mix puppies/adults that are kept on the Life's Abundance Dog food or NuVet Supplements when they don't reach their life expectancy of 10-12 years.

Life's Abundance is available in dry or canned puppy/dog food.  If you decide to take advantage of this offer and switch, these products must be ordered through our direct websites at:

Life's Abundance Pet Food:

You can call your Life's Abundance order in at 1-877-387-4564.  Just mention "Stirling Collies, #20024479".

NuVet Supplements:  The NuVet Supplement order phone number is: 1800-474-7044, and my representative ID #58606.

*Lifetime Free Replacement Puppy



  • Due to no one’s fault, Zeke needs to be rehomed.

  • Zeke is just 4 years old. He will turn 5, July 31st. We adopted him from a humane society in central WI, when he was 8 months old. Several months earlier, our beautiful 10-year-old German Shepherd had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. When we searched for another dog, we found this beautiful long coat, shepherd/collie mix, and fell in love with him instantly.

  • Zeke is a hybrid/designer dog - He is 1/2 purebred German Shepherd & 1/2 purebred rough Collie (long coat) mix. He’s a ‘Shollie’ - A hybrid/designer dog. The breeder’s papers are in his folder. He is a large dog, currently weighing 81 lbs. His size and weight are characteristic of the male Shollie. We lovingly refer to him as 1⁄2 Rin-Tin-Tin and 1⁄2 Lassie.

    (Note Zeke’s black tongue – It’s a characteristic of a pedigree/purebred dog.)


  • Zeke loves people but should be introduced to new people with care. He does not bite or attack, but he gets super excited - when he meets someone new, and with his large size & energy, he may be too animated for some people.

  • Zeke is devoted & loyal and is a good guard/watchdog. He will bark & alert you – even in the dark of night. If he senses anything unusual, he will alert you.

  • Zeke is in the class of working/herding dogs, and would greatly benefit from daily walks and/or activities, and a fenced yard for play time.

  • Zeke has not been a kennel/crate dog – indoor or outdoor. He is not destructive or a behavior problem inside or outside. Inside, I keep plenty of chew toys (No rawhide or leather!) & lots of soft/stuffed furry toys. Outside, in the yard, he loves his squeaky Kong tennis balls and some bigger ‘Jolly’ rubber, toss balls.

  • If there are children in the family, it might be best if they are at least 11+ years old. Because of Zeke’s size and energy, younger children may not be a good mix.

  • We took Zeke through 2 levels of training at Petco. He loved his trainer. If possible, he would benefit & really excel with further training. He is very intelligent & a quick learner.

  • Zeke is leash trained, but being that he is a large dog, I would recommend an adult for walking & handling.

  • More Helpful Notes . . .

  • Zeke gets 1 NuVet Canine vitamin pill each day. – He loves that pill! He eats it like a treat!

  • I feed him twice a day. I divide his daily amount into 2 portions – one feeding in the morning & one feeding in the afternoon.Zeke is highly food motivated – especially DOGGIE TREATS. Any further training will benefit from having plenty of TREATS on hand for rewards. He thrives on rewards/treats.  Since he is full grown, he could be fed once a day.


  • If Zeke should snatch a piece of clothing – scarf, gloves, sock, etc. -or just about anything you wouldn’t want him to have – (It’s kind of a game for him). Do not attempt to take the object away by force! Since he is highly food motivated – He responds immediately to the word TREAT. Simply get a good-sized dog treat – let him see you with it – then hand it to him or toss it a short distance – He will drop the object he had in his mouth, and run for the TREAT. I always follow it up with praise (“Good boy to give”) for him dropping the object.

  • Zeke is completely up-to-date with all his medical needs/records. He sees our vet twice a year. He just completed his spring wellness checkup with his required vaccinations and preventative flea & tick meds.

  • Use only POSITIVE training and POSITIVE behavior corrections. Zeke is such a beautiful & intelligent dog - He responds 100% to CALM & POSITIVE voice directions – followed with praise and/or a TREAT.

