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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!
We are also in dire need of people who can support us as fosters! You can also foster a dog until the perfect forever home is found or as a trial period with the option to adopt.
Cheyenne is 15-18 mos. old, and is rather thin, weighing in at 28 lbs. She is happy, bubbly, sweet, loyal and loving snuggler, who is shy and quiet when first meeting people, but warms up quickly. She is fine with all women, but is a bit nervous when first meeting men, and may shy away from them at first (but this doesn't stop her from accepting a cookie from them). She needs to meet men quietly, and is fine with them once she knows they won't harm her.
She thinks that all dogs are her best friend and adores playing with other dogs. Cheyenne is a high energy girl, who is like the Energizer Bunny, who can just keep playing. She would be best paired with another young dog of equal play stamina. She shows her border collie herding instinct sometimes in the way she plays. She will run and then crouching in wait for another dog, before popping up to play and run again. Cheyenne loves all toys. She will chew up the soft toys and swallow some of it, and should only have the ones that she cannot destroy. She also loves to chase balls, especially when they are thrown low to the ground. She has NOT shown any guarding of her toys or food.
Being a typically brilliant border collie, she is very smart, eager to please, and learns very quickly. She does get easily distracted and should be well exercised before training sessions. Cheyenne walks well on leash, using a head collar (i.e. Gentle Leader). If on a leash attached to a regular collar, she will pull most of the entire time. She is house trained, and she needs to go out immediately after eating.
When at home, Cheyenne is happy to hang out with her person/people and entertain herself. She likes to sleep with her foster mom, but is also fine on her dog bed on the floor. She is also fine if left alone for several hours. She is generally quiet, and will only bark when it's appropriate, to alert you if someone is outside or approaching the house. She is great riding in a car, and sits quietly.
Cheyenne is good with cats, and hangs out with the one where she is being fostered. However if a cat runs, she will chase, thinking the cat wants to play. Her foster mom has chickens in a coop, and Cheyenne will continuously circle the coop when she goes near them.
Ripley is happy, lively, fun loving Australian Kelpie mix, who weighs 40 lbs. and is approximately 12-18 months old. This girl is a playful spirit, who loves all people, often enthusiastically greeting visitors with kisses. More than anything she just wants a human of her own. She follows her foster people from room to room, and adores being petted and belly rubs.
She is fine alone in the house, and enjoys riding in the car - happily sitting quietly and watching the world go by. If you don't want her in the front seat or with her head on your shoulder while driving, she will ride quietly in a crate, too. She is housebroken and learning that a crate is good for naptime.
As a young herding mix, Ripley hasan active brain. She would be best with people who can give her both the physical and mental exercise she craves. Ripley is one of the brightest, most intelligent dogs we have met, and she is very eager to please. As a result, she is a super quick learner, with incredible potential. It is clear that prior to our rescue, no one has taken the time to teach her any rules, manners, or routines. Her fosters are teaching her polite behavior and basic commands, and Ripley is doing great. Her ideal home would be on country property, with person(s) with prior training experience, time and willingness to continue teaching her manners, and that her pushy ways will not work.
Around other dogs, she is a confident,dominant female, who wants to meet other dogs by running up into their face. Ripley would benefit from socialization, and learning that what is fun to her, is rude to others. She would do best as an only dog, or with a well-balanced, non-reactive dog. Ripley is probably not good with cats. Ripley loves children, and seems to know to be gentle with the little ones. However, we believe Ripley should be in a home with children at least 7 years or older, as she could to jump up on people when she's excited to see them. She has NOT done this when meeting children. Also, her fosters are working with her on this.
Ripley is a happy, playful soul, with vast potential. She needs the right person, who respects a thinking dog, and can andwill make the commitment to teach her how to control her impulses to do whatever she wants. Once she learns, Ripley will be an amazingly wonderful, loyal, loving companion.
More detailed description/information coming very soon! Please check back!
