I think this is the first time I’ve ever posted twice in one day, and I have tears in my eyes as I type this.

One of my dear friends recently lost her mumma to cancer. As well as leaving behind her broken-hearted daughter, she also left two beautiful Border Collies: Cilla and Jessie.

Cilla and Jessie 2012


Very sad circumstances mean that my friend is looking to rehome these two beauties. With the loss of her mumma so recent, she can barely think about it – so I’m doing this in the hope that someone, somewhere in Australia (they are currently in Sydney, New South Wales) will have a home to offer these gorgeous pups – together.

Both girls are 13. They are friendly with people, including children. Despite her years, Cilla is a bit silly and can be clumsy so not really suited to a home with littlies.

They need to be rehomed together. They have not known a life apart, and with the loss of their mumma they’re currently feeling very lost. Ideally they will find a home without other cats and dogs, but with owners who will give them all the love and care they have enjoyed so far in life. And get it back ten fold.

Well behaved girls with a good level of training, they are a little unsettled at the moment because of what they’re going through.

If you have a place in your heart (and home) for these lovely grown up puppies, please comment below, or you can email me at and I will put you in touch with my friend.

Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, email it to your friends. Anything you can do to help would be most appreciated.

I can’t type any more.

I can’t see the screen for my tears.

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[Post script: Sadly, Cilla went to Rainbow Bridge on 2 January 2013. You can read about it here, but I’m sending you there with a tissue warning.]

46 Comments Add yours

  1. Emma says:

    Aww if I was closer and had my own place I would take them in a hearbeat. Poor little pups. Hope u find a loving home soon xx

    1. Thanks honey. Big hugs to you today too. xx

  2. jmgoyder says:

    I’m in WA so too far but I’m sure someone will respond to this – keep us posted. So sad.

  3. theloverlist says:

    Ohhhh …. my heart is breaking for these poor puppy dogs. I wish wish wish I could take them in hun!! Can I recommend you getting in touch with Denise at ? Denise does a wonderful job of fostering and re-homing beautiful dogs like Cilla and Jessie.
    In the meantime, I’m forwarding your post to everyone in my address book!

    1. Thank you thank you – I will definitely get in touch with Denise. The whole situation is utterly heart breaking 😦 xx

      1. Denise only deals with small dogs – shitzu and maltese. Contact Lisa wright at Maggies Rescue – I will also pass on the message if these darlings are still in need.

      2. Thank you so much – I’ve just sent her an email. Your help is pawsome!

    2. ps. I’m doing happy dance with you! x

  4. 2browndawgs says:

    Hope they find a good home soon.

  5. They’re beautiful and sound like they’ll make wonderful pets for the right family. I’ll pray that they get settled into a new home soon.

  6. Chris says:

    Contact Border Collie Rescue..they do an amazing job…they are on Facebook …praying they stay together…and you can rest in knowing they are in a good fur-ever home..

  7. Lee Bradford says:

    We”re in the U.S. but have tweeted and emailed family in NSW. Poor dears.

    1. Thank you so much! With all this pawsome help from everyone they are sure to find a home.

  8. We’re in the U.S but have tweeted and forwarded to friends and family in NSW. Poor dears, I know they will find a home.

  9. Suz says:

    If I didn’t have my cat I would really consider taking them. I have ‘shared’ this story on my FB profile. Let’s hope they find a wonderful home. They are inside dogs are they? House trained?

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! They are both inside dogs and house trained. If I wasn’t a single mother with two big dogs already, I would take them too. If I win the lotto tonight … no, if I win the lotto tonight I’ll make sure they can stay with my friend!

  10. What beautiful girls – they remind me of my dog, Soda so much.
    I will keep sharing on Facebook and will do anything to ensure they find a loving home.
    Some of the rescues mentioned above are brilliant. I will share with Toby the Wonderdog’s page as well – there are a lot of Border Collie lovers on there. Feel free to email me if I can support in any other way. I want to make sure these girls get a loving home ASAP xxx

    1. Thank you so much for sharing this post. My friend and I really appreciate it!

  11. jhwilliams70 says:

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  12. Hope they find a new home soon xx

    1. Me too Misaki, it’s too sad 😦 xx

  13. Dalton says:

    Sending a massive hug, and keeping everything crossed that they find a new home soon!!

    1. Thank you lovely Dalton, that hug is most definitely needed!

    1. What an incredible thing to have woken up to! Thank you Anastasia – SO much. It’s incredible you’ve shared our plight the way you have. A huge thank you hug from all of us! x

      1. Anything to help those sweet pups and you all during this difficult time! With everyone working to help you, these two girls will have a wonderful home before you know it 🙂 Keep your head and hopes up! Hugs to you all as well 🙂

  14. tylersat99 says:

    I’m so sorry their Mum died of cancer that is a horrible thing and now to be alone and confused. I really hope they can find someone with a loving heart to give them all the love and care they need and the understanding 😦

  15. Karyn says:

    Hi, On your behalf I contacted Second Chance Animal Rescue. Marisa was very kind and got back to me, she asked me to pass along her contact details so you may contact her directly on 0421 418 448 and she will see if she can help, thanks and good luck to the pups, they deserve to live out their years in comfort. Karyn

  16. KSouder says:

    Hi I’ve contacted Second Chance Animal Rescue on your behalf and heard back from Marisa who is interested in speaking to you to see if she can help. Please contact her directly on 0421 418 448 to see if she can help these beautiful pups, thanks Karyn x

    1. Thank you so much, what a wonderful thing you’ve done for Cilla & Jessie. Will contact Marisa today. xx

      1. KSouder says:

        You’re very welcome, it’s the least I could do. Good luck to you and them! 🙂

  17. KSouder says:

    Hi. I was just wondering how you went, if Second Chance was able to help?

    1. Unfortunately no-one my friend or I spoke to has been able to help – yet! Cilla & Jessie are at the moment staying with some friends on the NSW South Coast. This will get us through the next week or two and hopefully something positive will happen then. Unfortunately I know the reality is that all of the rescue groups are going to get more, not less, busy in the coming month or two when people realise that pets are a lifetime commitment and not a toy. If only they realised that upfront! Thanks for checking in.

      1. KSouder says:

        I’m so very sorry to hear this as it must be very distressing for you and the pups. I’ll put my thinking cap on and see if I can come up with another group that may be able to help. 🙂

  18. KSouder says:

    Hi… Ive been told that Hunter Rescue may be able to help and if the are desexed, microchipped and vaccinated they can be listed on where they will be exposed to a much wider audience. Cheers!

    1. Thanks. I’ll have a chat with my friend today 🙂

  19. Cilla & Jessie update – don’t read on the bus though if you’re anything like me!

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