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HITTGV posts all of its' adoptable dogs on the front page. Please take a look at our newest adoptable dogs and whether you are looking for the perfect face, the perfect demeanor, or it's love at first sight, hopefully you will find the perfect companion at HITTGV! But adoption is not the only way to help rescues. You can also foster a dog until the perfect forever home is found and we are in dire need of people who can support us as fosters.
Liam is almost 1 year old, and weighs between 35 and 40 lbs. He is a happy and very friendly boy, who enjoys meeting people and playing with other dogs. As a typical cattle dog, Liam wants to be with his people whenever he can. His owner said "He is the sweetest most loving dog." He loves to cuddle and give 'hugs' and thinks he's a lap dog. He will drape himself over you if let him. Liam is also a good watch dog, as he will bark when people approach the house or knock on the door. Once new people enter, he will wag his tail and give them a happy greeting.
He is also great when meeting other dogs, and is on the submissive side when first meeting them. Liam reads other dogs well and has good dog body language. He will invite and try to play with most dogs he meets, but if a dog is withdrawn or not friendly, he will leave them alone.
Liam is extremely smart, and was always the 'example' dog during obedience training classes. He is easy to walk and heels on command. He knows basic obedience commands, is crate trained, house trained, knows how to use a dog door, as well as how to ring a bell on the door to let you know he has to go out. If there's no bell or dog door, he will sit by the door or come to find you and whine or woof to let you know he has to go out. He is NOT a marker.
Liam would make a terrific agility dog. As a young cattle dog, he is very energetic and loves to play ball and frisbee. He loves squeaky toys, and will eventually take the stuffing out of them. If left in the crate for down time or alone for a few hours, he is quiet. He is best in a crate, if left completely alone in the house. He does NOT have separation anxiety, but as a young dog with lots of energy and a busy brain, he will find things to do and to chew on. He rides very nicely in a car and loves to get into water - unless he's getting a bath. He loves the ocean, and will try to get into the shower with you, if he can get into the bathroom.
He would do best in a home where he can get enough exercise, both mentally and physically and is not left completely alone all day. He would love to have the companionship of another dog, and would be fine with cats. He has been curious about the cats, but gentle. He will touch noses to see what they are.
Liam's story is that he and his litter mates were found under a house, when they were just a few weeks old. They were covered in ticks and fleas and not expected to survive, because they were in such bad health. Liam's owner got him as a 2.7 lb. emaciated 8 week old puppy. She wrote to us: "The night I got him I spent hours getting ticks and hundreds of fleas off of him. Once I nursed him back to health he was a bundle of energy and nothing could tire him out. Originally they said he was 3/4 cattle dog and 1/4 Aussie (shepherd) because as a puppy he looked Aussie, but now he has no resemblance to an Aussie. I currently do not have enough time to dedicate to him. He is such a high energy dog taking him on a walk a day and throwing the ball in the yard is not enough and I just want the best for him...I do not have the time to care (for him). I am a college student..."
This is little Bruce, about 30-36 lbs., a little over 1 year old, and cute as can be. He was one of four dogs confiscated from an owner, who shut each dog in a box about he size of the cabinet under your bathroom sink - only letting Bruce and another of the young dogs out when he decided the pile of feces was high enough to shovel out of the box. Since Bruce was never taken out, the entire world has been unknown to him until now. He is a sweet boy, who needs patience, and a home with another dog, who is secure and balanced to show Bruce how to respond to new situations.
Bruce is very nervous when on walks, unless he's with another dog he knows, who is confident when out. When with a dog who shows him the ropes and lets him know that their situation is OK, he seems happy, secure and confident when out on walks. Bruce is young, and getting better and more social each day. He is no longer petrified when the collar and leash are put on him and is beginning to look forward to his walks. Bruce needs an experienced home with people who can continue to socialize him, slowly expose him to new things and teach him to enjoy being out in the world. Please help us network Bruce to find him the right home. Bruce is currently at the Amador County Animal Shelter (CA) with his friend Maxine who is helping him adjust to his new life. Placing them together in the same home would be a dream.
Please help us find Maxine the great new home she deserves. She is the female Kelpie who was confiscated, along with a 9 year old male Kelpie, "Mark" and younster "Bruce." The Amador County Animal Shelter asked us to help find these dogs either a foster or permanent home. We helped to get Mark adopted, and very much want to help these other two also. Maxine is 8 yrs., in good health, very sweet, gentle and friendly with people and dogs. She likes to go on walks and play with Bruce (posted above) in the shelter yard. She does not have the same young dog energy level as Bruce, but she is still playful and likes to frolick a bit. It is optimal right now to allow Maxine to hang with Bruce, to help the little guy. He would be lost without another dog to follow and look to for direction. Placing them together in the same home would be a dream.