Farleyis about 9 -10 mos. old, and weighs 38 lbs. He has a very happy, easy going, and very sweet personality. Farley is super friendly and great with all people and all dogs. His foster calls him a "lump of love." He has a happy and submissive nature around bossy, dominant dogs. He will just roll over for them, and then happily get up and continue to play. Farley an energetic, athletic boy, who loves to run and play.
Farley is extremely bright, observant and attentive. He is willing to do whatever his humans want him to do. We believe he was from a farm/ranch and had never been on a leash, freely playing, before he ended up in a kill shelter. He is quickly learning how to walk nicely on leash, and how to live in a house.
Millie is as sweet as they come, and a turn-key dog ready to be someone's best friend! She is about 4 or 5 years old. At 56 pounds, she is a bit plump. Her ideal weight is about 48-50 lbs. She is mellow, quiet, and gentle. Millie is a low energy cattle dog, mixed with Lab and Australian Shepherd. She is a shy girl, but warms up to people pretty quickly. She meets people in a quiet, low key way and loves most everyone she has met, especially women. Millie would make a great companion dog for someone who isn't too active and is just looking for the companionship of a best friend.
Our girl is looking for a person(s) of her own who will shower her with attention and love. She can get along with other dogs who are easy, and who don't get in her face or her backside, but she would prefer to be an only dog and have her person/people to herself. As a cattle dog, Millie is a velcro dog, who will follow you from room to room. Throughout the day she will take naps or relax in whichever room her person is in. She adores petting and being talked to, and will gaze at you with the cutest closed mouth smile. She is also fine at home alone. Millie loves to go for a ride, and rides very quietly in a car. She doesn't only attach herself to one person. At her foster home, she has 3 foster parents, and will follow each around at different times.
During nice weather, Millie likes to slowly wander around in the backyard, soaking in her surroundings, taking her time, sniffing, exploring, and nibbling a blade of grass here and there. She has not shown many herding tendencies. She has shown no interest in toys or playing ball. However, Millie has a playful side, too. Once she understands the routines and is comfortable in a home, Millie becomes very animated and playful when she know she is about to go for a ride, or out for a walk, or to a park. Millie mostly doesn't care about other dogs if they leave her and her person alone, but she may bond with another dog who has similar energy to her. She shows no interest in cats, and would be fine in the same home with them. She is completely housebroken and very easy on a leash.
Millie would also be a good watch dog, and has barked at loud mysterious trucks pulling up near the house. She did meet two men who approached her, and triggered a fearful, protective response in her. She was obviously afraid of them and tried to bark them away. Otherwise, she has been fine with all other men, women, and children, often walking up to greet and invite people to pet her. Millie is a very smart girl, and takes a few days to assess and become comfortable in new situations. She would prefer to live in a quiet area without too many loud passing vehicle sounds nearby, and would do best in a home without cats.
Piper (ADOPTION PENDING!) is about 2 years old and weighs 34 lbs. She is a very sweet and loving dog, who is shy at first, and prefers to meet people and other dogs slowly and at her own pace. By nature, she is a mellow, moderate energy girl, who adores human attention. She will co-exist and sometimes play with other dogs, once proper introductions have been made and she knows they are friendly.
As a shy girl, she will be frightened if people or dogs approach her quickly. If people ignore her and allow her to approach and sniff them, she will soon be crawling in their lap for petting. More than anything Piper craves human affection and people of her own. She is a typical velcro cattle dog, who wants to be near her person/people whenever she can, and is less interested in playing or interacting with other dogs. For these reasons, Piper would do well as an only dog. She would also be fine with an easy going dog. Our girl wants to please people, and is extremely submissive and responsive if she understands what you want her to do. We have not seen Piper with cats, but she is so responsive to human wishes, that if not used to cats, she could learn to be around them. While her foster is teaching her a few commands, Piper will need to learn basic obedience commands, as well as boundaries, and continued socialization. Being unsure of herself, Piper likes routines and knowing what to expect. She is also very big on treats! Piper is housebroken, and walks fairly well on leash. We have noticed that when on leash, she is sometimes a bit nervous and reactive if people and animals approach her head on. When off leash, she is much more relaxed and easy going, and has not shown this behavior.
