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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.
Coming Attractions: New HITTGV Rescue Dogs!
Sonya and her puppies:
Little Sonya was picked up as a stray, just days from giving birth. Her puppies were born after 4 days at the shelter, and her people decided not to reclaim her. They did tell the shelter that the sire to the pups was a border collie. She has two females and one male. In the photos, they are 11 days old and look like Holstein guinea pig's. Little Sonya is currently 29 lbs. and the vet estimates she is about 2+ years. We thought she was younger, because of her lively and very happy, playful, puppy-like personality. The pups and Sonya can go to new homes when they are weaned and at 8 weeks old. We would appreciate donations of any kind, including puppy food, canned or dry, and puppy formula mix for both Mama Sonya and the puppies.
Lulu (or Talulah):
At 36 lbs. and with semi-erect ears, we believe she is a cattle dog and Schnauzer (or possibly a Wire Haired Pointing Griffon?) mix. We estimate that she is around 2-3 years old. Our new girl is very sweet, quiet, and loves people. She adores human attention, petting and cuddling. While Lulu is a friendly girl, she is also very cautious and worried. Whenever a hand comes near her head, Lulu will duck her head down in fear. She needs to approach people on her own terms, at her own pace. Lulu will warm up to people and seek human attention, but sudden movements or loud noises will cause her to shoot out of the room. She keeps track of where people are at all times, watches all movements, and seems to need an emergency exit strategy. Once she knows she can trust someone, she will come up to you with a wagging tail, inching closer and closer, and place her head on your lap. It took 2-3 days for Lulu's fosters to see a happy girl and some personality begin to emerge from behind her fear. She sleeps on her fosters' bed at night and is always ready for snuggling.
Lulu is very smart and eager to please her people. Our girl is extremely treat motivated. She loves toys that can be stuffed with treats, and other chew toys/items (i.e. bully sticks). Otherwise, Lulu does not have any interest in toys or balls. She is also completely house trained and walks fairly well on leash. When outside, she will walk slightly behind, but stays very close to her person. Lulu did not know any commands when we rescued her. Our fosters are working on teaching Lulu basic commands, such as sit, down, & stay.
Lulu is very good around cats. She meets other dogs nicely and enjoys their company, but is unsure of what to do when other dogs try to play with her. Active play is often overwhelming for her. She will become defensive -- showing her teeth, wrinkling her nose, and may try to hump or push the other dog. We believe Lulu would benefit from living with a friendly, balanced dog, who can teach her appropriate dog body language and responses when interacting with other dogs. We also recommend bringing Lulu to observe dogs playing at a dog park, to allow her to see and learn how dogs play with each other and appropriate body language.
Our foster for Lulu believes she was possibly kept in a crate most of the time, as she is very reluctant to go into a crate, but will sit quietly if crated.
It is clear from the behavior we see in Lulu that she was mistreated in some way and likely very neglected, too. We are seeking a quiet, slow paced (& hopefully cage/crate free) home, with loving people who have dog experience, patience, and a lot of TLC to help our fuzzy waif feel secure enough to come out of her shell and slowly gain some confidence.
Skyler is a sweet, fun loving and energetic boy, who is 18 mos. to 2 years old and weighs 27 lbs. He is currently very lean, and may be ideal at 30-32 lbs. Our boy is super smart and extremely attentive and responsive to people. He is a little timid when first meeting new people, and direct eye contact from them will make him nervous. He will warm up quickly to women, especially if they have treats, but may take a little longer to warm up to men. We have not yet seen him with children.
Skyler is very playful with other dogs, and likes to run and play chase with them. Because of his enthusiasm and energy when playing, he may be too much for smaller dogs. Also, he plays well with dogs his size and larger, but has the impulse to chase small dogs and other small animals if they run or move suddenly. He will often run laps in the backyard and jump over everything in his path. Skyler also loves to play with stuffed toys, and enjoys tugging with other dogs using pretty much any kind of toy. He may sometimes guard toys and chews from other dogs.