Pepper (ADOPTED!) is a happy, playful, young girl, about 10-15 months old, and weighs approximately 40 lbs. She adores and seeks the attention of people and loves to play with other dogs. She is a typical cattle dog in that she is extremely devoted, and wants to follow and be with her person/people as much as possible. Pepper is a great dog inside the house. She is very good at sensing the mood of the house and her people. When her foster mom is working, Pepper is very relaxed and 'chill,' quietly laying next to her.
Pepper is extremely smart and excellent at reading human body language and voice tone when you speak to her. She very much wants to please and will try to do what you want if she understands. Her fosters say she is very easy to train. In just a few days has already learned some basic obedience. Each day she is getting better and better. She knows sit and now politely sits and waits for her dinner. She did not know what a leash was before, and now walks well on leash, although she does pull a bit in her excitement to go out for a walk and experience new things. She is very exuberant and loves to meet and greet new people. Her fosters are teaching her that jumping up on people is not the proper way to greet people.
Sparky (ADOPTED!) is a playful, 16 month old, spayed female, cattle dog, who weighs 45 lbs. She loves meeting and being with people. Sparky has the typical cattle dog desire to bond with her own person/people and to be their constant companion. More than anything she wants to have her own family. She is very attentive to and responsive with people. Combined with the fact that Sparky is extremely smart and very much wants to please people, she would quickly adapt to the routine in a new home, and rapidly learn new commands.
Sparky has young, playful energy, and is very much a “ball” dog, who loves to play fetch. She is a moderate energy dog. However, her playfulness will get the better of her and she will chase cats. For this reason, Sparky would do best in a cat free home. Although Sparky is a confident girl, who may enjoy being an only dog, she originally lived with a young, playful male, and would probably do fine in a household with an easy going dog. Sparky has not been seen in the company of children, so we cannot say how she would be around them. However, she adores being with people.
GEMMA (ADOPTED!) is a very playful, bouncy, milk chocolate and tan, "mini-kelpie." She is about 1-2 years old, and weighs 32 lbs. Gemma has a lot of potential to be a great family dog, sport dog, and member of a multi-dog household! Although initially timid when first meeting people, especially men, Gemma warms up quickly when she knows you will not mistreat her, and is learning to trust. She is very affectionate, gives lots of kisses, and wants to please. If allowed on the sofa with you, she would love to cuddle and probably like to try being a lap dog. Gemma also rides very nicely in the car.
To see a video of our darling Gemma, click here!
Buddy (ADOPTED!) is a compact little 38 lbs. Based on his personality, build -and those big pointy ears - we believe he is a cattle dog and bull terrier mix, between 1 to 2 years old. He is very social guy, who loves to play with everyone - adults, children, and other dogs. He is also good with cats. Buddy had passed all his behavioral evaluations by the shelter, and they considered him very adoptable. We agreed to take in this little guy, who has a big heart and great personality, because he was scheduled to be put down early the next afternoon - along with 8 other 'adoptable' dogs - simply because the shelter was overcrowded and needed to make room.
To see a video of our playful Buddy, click here.
Our boy is a very happy little guy, with a great joy for life, who greets all by wiggling his tail and entire butt. Buddy is also a very kind and gentle soul, who has very good manners and plays very well with his canine foster sister. He very much wants to please and will try to do what you want. He is also an extremely smart and observant boy. Buddy is quickly learning the routines at his foster home, and following his foster sister on what to do. His foster mom is a trainer and is working with him on basic commands. Buddy shows some herding tendencies. As you can see from his video, he is definitely a ball dog and LOVES toys! Our boy also seems to like to gather his toys in one place. You can see a bit of this in the video, too.
Buddy showed us his excellent disposition and balanced personality from the moment we received him from the shelter. The day a dog is 'processed' to leave a shelter and is transported to a new place, is very stressful and confusing. Buddy was delivered to his foster mom at a very busy horse event, full of people, children, horses and other dogs. He did fabulously, greeting everyone with kisses and a wiggling his tail and his whole body. He wanted to play with and give kisses to anyone who showed him some attention. Buddy also rides very well in a car or inside the cab of a truck. His size makes him perfect for most home settings. He will make someone a truly wonderful companion.
Often times we are contacted by other rescue organizations to post a dog that needs a forever home. To see a list of our courtesy postings click here. If you are interested in any of our courtesy posting dogs, please note that the contact info will be different from HITTGV and you will most likely be dealing with another rescue organization. Again, thank you for considering rescue and good luck with finding the perfect pooch!