We believe that when Piper feels settled, safe and secure in a home, receiving all the love and attention that she craves, that she will become more calm, easy and confident when meeting new people and dogs. It is also very apparent that Piper's chief goal is to be a constant, faithful, and most loving companion for some lucky human(s)!
We rang in the New Year with the rescue of this boy! He was scheduled to be put down at the overcrowded shelter, but because he was such a great dog, the on duty shelter tech could not bring himself to do it. If we had not immediate agreed to take him, someone else would have extinguished our boy's life the next day. A volunteer was able to get Bart out and over to us on Jan. 1st.
Bart (ADOPTION PENDING!) is about 2 years old and weighs 40 lbs. He is an extremely quiet, sweet, affectionate, love-sponge, who meets people in a friendly and calm way. As a typical cattle dog, he will follow his person from room to room. Bart is also very smart, eager to please, listens well, and is extremely responsive to his person/people. He is also sensitive, and if reprimanded for anything, will seem very sorry or apologetic immediately.
Bart seems to be housebroken. He will sit by the door to let you know when he wants to go out. He walks fairly well on leash, and does not pull, but does tend to zig-zag to follow his nose. Although he is a moderate energy guy, Bart enjoys a good run and likes to play.
He can get mouthy and when he gets very playful and excited, he sometimes will leap up, snap in the air, and try to bonk you in the nose with his. Bart also sometimes uses his mouth to try and communicate that he wants something. For these reasons, Bart may not be appropriate in a family with small children. Our boy is good around other dogs and will not react, if another dog barks and pulls towards him. We have not seen Bart with cats, but believe he may be ok with them.
Our boy seems to feel that a truck is his second home. He is very comfortable and mellow hanging out in a truck (or car) to wait for his person. When in his vehicle, he is protective of it when strangers place their arms through the window, or attempt to access HIS truck. For this reason, he will need someone knows the cattle dog personality and is experienced working with them.
We are still seeing his personality emerge, and will update this description as we learn more about Bart. We do believe that Bart would be a very loving and loyal companion, and he would also be a great ranch dog.
Rocket (ADOPTED!) is a border collie male, about 7-8 mos. old, weighing 21-25 lbs. Still very much a pup, he is an outgoing, very playful, energetic, happy, boy, who enjoys giving out kisses. Rocket loves the world and is very friendly and excited to meet all people and all dogs.
Rocket is a curious, high energy guy, who will need lots of exercise and attention during the day. He is also able to calm down when in the house and settles down nicely for the night. Our little guy would be a fantastic agility or sport dog. He is very athletic, especially when playing with other dogs, running and leaping through the air.
Rocket is very social and loves to play with people and other dogs. is good with children. He is good with children, and seems to be more careful when playing with them. He likes to follow his person around and, when he settles, to cuddle up with them. We have seen him with one cat. He showed some curiosity, but seemed at ease with it. Rocket enjoys car rides and, whether in a crate or buckled in the back, he mostly stands up to watch the world go by.
He is very bright, observant, eager to please, and a quick learner. As he grows out of puppyhood, Rocket will need continued work to learn and reinforce basic manners and discipline. He is learning to walking nicely on leash, but still likes to zig zag to follow his nose. He is also now house broken.
Our boy seems to like all toys. He is big on soft chew toys. When playing with some of his chew toys, he will self entertain, by tossing them in the air and jumping up to catch them. Playing tug is a favorite game for Rocket, especially with his canine foster sister. He also loves balls, but is still figuring out fetch. As a young pup, he is still a chewer, and will need a supply of things to chew on. He is quickly learning what is ok and what is not for chewing. If he is scolded for something he shouldn't have, he will leave it alone.