Although Skyler is a moderate to high energy boy, he will settle down well when indoors. Hehas a very puppyish personality and his silly youthful behavior will make you laugh. He is somewhat mouthy, especially when he's excited. Because he tends to use his mouth and likes to jump up on people in greeting or when seeking affection, we do not recommend him in a home with young children. After he has been well exercised he enjoys being close, in your lap, or cuddling on the couch. Our boy is looking to bond with his own person. He is very much a velcro dog. He is extremely affectionate and will follow his person everywhere if he can.
This dog is very bright and learns very quickly about what his foster wants - what works and what doesn't. He walks fairly well on leash and does not pull, although he may when he's excited. Skyler is also just about house trained, but still needs to be taken out frequently to ensure that he doesn't have the urge to go when trapped inside. He is being fed in a crate and will enter it to eat his food. He does not fully enjoy resting in the crate just yet. He will whine and paw at his crate when first required go in, but eventually becomes quiet. Skyler is learning how to ride in a car, and is a bit nervous when getting in and out of a car. However, once in the car, he will lay quietly in the back seat. Skyler would be a good watch dog. He will bark as an alert when people near the house, and sometimes at people on the street during walks. His foster is working with him on these issues and is teaching him a few commands.
We believe this is a young exuberant dog, who no one ever worked with previously. His foster is teaching him some manners and appropriate behavior. He needs adopters who have the willingness, time and patience to continue working with him, and who will also give him the emotional support and exposure to new things that will help build his confidence.
Colby is a happy and very friendly boy, who loves all people and is great with other other dogs. He is around 2 years old and weighs approximately 43 lbs. Although he has floppy ears, we believe that Colby is pretty much, if not all cattle dog.
Our boy has a calm and very balanced personality. Everyone who meets Colby loves his friendly and easy going personality. As a young dog, Colby is also a playful boy, with a moderate energy level. He meets other dogs calmly and happily, and loves running and interacting with other playful dogs. When outside, he enjoys a good game of fetch, going on walks or hikes, and would be a great jogging partner. He also will wander outside to sun bathe during the day or to cool off at night. When inside, Colby settles down nicely. He entertains himself with his toys, or will be his foster dad's assistant around the house. Of his foster parents (there are 3), he has chosen the male as his person and leader. Colby follows his foster dad around the house and will plop on the floor for a nap in whichever room his foster dad is in.
Colby is completely housebroken, walks fairly well on leash, and often chooses to sleep in his crate. He also rides well in a car. When we rescued Colby, the only command he knew was sit. His fosters are working on teaching him more commands. He will work for affection and treats (he loves treats). As a typical thinking cattle dog, Colby is very smart, and sometimes makes decisions for himself that his people may not agree with. However, as a cattle dog, he also wants to please and learns quickly. For a short time he thought a fuzzy slipper was his toy, but once told it was not his, he learned quickly.
Colby is well mannered in the house. When he wakes up in the morning, he remains quiet, and waits for his foster mom to wake up and let him outside, and then prepare his breakfast. Very recently Colby was introduced to a cat through a glass door. In a playful way, he was excited to see the cat. He eagerly approached the glass door and did a play bow to the cat. We believe he would be fine with cats, once he learns how to interact/play without overwhelming them.
In summary, this dog is a great balance of a fun, playful companion, who can share an active lifestyle, and afterwards is also happy to relax quietly in the house with his people. If you are looking for a loyal partner and companion to enjoy and share your days with, Colby is for you. While our boy would do well in many situations, he needs someone who can be a pack leader - to give him the companionship and emotional support he needs, while continuing to teach and guide him to his full potential.
Elsie (ADOPTED!) is a cattle dog and border collie cross, who is about 2 years old and weighs about 45+ lbs. She has a very easy going, sweet, friendly personality. Elsie enjoys meeting all people, and seems to be a very happy girl. She is very attentive and will attach quickly to her person/people. She is excellent company, and will casually join you in which ever room you are in, quietly resting nearby. She will gaze into your eyes for a sign of what to do next, and is always up for whatever you want to do.
Elsie is extremely bright and smart enough to know that the shelter was a scary place, which made her for rescue only. Once out of the shelter, she has been a love and seems to captivate everyone who meets her. She follows direction immediately, if she knows what you want. Elsie is a medium energy girl, who needs a daily game (ball etc.) as well as a good walk/run. It is clear that she was significantly under exercised and under stimulated in her previous home, and needs to shed at least 7-8 lbs.