  • Zeke is 100% housebroken, and he has excellent house manners. If you need to be away for a couple hours, he is totally good by himself – he just lies down on the sofa or by a window and watches the activity outside. He is totally good – he does not cause any problem. And, once he gets totally familiar with your home, environment & expectations, he can be trusted for longer periods of absence – if necessary. He will always be waiting at the door for you when you return.

  • Zeke is 100% good with my 2 adult cats – (kittens would most likely need close supervision). My cats were full grown when we adopted Zeke.

  • Zeke sleeps in the bedroom with me – He has a thick memory foam doggie mattress on each side of the bed. He sometimes changes sides from time to time during the night. I always give hem a few treats at bedtime – He’s so well-conditioned, he runs straight to the bedroom when he sees me getting the treats and when I say “Bedtime!”

  • Zeke has been my constant companion – He’s never more than a few steps away – where he’s loved & hears me praising him dozens of times a day. It breaks my heart that I am unable to keep him. Please give him lots of love and reassurance.


  • Zeke is totally housetrained – He has absolutely NO issues with pottying in the house. If he should whimper/cry/whine during the day or night (it has happened if he ate something that didn’t agree), take him out to go potty. He’s “telling” you that he needs to go potty.

  • He is not crate/kennel trained – He has free run of the house – and has NO indoor - or outdoor - behavior issues.

  • He LOVES being outside, but only if someone is out with him. DO NOT leave him out alone – He will cry & bark himself sick. When he’s not out for play or exercise, he is an INDOOR dog and wants to be near his people.

  • Zeke has 2 orthopedic dog beds – one on each side of my bed where he sleeps at night, and he has one in the family room where he has his toys & can look out the patio windows.

  • Zeke has a beautiful coat! It does require frequent brushing, though, to keep it beautiful. He’s used to being brushed & is good with it – just keep talking & praising him, and keep it calm. Treats help, too – I often fill his ‘kong’ with treats and that keeps him entertained while I brush him.

  • He LOVES car rides! He gets super excited to go for a ride.

  • Our pets consist of Zeke & our 2 cats. He is super with my cats – They are indoor cats. As with most dogs, be certain to monitor if he’s introduced to an unfamiliar indoor cat.

    Words Zeke knows -

  • SIT: - DOWN: - UP: - COME -doesn’t always respond to COME, though, unless followed by the

    word TREAT (be sure to give him the TREAT when he responds & comes): TREAT (his favorite word) - DIN-DIN (dinner/meal); GO POTTY - GOING OUT - GOING IN - DOLLY (his soft toys): BRUSH-A – BRUSH-A (for grooming & brushing)

  • Zeke is neutered and microchipped. He has regular/routine vet visits/appointments – twice a year. He is up to date with all his vaccinations. My vet has prescribed a very safe calming medication for his vet visits. It is safe and inexpensive. It can be prescribed and gotten from your pharmacy. I t makes his vet visits more pleasant.


As with any family member, pour on the LOVE & CARE! You will be rewarded with a loving, trusting, & confident pet.

I hope these notes help. I hope & pray that you will give Zeke a lifetime of LOVE and CARE. Just be patient with him, and give him time to adapt. You will be rewarded with 100% love and loyalty.

and patient family without a lot of commotion in the home. He is still understandably cautious at first with new people. Zeke will need an indoor home and a fenced yard. He enjoys running in a yard but is also good on leash.

Time has passed and Zeke is now ready for a family. A good fit for him would be an active

This is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do!

Due to a broken arm and advancing health issues, and the necessity of moving to housing where Zeke will not be allowed, is the determining factor necessary for rehoming him. I love him dearly and it breaks my heart to part with him. He has been a loving & comforting family member here for the past 4 years –and has always been loved and cared for as a family member.


We currently may have a few young and older adults available - Males or Females.

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