Having just read a question on the Wiccaweys uncovered facebook page reminded me of the story of the “M Collies”
Four and a half years ago 4 collies arrived at Wiccaweys from Ireland, they were almost completely feral although they had some interaction with the people who rescued them in Ireland. Mikey, Mindy, Margie and Mandy were put together in a small barn awaiting some socialisation? Julia and I spent more than a week camped at Wiccaweys in our van and during the days we would sit with the dogs until they trusted us enough to get a collar and lead on and then we started taking them out and getting them started walking. After several weeks, Mikey and Mindy were adopted.
Julia and I went on holiday to America and at the end of the first day there we found out that Mandy had escaped by pulling out of her collar when spooked while being walked. We checked the Wiccaweys forum constantly during our stay but she wasn’t found while we were away. When we arrived back we went straight to Wiccaweys and spent 2 hours searching the surrounding land, while sitting on the ground 2 fields away from the farm yard Mandy came strolling out from a ditch came over to me and just sat! :-) We decided to foster Mandy after that.
Margie was adopted after a couple of weeks and moved to Somerset. A few days after being adopted she escaped, the story was that she had dashed past the postman when the front door was open but it is more likely (knowing the owner) that she ran when being exercised off lead? As it was a very severe winter we decided to go and see if we could help in the search for her, we took Mandy as well as our own dogs, Luca and Indy. We spent days on end following every sighting and set of tracks in the snow. During one morning searching on a very steep icy lane a man appeared suddenly from a farm gate which scared Mandy, to my eternal regret I had Mandy on a flexi lead which enabled her to get some speed up which wrenched the lead from my hand. :-( Now we were searching for 2 dogs!
We sighted Mandy a couple of times and on the second sighting she started coming towards me but changed her mind half way and I never saw her again. We stayed in Somerset for 2 months during some of the coldest weather the region has ever had and we were out every day, all day. We only returned home because Indy was starting to show sign of depression.
I read on Dog lost recently of a sighting of a collie who sounds just like Mandy, right down to the 6 inches of lead hanging from her collar. This dog was seen about 50 miles from where she was lost but unfortunately the sighting was a year ago. We will never know if she is found because she wasn’t microchipped! After an initial flurry of sightings of Margie she hasn’t been heard of either. Margie’s owner bought another Collie within 2 weeks of her going missing and even had the nerve to parade him past our van while we were searching for his dog! I don’t think I will ever understand people?
Margie and Mandy.
This is a picture of 2 “feral dogs” after taking them from a 6×6 barn and spending a little time on them. I still think about these girls almost daily.