Aww Terry I'm sorry about your Collie. What a long life she had, though. It's hard to lose a dog, isn't it.
In August I had to put my ancient GSDx Phoebe to sleep; we couldn't manage her severe arthritis pain any more. She got very deaf in her last year, but adapted well. And for the first time in her life she didn't mind the vacuum cleaner! I started using some hand signals with her, and she quickly understood them.
I don't understand how people can abandon or want to euthanise an animal just because it has some "defect." Some breeders do cull some puppies with serious health defects - that's controversial but I can sort of understand.
Anyhow, it sounds like Starbucks is in good hands! Do you have any pictures of him?
Cooper The WonderDog
Daphne The Destructo-Rott