In summary, Rocket is a high energy boy, who will need lots of exercise and continued work to learn routines and boundaries. He would love and do great with another dog to play with. Our little guy will make a fun companion for an active person or family, who have the time to work with him and channel his energies and busy brain.
Orbit (ADOPTION PENDING) is a sweet and loving Australian cattle dog/kelpie cross. He is approximately 18 months old, weighs 35 lbs. and is handsome, smart and athletic. He is great with all people and all dogs. Orbit loves playing with his foster brothers and sister, as well as meeting new dogs at the dog park. He is very friendly, outgoing, and full of life, with a sweet, happy, and playful disposition. Every volunteer who has met him, describe him as "a sweetheart" or "a darling boy."
Our boy had a rough start in life. He was confined to a small back yard with little stimulation. From his very first daily walks, it was clear that he had never been in the outside world. Orbit didn't know what cars were, and had never walked on an incline (up a hill). Not knowing what to do in these new situations, he would immediately flatten himself on the ground and refuse to budge. He also came to us with a respiratory infection and an infection on his tail, caused by compulsive chewing. As a young herding dog with an active mind and energy to burn out, we believe that he began chewing his tail out of boredom and frustration with the lack of an outlet and activity.
Since being rescued, Orbit is adapting quickly and joyously to the outside world. He is learning to walk nicely on a leash, and only took a couple of days to be housebroken. Our vet surgically cleaned and trimmed his raggedly chewed tail, and his wounds are healing nicely. With healthy outlets for Orbit's desire to run and play, and once his tail is healed, we are confident that his habit of perceiving his tail as a bother to him will eventually disappear.
Orbit is looking for his forever family and constant companion(s). He would be better in a household where he was not left alone for long periods of time until he can settle in and trust he is safe. He would be a fantastic running buddy and family dog. Orbit would do well in a multi-dog household, with opportunity for lots of daily exercise, and exposure to new things in the world.
Orbit is current on all his vaccinations, neutered, microchipped, and heartworm negative.
Please call us if you are interested at all. We ask all potential adopters to complete and submit the adoption form, found on our website: hittgv.org (click on the "Adopt" tab).
Max (ADOPTED!) is a male Corgi mix approximately 1-year-old and weighs 18 lbs. He is a great smaller dog with a big brave heart. He’s very cute with big bat ears that he hears everything with. He is playful and loves to run and play. Max needs daily activity to burn off his young energy.
He tries to be a bit bossy with other dogs and would not do well with smaller or younger children, as he does like to herd and nip sometimes while he is playing. He has done very well with his foster’s 8-year-old granddaughter going for dog walks and hanging about the house together. Max is very loving and attaches to his household and family very quickly. He wants to be with you and be your loyal companion at all times.
He arrived at his fosters house with separation anxiety issues and when he was left home in his kennel or in the car while out running errands he would bark. Max has settled in and he does still bark but stops quickly when you are out of sight. His anxiety issues have improved quite a bit in the short time he has been with us.
He is a quick learner and listens well. Max has steadily been improving on his manners. He has all his basics down, is eager to please and enjoys being worked with. Max really is a great little guy - super loving and looking to devote himself to you and be your best friend and companion ever!!!
Cali (ADOPTED!) is approximately 14 weeks old and weighs 11 lbs. She is the one with the little spot on her forehead. Although she looks to be all Border collie, her mother is a classic blue merle heeler. Cali is a playful, confident and extremely bright girl. She is the one often trying to engage the others to play, and is the brave one. Like the other puppies, she loves being held.
When their foster mom is preparing their food, Cali will sit quietly, watching, and waiting to be fed. After they eat, and get a bit of playing out of their systems, all the pups in this litter show a calm nature, much like their cattle dog mother. She is very responsive to people. Cali is learning 'sit,' 'come,' and is being house trained, to do her business outside - or on puppy pads.
(Please see postings for Snoopy; Lucy; and Gypsy for additional group photos.)