Elsie walks nicely on leash and is housebroken. Daily walks with her foster mom have improved her fitness a bit, but she is needing more. Elsie is a perfect passenger, who rides quietly and calmly in the car. She enjoys resting on the sofa, and sleeping on the bed with her people at night. If you place a towel or blanket on the sofa or bed, she will immediately go to it and lie down there.
Elsie is excellent when meeting other dogs, with great dog body language. She is playful with other dogs and loves the dog park. Elsie seems rather interested in chickens, which could just be curiosity or wanting to chase. She is excellent with older children, but we have not yet seen her with small children or cats. It is our opinion that this girl is a terrific companion, who you can take anywhere that dogs are allowed.
Copper (ADOPTED!) is a 7-8 year old red heeler. He is very quiet and attentive in the house and crates easily. He knows many commands and picks up new commands quickly. He is content to nap while you are gone and is always game for a belly rub or a grooming session. He is very polite in the house and only plays with his toys – he leaves child’s toys and kitchen counters alone. However, if he’s feeling a little impatient with how long it’s taking to get ready to go out, he will grab something randomly off the floor (like a sock or a block) to get his person moving, but he always gives it back and never chews on it – he’s got a sense of humor! He loves working for treats and chewing on bully stix and marrow bones, and he really loves eating his kibble out of the treatball. Copper has never tried to jump the baby gate at the front door and if any door in the house is pulled mostly shut, he will not nose it open.
Why would Copper come back to rescue? He seems to be the perfect dog! Well, Copper was surrendered (along with another dog) after his previous, elderly owner had died, and he must have had led a nice, quiet life there. It seems that busy life with an active preschooler in a very social condo complex is proving to be much too over-stimulating for Copper. He would really be happiest in a quiet household, without a lot of people coming and going. He would also benefit from having a confident dog buddy to show him that the wide world and all the people in it don’t have to be so overwhelming. He seems to be most overwhelmed by men and busy activity (bikes, skateboards, vehicles, and kids running), and when these stimuli start stacking up, Copper will get uncomfortable and may nip apprehensively at whatever it is that is making him uneasy.
Copper likes other dogs, and seems to want to make friends with every cat he sees. He has been known to give a cat a lick on the nose before settling down together on the neighbor’s porch. He largely ignores chickens the one time he was around them. Copper likes to be close to his people – he follows his person around the house, but will settle on his bed or in his crate when he realizes she is just puttering around. He likes calm children and will roll for belly rubs from them, but since he's so sensitive to busy activity and can be mouthy in asking for more attention, Copper should be supervised in any interaction with children. He enjoys lying at the doorway (behind a baby gate) and watching the condo courtyard, but when it gets hectic out there, he usually retires to his crate.
Copper knows many commands – sit, wait, stay, leave it, down, go pee/potty, go to bed, get back, and fetch it here - his release word is OK. Copper walks without pulling on the leash, slightly behind heel, though when he’s overwhelmed he will lag behind – a quick “hup hup” will remind him to catch up. He knows how to ring a bell on the door to ask to be let out – he does not ask otherwise and so perhaps he had a dog door previously.
(ADOPTED!) Tootsie is an extremely sweet, loving cattle dog mix, who is about 2 years old, and weighs about 40-45 lbs. We have only had her in our rescue for a few days, and will update this information as we learn more about her.
She has long legs for a cattle dog, and could be mixed with McNab. Tootsie was terrified in the shelter and may have been abused in her former life. She likes people, but is cautious when meeting a new person. It takes her a few minutes to decide if someone is good and to warm up to them. She very much wants to attach herself to someone and to trust, and seems to love men.
She is very good when meeting other dogs, even if they are lunging and barking at her. We have the impression that no one spent much time with her.
While she wants to interact and be social with dogs and people, she doesn't seems to understand body language or know how to respond when dogs try to play with her. She also is unsure of how to read people. Tootsie is very much the Eliza Doolittle (in My Fair Lady) of dogs. She will need someone who is patient and consistent, to teach her how to understand both dog and people body language and communication..
Toots walks fairly well on leash, but pulls when excited. She is completely housebroken, and enjoys riding in a car. We will write a more complete description of her in the upcoming week, when we learn more about her.
Kami (ADOPTED!) is a beautiful young female Australian Cattle Dog and probably beagle mix, who is less than 2 years old, and weighs not quite 28 lbs. Kami will be an amazing constant companion. She would also be a perfect only dog with lots of one-on-one time with her owner, indoor or outdoor. Kami loves people of all ages. She is very much a velcro cattle dog - extra strong velcro when with her main person. She is great at coming immediately when called.
When among other dogs, Kami has a commanding presence and her foster says she is a true and natural leader. She is great and enjoys playing with the other three dogs at her foster home, but expects good manners and is quick to correct bad behavior. Even dogs twice her size want her approval and respect her. Kami absolutely loves her 7 year old, submissive, canine foster sister. She will often join in their games with her younger, rambunctious, canine foster brothers, but their exuberance can sometimes be a bit trying for her.
Kami has excellent house manners. She understood quickly that human beds and furniture are not for dogs in her foster mom’s house. She is completely house broken and will go to the door when she has to go to the bathroom. When you take her outside, she will immediately relieve herself. She is extremely smart, and learns new things very quickly. Kami walks nicely on a leash, and caught onto
"urban mushing" (running while pulling something on wheels) immediately. She would do great running alongside or pulling a bicycle. Kami is a high energy girl who needs lots of opportunity to run multiple times per week, on regular outings or freely on country property.
Kami should not be in a home with small dogs or other small animals without training and proper introduction. We don’t think she has ever been in contact with smaller creatures. She wants to chase chickens when she sees them, is very interested in cats, and is bossy with small dogs at the dog park. However, Kami very much wants to please her humans and learns very quickly, so with proper boundaries, she might overcome this. Because Kami leans towards an in-charge personality, it is important that her human has firm boundaries. Her humans should also be leaders whose authority she will seek and respect. She would do well in a home with an experienced dog person and perhaps a submissive dog who she can buddy up with. Once Kami understands where she fits in the pack, she will be an amazing dog to join your family.
Although we are not currently able take in new dogs, we made an exception for this 5 mo. old boy, Cody (ADOPTED!), who needs very special surgery. This sweet, happy, playful, submissive little guy was born with a few 'plumbing' issues. We knew his need for expensive corrective surgery would prevent most others from rescuing him. After Cody has had a week or so to recover from his surgery , he will be available for adoption!
We would be very grateful for any donations to help us pay for the $1,000 veterinary costs for Cody, and enable us to continue rescuing great dogs like him, whose illness or injuries should not be a death sentence. As a federally recognized, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, your donations are tax deductible. No contribution is too small. Every $5 and $10 helps! Thank you!
Cheyenne (ADOPTED!) is approximately 18 mos.to 2 years 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.
Cheyenne is a high energy, Energizer Bunny, when it comes to playing. She can play all day, and needs enough space to run freely, and get plenty of physical and mental exercise. She thinks that all dogs are her best friend and adores playing with other dogs. She would be best paired with another young dog of equal play style and stamina. Cheyenne 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. In a multi-dog household, she should be fed separately or under close supervision/management, as on occasion, she has shown food aggression with another dog.
When at home, Cheyenne is happy to hang out with her person/people and entertain herself. She likes to sleep with her person, but is also fine on her dog bed on the floor, or sharing a dog bed with another dog. She is also fine if left alone for several hours. She is generally quiet, but will bark if someone is outside or approaching the house, or if surprised by a stranger.
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. 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. She is house trained, and she needs to go out immediately after eating. She is great riding in a car, and sits quietly. Cheyenne is good with cats, and hung out with the one at her first foster home. However, if a cat runs, she will chase, thinking the cat wants to play. At the same foster home, there were chickens in a coop, and Cheyenne would continuously circle the coop whenever she was nearby.
Although she is making progress, Cheyenne is still nervous and unsure of herself around new people and surroundings. A few times, when startled and unable to cope with a situation, she has panicked and snapped at the nearest moving thing. For this reason, we do NOT recommend her for a home with young children. It is clear that Cheyenne has had a secluded life with very limited life experiences. She needs an experienced, confident, calm and reassuring leader, who she can follow and feel secure with. Cheyenne also needs gradual and consistent exposure to new situations each day, in order to become less fearful and help her gain more confidence.